Stuart Townsend

Highest Rated: 87% Under the Skin (1998)
Lowest Rated: 16% Head in the Clouds (2004)
Birthday: Dec 15, 1972
Birthplace: Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Born December 15th, 1972, Stuart Townsend would grow up to possess the kind of dark, coolly seductive looks that lend themselves to playing either ladies' men or raving psychos, {Townsend is one of the more compelling actors to have emerged from Ireland during the 1990s. A native of Dublin, Townsend was born to pro golfer Peter Townsend and Lorna Townsend, a well-known former model who died in 1994. He first became interested in performing through his then-girlfriend, who was studying at the Gaiety School of Acting. Townsend also enrolled at the school and made his stage debut in the school's production of Tear Up the Black Sail. He made his professional stage debut in John Crowley's True Lines. In 1996, Townsend broke onto the screen with his role in Gillies MacKinnon's Trojan Eddie. Portraying a seductive young man who steals away a bride from her groom on their wedding day, Townsend was afforded the opportunity to work with the legendary Richard Harris. His exposure in the film led to his first starring role, in Shooting Fish (1997), a successful comedy which cast him as a sweet-natured con man. That same year, Townsend had a supporting role in Carine Adler's acclaimed drama Under the Skin, engaging in emotional dysfunction and phone sex with the film's heroine. He also made a terrifying impression in the Irish crime thriller Resurrection Man, playing a psychotic killer. Townsend subsequently extended his talents to period drama, portraying an impoverished Jew in 19th century Silesia in Simon Magus (1998) and essaying a dual role in the 16th- and 20th century-set The Venice Project (1999). In 1999, he was also visible in Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland, an ensemble drama that screened at that year's Cannes Film Festival. The turnover to the new millennium found Townsend with some big shoes to fill as he stepped into the role of Anne Rice's staple bloodsucker Lestat (originally portrayed by Tom Cruise in Neil Jordan's Interview With the Vampire (1994) in 2002. Baring his fangs alongside co-star and title character Aaliyah (who perished in an airplane crash shortly before the film opened in theaters) Townsend recieved a fair amount of praise for his role in the film, which was previously rumored to have been heading for a straight to video release. In 2005 he joined the cast of ABC's Night Stalker for a role as an investigative reporter determined to catch the person responsible for his wife's murder.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet A Stranger In Paradise Actor 2014
56% Battle in Seattle Director Screenwriter Producer 2008
30% Chaos Theory Buddy Endrow 2008
No Score Yet Bloodsucking Cinema Actor 2007
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Bloodsucking Cinema Actor 2007
No Score Yet Best Man, Worst Friend Olly Pickering 2006
No Score Yet Night Stalker Actor 2005
16% Head in the Clouds Guy $0.2M 2004
17% The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Dorian Gray $66.4M 2003
67% Shade Vernon 2003
17% Trapped Will $7M 2002
17% Queen of the Damned Lestat $31.1M 2002
63% Simon Magus Bendel 2001
63% Wonderland Tim 2000
68% About Adam Adam 2000
No Score Yet Mauvaise passe (The Escort) (The Wrong Blonde) Tom 1999
87% Under the Skin Tom 1998
57% Shooting Fish Jez 1998
No Score Yet Resurrection Man Victor Kelly 1998
No Score Yet Trojan Eddie Dermot 1997

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2017
82% Salem
2014-2017
Samuel Wainwright
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
97% Elementary
2012-2018
Del Gruner
  • 2015
8% Betrayal
2013-2014
Jack McAllister Jack McCutchen
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Robot Chicken
2005
Voice
  • 2005

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