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David Wenham as Faramir

Faramir David Wenham

Date of Birth: 21 September 1965
Place: Marrickville, Sydney, Australia
Height: 6'
Education: University of Western Australia
Family: one daughter, Eliza Jane (born 2003) with his girlfriend Kate Agnew (actress)

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David Wenham is the youngest of seven siblings, having one brother and five sisters, which may have helped with his first notable television outing Sons and Daughters in the mid ‘80’s. After playing an embittered ex-convict in the Griffin Street Theatre Company production of The Boys, Wenham started to be offered film roles, such as Green Keeping and No Escape. He transferred his role as a pyromaniac in Cosi from stage to screen in 1996, and in 1998 he recreated The Boys on screen.

On television he won awards for his role in the television drama series Simone De Beauvoir’s Babies, but in Australia he is probably best known as Diver Dan, in ABC TV’s comedy drama series Seachange, a role which earned him a reputation as a reluctant sex symbol.

Roles started to come thick and fast; Mokokai: The Story of Father Damien, Better Than Sex and Russian Doll all receiving international critical acclaim, but it was his role in Moulin Rouge that really brought him wider international recognition. The Bank, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course and Pure followed in quick succession and then he was cast as Faramir in The Two Towers. This was almost immediately followed by an Australian television mini-series After the Deluge and the crime comedy Gettin’ Square before returning to Middle Earth (or New Zealand) to film Return of the King. With Van Helsing and three other films opening in 2004 and another one already in production, we are likely to see a lot more of this actor.

Random facts

  • 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 - David sighed up as an "Ancient Forest Guardian" in Sydney, together with some more Australian actors, e.g. Sam Neill or Toni Collette
    Before acting, David used to call bingo in Sydney's Marrickville Town hall, then was an insurance clerk.
  • 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.
  • Was for some odd reason nicknamed "Daisy" by his sister (she first shortened his name to Daze... which became Daisy) and it was adopted by his fellow cast members on the set of Lord of The Rings.


300 (2006) (filming)
Answered by Fire (2006) (filming)
The Proposition (2005)
Three Dollars (2004)
The Brush-Off (2004)
Stiff (2004) (TV)
Van Helsing (2004)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Basilisk Stare (2003)
Gettin' Square (2003)
After the Deluge (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Pure (2002)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
Dust (2001/I)
The Bank (2001)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Russian Doll (2001)
Better Than Sex (2000)
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)
SeaChange (1998)
A Little Bit of Soul (1998)
Dark City (1998)
The Boys (1998)
Simone de Beauvoir's Babies (1997)
Return to Jupiter (1997)
Idiot Box (1996)
Cosi (1996)
Gino (1994)
Heartland (1994)
Tran the Man (1994)
No Escape (1994)
Greenkeeping (1992)
Seeing Red (1992)
Come in Spinner (1990)
The Heroes (1988) (TV) .... Horrie Young
"Poor Man's Orange" (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Party Youth
"Sons and Daughters" (1982) TV Series

All letters should be sent to:

David Wenham
c/o Artists Independent Network
Vanessa Pereira
32 Tavistock Street
London, WC2E 7PB
United Kingdom


Contributed by  Anne

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