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David Wenham

David Wenham was already an award-winning star in his native Australia when he garnered international attention for his work in such acclaimed features as Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, with Nicole Kidman, and the last two installments in Peter Jackson's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. For his work in the latter, Wenham shared in the Screen Actors Guild Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award and National Board of Review Award in the category of Best Ensemble. He more recently co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the horror thriller Van Helsing. Wenham next begins production on the epic drama Australia, which reunites him with director Baz Luhrmann and co-stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

Wenham attended the University of Western Australia before starting his career with small roles on television. He first gained attention for his memorable turn as an embittered exconvict in the stage play The Boys, and for his role as a pyromaniac in both the stage and screen versions of Cosi.

In 1997, Wenham starred in the miniseries Babies, for which he won his first Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award. The following year, he earned dual AFI Award nominations, one for his recurring role in the series SeaChange, for which he also won a Logie Award, and another for his performance in the screen adaptation of The Boys, for which he also received a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Award nomination. Wenham has since won AFI, FCCA and Australian Comedy Awards for his role in the film Gettin' Square; garnered AFI Award and FCCA Award nominations for the films Better than Sex and The Bank; and received an AFI Award nomination for Molokai: The Story of Father Damien. He more recently earned an AFI Award nomination for the telefilm The Brush-Off, and won an AFI Award for his performance in the miniseries Answered by Fire.

Wenham's other film credits include The Proposition, Pure, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Dust, Russian Doll, No Escape and Greenkeeping.

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David Wenham Facts

BirthdaySeptember 21, 1965 (58)
BirthplaceMarrickville, Sydney, Australia
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is David Wenham compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Oranges and Sunshine
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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