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Overview (2)

Born in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Stuart Townsend was born in 1972 in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland, to Lorna (Hogan), an Irish model, and Peter Townsend, an English professional golfer. Stuart was determined to be an actor and began his career by appearing in a number of student films, while attending the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. He supported himself by boxing until his first feature film debut in Trojan Eddie (1996). Although his part was small, Townsend attracted a London agent and began appearing in numerous stage and film productions in England and Ireland. America began to take notice of Stuart's talents when he appeared in two films featured in the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, in one of which, About Adam (2000), he took the title role. He also played Lestat de Lioncourt in Queen of the Damned (2002). Townsend was in a romantic relationship with actress Charlize Theron.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kim Hannigan

Trivia (12)

Studied drama at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, Ireland.
Was originally cast as "Aragorn" in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen after four days of shooting because they realized he was too young for the role.
Son of Peter and Lorna Townsend
Due to his parents' professions, Stuart had to wait 13 years for the birth of his younger brother Dylan, and 15 years for the birth of little sister Chloe Townsend.
Before fame, Stuart and his friends formed a theatre group in Dublin, Ireland where they re-enacted scenes from the kids' show Le manège enchanté (1964) (The Magic Roundabout). Stuart played Ermintrude the Cow.
He has a younger half-brother called Hugo (b. 2000)
Charlize Theron thanked him in her Oscar acceptance speech (2004).
He has a younger half-sister called Ella (b. 2005)
Irish citizen.
Has made three movies with his fiancée Charlize Theron: Trapped (2002), Head in the Clouds (2004) and Æon Flux (2005). He had an uncredited non-speaking opening scene with her in Æon Flux (2005). They met on the set of Trapped (2002).
Split with Charlize Theron in January 2010 after 9 years together.
Was originally cast as Aragorn in the Lord of The Rings trilogy, but was replaced by Viggo Mortensen three days into shooting.

Personal Quotes (4)

A lot of people ask me if it's intimidating because Tom Cruise was the star of the original and that kind of thing, but for me, it was just such a different story, it was rock and roll (About Queen of the Damned (2002)).
You have no idea how much fun it is playing Ermentrude the Cow.
As Oscar Wilde said, golf is a waste of a good walk (On his father's profession).
Acting is great. You spend your whole life trying to get it right.

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