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Hugo Wallace Weaving

(1960-04-04) 4 April 1960 (age 64)
Ibadan, British Nigeria
Nationality British
Education National Institute of Dramatic Art (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Partner(s) Katrina Greenwood (1984–present)
Children 2, including Harry Greenwood
Relatives Samara Weaving (niece)

Hugo Wallace Weaving AO (born 4 April 1960) is a British actor. He is the recipient of six Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA) and has also been recognised as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia. Born in Colonial Nigeria to English parents, he has resided in Australia for the entirety of his career.

Weaving landed his first major role as English cricket captain Douglas Jardine on the Australian television series Bodyline (1984). He rose to prominence with his appearances in the Australian films Proof (1991) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), winning his first AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the former. By the turn of the millennium, Weaving achieved international recognition through roles in mainstream American productions. His most notable film roles include Agent Smith in the first three The Matrix films (1999–2003), Elrond in The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003) and The Hobbit (2012–2014) trilogies, the title character in V for Vendetta (2005), and Johann Schmidt / Red Skull in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

In addition to his live action appearances, Weaving has had several voice over roles, including in the films Babe (1995), Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011), and the Transformers series as Megatron (2007–2011). He also reprised his roles of Agent Smith and Elrond in Matrix and Lord of the Rings video game adaptations.

Early life and education

Weaving was born on 4 April 1960 at the University of Ibadan Teaching Hospital, in Ibadan, Nigeria to English parents; he is the son of Anne Lennard (born 1934), a tour guide and former teacher, and Wallace Weaving (born 1929), a seismologist, who met as students at the University of Bristol. His maternal grandmother was Belgian. A year after his birth, his family returned to the United Kingdom, living in Bedford and Brighton before moving to Melbourne and Sydney in Australia; Johannesburg in South Africa; and then returning to the United Kingdom again.

While in the UK, he attended The Downs School, Wraxall, near Bristol, and Queen Elizabeth's Hospital. While at the Downs School, in 1973 Weaving played one of his first theatrical roles, taking the part of Captain Asquith in Robert Bolt's The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew. His family moved back to Australia in 1976, where he attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney. He graduated from Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981.



Weaving's first television role was in the 1984 Australian television series Bodyline, as the English cricket captain Douglas Jardine. Weaving appeared in the Australian miniseries The Dirtwater Dynasty in 1988 and as Geoffrey Chambers in the drama Barlow and Chambers: A Long Way From Home. He starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 1989 TV mini-series Bangkok Hilton. In 1991, Weaving received the Australian Film Institute's "Best Actor" award for his performance in the low-budget Proof as the blind photographer. He appeared as Sir John in Yahoo Serious's 1993 comedy Reckless Kelly, a lampoon of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly.

In the mid-1990s, Weaving portrayed drag queen Anthony "Tick" Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra in the 1994 film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and provided the voice of Rex the sheepdog in the 1995 family film Babe and its 1998 sequel Babe: Pig in the City. In 1998, he received the "Best Actor" award from the Montreal World Film Festival for his performance in The Interview.


Weaving played the enigmatic and evil-minded Agent Smith in the 1999 film The Matrix. He later reprised that role in the film's 2003 sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He was a voice actor in the cartoon film The Magic Pudding.

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Weaving at The Matrix Revolutions premiere in 2003

He received additional acclaim in the role of half-elven lord Elrond in Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, released between 2001 and 2003. Weaving was the main actor in Andrew Kotatko's award-winning film Everything Goes (2004). He starred as an ex-rugby league player in the 2005 Australian indie film Little Fish, opposite Cate Blanchett. Weaving played the title role as V in the 2005 film V for Vendetta, in which he was reunited with the Wachowskis, creators of The Matrix trilogy, who wrote the adapted screenplay. Actor James Purefoy was originally signed to play the role, but was fired six weeks into filming over creative differences. Weaving reshot most of Purefoy's scenes as V (even though his face is never seen) apart from a couple of minor dialogue-free scenes early in the film while stuntman David Leitch performed all of V's stunts.

Weaving reprised his role as Elrond for the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II. He regularly appears in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company (STC). In 2006, he worked with Cate Blanchett on a reprise of the STC production of Hedda Gabler in New York City. In a controversial move by director Michael Bay, Weaving was chosen as the Decepticon leader Megatron vocally in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, rather than using the original version of the character's voice created by the voice actor Frank Welker.

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Weaving himself was unaware of the controversy and had accepted the role based on Michael Bay's personal request; in a November 2008 Sun Herald interview, he said he had never seen Transformers. Though Weaving reprised his role in two sequels, he does not have much personal investment in the Transformers films. In February 2010, Weaving revealed to The Age: "Director Michael Bay talks to me on the phone. I've never met him. We were doing the voice for the second one and I still hadn't seen the first one. I still didn't really know who the characters were and I didn't know what anything was. It's a voice job, for sure, and people assume I've spent my life working on it, but I really know so little about it." In 2012, Weaving said to Collider: "It was one of the only things I've ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn't care about it, I didn't think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don't regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it's meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don't mean that in any nasty way."

Weaving played a supporting role in Joe Johnston's 2010 remake of the 1941 film The Wolfman, starring Benicio del Toro. Immediately after Wolfman wrapped in spring 2008, he returned home to Australia to film a lead role in the film Last Ride, directed by Glendyn Ivin. In early 2009, Guillermo del Toro, then director of The Hobbit films, prequels to The Lord of the Rings, confirmed his intent to again cast Weaving as Elrond of Rivendell in a BBC interview. When asked about reprising the role, Weaving replied that he was game, but had not officially been approached. Del Toro eventually left the project; Peter Jackson decided to direct the films himself but Weaving was not officially confirmed in the cast until May 2011.

Weaving spent the summer of 2009 starring in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of God of Carnage, portraying the caustic lawyer Alain Reille. He returned to the stage in November 2010 in Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya, co-starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Weaving filmed a guest role on Roxburgh's Australian TV series Rake in May 2010.

In May 2009, Weaving accepted a co-starring role in the docudrama Oranges and Sunshine, about the forced migration of thousands of British children to Australia in the 1950s. Filming began in autumn 2009 in Nottingham, England, and Adelaide, South Australia, and continued through January 2010. The film premiered at the Rome International Film Festival on 28 October 2010 and garnered positive reviews. 2010 also saw the release of Legend of the Guardians (formerly The Guardians of Ga'Hoole), in which Weaving has another high-profile voice role, portraying two different owls named Noctus and Grimble in Zack Snyder's film adaptation of Kathryn Lasky's popular series of children's books.

On 4 May 2010, it was officially confirmed by Marvel Studios that Weaving would play the fictional Nazi Red Skull in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger. Weaving completed filming his role on the project in September 2010 and returned to Sydney to prepare for Uncle Vanya. It is unlikely he will sign on for any further installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; in an August 2011 Baltimore Sun interview, the actor confided he is weary of typecasting and of "blockbuster" films in general: "I think I've about had enough... I'm not sure how many more of them I'll make. It doesn't feel to me as though they've been the majority of my work, though that's probably the way it seems to most other people."


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Weaving at Sydney Film Festival in 2013

On 13 March 2011, The Key Man, which Weaving filmed in 2006, finally debuted at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The child migrant saga Oranges and Sunshine opened in the UK on 1 April, the culmination of months of success on the festival circuit in late 2010-early 2011. In March, the Sydney Theatre Company and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that STC's 2010 production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya would be reprised in Washington, D.C., during the month of August. In April, months of speculation finally ended when Weaving appeared on The Hobbit's New Zealand set, shortly before a production spokesman officially confirmed the actor's return as Elrond in Peter Jackson's prequel trilogy to The Lord of the Rings. He was part of the cast of the Wachowskis' adaptation of David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. The project, co-starring Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Susan Sarandon, began filming in September 2011 and was released in October 2012.

2012 also found Weaving re-focusing on his theatrical career, with a return to the Sydney Theatre Company. Weaving and Cate Blanchett reprised their roles in STC's internationally lauded production of Uncle Vanya for a ten-day run at New York's Lincoln Center in July.

The busy actor also joined the cast of three forthcoming Australian films in summer 2012. The Western-tinged police thriller Mystery Road, written and directed by Ivan Sen, began filming in June 2012. Weaving appeared in the prison drama Healing for director Craig Monahan, with whom he previously made The Interview (1998) and Peaches (2005). He appeared in a segment of the Australian anthology film The Turning, based on Tim Winton's collection of linked stories, entitled "The Commission", directed by David Wenham. He ended 2013 co-starring with Richard Roxburgh and Philip Quast in Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, for the Sydney Theatre Company.

In the spring of 2013, Weaving reprised the Agent Smith role for a General Electric television commercial for their "Brilliant Machines" innovations in healthcare management technology, which was slated to air during a break from 13 April's edition of Saturday Night Live, and subsequently continued to receive multiple airings on major cable networks.

From 26 July to 27 September 2014, Weaving played the titular role of Sydney Theatre Company's production of Macbeth. In an unusual treatment of the Shakespearian tragedy by young Sydney director Kip Williams, Weaving's performance was described by Peter Gotting of The Guardian as "the role of his career".

In October 2015, Weaving joined the cast of the film adaption of Craig Silvey's novel Jasper Jones.

In 2018, Weaving starred as Thaddeus Valentine in Mortal Engines. In the same year, he appeared alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose.

In 2020, Weaving starred as Alfred in Tony Kushner's adaptation of The Visit.

Since 2021, Weaving has starred as Glen Mathieson in the Australian intergenerational drama series Love Me.

Other roles

In 2004, Weaving became an ambassador for Australian animal rights organisation Voiceless, the animal protection institute. He attends events, promotes Voiceless in interviews, and assists in their judging of annual grants recipients.

As of 2022, Weaving is on the board of the Adelaide Film Festival.

Personal life

When he was 13 years old, Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy. Although the condition rarely affected him and stopped in his early 30s, he still chooses not to drive, given the risk of a seizure. He has been in a relationship with Katrina Greenwood since 1984; they live in Sydney and have two children together: Harry Greenwood, an actor, and Holly Greenwood, an artist. Their children were given their mother's surname, which Weaving's son described as the family's "stand against the patriarchy."

Weaving also has a brother and a sister. He is the uncle of actress Samara Weaving, who also began her career in Australia before transitioning to American roles. Both appeared in the 2013 Australian film Mystery Road. His younger niece Morgan Weaving appeared on the Australian soap opera Home and Away alongside her sister.


  • 1991 – Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Actor in a Lead Role: Proof
  • 1998 – Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Actor in a Lead Role: The Interview
  • 2005 – Australian Film Institute Awards, Best Actor in a Lead Role: Little Fish
  • 2007 – The Constellation Awards, Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Miniseries: V for Vendetta
  • 2011 – Sydney Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actor:Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya
  • 2012 – Helen Hayes Award, Best Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production: Sydney Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya
  • 2018 – Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play, for Arturo Ui in the Sydney Theatre Company's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
  • 2018 – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film: Patrick Melrose
  • 2020 – Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia



Year Title Role Notes
1981 ...Maybe This Time Student 2
1983 The City's Edge Andy White
1986 For Love Alone Jonathan Crow
1987 Right Hand Man, TheThe Right Hand Man Ned Devine
1989 Bangkok Hilton Richard Carlisle
1990 ...Almost Jake
1991 Proof Martin AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1992 Road to Alice Louis
1993 Frauds Jonathan Wheats
Reckless Kelly Sir John
Custodian, TheThe Custodian Det. Church
1994 Exile Innes
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, TheThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Anthony "Tick" Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
What's Going On, Frank? Strange Packer in Supermarket
1995 Babe Rex the Male Sheepdog (voice)
1997 True Love and Chaos Morris
1998 Babe: Pig in the City Rex the Male Sheepdog (voice) Cameo
Bedrooms and Hallways Jeremy
Interview, TheThe Interview Eddie Rodney Fleming AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Montreal World Film Festival Award for Best Actor
Nominated — FCCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kiss, TheThe Kiss Barry
1999 Strange Planet Steven
Little Echo Lost Echo Man
Matrix, TheThe Matrix Agent Smith Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Villain
2000 The Magic Pudding Bill Barnacle (voice)
2001 Russian Doll Harvey
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories Rubicondo (Dentist) Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — FCCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Elrond Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2002 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 Matrix Reloaded, TheThe Matrix Reloaded Agent Smith Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Keanu Reeves)
Matrix Revolutions, TheThe Matrix Revolutions
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Elrond Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Everything Goes Ray Inside Film Awards: Best Short Film
Peaches Alan
2005 Little Fish Lionel Dawson AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
FCCA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Inside Film Award for Best Actor
2006 V for Vendetta V Nominated — International Award for Best Actor
Happy Feet Noah (voice)
2007 Transformers Megatron (voice) Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
In the Company of Actors Himself / Judge Brack
2008 Tender Hook, TheThe Tender Hook McHeath
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megatron (voice)
Last Ride Kev Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2010 Wolfman, TheThe Wolfman Detective Francis Abberline
Oranges and Sunshine Jack AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Noctus and Grimble (voice)
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Megatron (voice)
Captain America: The First Avenger Johann Schmidt / Red Skull Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Fight (with Chris Evans)
Nominated — Scream Award for Best Villain
Happy Feet Two Noah (voice)
2012 Cloud Atlas Haskell Moore
Tadeusz Kesselring
Bill Smoke
Nurse Noakes
Boardman Mephi
Old Georgie
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Elrond
2013 Mystery Road Johnno
The Turning Bob Lang Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2014 Healing Matt Perry
The Mule Croft Nominated — AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Elrond
2015 Strangerland David Rae
The Dressmaker Sergeant Farrat AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Hacksaw Ridge Tom Doss AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2017 Jasper Jones Mad Jack Lionel Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2018 Black '47 Hannah
Mortal Engines Thaddeus Valentine
2019 Hearts and Bones Daniel Fisher Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Winner — Fargo Film Festival for Best Actor
Measure for Measure Duke
2021 Lone Wolf Police Minister
2022 Expired Dr. Michael Bergman
2023 The Royal Hotel Billy
The Rooster The Hermit Directed by Mark Leonard Winter


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Bodyline Douglas Jardine 7 episodes
1987 Frontier Governor Arthur 3 episodes
1988 Melba Charles Armstrong 6 episodes
Dirtwater Dynasty, TheThe Dirtwater Dynasty Richard Eastwick 5 episodes
Dadah Is Death Geoffrey Chambers Television film
1989 Bangkok Hilton Richard Carlisle 3 episodes
1993 Seven Deadly Sins
1995 Bordertown Kenneth Pearson 10 episodes
1996 The Bite Jack Shannon 2 episodes
1997 Halifax f.p. Det. Sgt. Tom Hurkos Episode: "Isn't It Romantic"
2003 After the Deluge Martin Kirby Television film
2010 Rake Prof Graham Murray Episode: "R vs Murray"
I, Spry Narrator Documentary
2017 Seven Types of Ambiguity Dr Alex Klima 5 episodes
2018 Patrick Melrose David Melrose
2021 Mr. Corman Artie Corman Episode: "Mr. Corman"
2021-23 Love Me Glen 12 episodes
2023 Koala Man King Emudeus Episode: "Emu War II"
TBA Slow Horses TBA Season 4

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Agent Smith
2006 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II Elrond
2009 The Lord of the Rings: Conquest


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Robert Bolt's The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew Captain Asquith The Downs School, Wraxall
1982 You Can't Take It with You First Man Sydney Theatre Company with Geoffrey Rush & Heather Mitchell
1982 A Map of the World Paul Sydney Theatre Company. Diir. David Hare
1982 The Perfectionist Erik Sydney Theatre Company with John Bell, Robyn Nevin, Colin Friels & Heather Mitchell. Dir. Richard Wherrett (later toured USA)
1982 Pirandello's As You Desire Me One of the Three Young Men Sydney Theatre Company
1983 The Way of the World Petulant Sydney Theatre Company with Ruth Cracknell & Drew Forsythe
1983 Gossip from the Forest Sydney Theatre Company
1986 The Madras House Philip Sydney Theatre Company with Geoff Morrell
1989 The Secret Rapture Irwin Sydney Theatre Company with Pamela Rabe & Heather Mitchell
1993 The Cherry Orchard Trofimov Sydney Theatre Company
1994 That Eye, The Sky Henry Sydney Arts Festival & Playhouse, Melbourne for Burning House Theatre Company
1994 Arcadia Bernard Nightingale Sydney Theatre Company with Helen Thomson
2000 The White Devil Duke of Brachiano Theatre Royal, Sydney for Sydney Theatre Company with Angie Milliken, Paula Arundell, Bruce Spence & Heather Mitchell
2003 The Real Thing Henry Sydney Theatre Company with Angie Milliken
2006 Hedda Gabler Judge Brack Brooklyn Academy of Music for Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett, Justine Clarke & Aden Young. Dir. Robyn Nevin. Production was the subject of the 2007 feature film In the Company of Actors
2007 Riflemind John Sydney Theatre Comoany. Dir. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Artistic Dir. Andrew Upton
2009 God of Carnage Alain Reille Melbourne Theatre Company
2010 Uncle Vanya Astrov Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh
2011 Uncle Vanya Astrov Washington D.C. for Sydney Theatre Company & John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh
2012 Uncle Vanya Astrov New York's Lincoln Center for Sydney Theatre Company with Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh
2013 Waiting For Godot Vladimir Sydney Theatre Company with Richard Roxburgh and Philip Quast. Dir. Andrew Upton
2014 Macbeth Macbeth Sydney Theatre Company
2015 Waiting For Godot Vladimir Barbican Centre, London for Sydney Theatre Company with Richard Roxburgh and Philip Quast. Dir. Andrew Upton
2015 Endgame Hamm Sydney Theatre Company. Dir. Andrew Upton
2018 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Arturo Ui Sydney Theatre Company Won a Helpmann award
2019 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Sydney Theatre Company
2020 The Visit Alfred Tony Kushner's adaptation at National Theatre, London

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