"It can be a bit irritating when someone asks me how the new film's coming along when I haven't worked on Harry Potter for two years. Generally speaking, I have no problem with it. Most actors go through their careers without ever being involved in something so spectacular, so I think it would be a bit ignorant of me to object to being associated with it. Harry Potter is an amazing thing. I'm not just being diplomatic here either. I'm still reminded regularly of what a unique experience it was."
—Sean Biggerstaff[1]

Sean Biggerstaff (b. 15 March, 1983) portrayed Oliver Wood in the film adaptations of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Biggerstaff would not reprise his role until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, nine years after the release of the second film, despite Oliver Wood's larger role in the third book.


Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood

Early life

Biggerstaff was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He joined a local drama group and he played "Augustus Gloop" in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". After that, for six years, he joined the Scottish Youth Theatre. It was there he got his big break when Alan Rickman asked him be Tom in The Winter Guest (1997).


Rickman later recommended that Biggerstaff join the agency International Creative Management. When casting for Harry Potter began, the directors asked Biggerstaff read for the part of Oliver Wood. He agreed and went on to play Oliver for two films.

Biggerstaff was nominated and won Best Actor for Television in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Scotland (BAFTA Scotland) on November 18, 2007 for his role in the BBC4 TV Movie Consenting Adults.

In 2016, he played the lead role in the theatre play Right Now, which was critically and commercially well received in Bath, London, and Edinburgh.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Oliver Wood Uncredited cameo appearance.
2010 Hippie Hippie Shake Unknown Unreleased
2009 Garrow's Law (TV series) Tom 1 episode
Episode #1.3
X on a Map Paul Short film
Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Bobby Attfield TV movie
2008 The Skull of Sobek Voice of Snabb BBC "Doctor Who" Audio Drama
2007 Consenting Adults Jeremy Wolfenden BBC4 Television Drama
2006 Cashback Ben Willis Feature Film
2005 The Girl with Red Hair Matt Theatre
2004 Cashback Ben Willis Short Film
2003 Charles II: The Power and the Passion Henry, Duke of Gloucester TV mini-series
Shada Voice of Chris Parson BBC Animated "Doctor Who" Webcast
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Oliver Wood
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1997 The Winter Guest Tom
MacBeth Son of MacDuff Tron Theatre, Glasgow
1996 The Crow Road (TV series) Young Darren 1 episode
1990 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Augustus Gloop Maryhill Youth Theatre
MacBeth Scottish Youth Theatre
Sleeping Beauty
Peter Pan Man
Much Ado About Nothing
Two Weeks with the Queen
Beauty and the Beast

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