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David Wenham

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Wenham in 2014
Born (1965-09-21) 21 September 1965 (age 58)
Education University of Western Sydney (BA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Partner(s) Kate Agnew (1994–present)
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David Wenham AM (born 21 September 1965) is an Australian actor who has appeared in film, television and theatre. He is known for his roles as Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Friar Carl in Van Helsing, Dilios in 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, Al Parker in Top of the Lake, Lieutenant John Scarfield in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Hank Snow in Elvis. He is known in his native Australia for his role as Diver Dan in SeaChange and Price Galese in Les Norton.

Early life

Wenham was born on 21 September 1965 in Marrickville, New South Wales, 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, Sydney.


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 telefilms, such as his AFI award-winning role in 1997's 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 ABC television series SeaChange.

Australian films Wenham has starred in include The Boys (1998) based on the play of the same name; 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 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.

He was seen in Van Helsing playing Hugh Jackman's sidekick, Friar Carl. His character, Dilios, narrated and appeared in the 2007 film 300. He reprises his role of Dilios in both the 2014 sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire and the video game, 300: March to Glory for Sony PlayStation Portable, which contains a substantial amount of new dialogue. 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.

In 2009, he appeared in Public Enemies as one of John Dillinger's men. He also returned 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, he played the character 'Len' in the Australian drama film Oranges and Sunshine. Also in 2010, Wenham starred as the disgraced Melbourne lawyer Andrew Fraser in the Australian television series Killing Time.

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. In 2016, Wenham played the role of John, the adoptive father of Saroo Brierley in Lion.

Wenham played the role of the villain Harold Meachum in the Netflix original television series Iron Fist, which premiered in March 2017.

In 2018, Wenham plays the voice of Johnny Town-Mouse in Peter Rabbit, a role he reprised in the 2021 sequel Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

In 2020, it was announced that Wenham was cast as Jasper Queller in the upcoming Netflix thriller series Pieces of Her, which is adapted from the Karin Slaughter novel of the same name.

In 2022, Wenham returned to work with director Baz Luhrmann again to play the role of country singer Hank Snow in the biographical film Elvis.

In November 2022, Wenham played Scrooge in a production of A Christmas Carol, his performance was praised as showing Scrooge as traumatised.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2023 Australia Day Honours.

Personal life

Wenham has two daughters with his longtime partner, Kate Agnew.

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

Wenham is a Sydney Swans supporter.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Greenkeeping Trevor
Seeing Red Frank
1993 Don't Touch Wood! Lenny Film developed by ANZ Bank and Small Business Victoria
1994 Gino Trevor
Tran the Man Raymond "Tran" Moss Short film
No Escape Hotel Guard No. 2
1995 Roses Are Red Brian
1996 Cosi Doug
1998 The Boys Brett Sprague
Dark City Schreber's Assistant
A Little Bit of Soul Richard Shorkinghorn
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Damien
2001 Russian Doll Ethan
Moulin Rouge! Audrey
The Bank Jim Doyle
Dust Luke
2002 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Sam Flynn
Pure Lenny
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Faramir
2003 Gettin' Square Johnny Spitieri
Basilisk Stare Dave
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Faramir
2004 Van Helsing Friar Carl
Van Helsing: The London Assignment
2005 Three Dollars Eddie Harnovey
The Proposition Eden Fletcher
2007 300 Dilios
2008 Married Life John O'Brien
The Children of Huang Shi Barnes
Australia Neil Fletcher
2009 Public Enemies Harry Pierpont
Pope Joan Gerold
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Digger (voice)
Oranges and Sunshine Len
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Dilios
2015 Paper Planes Patrick
Blinky Bill the Movie Jacko (voice)
Force of Destiny Robert
2016 Goldstone Johnny
Lion John Brierley
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Lieutenant John Scarfield
Ellipsis Director
2018 Peter Rabbit Johnny Town-Mouse (voice)
In Like Flynn Christian Travers
Nekrotronic Luther
2019 Dirt Music Jim Buckridge
2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Johnny Town-Mouse (voice)
2022 Elvis Hank Snow
Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind Kano (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1987 A Country Practice Ambulanceman 1 Episode: "Mozart Rules – Part 1"
Sons and Daughters Debt Collector Episode: "#1.954"
1988 A Country Practice Scott Galbraith 2 episodes
1990 Come In Spinner Australian soldier Mini-series
1991 Police Rescue Ferret Episode: "The Cosmic Lightbeam"
1992 A Country Practice David Cornish 2 episodes
1994 Blue Heelers William Cassidy Episode: "The Folly of Youth"
1996 Blue Heelers Robbie Doyle Episode: "Happy Families"
1997 Simone de Beauvoir's Babies Ian all 4 episodes
Return to Jupiter Dr Ghrobak 2 episodes
1998–1999 SeaChange Dan Della Bosca 15 episodes
2004 Murray Whelan: Stiff Murray Whelan Telemovie
2004 Murray Whelan: The Brush-Off Murray Whelan Telemovie
2006 Answered by Fire Mark Waldman Two-part mini-series
2009 Deadliest Warrior Narrator Credited as "Drew Skye"
2011 Killing Time Andrew Fraser 10 episodes
2012 Dripping in Chocolate Bennett O'Mara
2013, 2017 Top of the Lake Al Parker 7 episodes
2013 Better Man Julian McMahon 4 episodes
2014 The Code Ian Bradley 6 episodes
2015 Banished Captain Arthur Phillip, 1st Governor of New South Wales
2015 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself Series 7, Episode 4
2017 Iron Fist Harold Meachum 10 episodes
2018 Romper Stomper Jago Zoric 6 episodes
2019 Les Norton Price Galese 10 episodes
2020 The Letter for the King Sir Tiuri the Valiant 2 episodes
2021 Pieces of Her Jasper Queller Main cast
2022 ABC 90 Celebrate! Self TV Special
2022 Joe vs. Carole Don Lewis 1 episode
2022-23 The ABC of Self 10 episodes
2024 Fake Joe Burt In Production

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Faramir
2007 300: March to Glory Dilios, Narrator

Awards and nominations

  • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television Drama for Simone de Beauvoir's Babies (1997) – winner
  • Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television Drama for Answered by Fire (2006) – winner
  • Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for 300 (2007) - nominated

See also

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