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Overview (3)

Born in Rotorua, New Zealand
Birth NameJonathan Manu Bennett
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.

Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean Bennett, Manu's family relocated to Australia soon after his birth. During high school Manu played representative rugby and studied classical ballet and piano, before attending University of NSW to study Drama.

Manu is best known for his portrayal of powerful gladiator Crixus on Starz hit series Spartacus. Manu can also be seen in the CW network hit, Arrow, playing legendary comic book character, Slade Wilson.

On the big screen, Manu stars as Azog, king of the Orcs, in The Hobbit trilogy, a role which won him exceptional praise from Director Peter Jackson who stated that he was "the Breakout performance" of the film.

Manu appeared on various TV dramas before landing his first feature film, multiple award winning "Lantana," opposite Anthony La Paglia. His feature credits include major supporting roles in 20th Century Fox's "The Marine" opposite Robert Patrick, Sony's "30 Days of Night" opposite Josh Hartnett and produced by Sam Raimi; the Japanese film "Tomoko" opposite award-winning Japanese actress Rumiko Koyangi and a lead role in Lionsgate's "The Condemned" alongside Vinnie Jones and Stone Cold Steve Austen.

Previous TV credits include starring roles in successful New Zealand productions "Shortland Street," "Street Legal," "Mataku," "Creature Of Quest," "Going Straight," and as Marc Antony opposite his "Spartacus" co-star Lucy Lawless in Tapert and Raimi's hit series "Xena: Warrior Princess."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (1)

New Zealand Accent.

Trivia (11)

Credited as 'Manu' Bennett in his role as Jack Hewitt on Shortland Street.
His family immigrated to Australia when he was just a few months old.
Mother was a Queensland beauty queen, father, an entertainer in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Offered ballet scholarship in New York after finishing high school, but chose to travel Europe and the US instead.
Has an uncle who played piano for Elvis Presley.
His father is a New Zealander and his mother is Australian. He is of Maori (Te Arawa and Ngati Kahungunu), as well as English, Scottish, and Irish, ancestry.
Quit playing professional rugby in order to attend Univeristy where he studied drama and dance.
Attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute on a scholarship.
Manu has three children with socialite Karin Horen.
Has appeared with Lucy Lawless in two series: Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011).
Born on the same date as Wendi McLendon-Covey.

Personal Quotes (2)

Manu is a New Zealand Maori name that means "bird". I was given this name after my uncle who was the Bishop Of New Zealand.
[on attending a boarding school for Maori boys in New Zealand.] It was like being sent to gladiator school. Like prison. The only things people respected were strength, being good at rugby, and being able to hold your own in a fight.

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