Who is Sean Biggerstaff?
Sean Biggerstaff was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 15 March 1983 – his zodiac sign is Pisces and he holds British nationality. He is an actor and a musician, who is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the lead character Ben Willis in the 2006 romantic comedy movie “Cashback”, written and directed by Sean Ellis, and which also starred Emilia Fox and Michelle Ryan. It follows Ben who starts suffering from insomnia after a tough break-up, and to deal with it, starts working the night shift at a supermarket, but where starts imagining things. The movie won three awards.
Early life and education
Sean was raised in Maryhill, Glasgow – his younger sister Jenny wasn’t born until 2000 – by his father who was a firefighter, and mother who was a community education worker.
Sean became interested in acting aged five, and began by appearing in theatre plays. He attended Parkview Primary School, and aged seven joined his first drama group: the Maryhill Youth Theatre. He was 10 when he portrayed a supporting character in the play “Macbeth” performed at the Tron Theatre, and then joined the Scottish Youth Theatre, staying with them for the following six years. He made his debut TV series appearance aged 13, in the 1996 episode “Prentice” of the drama “The Crow Road”, and the following year saw him make his debut movie appearance, in the drama “The Winter Guest”.
After he matriculated in 2001, Sean decided not to enroll at a college but to focus on his acting career.
Roles in movies
Sean’s breakthrough role came in 2001, when he was cast to portray Oliver Wood in the adventure family fantasy “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Richard Harris, and follows an orphaned kid as he starts attending a school for wizards and learns about his real parents. The movie was a huge hit winning 17 awards, while it was nominated for 68 others including three Oscars. In 2002, Sean reprised his role in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.
He went on to appear in the short films “CHEM087”, “X on a Map” and “Voices”, and then portrayed Oliver Wood once more in the 2011 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.
In 2013, Sean played Bothwell, one of the lead characters in the biographical historical drama “Mary Queen of Scots”, written and directed by Thomas Imbach, and which also starred Camille Rutherford and Mehdi Dehbi. He went on to star in several short movies, such as the fantasy horror “In Extremis”, the drama “Boldly Gone”, and the adventure drama “Enora”. His most recent role in a film has been in the 2018 comedy drama “Super November”, in which he starred alongside Shabana Akhtar Bakhsh and James Allenby-Kirk, and which follows the love story of two librarians; it was nominated for a single award.
Sean has recently been cast to star in the upcoming short comedy “Action”, as well as in the thriller “Hector & Himself”.
Roles in TV series
Sean made his voicing debut in the 2003 animated science fiction mini-series “Doctor Who: Shada”, which starred Paul McGann, Lalla Ward and John Leeson, and follows Doctor Who as he searches for the lost planet Shada. Later that year he portrayed Henry, Duke of Gloucester in a single episode of the biographical historical drama “The Last King”, which was a hit winning four awards while it was nominated for 10 others including one Primetime Emmy.
In 2009, he appeared as Bobby Attfield in the episode “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” of the mystery crime drama “Marple”, which follows an elderly woman as she helps the police solve murders. Also in 2009, Sean voiced Kyle in five episodes of the animated crime drama “The Lost Book”, and portrayed Tom in an episode of the biographical drama “Garrow’s Law”.
His two most recent roles in TV series have been in the 2018 action adventure fantasy mini-series “Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter”, and the 2020 episode “Orson Welles in Norwich” of the biographical adventure comedy “Urban Myths”.
In 2003, he appeared in the short documentary film “Interviews with Students”.
In 2014, Sean was the production assistant for the making of the crime comedy movie “Locks of Love”.
Awards and nominations
Sean has been nominated for three awards winning two; in 2007, he won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland Award for Best Actor – Television for his performance in the movie “Consenting Adults”, and in 2017, he won a Jury Prize at the Scottish Short Film Festival for Best Actor for his performance in “Enora”.
The same year he was nominated for an Award of Excellence at Winter Film Awards for Best Actor for “Enora”.
Love life and dating
Sometime in the 2000s, Sean was in a relationship with Gaia Weiss, a French model and actress perhaps known best for her appearances in the Swiss period drama “Mary Queen of Scots”, and the fantasy movie “The Legend of Hercules”. The two dated for around a year before splitting ways for unknown reasons.
In January 2010, Sean began dating Rachel Curtis, an American independent musician and they stayed together for several years, and there are some people who believe the two to still be dating today, however, this isn’t true.
Sean has been keeping the details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention for the past couple of years, however, the girl Aylish McFarlane announced in September 2020 that she is dating her childhood crush, who portrayed Oliver Wood in “Harry Potter”, and uploaded several pictures of them together onto her Instagram account.
As of February 2021, Sean is dating the social media star Aylish McFarlane, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Sean was 13 when he began playing the guitar, learning by ear. The first song he learned was Nirvana’s “Scentless Apprentice”, and he then joined the band Crambo and could’ve been heard singing the chorus of their single “Norman Blake”. As of today, Sean is a member of the band Wrongnote.
He is physically quite active, and often plays soccer and basketball with his friends. He also has several training sessions at the gym each week, as it’s important for his acting career to stay fit.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy and Sigourney Weaver, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Ghostbusters”, “Groundhog Day” and “Meet Dave”.
Sean doesn’t like being asked about the film franchise “Harry Potter”, as he misses appearing in it.
Age, height and net worth
Sean’s age is 37. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of February 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.