Douglas Henshall is a Scottish actor, born on November 19, 1965 in Glasgow. While studying in the town of Barrhead, he joined the Glasgow-based Scottish Youth Theatre. He later moved to London to study acting at the Mountview Theater School. He started acting in theater while in London, and he received acclaim for his performances in plays such as Life of Stuff, staged in 1993, and American Buffalo, staged in 1997. He then returned to Glasgow and joined the pro-independence theater group 7:84.
In 1990, Henshall appeared in his first film, The Big Man. His performances have also been acclaimed: notably, 1995’s Angels and Insects, 1997’s Orphans, 1998’s The Man with Rain in His Shoes, and 2001’s Lawless Heart. Most of his acting credits, however, are on television. He portrayed different roles in television series such as The Bill, Dalziel and Pascoe, Psychos and Anna Karenina. In 1999, his performance in the 1999 mini-series Kid in the Corner earned him a Gold Nymph for Best Actor in that year’s Monte Carlo TV Festival. He also acted for radio plays, such as the BBC adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, and continued to appear in stage productions, such as the London production of The Coast of Utopia.
Recently, Henshall is known for the role of Professor Nick Cutter in the British science fiction series Primeval. His character is a professor of paleontology who is assigned by the Home Office to tackle the problems of prehistoric and extinct creatures entering the present time due to time anomalies. He is known as an expert on extinct species, and to an extent, physics, as he also discovered the travel of such creatures on time anomalies. Henshall has starred in the first two seasons of the program, and is set to appear in a third season in 2009.