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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 September 1965Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nickname Daisy
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Wenham was born on September 21, 1965 in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for 300 (2006), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).

Trivia (23)

Adam Cullen's portrait of David Wenham has won The 2000 Archibald Prize
Has a brother and five sisters
In 1999 he presented the Village Roadshow Pictures Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2001 - David Wenham on stage at Adelaide's Festival Theatre narrated historical Australian texts, accompanied by the city's symphony orchestra. The pieces included the former prime minister's famous 1992 Redfern speech on the need for Aboriginal reconciliation and native title laws.
March 13, 2002 - signed up as an "Ancient Forest Guardian" in Sydney, together with some other actors from down under, e.g. Sam Neill(NZ) and Toni Collette (Aus)
Before acting, David used to call bingo in Sydney's Marrickville Town hall, then was an insurance clerk.
Daughter Eliza Jane (with Kate Agnew) was born the 10th of October, 2002.
In the cave scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) where Faramir lifts the Ring from under Frodo's shirt, he was afraid of accidentally stabbing Elijah Wood, so a swordsman was called on to do the scene.
Was cast in The Lord of the Rings because of his resemblance to his on-screen brother, Sean Bean. As Wenham notes, they both have big noses.
Has been voted Australia's sexiest man alive.
Although he only appears in two of the Lord of the Rings films, he appeared in a Best Picture nominee for three years in a row. In 2001, it was Moulin Rouge. In 2002 and 2003, they were The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
His nickname, "Daisy", originates from his childhood. His sisters called him Dais or Daze for short. Then someone added a "y" and the rest is history.
2003 Green Room Award nominee for his work in an Australian stage production of "True West."
One older brother: Peter Wenham
Parents: Kath and Bill
Five older sisters: Anne, Carmel, Helen, Kathy and Maree
He and Kate Agnew have been together since c. 1994
Has appeared with two of 2001's Best Supporting Actor Nominees. That year's winner was Jim Broadbent, with whom he appeared in Moulin Rouge! (2001). The other was Ian McKellen, who reprised his Oscar-nominated role opposite Wenham in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
Read a poem called "The Crocodiles Are Crying" at the Steve Irwin Memorial Service.
Studied acting at Theatre Nepean in Sydney, Australia.
Girlfriend, Kate Agnew, gave birth to their second child, a girl named Millie, in late November 2008.
Montreal, Canada: Preparing and training for the film 300 (2006). [September 2005]
As of 2017, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Lion (2016). Of those, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) is a winner in the category.

Personal Quotes (28)

I like cooking, but I like other people cooking more.
My life at the moment is a bit like my wardrobe. Organised chaos.
I used to do impersonations: Harry Butler in the wild, or I'd do Gough Whitlam.
I think actors do make really, really wonderful directors.
I have a sort of long-term plan to direct. I'm pragmatic about it. I realize I don't need to rush it or force it.
I do regard myself as very lucky.
Australia is a phenomenally beautiful country, and every time I go away and come back, it never ceases to amaze me.
Well you just have to own it, I suppose. Own the character, which is difficult.
Some people would say I've made it now.
I've ended up spending more time in front of a camera than on stage, but the stage is where I come from.
I'm becoming a frustrated director, I think, in an actor's body.
I would love to direct a feature and have Robert Connolly produce it. That would be really fab.
I think you have to find the humanity in the character and then the deterioration is a part of the process - the journey of the character. It's like playing King Lear. You can start off as a nice old man who finishes up crazy.
I always loved putting on shows - when you're the youngest of seven and five are older sisters, you've got to get noticed somehow! I did puppet shows and magic shows... even ventriloquism. My doll's name was 'Dan,' and I used to write these scripts, and my schoolmate hid under the table and supplied Dan's voice.
Hollywood's a big place, and they make all sorts of different movies. Some movies I'm attracted to; a lot of the movies I'm not. But there are some terrifically talented people over there that I'd love to work with.
As we mature and grow older we collect a lot of baggage, and a lot of that stuff you collect on life's journey gets in the way of acting. My kids can imagine a character and transform in the blink of an eye. It's so simple for kids, so complex for adults.
Acting, to me, is being given the freedom and ability to play, and that's - that's what I love most about it. I feel very comfortable in playing, whether it be in front of a camera or on stage.
Listening and hearing are two different things, and acting is comprehending what the person is saying, thinking how it makes you feel and responding. That's the key to really honest, truthful, compelling performance.
In very general terms 'Top Of The Lake' is about good and evil. It's a deep dark mystery. It also deals with lots of fascinating human relationships, and it's also about the battle of the sexes.
In all honesty, if somebody asked me the secret of auditioning for Americans, I don't know. Often, I do what's called self-taping for America. I go over there quite a lot to sit in a room and do stuff in front of people. You feel like a performing monkey. It's bizarre.
I'd love to work with the people who really got the film industry going again through the '70s: Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford, Gillian Armstrong, Fred Schepisi.
I was 11 when a teacher suggested to my parents that they should send me to drama classes to curb my disruptive ways in the classroom. The next Saturday I was acting, and thereafter it became a ritual of my youth to see a show at the Belvoir on Sundays and, if I was lucky, another at the Opera House on Monday after school.
My representation overseas can't stand me doing theatre because it takes me out of action. But it's what I want to do. If it means passing up other possibilities, them's the breaks.
My biggest ambition when I was younger was to appear on stage at what was then Nimrod, which is the theatre where my father used to take me on Sunday afternoons to see matinées. The most extraordinary things used to occur on that stage.
You can't manufacture a career as an actor because you aren't in control of what projects come to you, unless you are No. 1, two, three or four in the world.
There's different ways of getting into character. There's what's called 'the outside,' in which is finding the physicality of the character first. To give an example, in 'Gettin' Square' - Johnny Spitieri - that's how I found that character. I knew those people that I'd seen up at Kings Cross. I knew how they sounded.
Some people have heard of The Method, which originally goes back to Stanislavski... he gave you six major pointers whereby you became that character and tried to fool your mind psychologically. That's it in a nutshell. Daniel Day Lewis is an example of somebody like that who stays in character between takes.
People who have never done theatre before, and have only worked in front of a camera, would find it very difficult, I think, to know how to command a stage and work with the logistics of being on stage. They're very different. The theatre is quite tricky, actually.

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