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Hugo Weaving as Elrond

Elrond Hugo Weaving

Date of Birth: 4 April 1960
Place: Austin, Nigeria
6' 2" (1.88 m)
NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1981
Family: Married to Katrina Greenwood and has two children, Harry (b. 1989) and Holly (b. 1993).

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Hugo Wallace Weaving was born in Austin, Nigeria.  His father Wallace was a seismologist with a multinational oil corporation, which mean that Hugo lived in Australia, South Africa and England before the family finally settled in Sydney when he was 16. He spent three years in England in the seventies, attending Queen Elizabeth's Hospital school in Bristol but when the family moved to Sydney he completed his education at Sydney's Knox Grammar School, and enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and graduated from there in 1981.

He has appeared in a wide range of stage productions from Shakespeare to Chekhov, including Noel Coward's Private Lives, John Webster's The White Devil, Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and Tim Winton's controversial drama That Eye, That Sky.  However he concedes "I find film more challenging.. sometimes theatre doesn't seen to have any repercussions at all"

He first came to the attention of British audiences in 1984 when he starred in the excellent Australia mini-series "Bodyline" as Douglas Jardine, the English cricket captain who ordered his bowlers to bowl short to counter the attacking brilliance of Australian batsman Don Bradman.

His big screen debut as Student 2 in "Maybe This Time" in 1980 may have passed unnoticed, but he worked steadily in films and TV until celebrity came via his performance opposite Nicole Kidman in the acclaimed mini-series "Bangkok Hilton" in 1989

In 1991 he won the Australian Film Institute's best actor award for "Proof".  A further nomination followed for the cult drag comedy "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in 1994 before he won a second AFI award for "The Interview" in 1988.  He has also been turned into an action figure twice, once for "The Matrix" and more recently for "Lord of the Rings"

He went totally unseen in one of his best loved films, providing the voice of Rex the Sheepdog in "Babe" unlike "Bedrooms and Hallways" in which virtually all of him is on display as he romps with lover Tom Hollander.

Theatre director Gale Edwards recalls he was "the boy most likely to succeed" at drama school. "He was also very loved because he has a very sunny, positive, outgoing personality .... he's a leader, he has a great range and is a star in all senses of the word"

Random Facts

  • Hugo is an graduate of the NIDA.
  • His parents and baby Hugo left Nigeria before he was one year old.
  • His father worked in the computer industry and moved around a lot. Hugo spent his childhood in South Africa and England before finally settling in Australia.
  • Sister Anna-Jane Weaving had a brief singing career in Paris in the mid-80s.
  • Starred in two great movie trilogies in the millennium, both screened at the same time, The Matrix trilogy and the Lord of the Rings trilogy


Eucalyptus (2006) (filming)
V for Vendetta
Little Fish (2005)
The Myth (2005)
Peaches (2004)
Everything Goes (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
"After the Deluge" (2003) (mini) TV Series
Enter the Matrix (2003) (VG)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Horseplay (2003) (voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Russian Doll (2001)
The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001)
Russian Doll (2001) (co-producer)
The Magic Pudding (2000) (voice)
Strange Planet (1999)
Little Echo Lost (1999)
The Matrix (1999)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998) (voice)
Bedrooms and Hallways (1998)
The Interview (1998)
The Kiss (1998/II)
"Frontier" (1997) (mini) TV Series
Halifax f.p: Isn't It Romantic (1997) (TV)
True Love and Chaos (1997)
"The Bite" (1996) (mini) TV Series
"Bordertown" (1995) (mini) TV Series 
Babe (1995) (voice)
What's Going On, Frank? (1994)
Exile (1994)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
The Custodian (1993)
"Seven Deadly Sins" (1993) (mini) TV Series
Frauds (1993)
Reckless Kelly (1993) 
Proof (1991)
Almost (1990)
"Bangkok Hilton" (1989) (mini) TV Series
"The Dirtwater Dynasty" (1988) (mini) TV Series
Dadah Is Death (1988) (TV)
"Melba" (1987) (mini) TV Series
The Right Hand Man (1987)
For Love Alone (1986)
"Bodyline: It's Not Just Cricket" (1984) (mini) TV Series
The City's Edge (1983) (V)
...Maybe This Time (1980)

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Hugo Weaving
Box 478 Kings Cross,  
2011 Australia

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