David Wenham

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David Wenham
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Wenham at the premiere of the film The Turning at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
Born(1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 49)
Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Kate Agnew (1994–present)
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David Wenham
David Wenham 2014 (cropped).jpg
Wenham at the premiere of the film The Turning at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival
Born(1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 49)
Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Kate Agnew (1994–present)

David Wenham (born 21 September 1965) is an Australian actor who has appeared in movies, television series and theatre productions. He is known in Hollywood for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire and Neil Fletcher in Australia. He is also known in his native Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange.

Early life[edit]

Wenham was born in Marrickville, Sydney, Australia, the son of Kath and Bill Wenham. He has five older sisters; Helen, Anne, Carmel, Kathryn, and Maree; and one older brother, Peter. David was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and attended Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham.[1][2]


Wenham started his career as an actor after graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney in 1987 where he studied under Terry Browne.[citation needed] Wenham's television credits include several telemovies, such as his AFI award winning role in the 1996 telemovie Simone de Beauvoir's Babies; and his role as the outwardly laid back but deeply enigmatic diver Dan Della Bosca in the 1998 and 1999 seasons of the highly successful ABC television series SeaChange. His role as "Diver Dan" has made the actor something of a sex symbol, although he dislikes thinking of himself as such,[3] and he has been voted Australia's "sexiest man alive".[4] A portrait of Wenham by artist Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in 2000.[citation needed] Wenham is signed to Storm Model Management in London.[5]

Australian films Wenham has starred in include the critically acclaimed The Boys (1998) based on the play of the same name premiered at Griffin Theatre Company and in turn based on the murder of Anita Cobby; Molokai (1999), based on the life of Father Damien; The Bank (2001); Gettin' Square (2003); Stiff (2004); The Brush Off (2004) and Three Dollars (2005). Wenham has periodically appeared in Hollywood films; he is known for playing Faramir, son of Denethor, in New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

He was also seen in Van Helsing playing Hugh Jackman's sidekick, Friar Carl. His character, Dilios, narrated and appeared in the movie 300. Minor roles of Wenham's in overseas films include in The Crocodile Hunter as a park ranger, and briefly in Moulin Rouge! as Audrey. Wenham stars in the music video for Alex Lloyd's single "Brand New Day". In 2008's Australia, he reunited with Hugh Jackman playing antagonist Neil Fletcher who seeks to acquire the ranch Jackman's character is employed with.

In both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and 300, Wenham's character is the sole survivor returned from an ill-fated battle (the Battle at Osgiliath and the Battle of Thermopylae, respectively). He reprises his role of Dilios in the videogame 300: March to Glory for Sony PlayStation Portable, which contains a substantial amount of new dialogue.

In 2009 he again took to the stage, this time as the lead actor, Jerry Springer, in the British musical Jerry Springer: The Opera. During its 6 day run at the Sydney Opera House he played in sold-out performances alongside ARIA award winning singer Kate Miller-Heidke.

In 2010, Wenham starred as the disgraced Melbourne Lawyer Andrew Fraser in the Australian TV series Killing Time. This 10 part series shows Fraser's fall from grace as he defends many Melbourne criminals during the 1980s and 1990s. It was shown on TV1 in late 2011.

Wenham plays New Zealand detective Al Parker[6] alongside Elisabeth Moss[7] in the 2013 BBC series Top of the Lake.

In 2013, Wenham returned to the stage to play the lead role of John Proctor, in the Melbourne Theatre Company's mid-year production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Personal life[edit]

He has two daughters, Eliza Jane and Millie, with his longtime girlfriend, Kate Agnew.[8]

Wenham read a poem by Rupert McCall at the memorial service for Steve Irwin. The poem was entitled "The Crocodiles are Crying".[9]

Wenham is a Sydney Swans supporter.[10]



1990Come In SpinnerAustralian soldierTelevision film
1992Seeing RedFrank
1994Tran the ManRaymond "Tran" MossShort film
1994No EscapeHotel Guard #2
1994Escape from JupiterDr. Chrobak
1995Roses Are RedBrian
1996Idiot BoxBank Teller
1998The BoysBrett Sprague
1998Dark CitySchreber's Assistant
1998A Little Bit of SoulDr. Richard Shorkinghorn
1999Molokai: The Story of Father DamienFather Damien
2000Better Than SexJosh
2001Russian DollEthan
2001Moulin Rouge!Audrey
2001The BankJim Doyle
2002The Crocodile Hunter: Collision CourseSam Flynn
2002The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersFaramir
2003Gettin' SquareJohnny Spitieri
2003Basilisk StareDave
2003The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingFaramir
2004Van HelsingCarl
2005Three DollarsEddie Harnovey
2005The PropositionEden Fletcher
2006Answered by FireMark WaldmanTelevision film
2008Married LifeJohn O'Brien
2008The Children of Huang ShiBarnes
2008AustraliaNeil Fletcher
2009Public EnemiesHarry Pierpont
2009Pope JoanGerold
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleDigger (voice)
2010Oranges and SunshineLen
2012Dripping in ChocolateBennett O'Mara
2014300: Rise of an EmpireDilios
2015Force of DestinyRobertFilming


1987A Country PracticeAmbulanceman 1Episode: "Mozart Rules - Part 1"
1987Sons and DaughtersDebt CollectorEpisode: "#1.954"
1988A Country PracticeScott Galbraith2 episodes
1991Police RescueFerretEpisode: "The Cosmic Lightbeam"
1992A Country PracticeDavid Cornish2 episodes
1994Blue HeelersWilliam CassidyEpisode: "The Folly of Youth"
1996Blue HeelersRobbie DoyleEpisode: "Happy Families"
1997Return to JupiterDr. Ghrobak2 episodes
1998–1999SeaChangeDan Della Bosca15 episodes
2011Killing TimeAndrew Fraser10 episodes
2013Top of the LakeAl Parker7 episodes
2013Better ManJulian McMahon4 episodes
2015BanishedGovernor Arthur PhillipUpcoming series

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Spittin' image". The Age (Melbourne). 5 October 2003. 
  2. ^ Fr Damien role is ‘uplifting’ – actor
  3. ^ Field, Melissa (1 April 2007). "The star of David". Daily Telegraph. News. 
  4. ^ "David Wenham AgeOfTheRing Biography". 
  5. ^ Storm Model Management, Special Bookings
  6. ^ "Entertainment: Top of the Lake". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mad Woman, Bad Girl". New York Post. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ David Wenham – Yahoo! TV
  9. ^ The Crocodile Hunter: A Tribute to Steve Irwin at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Kidman heads army of Swans 'true believers'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 March 2005. 
  11. ^ a b "Past Winners, Television 1986–2006". AFI Television Awards. Australian Film Institute. 2006. 

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