Who is Douglas Henshall?

Douglas is an award-winning Scottish stage, television and film actor, perhaps best known to the world as Nick Cutter in the TV series “Primeval” (2007-2011), and as D.I. Jimmy Perez in the TV series “Shetland” (2013-2022), in addition to several other notable roles that he’s secured so far in his career.

What is Douglas Henshall Doing Now?

Douglas has been playing D.I. Jimmy Perez in the TV crime-drama series “Shetland” since 2013, and this year of 2011 he finished filming the sixth season of the award-winning mystery crime drama series.

Douglas Henshall Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education

Douglas James ‘Dougie’ Henshall was born on 19 November 1965, in Glasgow, Scotland; he’s the youngest of three in the family, and has two older sisters.

He spent his childhood in Barrhead and went to Barrhead High School, during which time he also joined the Scottish Youth Theatre, then after matriculation moved to London, where he trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Later, he joined the 7:84 theatre company in Glasgow, and before making his on-screen debut as an actor, Douglas honed his acting skills on stage.

Career Beginnings

Douglas made his acting debut in 1990, when he appeared in a minor role in the TV series “Taggart”, and continued with minor roles in such TV series as “The Justice Game” and “4 Play” in 1990 and 1991.

In 1993, he was chosen for the role of Corporal Berry in the TV mini-series “Lipstick on Your Collar”, which co-starred Giles Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Louise Germaine.

Two years later, Douglas appeared in the Academy Award-nominated romantic drama film “Angels and Insects”, portraying Edgar Alabaster, and starring Mark Rylance, Patsy Kensit and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Rise to Prominence

In 1998, Douglas starred in the award-winning fantasy comedy-drama film “Twice Upon a Yesterday”, co-starring Lena Headey and Penelope Cruz, then continued on with the lead role of Michael in Peter Mullan’s award-winning comedy-drama film “Orphans”, co-starring Gary Lewis and Rosemarie Stevenson.

Next, he played Benny in Stewart Sugg’s action-comedy film “Fast Food” in 1998, and ended the decade in the BAFTA-nominated drama series “Psychos”, in which he starred with Neve McIntosh and Alastair Mackenzie.

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The 2000s

Douglas was becoming more popular as an actor, which opened many doors for him. In 2000, he was Levin in the TV mini-series “Anna Karenina”, and in 2001 he portrayed Cromwell Marsh in the television romantic-comedy movie “Gentlemen’s Relish”, co-starring Billy Connolly and Sarah Lancashire. Subsequently, he starred in the award-winning romantic comedy-drama film “Lawless Heart”, alongside Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy, and in 2002 he starred in the thriller-mystery drama film “Silent Cry”, next to Emily Woof and Clive Russell. The following year, Douglas appeared next to Sean Penn, Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes in the romantic sci-fi drama film “It’s All About Love”.

In 2004 he starred in the television thriller-drama movie “Frances Tuesday” with Tamzin Outhwaite and Lennie James, and the following year, he was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the television movie “The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle”.

He was pretty successful in the second half of the decade, securing some of his most prominent roles. In 2006 he portrayed Styx in the romantic comedy film “Dead Long Enough”, starring Michael Sheen, Jason Hughes, and Angeline Ball in the lead roles.

In 2007, Douglas was selected for the part of Professor Nick Cutter in the TV action-adventure drama series “Primeval”, co-starring Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, and Ben Miller in the lead roles, about a group of scientists who track anomalies happening all over England that bring over prehistoric creatures from Earth’s distant past to the present.

However, Henshall left “Primeval” after just 16 episodes to focus on other opportunities, both on-screen and on stage.

Concurrently, David appeared as Marcus in “French Film” in 2008, and in 2009 he played Alan Campbell in the mystery fantasy-drama film “Dorian Gray”, based on the novel by Oscar Wilde “The Picture of Dorian Gray”.

The 2010s and “Shetland” Success

Douglas commenced the new decade rather successfully – he was Jim in the award-winning TV mini-series “The Silence,” co-starring Genevieve Barr, and Dervla Kirwan. He then worked with Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland in the action adventure-drama film “The Eagle” (2011).

He was Joe Astell in the BAFTA-winning TV mini-series “South Riding” in the same year, and then featured in the war-drama film “How I Was Stolen by the Germans”, written and directed by Milos Misa’ Radivojevic.

In 2013, Douglas landed the role of Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez in the TV mystery crime-drama series “Shetland” – Douglas rose to international stardom thanks to the popularity of the series, and even won BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – Television. The series is based on Ann Cleeves’ novel series “Shetland”, and recently the seventh season has been announced, with a premiere in early or mid- 2023.

Concurrently with his role of D.I. Jimmy Perez, Douglas worked on several other projects. He portrayed Taran MacQuarrie in four episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated romantic fantasy drama series “Outlander” (2015), which stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, and Sophie Skelton, and the same year he co-starred with Ruth Negga and Tom Brooke in Scott Graham’s drama film “Iona”.

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The following year, Douglas starred in the TV crime-drama mini-series “In Plain Sight”, and in 2019, he starred in the horror thriller-drama film “The Small Hand”, based on Susan Hill’s book.

In 2020, Douglas appeared in the BAFTA-nominated TV comedy-drama series “Home”.

Stage Credits

In addition to his on-screen career, Douglas has earned a name for himself on the theater boards. He made his stage debut back in the early ’90s, in the play “Life of Stuff” (1993), performed at the Donmar Warehouse. Four years later, he starred in the play “American Buffalo”, performed at the Young Vic, then the following year he was Romeo in the play “Rome and Juliet”, and then David in the play “The Long Farwell”. both for BBC radio.

The same year he played Michael Bakunin in the trilogy of plays “The Coast of Utopia” at the National Theatre, directed by Tom Stoppard.

He returned to the theater in 2012, as Oliver Cromwell in the premiere of the play “55 Days”, and in 2017, he starred in the play “Network” at the National Theatre.

Net Worth

As of mid- 2022, Douglas Henshall’s net worth has been estimated to be around $8 million, earned through his successful career as an actor, during which he’s appeared in more than 60 film and TV titles.

Personal Life, Married, Children, Wife

When it comes to his personal life, Douglas has been married to Tena Štivičić since February 2010. The couple has a daughter, Grace born in 2016.

His wife is an award-winning Croatian playwright, best known for her play “3 Winters”, which earned her a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The prominent actor has light brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while he weighs approximately 155lbs (70kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has a slim figure.

Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia

Douglas has stated that he intended to become a sports journalist; however, after stumbling upon a few obstacles, including the lack of journalistic studies in Edinburgh or Glasgow, he turned to acting.

He is a huge fan of the Scottish soccer club St. Mirren F.C.

Douglas was a frequent smoker; however, he dropped this bad habit back in September 2019.

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