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David Wenham – Signed Photo – Van Helsing (2004)
Wenham started his career as an actor after graduating from Theatre Nepean at the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Performing Arts) in 1987. Wenham’s television credits include several telemovies, such as his AFI award-winning role in the 1997 telemovie Simone de Beauvoir’s Babies; and his role as the outwardly laid back but deeply enigmatic diver Dan Della Bosca in the 1998 and 1999 seasons of the highly successful ABC television series SeaChange. His role as “Diver Dan” has made the actor something of a sex symbol, although he dislikes thinking of himself as such, and he has been voted Australia’s “sexiest man alive”. A portrait of Wenham by artist Adam Cullen won the Archibald Prize in 2000. Australian films Wenham has starred in include the critically acclaimed The Boys (1998) based on the play of the same name premiered at Griffin Theatre Company and in turn based on the murder of Anita Cobby; Molokai (1999), based on the life of Father Damien; The Bank (2001); Gettin’ Square (2003); Stiff (2004); The Brush Off (2004) and Three Dollars (2005). Wenham has periodically appeared in Hollywood films; he is known for playing Faramir, son of Denethor II, in New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. He was seen in Van Helsing playing Hugh Jackman’s sidekick, Friar Carl. His character, Dilios, narrated and appeared in the movie 300. Minor roles of Wenham’s in overseas films include in The Crocodile Hunter as a park ranger, and briefly in Moulin Rouge! as Audrey. Wenham stars in the music video for Alex Lloyd’s single “Brand New Day”. In 2008’s Australia, he reunited with Hugh Jackman playing antagonist Neil Fletcher. In both Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and 300, Wenham’s character is the sole survivor returned from an ill-fated battle (the Battle at Osgiliath and the Battle of Thermopylae, respectively). He reprises his role of Dilios in the videogame 300: March to Glory for Sony PlayStation Portable, which contains a substantial amount of new dialogue. In 2009, he again took to the stage, this time as the lead actor, Jerry Springer, in the British musical Jerry Springer: The Opera. During its 6-day run at the Sydney Opera House he played in sold-out performances alongside ARIA award-winning singer Kate Miller-Heidke. In 2010 he played the character ‘Len’ in the Australian drama film Oranges and Sunshine. Also in 2010, Wenham starred as the disgraced Melbourne lawyer Andrew Fraser in the Australian TV series Killing Time. This ten-part series shows Fraser’s fall from grace as he defends many Melbourne criminals during the 1980s and 1990s. It was shown on TV1 in late 2011. Wenham plays New Zealand detective Al Parker alongside Elisabeth Moss in the 2013 BBC series Top of the Lake. In 2013, Wenham returned to the stage to play the lead role of John Proctor, in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s mid-year production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. In 2014, Wenham starred as Patrick Jones in Paper Planes, released on 15 January 2015. That same year, Wenham voiced the role Jacko a frilled-neck lizard, in Blinky Bill the Movie. Wenham played the role of the villain Harold Meachum in the Netflix original TV series Iron Fist, which premiered in March 2017. In 2018, Wenham roles the voice of Johnny Town-Mouse in Peter Rabbit. In May 2020, it was announced that Wenham was cast as Jasper Queller in the upcoming Netflix thriller series Pieces of Her, which is adapted from the Karin Slaughter novel of the same name.