Guy Henry is an English stage and screen actor, best known as Henrik Hanssen in Holby City, Pius Thicknesse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, Gaius Cassius Longinus in Rome, and Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One.
Henry trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1982, he took the title role in ITV’s Young Sherlock Holmes series, playing Holmes as a teenager. Henry’s main work has been with the Royal Shakespeare Company beginning in 1991.
In the early 1990s, he played the acerbic, demonic Dr Walpurgis in The Vault of Horror, a BBC Halloween special. His make-up was provided by Hellraiser veteran Geoff Portass. Guy also introduced a few series of cult horror films in several BBC One Friday Night horror seasons (with a name change to “Dr. Terror”), with scripted introductions written by horror novelist and film historian Kim Newman.
He has also frequently been cast as a conspiratorial and/or Machiavellian civil servant, as in Fields of Gold (2002) and Foyle’s War (in a 2003 episode). He played the title role in Channel 4’s 2004 documentary Who Killed Thomas Becket?, a “promotion” from his role as Tempter in the RSC Murder in the Cathedral, T. S. Eliot’s version of the same story, and was a deportment tutor and a shoemaker respectively in the BBC’s The Young Visiters (2003) and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (Christmas 2004). He played the part of Corporal Ludovic in the C4 presentation of Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy (2001) alongside the then relatively unknown Daniel Craig.
In 2005 he appeared in the feature-length ITV drama Colditz and had a recurring role in Extras, which continued into a few episodes of the comedy’s second season. His main role that year, however, was as Cassius (fictionalised version of Gaius Longinus Cassius) in the last three episodes of the first series of HBO/BBC series Rome. He reprised this role in the second series (broadcast 2007) until the character’s death at the Battle of Philippi in the episode “Philippi”.
In 2006, he played a lawyer in Midsomer Murders, appeared with Michael Sheen in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (as Hugh Paddick), and featured in the first, fifth and sixth episodes of the first series of The Chase (in another role he reprised in 2007). In 2007 he appeared as the UK’s UN Ambassador in The Trial of Tony Blair and appeared in the seventh episode of the second series of Hotel Babylon. Also in 2007 he appeared on radio as Noël Coward in the Afternoon Play of 4 May 2007, “The Master and Mrs Tucker” by Roy Apps, which told of Coward’s friendship with Edith Nesbit (played by Ann Bell).
In 2008, he appeared in HBO’s John Adams as Jonathan Sewall, Massachusetts’s Attorney General, as Mr Collins in Lost in Austen, and in Series 7, Episode 4 of Spooks.
In 2009 he appeared in Margaret and in Lewis (Series 4, Episode 1).
In 2009 he appeared in several episodes of Ricky Gervais’ BBC comedy Extras as the commissioning editor of BBC Comedy.
In October 2010 he joined the regular cast of Holby City as surgeon Henrik Hanssen, a role he played for three years until his departure in October 2013. In October 2014, it was announced that he would rejoin the cast of Holby City.
Henry’s film credits include appearances in Another Country with Rupert Everett, England, My England film by Tony Palmer, in Stephen Fry’s 2003 film Bright Young Things as Archie Schwert, in V for Vendetta as Conrad Heyer, in Starter for 10 as a university professor, in Expresso, in Vincente Amorim’s 2008 film Good as a senior doctor in Nazi Germany starring Viggo Mortensen, and as Pius Thicknesse in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.
In 2016, Henry appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, providing the physical and vocal performance for Grand Moff Tarkin; the use of CGI special effects recreated the likeness of Peter Cushing, who died in 1994, for the character.