Guy Henry

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Guy Henry (born 17 October 1960) is a British stage and screen actor, best known for his roles in Rome and John Adams. He appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2 and from October 2010 he joined the cast of hospital drama Holby City as the new joint Director of Surgery Mr Henrik Hanssen.

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[edit] Early career

Henry trained at RADA (1979–81, at the same time as Paul McGann). In 1982, he took the title role in ITV's Young Sherlock Holmes series, playing Holmes as a teenager (though Henry was by then nearly 22).

[edit] Stage work

[edit] RSC work

Henry's main work has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including the following roles:

[edit] Other theatre work

He has also worked with Cheek by Jowl, Theatre Set Up and the National Theatre (including Turgenev in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia in 2002).

He was an acclaimed Earl of Leicester in the 2005–06 Donmar Warehouse production of Schiller's Mary Stuart, which transferred to the West End.[2] From December 2008 to March 2009 he appeared as Andrew Aguecheek (alongside Derek Jacobi) in the Donmar: West End production of Twelfth Night. In April and May 2009 he appeared in Hay Fever at the Chichester Festival Theatre.[3]

[edit] Television appearances

[edit] 1980s–1990s

In 1987, Henry appeared in the episode 'Rumpole and the Official Secret' from Season 4 of Rumpole of the Bailey. In the early 1990s, he played the acerbic, demonic Dr Walpurgis in The Vault of Horror, a BBC Halloween special. His make-up was provided by Hellraiser veteran Geoff Portass. Guy also introduced a series of cult horror films in a BBC Two Friday night horror season. He appeared in the 1996 schools series Look and Read: Spywatch, the BBC's 1996 adaptation of Emma. In 1998 he made one appearance in the medical soap opera Peak Practice and in two episodes of The Grand.

[edit] 2000 onwards

He appeared in four episodes of the 2001 series of another medical soap Doctors.

He has also frequently been cast as a conspiratorial and/or Machiavellian civil servant, as in Fields of Gold (2002) and Foyle's War (in a 2003 episode). He played the title role in Channel 4's documentary Who Killed Thomas Becket? (2004)[4] and was a deportment tutor and a shoemaker respectively in the BBC's The Young Visiters [sic] (2003) and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (Christmas 2004).

In 2005 he appeared in the feature-length ITV drama Colditz and had a recurring role in Extras, which continued into a few episodes of the comedy's second season. He also had a small role in the ITV drama, Trial & Retribution IX: The Lovers. His main role that year, however, was as Cassius (fictionalised version of Gaius Longinus Cassius) in the last two or three episodes of the first series of HBO/BBC series Rome. He reprised this role in the second series (broadcast 2007) until the character's death at the Battle of Philippi in the episode Philippi. His friend Sarah Kennedy (see #Radio) commented that this was a natural progression for one with his 'lean and hungry look' (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 2.I).

In 2006, he played a lawyer in Midsomer Murders, appeared with Michael Sheen in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (as Hugh Paddick), and featured in the first, fifth and sixth episodes of the first series of The Chase (in another role he reprised in 2007). In 2007 he appeared as the UK's UN Ambassador in The Trial of Tony Blair and appeared in the seventh episode of the second series of Hotel Babylon. Also in 2007 he appeared on radio as Noel Coward in the Afternoon Play of 4 May 2007, "The Master and Mrs Tucker" by Roy Apps, which told of Coward's friendship with Edith Nesbit (played by Ann Bell).[5]

In 2008, he appeared in HBO's John Adams as Jonathan Sewall, Massachusetts's Attorney General, as Mr Collins in Lost in Austen, and in Series 7, Episode 4 of Spooks. In 2009 he appeared in Margaret and in Lewis (Series 4, Episode 1) and in 2010 he joined the regular cast of Holby City in the permanent role of surgeon Henrik Hanssen.

[edit] Film

His film credits include appearances in Another Country with Rupert Everett, later in Stephen Fry's 2003 film Bright Young Things (appearing in the poster for it, top left) as Archie, in V for Vendetta as Conrad Heyer, in Starter for 10 as a university professor, in Expresso and as Pius Thicknesse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.

[edit] Radio

From around 2004 until the end of her show in 2010, Guy Henry gained an additional fanbase as a result of his friendship with the Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy, who began by corresponding with his father. Through letters to Sarah from Henry himself, his father and 'the Lady Agrippa' (a nickname for his mother), listeners were kept up to date on his career. A recording of his voice announced her regular 'It's Showtime!' slot of tunes from the musicals at about 6.45am GMT – originally he just spoke the title of the slot, and a whole repertoire of different recordings was later added. He also occasionally appeared live on her show, and co-hosted with her as part of the annual charity appeal Children in Need.

[edit] Guest appearances

Henry was a guest speaker at an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) summer seminar entitled Shakespeare: Enacting the Text. (July 5 to August 6, 1999).

[edit] References

  1. Henry remains associated with the RSC, although this was his last appearance with them to date.
  2. Ironically, it was pre-cursored by his appearance – again as Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester- in the 1986 TV drama Lady Jane.
  3. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/apr/17/hay-fever-chichester-review
  4. A 'promotion' from his role as Tempter in the RSC Murder in The Cathedral, TS Eliot's version of the same story
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076w8d

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