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David Wenham

Highest Rated:   100% Ellipsis (2017)
Lowest Rated:   21% Dust (2003)
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.


Highest Rated Movies



29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Scarfield
$171.6M 2017
100% Ellipsis
  • Director
85% Lion
  • John
$51.7M 2016
73% Blinky Bill The Movie
  • Jacko
83% Goldstone
  • Johnny
82% Paper Planes
  • Patrick
$5.8M 2015
No Score Yet Force Of Destiny
  • Actor
85% The Turning
  • Director
43% 300: Rise of an Empire
  • Dilios
$91.1M 2014
No Score Yet Aussie Rules The World
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Beach
  • Actor
71% Oranges And Sunshine
  • Len
$2.1M 2011
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time
  • Actor
50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Digger
$54.5M 2010
No Score Yet Pope Joan
  • Gerold
68% Public Enemies
  • Harry "Pete" Pierpont
$97M 2009
55% Australia
  • Neil Fletcher
$49.5M 2008
30% The Children of Huang Shi
  • Barnes
$0.7M 2008
55% Married Life
  • John O'Brien
$1.2M 2008
60% 300
  • Dilios
$210.6M 2007
No Score Yet Three Dollars
  • Eddie
No Score Yet He Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute
  • Actor
86% The Proposition
  • Eden Fletcher
$1.8M 2005
No Score Yet The Brush-Off
  • Actor
No Score Yet Stiff
  • Actor
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment
  • Carl
23% Van Helsing
  • Carl
$119.7M 2004
No Score Yet The Brush Off
  • Actor
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Faramir
$364.1M 2003
21% Dust
  • Luke
No Score Yet Gettin' Square
  • Johnny Spitieri
No Score Yet After the Deluge
  • Actor
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Faramir
$339.8M 2002
No Score Yet Pure
  • Lenny
53% The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course
  • Sam Flynn
$28.3M 2002
61% El Juego de la Banca
  • Jim Doyle
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Faramir
$314.1M 2001
47% Better Than Sex
  • Josh
No Score Yet Idiot Box
  • Actor
76% Moulin Rouge!
  • Audrey
$55.1M 2001
48% Russian Doll
  • Ethan
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Soul
  • Dr. Richard Shorkinghorn
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
  • Father Damien
No Score Yet The Boys
  • Brett Sprague
74% Dark City
  • Schreber's Assistant
No Score Yet Cosi
  • Doug
53% No Escape
  • 2nd Hotel Guard


17% Marvel's Iron Fist
  • Harold Meachum
  • 2017
87% Top of the Lake
  • Det. Sgt. Al Parker
  • 2013

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