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  • Is of Maori descent.
  • Born in New Zealand, but grew up in Australia.
  • Mother and brother Stephen died within a month of each other in 1985, due to two separate car accidents.
  • Took classical dance lessons as a teen.
  • Made his TV debut on the Aussie drama Paradise Beach.
  • Has appeared alongside Lucy Lawless on the syndicated action-adventure series Xena: Warrior Princess and the Starz historical drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
  • Big-screen roles include the horror hit 30 Days of Night (2007) and action movies The Marine (2006) and The Condemned (2007).


  • Pania — Daughter
  • Stephen Bennett — Brother
  • Ted Bennett — Father
  • Jean Bennett — Mother
  • Karin Horen — Fiancée
  • Huia — Daughter
  • Mokoia — Daughter


  • Attended University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA

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  • Birth Name: Jonathan Manu Bennett
  • Birth Place: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Profession: Actor

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