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David Wenham Biography

Birth Place:
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Is the youngest of seven children
  • Trained daily for three months prior to the filming of 300 to achieve the required physique for his role
  • Is a reluctant sex symbol; downplays that aspect of his popularity in Australia
  • Known for immersing himself completely in his roles
  • Worked with countryman Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing and Australia
  • Narrated historical Australian texts accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at Adelaide Festival Theatre in 2001
  • Appeared in a Best Picture-nominated film three years in a row from 2001 to '03: Moulin Rouge, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Awards

  • 2017AACTA Awards-Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama: nominated
  • 2011AACTA Awards-Best Lead Actor: nominated
  • 2006Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama: winner
  • 2004Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy: nominated
  • 2003Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actor: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2001Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Lead Actor: nominated
  • 2000Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1999Logie Awards-Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor: winner
  • 1998Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1997Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama: winner

Relationships

  • Peter Wenham -- Brother
  • Eliza Jane Wenham -- Daughter
  • Millie Wenham -- Daughter
  • Bill Wenham -- Father
  • Kath Wenham -- Mother
  • Anne Wenham -- Sister
  • Carmel Wenham -- Sister
  • Helen Wenham -- Sister
  • Kathy Wenham -- Sister
  • Maree Wehnam -- Sister