David Wenham

Lowest Rated: 20% Dust (2003)
Birthday: Sep 21, 1965
Birthplace: Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
David Wenham is a versatile, red-haired actor whose chameleon-like ability to disappear into his characters has found him successful in everything from large-scale epics to intimate domestic dramas. His success on the stages of his native Australia eventually led him to international success thanks to roles in such acclaimed features as Moulin Rouge (2001) and the final two entries in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The youngest of seven siblings, Wenham was raised in Merrickville, Australia. The aspiring actor honed his craft at the University of Western Australia before making an impression on television audiences with a role in the popular small-screen drama Sons and Daughters in the mid-'80s. As the '90s rolled in, so did the film roles, and after a memorable turn as an embittered ex-convict in the stage play The Boys, Wenham landed parts in such features as Greenkeeping (1992) and the Hollywood sci-fi action film No Escape. In 1996, he found critical acclaim when he transferred his role as a pyromaniac in Cosi from stage to screen. After taking on a handful of small film and television parts, Wenham once again reprised a theater role with the release of The Boys in 1998. His big-screen portrayal of the explosive ex-convict who returns home after a short sting in prison found Wenham the darling of Australian critics. With a popular role in the 1998 Australian Broadcasting Company series SeaChange, Wenham earned a reputation as a reluctant sex symbol, as well as a nomination at the Australian Film Institute Awards. The following year, he took on the role of a philanthropic priest attempting to console lepers in Molokai: The Story of Father Damien, once again earning an AFI nomination for Best Actor. Though subsequent performances in Better Than Sex (2000) and Russian Doll (2001) earned Wenham even more critical acclaim overseas, it was his role as a transvestite playwright in director Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge that gave the rising star his first true taste of international success. By this time, it was clear that Wenham could carry a film, and with his turn as a mathematics wizard with an innovative plan for predicting the stock market in The Bank, he proved this once and for all. In 2002, he followed a supporting performance in The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course with a role as a heroin dealer in Pure. Later that same year, Wenham truly found an international audience when he joined the hugely successful The Lord of the Rings franchise as Faramir in its second installment, The Two Towers. 2003 proved an exhaustive year for the increasingly busy actor, as he starred in the Australian slice-of-life miniseries After the Deluge and the crime comedy Gettin' Square, for which he won the AFI award for Best Actor. Wenham then returned to the role of Faramir in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, making an even greater impression with more emotional scenes and screen time. By then, Wenham was a recognizable international talent, and following a pair of Australian television appearances, he turned up alongside Hugh Jackman in the 2004 action fantasy Van Helsing.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
41% Nekrotronic Actor 2019
48% In Like Flynn Actor 2019
No Score Yet Believe Actor 2019
76% Goldstone Johnny 2018
No Score Yet Peter Rabbit With Dance Along Johnny Town-Mouse 2018
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Scarfield $172.6M 2017
86% Ellipsis Director 2017
No Score Yet Beyond the Known World Actor 2017
85% Lion John $51.7M 2016
No Score Yet Blinky Bill på eventyr Jacko 2016
73% Blinky Bill The Movie Jacko 2016
85% The Turning Director 2015
85% Paper Planes Patrick $5.8M 2015
No Score Yet Force Of Destiny Actor 2015
44% 300: Rise of an Empire Dilios $91.1M 2014
No Score Yet Aussie Rules The World Actor 2014
No Score Yet The Beach Actor 2014
69% Oranges And Sunshine Len $2.1M 2011
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Actor 2011
51% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Digger $54.5M 2010
No Score Yet Pope Joan Gerold 2009
68% Public Enemies Harry "Pete" Pierpont $97.1M 2009
55% Australia Neil Fletcher $49.5M 2008
31% The Children of Huang Shi Barnes $0.7M 2008
54% Married Life John O'Brien $1.2M 2008
60% 300 Dilios $210.6M 2007
No Score Yet Three Dollars Eddie 2006
No Score Yet He Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute Actor 2006
86% The Proposition Eden Fletcher $1.8M 2005
No Score Yet The Brush-Off Actor 2004
No Score Yet Stiff Actor 2004
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment Carl 2004
24% Van Helsing Carl $119.7M 2004
No Score Yet The Brush Off Actor 2004
93% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Faramir $364.1M 2003
20% Dust Luke 2003
No Score Yet Gettin' Square Johnny Spitieri 2003
No Score Yet After the Deluge Actor 2003
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Faramir $339.8M 2002
No Score Yet Pure Lenny 2002
53% The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Sam Flynn $28.3M 2002
61% The Bank Jim Doyle 2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Faramir $314.1M 2001
47% Better Than Sex Josh 2001
No Score Yet Idiot Box Actor 2001
76% Moulin Rouge! Audrey $55.1M 2001
48% Russian Doll Ethan 2001
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Soul Dr. Richard Shorkinghorn 1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Damien 1999
No Score Yet The Boys Brett Sprague 1998
76% Dark City Schreber's Assistant 1998
No Score Yet Cosi Doug 1997
50% No Escape 2nd Hotel Guard 1994

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Romper Stomper
2018
Jago
  • 2019
39% Marvel's Iron Fist
2017-2018
Harold Meachum
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Wake in Fright
2017
Sergeant Jock Crawford
  • 2017
82% Top of the Lake
2013-2017
Det. Sgt. Al Parker
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet Banished
2015
Gov. Arthur Phillip
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Code
2014
Ian Bradley
  • 2014
No Score Yet SeaChange
1998-2000
Dan Della Bosca Daniel Della Bosca
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1998

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