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About David Wenham (1965 – )

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

He started his acting career after graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney. Wenham's TV credits include several TV movies, such as his role in Simone de Beauvoir's Babies in 1996; and his role as the outwardly laid back but enigmatic diver Dan Della Bosca in the 1998-99 seasons of the acclaimed television series SeaChange. His role as "Diver Dan" made Wenham something of a sex symbol, a distinction he is uncomfortable with.

Wenham has starred in several acclaimed Australian films, including The Boys (1998) based on the play of the same name, which in turn was 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 most well-known for playing Faramir, the scorned younger son of Denethor II, in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

He played Hugh Jackman's sidekick, Friar Carl, in Van Helsing, and his character Dilios narrated and appeared in the movie 300. Minor roles of Wenham's include such overseas films as The Crocodile Hunter (where he plays a park ranger), a brief role in Moulin Rouge! as Audrey, and a starring role in the music video for Alex Lloyd's single "Brand New Day". In 2008's movie Australia, he reunited with Hugh Jackman as 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 plays characters who are the sole survivors of ill-fated battles (Osgiliath and Thermopylae, respectively). He reprised his Dilios role in the PlayStation Portable video game 300: March to Glory, which contains a considerable amount of original dialogue.

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

In 2010, Wenham starred as the disgraced Melbourne Lawyer Andrew Fraser in Killing Time, a 10-part series depicting Fraser's fall from grace as he defends a variety of Melbourne criminals throughout the '80s and '90s.

Wenham also played New Zealand detective Al Parker opposite Elisabeth Moss 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.

David Wenham's notable movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1990 Come In Spinner Australian soldier
1992 Greenkeeping Trevor
1992 Seeing Red Frank
1994 Gino Trevor
1994 Tran the Man Raymond "Tran" Moss
1994 No Escape Hotel Guard No. 2
1994 Escape from Jupiter Dr. Chrobak
1995 Roses Are Red Brian
1996 Cosi Doug
1996 Idiot Box Bank Teller
1998 The Boys Brett Sprague
1998 Dark City Schreber's Assistant
1998 A Little Bit of Soul Dr. Richard Shorkinghorn
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Damien
2000 Better Than Sex Josh
2001 Russian Doll Ethan
2001 Moulin Rouge! Audrey
2001 The Bank Jim Doyle
2001 Dust Luke
2002 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Sam Flynn
2002 Pure Lenny
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Faramir
2003 Gettin' Square Johnny Spitieri
2003 Basilisk Stare Dave
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Faramir
2004 The Brush-Off Murray Whelan
2004 Van Helsing Carl
2005 Three Dollars Eddie Harnovey
2005 The Proposition Eden Fletcher
2006 Answered by Fire Mark Waldman
2007 300 Dilios
2008 Married Life John O'Brien
2008 The Children of Huang Shi Barnes
2008 Australia Neil Fletcher
2009 Public Enemies Harry Pierpont
2009 Pope Joan Gerold
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Digger (voice)
2010 Oranges and Sunshine Len
2012 Dripping in Chocolate Bennett O'Mara
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Dilios
2015 Paper Planes Patrick
2015 Blinky Bill the Movie Jacko (voice)
2015 Force of Destiny Robert

David Wenham's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1987 A Country Practice Ambulanceman 1
1987 Sons and Daughters Debt Collector
1988 A Country Practice Scott Galbraith
1991 Police Rescue Ferret
1992 A Country Practice David Cornish
1994 Blue Heelers William Cassidy
1996 Blue Heelers Robbie Doyle
1997 Return to Jupiter Dr. Ghrobak
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1999
SeaChange Dan Della Bosca
2011 Killing Time Andrew Fraser
2013 Top of the Lake Al Parker
2013 Better Man Julian McMahon
2014 The Code Ian Bradley
2015 Banished Captain Arthur Phillip, 1st Governor of New South Wales
2015 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself
David Wenham in Van Helsing (2004).
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David Wenham in The Proposition (2005).
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Wenham in The Code (2014).
Wenham in Public Enemies (2009).
David Wenham and Nicholas Bakopoulos-Cooke in Paper Planes (2014).
David Wenham in Oranges and Sunshine (2010).
Wenham as Faramir in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
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In Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
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Wenham in Banished (2015).
David Wenham in 300 (2006).

Memorable Quotes

“I like cooking, but I like other people cooking more.”

“I think actors do make really, really wonderful directors.”

“I do regard myself as very lucky.”

“Australia is a phenomenally beautiful country, and every time I go away and come back, it never ceases to amaze me.”

“I think you have to find the humanity in the character and then the deterioration is a part of the process - the journey of the character. It's like playing King Lear. You can start off as a nice old man who finishes up crazy.”

“I always loved putting on shows - when you're the youngest of seven and five are older sisters, you've got to get noticed somehow! I did puppet shows and magic shows... even ventriloquism. My doll's name was 'Dan,' and I used to write these scripts, and my schoolmate hid under the table and supplied Dan's voice.”

“As we mature and grow older we collect a lot of baggage, and a lot of that stuff you collect on life's journey gets in the way of acting. My kids can imagine a character and transform in the blink of an eye. It's so simple for kids, so complex for adults.”

“Acting, to me, is being given the freedom and ability to play, and that's - that's what I love most about it. I feel very comfortable in playing, whether it be in front of a camera or on stage.”

“Listening and hearing are two different things, and acting is comprehending what the person is saying, thinking how it makes you feel and responding. That's the key to really honest, truthful, compelling performance.”

“Some people have heard of The Method, which originally goes back to Stanislavsky... he gave you six major pointers whereby you became that character and tried to fool your mind psychologically. That's it in a nutshell. Daniel Day Lewis is an example of somebody like that who stays in character between takes.”

“People who have never done theatre before, and have only worked in front of a camera, would find it very difficult, I think, to know how to command a stage and work with the logistics of being on stage. They're very different. The theatre is quite tricky, actually.”

“I was 11 when a teacher suggested to my parents that they should send me to drama classes to curb my disruptive ways in the classroom. The next Saturday I was acting, and thereafter it became a ritual of my youth to see a show at the Belvoir on Sundays and, if I was lucky, another at the Opera House on Monday after school.”

Did You Know

Before acting, David used to call bingo in Sydney's Marrickville Town hall, then was an insurance clerk.

In the cave scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) where Faramir lifts the Ring from under Frodo's shirt, he was afraid of accidentally stabbing Elijah Wood, so a swordsman was called on to do the scene.

Although he only appears in two of the Lord of the Rings films, he appeared in a Best Picture nominee for three years in a row. In 2001, it was Moulin Rouge. In 2002 and 2003, they were The Two Towers and The Return of the King.