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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 21, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Marrickville, New South Wales, AU Profession: actor

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Largely unknown outside of his native Australia, actor David Wenham was a busily working television and film actor until his international breakout playing Faramir in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003). Wenham earned a reputation as an "actor's actor" in Australia, where his charismatic screen presence and his ability to disappear into wildly different roles had made him a sought-after talent for local dramas and comedies including "Cosi" (1996) and "Moulin Rouge" (2001). After proving his capable dramatic chops in two of cinematic history's biggest blockbusters, Wenham was welcomed into the big budget Hollywood folds with high profile roles in further bombastic productions like "Van Helsing" (2004) and "300" (2007), where he arrived as an international star and scored points with both female fans for his handsome looks and male moviegoers for his prowess in battle.

Largely unknown outside of his native Australia, actor David Wenham was a busily working television and film actor until his international breakout playing Faramir in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003). Wenham earned a reputation as an "actor's actor" in Australia, where his charismatic screen presence and his ability to disappear into wildly different roles had made him a sought-after talent for local dramas and comedies including "Cosi" (1996) and "Moulin Rouge" (2001). After proving his capable dramatic chops in two of cinematic history's biggest blockbusters, Wenham was welcomed into the big budget Hollywood folds with high profile roles in further bombastic productions like "Van Helsing" (2004) and "300" (2007), where he arrived as an international star and scored points with both female fans for his handsome looks and male moviegoers for his prowess in battle.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Lion (2015)
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 Pope Joan (2009)
7.
 Public Enemies (2009)
8.
 Australia (2008)
10.
 300 (2007)
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1990:
Played a supporting role in the Australian TV-movie "Come in Spinner"
1991:
Created the role of the gruff parolee Brett Sprague for the stage play "The Boys"
1992:
Appeared in the feature film "Greenkeeping"
1994:
Played a 12-year-old boy in the stage production "That Eye, The Sky"; co-written and directed by Richard Roxburgh
1996:
Had featured role as a pyromaniac in "Cosi"; had originated the role on stage
1997:
Earned critical praise for his role in the TV miniseries "Babies/Simone de Beauvoir's Babies"
1997:
Re-created his stage role for the film adaptation of "The Boys"; also associate producer
1998:
Portrayed a genius research scientist opposite Frances O'Connor in "A Little Bit of Soul"
1998:
Appeared in the underrated thriller "Dark City"
1998:
Had leading role in the Australian TV series "SeaChange"; did not renew contract for the second season
1999:
Co-starred with Tom Conti in the Australian stage production of "Art"
1999:
Portrayed the missionary priest Father Damien in "Molokai: The Story of Father Damien"
2000:
Offered a fine turn as a philandering husband in "Russian Doll"
2000:
Delivered a fine performance as the male half of a couple whose one-night stand turns into something a bit more complicated in "better than sex"; released theatrically in the USA in 2001
2001:
Seen briefly at the beginning of "Moulin Rouge!" playing a transvestite playwright
2001:
Portrayed a cowboy who competes with his brother (played by Joseph Fiennes) for the love of the same woman in "Dust"
2001:
Starred as a computer programmer in the thriller "The Bank"
2002:
Appeared in "The Crocdile Hunter: Collision Course" opposite Steve Irwin
2002:
Cast as Faramir in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2002:
Acted on stage in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of "True West"
2003:
Reprised role of Faramir for "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Played Hugh Jackman's sidekick, Friar Carl in "Van Helsing"
2006:
Co-starred with Guy Pearce in the Australian western "The Proposition"
2007:
Narrated and appeared in the film "300"
2008:
Co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the Baz Luhrmann-directed epic "Australia"
2009:
Cast as a member of American bank robber John Dillinger's crew in Michael Mann's 1930s gangland flick "Public Enemies"
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Education

Christian Brothers' High School: -
University of Western Sydney: - 1986

Notes

Not to be confused with the British New Testament scholar and author of the same name.

A portrait of the actor painted by artist Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in March 2000.

"Growing up I always wanted to be a performer. I was forever entertaining people - I think it was a case of not being very good at anything else." --David Wenham quoted in an October 29, 1999 interview with his alma mater, the University of Western Australia

"David Wenham created Brett on the stage, and on film, he's truly extraordinary. Not since Russell Crowe's performance in Romper Stomper has an Australian actor emerged on the scene with as much intellect, precision, emotional force and sheer complexity as Wenham." --From Australian critic Paul Fischer's review of "The Boys", posted at www.urbancinefile.com.au

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kate Agnew. Yoga instructor, actor. Together since c. 1994.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Bill Wenham.
mother:
Kath Wenham.
brother:
Peter Wenham. Older.
sister:
Helen Wenham. Older.
sister:
Anne Wenham. Older.
sister:
Carmel Wenham. Older.
sister:
Kathy Wenham. Older.
sister:
Maree Wenham. Older.
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