Douglas Henshall

When he was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Douglas Henshall never considered becoming an actor. Although he had worked with a youth theater (initially to impress one of the local girls), he intended to pursue a career ... Read more »
Born: 11/19/1965 in United Kingdom


Actor (26)

Shetland 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)


Outlander 2015 (Tv Show)


The Salvation 2015 (Movie)

Mallick (Actor)

Iona 2014 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Where Love Reigns 2014 (Movie)

Carl Jung (Actor)

The Secret of Crickley Hall 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


The Eagle 2011 (Movie)

Cradoc (Actor)

Dorian Gray 2009 (Movie)

Alan Campbell (Actor)

French Film 2009 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Primeval 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)


Slipp Jimmy Fri 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Erik (Actor)

Silent Cry 2005 (Movie)


Dead Long Enough 2004 (Movie)

Styx (Actor)

It's All About Love 2004 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Lawless Heart 2003 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

Anna Karenina 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2001 (Movie)


Fast Food 2000 (Movie)

Benny Anstruther (Actor)

Orphans 2000 (Movie)

Michael Flynn (Actor)

This Year's Love 1999 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Twice Upon A Yesterday 1999 (Movie)

Victor Bukowski (Actor)

Kull the Conqueror 1997 (Movie)

Ducalon (Actor)

Angels & Insects 1996 (Movie)

Edgar Alabaster (Actor)

Crossing the Line 1991 (Movie)

Davie Dawson (Actor)

Collision (TV Show)


Critical (Tv Show)



When he was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, Douglas Henshall never considered becoming an actor. Although he had worked with a youth theater (initially to impress one of the local girls), he intended to pursue a career as an artist or journalist, but when he was unable to obtain a place in his schools of choice, the 18-year-old headed to London to study at the Mountview Theatre School. Upon graduation, the strawberry blond, good-looking Henshall struggled for six months before returning to Glasgow where he launched a concentrated campaign to be hired by BBC Scotland; his persistence yielded only bit roles, however. The stage provided a conduit to success. Henshall worked with local groups, including 7:84 and the Citizens' Theatre. In 1990, he was cast opposite Peter Mullan in the two-hander "Crow" and landed his first screen role (billed as Dougie Henshall) in "The Big Man."


Tena Stivicic

February 2010


Mountview Theatre School



Acted in "The Lawless Heart"; screened at Locarno Film Festival


Co-starred in the BBC remake of "Anna Karenina"


Starred as a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed, lecherous psychiatrist in the British TV serial "Psychos" (Channel Four)


Appeared in the ensemble of the romantic comedy "This Year's Love"


Had featured role in Peter Mullan's feature directorial debut "Orphans"


Played first romantic lead as a struggling actor who gets a chance to relive his life in the fantasy "If Only/Twice Upon a Yesterday/The Man with Rain in His Shoe"


Starred as Teach in a production of David Mamet's "American Buffalo"


Portrayed the aristocratic but bullying Edward Alabaster in "Angels and Insects"


Co-starred with Ewan McGregor as an abusive husband in the Dennis Potter-scripted TV movie "Lipstick on Your Collar"


Cast opposite Peter Mullan at the Tron Theatre in a production of the two-character play "Crow"


Film acting debut, "The Big Man"; billed as Dougie Henshall; Mullan also featured in cast

Raised in Glasgow, Scotland

Began career as a teenager with a local youth theater; originally auditioned to impress a girl

Moved back to Scotland after completing studies and "badgered" BBC Scotland for employment; landed extra work

Appeared with the stage companies 7:84 and the Citizen's Theatre

Rejected for studies in art and journalism; enrolled at Moutview Theatre School

Bonus Trivia


Asked how he feels about the success of Ewen McGregor, with whom he co-starred in "Lipstick on Your Collar", Henshall told Clive King of the London TIMES (February 6, 1999): "He's probably my best friend and I love him like a brother. I'm very happy that he's got what he's got. Maybe it's my own arrogance, but I don't believe anyone's got it all sewn up. I'm happy that I'll get what I want eventually because I know I'm capable of it."Oh, aye, there's competition, sure. That's only healthy, though. You know, there's so much cynicism and so much bitterness in this game that you hang on to the friends you make. His friendship matters more to me than all that other stuff."


Henshall explained to Clive King of the London TIMES, February 6, 1999 why he took the role in "If Only/Twice Upon a Yesterday": "I wanted to see if I could carry a film. I was interested to see if I could hold my own attention on the big screen. It's a perverse thing, going along to see yourself in a movie, because you can't change it. All the time, you're thinking, will people laugh? Will they get it, or will they just think I'm a wanker? It's bizarre. But when it does come off, it's hugely gratifying."