"[Panaka]'s Captain of the Guard. The way I conceived of the role is that he is very tough, and I figured the tougher I was, the tougher it would make the Jedi seem. Obviously, no one out-toughed the Jedi, but Captain Panaka was going to give them a run for their money!"
―Hugh Quarshie[src]

Hugh Quarshie (born December 22, 1954) played Captain Quarsh Panaka in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.


Quarshie is of mixed Ghanaian, English and Dutch ancestry and was born in Accra, Ghana. He and his family moved to England when he was 3 years old.

He has appeared in many television programs, but is perhaps best known to sci-fi fans for appearing in Doctor Who in the two-part story arc "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" as the character Solomon. He currently appears in the British TV series Holby City as Ric Griffin, the second longest-serving main character in the show.

Additionally, Quarshie played Aaron the Moor in the BBC Television Shakespeare Titus Andronicus, portrayed Sunda Kastagir in the first Highlander film and led the cast of the 1989 Italian horror film The Church as Father Gus.

In 1986, Quarshie starred in Highlander alongside Clancy Brown (voice of Savage Opress in The Clone Wars and Montross in the video game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter). In 1995, he appeared along with Jimmy Smits in the TV movie Solomon & Sheba. In 1999, he played the role of Lieutenant Obutu in the film Wing Commander. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) voiced the character of Merlin in the movie. In 2000, Quarshie appeared with Ayesha Dharker (Queen Jamillia) in the two-part TV miniseries Arabian Nights. In 2007, he shared the screen with David Tennant (voice of Huyang in The Clone Wars) in two episodes of Doctor Who.

Quarshie is also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in many stage productions, such as Macbeth, Faust, The Great White Hope and Julius Caesar.


Year Title Role Other notes
2013 The Meeting Unknown role Short movie
2012 White Heat Victor (Present Day) TV series
2012 Black Magic Unknown role Short movie
2011 Ghosted Ade
2009 Small Island Narrator TV movie
2007 Doctor Who Solomon TV series
2005 Casualty @ Holby City Ric Griffin TV series
2005 The Afternoon Play Adam Clay TV series
2003 Conspiracy of Silence Fr. Joseph Ennis
2003 Georgian Underworld Narrator TV series (voice)
2003 Timewatch Narrator TV series (documentary)
2001-2014 Holby City Ric Griffin TV series
2001/2005 Casualty Gordon Hutchens & Ric Griffin TV series
2001 BeastMaster Orpheo TV series
2001 Hornblower: Retribution François Le Fanu, Rebel Leader TV movie
2001 In Deep Jim Craddock TV series
2000 North Square Judge Anthony Glove TV series
2000 It Was an Accident George Hurlock
2000 The Bill Col. Augustine Ngeze/Roger Kibanga TV series
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Chiron, the Centaur TV movie
2000 Arabian Nights Mustappa TV movie
2000 Threesome Dave Short movie
1999 To Walk with Lions Maxwell
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Captain Quarsh Panaka
1999 Wing Commander Lieutenant Obutu
1999 The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Neville Lawrence TV movie
1998 A Respectable Trade Caesar Peters TV miniseries
1997 Melissa George Bond TV miniseries
1995 She's Out DCI Ron Craigh TV miniseries
1995 The Glam Metal Detectives John TV series
1995 Solomon & Sheba Nikaule's Father TV movie
1994 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Cassius TV series (voice)
1994 MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis Inspector Rhodes TV movie
1994 The Chief Vincent Pierce TV series
1993 Red Dwarf Computer TV series (voice)
1993 The Comic Strip Presents... Lieutenant Delaney TV series
1992-1994 Medics Dr. Tom Carey TV series
1992 The Tomorrow People Professor Galt TV series
1992 Virtual Murder Dr. Mellor TV series
1992 Surgical Spirit Fergus Debonaire TV series
1991 Press Gang Inspector Hibbert TV series (as Huge Quarshie)
1991 Chancer Kazeem TV series
1990 Nightbreed Detective Joyce
1989 Behaving Badly Daniel TV miniseries
1989 The Church Father Gus
1988 A Gentleman's Club Baba TV series
1986/1989 Screenplay Mike & Wallace TV series
1986 Highlander Sunda Kastagir
1985 Alas Smith & Jones Unknown role TV series
1985 Titus Andronicus Aaron TV movie
1985 Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Kenge Obe
1984 Sharma and Beyond Man on Stairs TV movie
1983 Angels Turi Mimi TV series
1983 Rumpole of the Bailey Jonathan Mazenze TV series
1981 A Midsummer Night's Dream Philostrate TV movie
1981 The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs Danny Young TV movie
1981 Wolcott Dennis St. George TV miniseries
1980 The Dogs of War Zangaron Officer
1980 Buccaneer Major Ndobi TV series
1979 The Knowledge Campion TV movie
1968 Scene Unknown role TV series


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