David Wenham 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, Neil Fletcher in Australia and Lieutenant John Scarfield in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. He is also known in his native Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange.
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 in the Roman Catholic faith and attended Christian Brothers’ High School, Lewisham.
David Wenham Career
Wenham started his career as an actor after graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) in 1987. 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 and he has been voted Australia’s “sexiest man alive”. A portrait of Wenham by artist Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in 2000. Wenham is signed to Storm Model Management in London.
Australian films Wenham has starred in include the critically acclaimed The Boys based on the play of the same name premiered at Griffin Theatre Company and in turn based on the murder of Anita Cobby, Molokai based on the life of Father Damien, The Bank, 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 II, in New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
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 ten-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 alongside 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.
In 2014, Wenham starred as Patrick Jones in Paper Planes, released on 15 January 2015. That same year, Wenham voiced the role Jacko a frilled-neck lizard, in Blinky Bill the Movie.
Wenham played the role of Harold Meachum in the Netflix original TV series Iron Fist, which premiered in March 2017.
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David Wenham Movies
- Marvel’s Iron Fist (TV Show)
- The Code (TV Show)
- 300: Rise Of An Empire (Movie)
- Dilios 2014
- Top of the Lake (TV Show)
- Better Man (TV Show)
- Killing Time (TV Show)
- Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole (Movie)
- After the Deluge (TV Show)
- Public Enemies (Movie)
- Australia (Movie)
- Married Life (Movie)
- The Children Of Huang Shi (Movie)
- 300 (Movie)
- The Proposition (Movie)
- SeaChange (TV Show)
- Van Helsing (Movie)
- Dust (Movie)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Movie)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Movie)
- The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (Movie)
- Pure (Movie)
- The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Movie)
- Moulin Rouge (Movie)
- The Bank (Movie)
- Better Than Sex (Movie)
- Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien (Movie)
- The Boys (Movie)
- Dark City (Movie)
- A Little Bit Of Soul (Movie)
- Cosi (Movie)
- No Escape (Movie)
- Public Enemies (TV Show)
- True Crime: Public Enemies (TV Show)
- Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies (TV Show)
- The Brush Off (TV Show)