Stuart Townsend

Actor
A handsome, dark-haired Irish actor with a sweet schoolboy look and an abundance of charm, Stuart Townsend was an affirmed film lover but gave no thought to acting until a drama student girlfriend led to his enrolling ... Read more »
Born: 12/15/1972 in Howth, Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (24)

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Salem 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Betrayal 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger in Paradise 2014 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

XIII 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Chaos Theory 2008 (Movie)

Buddy Endrow (Actor)

Best Man, Worst Friend 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Stalker 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Head in the Clouds 2004 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Vernon (Actor)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003 (Movie)

Dorian Gray (Actor)

Queen of the Damned 2002 (Movie)

Vampire Lestat (Actor)

Trapped 2002 (Movie)

Dr Will Jennings (Actor)

About Adam 2001 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Simon Magus 2001 (Movie)

Dovid (Actor)

Resurrection Man 2000 (Movie)

Victor Kelly (Actor)

Wonderland 2000 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

The Escort 1999 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Shooting Fish 1998 (Movie)

Jez (Actor)

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Lark/Gippo the Fool (Actor)

Under the Skin 1998 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Trojan Eddie 1997 (Movie)

Dermot (Actor)

Bloodsucking Cinema (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A handsome, dark-haired Irish actor with a sweet schoolboy look and an abundance of charm, Stuart Townsend was an affirmed film lover but gave no thought to acting until a drama student girlfriend led to his enrolling in Dublin's Gaiety School of Acting. Upon graduating in 1994, he formed the theater company Ether for Lunch with friends. In 1995 he was cast in Gillies MacKinnon's "Trojan Eddie" (released in the USA in 1997), playing Richard Harris' nephew and Stephen Rea's assistant. A small role as the Irishman who sparks a sexual obsession in troubled Iris (Samantha Morton) in Carine Adler's gripping "Under the Skin" (1997) followed.

Relationships

Parker Posey Actor

Companion
Dated from 1998 to summer 1999 No longer together

Charlize Theron Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Trapped" (2002) Began dating in 2001 In 2007, the couple declared themselves "married" despite never making the union official in a ceremony Split in 2010

Peter Townsend

Father
Played in the 1969 and 1971 Ryder Cups

Lorna Townsend

Mother
Died of a brain hemorrhage in 1994 at age 43

EDUCATION

The Gaiety School of Acting

Dublin 1994

Milestones

2008

Made writing and directorial debut with "Battle in Seattle," which is loosely based on the protests of the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999; featured real life love, Charlize Theron

2008

Co-starred with Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer in "Chaos Theory"

2005

Cast as investigative reporter Carl Kolchak on the ABC thriller "Night Stalker"

2004

Starred with real life love Charlize Theron in the WWII drama "Head in the Clouds"

2004

Cast in the action thriller "Shade," set in the world of L.A. poker hustlers

2003

Cast in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" with Sean Connery

2002

Played husband and wife, opposite Charlize Theron in the thriller "Trapped"

2001

Cast as Lestat in the film adaptation of Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned"

2000

Played the titular character in "About Adam" opposite Kate Hudson

2000

Returned to the London stage to appear opposite Helen Mirren in "Orpheus Descending"

1999

Featured in Robert Dornhelm's "The Venice Project" with Lauren Bacall and Dennis Hopper

1999

Acted in Michael Winterbottom's acclaimed "Wonderland"

1999

Originally cast as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy; left the production due to "creative differences" and was replaced with Viggo Mortensen

1997

Joined Dan Futterman and Kate Beckinsale for the British film "Shooting Fish"

1997

Garnered praise for his leading role in "Resurrection Man"

1996

Feature debut in Gilles MacKinnon's "Trojan Eddie"

1994

Non-professional stage debut in a school production of "Tear Up The Black Sail"

Professional stage acting debut, "True Lines" directed by John Crowley

Co-founded the theater company Ether for Lunch

Raised in Howth, Dublin, Ireland

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