Garrick Hagon (born 27 September 1939) is a film, stage, television and radio actor best known for his role as Biggs Darklighter in Star Wars: A New Hope. His many films include Batman, Spy Game, Me and Orson Welles and The Message. He was the rebel leader Ky in Doctor Who: The Mutants and played Simon Gerrard, Debbie Aldridge's husband in BBC's The Archers.
Life and career:
Hagon was born in London, England, and brought up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended UTS and Trinity College, U of T (Hon. English, 1963). He acted with Alec Guinness in Richard III at the Stratford Festival of Canada where he played for 7 seasons and won the Tyrone Guthrie Award in 1963. He guest starred (as Johnnie Nipick) in the episode The River in the CBC television series The Forest Rangers in 1964. After studying for a spell with the Royal Court Theatre Studio, London, Hagon then acted with Prospect Productions, in many repertory theatres, on the West End in Arthur Miller's All My Sons (as Chris Kellar) and at the Royal National Theatre in After the Fall.
As a voice actor he has been heard in many films and TV series including the UK dub of Star Fleet/X-Bomber (as Capt. Carter), the Manga titles, The Secret of Mamo and Goodbye Lady Liberty and Akira Kurosawa's Ran. His voice is featured in the video game, Divinity II: Ego Draconis and he has recorded over 150 audiobooks for major UK publishers. Garrick has also directed over 100 audiobook recordings including Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother read by Ian McKellen and the Audie Award-winning, full cast, unabridged His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
In the original version of Star Wars: A New Hope, Hagon's role as Biggs Darklighter, Red 3, came to an early but heroic end in the attack on the Death Star in the Battle of Yavin. In the 2011 Blu-ray release of the Star Wars films, Biggs's establishing scene at Anchorhead on Tatooine can be seen in full along with the characters of Fixer and Camie played by Anthony Forrest and Koo Stark. Because of Biggs, Garrick has enjoyed being invited to sci-fi conventions and inducted into Rebel Legions and 501st Garrisons around the world.
Hagon's many films include: Dad in Tim Burton's Batman, the role of Ammar in Mustapha Akkad's The Message, CIA Director Wilson in Tony Scott's Spy Game, Dr. Mewling in Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, Fr. Loughton in Xie Jin's The Opium War, James Halgate III in Philip Stolzl's The Expatriate, Lt. Rafferty in Richard Attenborough's A Bridge Too Far, the British General in Paul Verhoeven's Black Book, Eros in Charlton Heston's Antony and Cleopatra and the American doctor in Olivier Dahan's La Vie En Rose. In 2006, he appeared in an episode of The Line of Beauty.
Hagon's wife, actress Liza Ross, has appeared alongside him in several productions playing Mom in Batman and Lamia in Star Fleet. Liza and Garrick live in London and are co-directors of their audiobook production company, The Story Circle. They have two children and one grandson.
In 2012 Hagon had a role in Doctor Who series 7 episode 3, 'A Town Called Mercy.' Filming took place in Almeria, Spain, March 2012.