• Sean Biggerstaff is a British actor best known for his role in the Harry Potter franchise.
• He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1983 and has a younger sister.
• He has been featured in films such as Cashback, Mary Queen of Scots, and Whiskey Galore.
• He also has credits in television series such as The Crow Road and Doctor Who: Shada.
• He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Who is Sean Biggerstaff?
When he made his acting debut back in 1996, appearing in an episode of the series “The Crow Road”, the actor Sean Biggerstaff hadn’t even dreamed of being part of such a big project as the “Harry Potter” franchise. Although he auditioned for the role of Percy, the directors asked him to read for the part of Oliver Wood, and he landed for himself a role in two “Harry Potter” movies.
If you wondered what he’s been doing for the last 20 years since “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” premiered, keep on scrolling, and you will find all about his life, career, and his upcoming projects.
Early life, family, and education
Sean Biggerstaff was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 15 March 1983, in Glasgow, Scotland UK; he holds British nationality, and his ethnicity is Scottish. He was raised in the Maryhill area of Glasgow by his parents, a community education worker, and a firefighter. Sean hasn’t shared their names, but it’s known that he has a younger sister named Jenny.
Speaking of his educational background, he attended Parkview Primary School, and about the same time, began acting aged five, and Sean joined the local Maryhill Youth Theater when he was seven. Besides acting, he had an interest in music, and learned to play guitar by ear – the first song he learned was Nirvana’s “Scentless Apprentice”.
When he was 10, he gained his first professional role by appearing at the Tron Theatre, in Glasgow, playing the son of MacDuff in “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, in the production of Sir Michael Boyd, a renowned British theatre director.
Upon matriculating from high school in 2001, Sean didn’t go to college but pursued his acting career. He was trained by the great Alan Rickman, who gave him his first movie role and advised him to join the International Creative Management agency, which helped him to gain his “Harry Potter” role.
Roles in movies
Sean’s big screen debut came in 1997, when he was seen as Tom in the drama “The Winter Guest”, starring Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law. Next, he was cast to play Oliver Wood, a Keeper and Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team in the 2001 movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”; the movie had 69 award nominations, including three Oscars for Best Music, Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, and won 18.
In the following year, Sean reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, which among many other nominations and awards won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award-Kid’s Vote.
Sean’s next notable movie role came in the 2006 movie “Cashback”, starring opposite Emilia Fox and Michelle Ryan, cast to play Ben, a guy who after a painful break-up from his girlfriend develops insomnia, so he finds a job in a supermarket to work night shifts. He didn’t know that his artistic imagination would run wild there. The movie won Bermuda International Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature.
In 2007, Sean was seen as Jeremy Wolfenden in the biographic drama “Consenting Adults”, which brought him the BAFTA (Scotland) Award for Best Actor-Television.
In the following years, he mostly starred in short movies, and in 2011 had an uncredited cameo appearance in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.
Next, Sean starred as Bothwell in the 2013 movie “Mary Queen of Scots”, an historic biographical drama about the queen who lost three kingdoms and three husbands, based on the eponymous novel by Stefan Zweig.
He followed with roles in short movies “In Extremis” and “Boldly Gone” (2014), and “Enora” in 2016, which brought him the Winter Film Award of Excellence, and The Scottish Short Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Actor.
In the same year, Sean was seen in “Whiskey Galore”, followed by his role as Mikey in the 2018 movie “Super November”. His most recent roles have been in the short movies “Sockdown” (2020) and “Action” (2022).
Sean has finished the filming of “Broono”, another short movie, which is currently in post-production, and it’s announced that he will be seen as Hector Green in “Hector & Himself”, written by Russell Owen.
Roles in series
As mentioned, Sean made his acting debut in the 1996 TV mini-series “The Crow Road”, based on the novel of the same title by Iain Banks, and starring Joe McFadden, Bill Paterson, and Peter Capaldi. The series was nominated for four BAFTA Awards and won BAFTA Award, Scotland for Best Drama Series or Special.
Sean’s next television role was his voicing of Chris Parson in “Doctor Who: Shada” in 2003. He followed with his portrayal of Henry, Duke of Gloucester in “The Last King” a TV mini-series that was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), in 2004.
Five years later, Sean guest-starred as Bobby Attfield in “Marple”, and was then heard as Kyle in “The Lost Book”, in the same year.
For almost a decade, Sean had no television roles, and then had a recurring role in two episodes of “Urban Myths” in 2019 and ’20, which were his most recent television appearances.
Love life and wife
Many celebrities share their personal life through their social media accounts, but Sean isn’t one of them. As his bio says, ‘mainly just photos of food and Scotland’, his Instagram doesn’t reveal much about his relationships and dating.
However, we know that he was in a relationship with a French actress and model, Gaia Weiss back in the late 2000s, and then with Rachel Curtis, a British singer-songwriter, in 2010.
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Eventually, he decided to keep his love life away from the public eye, but his new girlfriend decided to go viral. According to The Scottish Sun, in September 2020, a girl from Glasgow, named Aylish McFarlane uploaded a video on her TikTok featuring Sean, with the caption saying: ‘My childhood crush vs my boyfriend now’. Sean hasn’t commented about this supposed relationship with the girl, but she posted a few other videos featuring the two of them, so people assume that they are a couple.
As of October 2022, it seems that Sean is in a relationship, he hasn’t been married or engaged, and doesn’t have children.
Age, height, and net worth
Seann’s age is 39, and he has hazel eyes and light brown hair. He stands at a height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and weighs around 155lbs (77kgs).
When it comes to his net worth, starring in the “Harry Potter” movies must have helped him to accumulate a decent amount of wealth for himself, and according to sources, Sean has a net worth estimated of over $2 million.