David Wenham

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1965 in Marrickville, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (33)

300: Rise of an Empire 2014 (Movie)

Dilios (Actor)

Top of the Lake 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Oranges and Sunshine 2011 (Movie)

Len (Actor)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 2010 (Movie)

Digger (Voice)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

Harry "Pete" Pierpont (Actor)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

Neil Fletcher (Actor)

Married Life 2008 (Movie)

John O'Brien (Actor)

Pope Joan 2008 (Movie)

Gerold (Actor)

The Children of Huang Shi 2008 (Movie)

Barnes (Actor)

300 2007 (Movie)

Dilios (Actor)

The Proposition 2006 (Movie)

Eden Fletcher (Actor)

Pure 2005 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Three Dollars 2005 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Van Helsing 2004 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dust 2003 (Movie)

Luke (Actor)

Gettin' Square 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

Faramir (Actor)

The Bank 2002 (Movie)

Jim Doyle (Actor)

The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course 2002 (Movie)

Sam Flynn (Actor)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

Faramir (Actor)

Better Than Sex 2001 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Russian Doll 2001 (Movie)

Ethan (Actor)

A Little Bit of Soul 1999 (Movie)

Dr Richard Shorkinghorn (Actor)

The Boys 1999 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

Dark City 1998 (Movie)

Schreber's Assistant (Actor)

Cosi 1997 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1997 (Movie)

Damien Joszef De Veuster (Actor)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

2nd Hotel Guard (Actor)

Greenkeeping 1991 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

The Heroes 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Banished (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

The Boys 1999 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (1)

The Turning 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Bill Wenham

Father

Kath Wenham

Mother

Kate Agnew

Companion
Together since c. 1994 and mother of his two daughters

Eliza Wenham

Daughter
Mother is longtime girlfriend Kate Agnew

Millie Wenham

Daughter
Mother is longtime girlfriend Kate Agnew

Peter Wenham

Brother
Older

Anne Wenham

Sister
Older

Carmel Wenham

Sister
Older

Helen Wenham

Sister
Older

Kathy Wenham

Sister
Older

Maree Wenham

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Christian Brothers' High School

University of Western Sydney

1986

Milestones

2009

Cast as a member of American bank robber John Dillinger's crew in Michael Mann's 1930s gangland flick "Public Enemies"

2008

Co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the Baz Luhrmann-directed epic "Australia"

2007

Narrated and appeared in the film "300"

2006

Co-starred with Guy Pearce in the Australian western "The Proposition"

2004

Played Hugh Jackman's sidekick, Friar Carl in "Van Helsing"

2003

Reprised role of Faramir for "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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"

2002

Appeared in "The Crocdile Hunter: Collision Course" opposite Steve Irwin

2001

Starred as a computer programmer in the thriller "The Bank"

2001

Portrayed a cowboy who competes with his brother (played by Joseph Fiennes) for the love of the same woman in "Dust"

2001

Seen briefly at the beginning of "Moulin Rouge!" playing a transvestite playwright

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

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"

1998

Portrayed a genius research scientist opposite Frances O'Connor in "A Little Bit of Soul"

1998

Had leading role in the Australian TV series "SeaChange"; did not renew contract for the second season

1998

Appeared in the underrated thriller "Dark City"

1997

Re-created his stage role for the film adaptation of "The Boys"; also associate producer

1997

Earned critical praise for his role in the TV miniseries "Babies/Simone de Beauvoir's Babies"

1996

Had featured role as a pyromaniac in "Cosi"; had originated the role on stage

1994

Played a 12-year-old boy in the stage production "That Eye, The Sky"; co-written and directed by Richard Roxburgh

1992

Appeared in the feature film "Greenkeeping"

1991

Created the role of the gruff parolee Brett Sprague for the stage play "The Boys"

1990

Played a supporting role in the Australian TV-movie "Come in Spinner"

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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