David Wenham

David Wenham


9/21/1965, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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David Wenham


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David Wenham was born in Sydney Australia on the 21st of September 1965, he is 6'1". David is the youngest of six siblings, five sisters and one brother. David grew up in a Catholic home and attended a Christian High school eventually graduating from Western Sydney University and…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • David has a tattoo of a small blue turtle on his right bicep, a souvenir from when he filmed the movie Molokai.

    • David is an ambassador for The Wayside Chapel, a community support and outreach center in Sydney.

    • David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Australian Catholic University in 2006.

    • David conributed his voice and narrated and 4 part Four Corners documentary entitled Salinity: The Silent Flood.

    • Upon starting his acting career, David was rejected from NIDA, a high profile acting school.

    • In 2002 David starred in Sam Shepard's play True West.

    • David's many theatre credits include roles in such celebrated productions as Barry Kosky's Tartuffe, Neil Armfield's Hamlet, The Tempest and Art.

    • David Wenham is now quickly rising through the ranks to become one of Australia's most popular and sought after male actors.

    • Wenham stars in the music video for Alex Lloyd's single Brand New Day.

    • To enable him to portray Diver Dan as a gourmet cook David spent time with a master chef, learning how to use a knife without cutting his fingers off. He has listened to countless CDs and is constantly practising drumming to match Dan's lack of percussion skills and, whilst David likes fishing, he doubts he will ever reach Dan's boating ability.

    • David recently donated some of his time to Mount Franklin 's Feel Good In Springtime campaign to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Mount Franklin is Australia 's leading bottled water who recently became a platinum partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. As part of the campaign, David designed an artwork which was part of a recent exhibition at the Sydney Opera House. His design is also available on the sleeves of 250mL Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling bottles currently available at cafes, hotels & restaurants.

    • David Wenham read a poem called "The Crocodiles Are Crying" at the Steve Irwin Memorial Service.

    • Adam Cullen's portrait of David Wenham won The 2000 Archibald Prize.

    • In 2000, David was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for: Better Than Sex.

    • In 2001, David was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for: The Bank.

    • In 2002, David was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for: Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999).

    • In 2003, David won the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for: Gettin' Square (2003).

    • In 2004, David was nominated for the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy for: The Brush-Off (2004).

    • In 2003, David won the Australian Comedy Award for Outstanding Comic Performance in a Feature Film for: Gettin' Square.

    • David Wenham: My life at the moment is a bit like my wardrobe. Organised chaos.

    • David Wenham: I like cooking, but I like other peoples' cooking more.

    • On March 13, 2002 - David signed up as an "Ancient Forest Guardian" in Sydney, together with some other actors from down under, e.g. Sam Neill (NZ) and Toni Collette (Aus).

    • Although David only appeared 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.

    • In 2003, David was a Green Room Award nominee for his work in an Australian stage production of True West.

    • David's nickname, "Daisy", originates from his childhood. His his sisters called him Dais or Daze for short. Then someone added a "y" and the rest is history.

    • David 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.

    • David has been voted Australia's sexiest man alive.

    • In the cave scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) where Faramir lifts the Ring from under Frodo's shirt, David was afraid of accidentally stabbing Elijah Wood, so a swordsman was called on to do the scene.

    • David's daughter Eliza Jane (with Kate Agnew) was born the 10th of October, 2002.

    • Before acting, David used to call bingo in Sydney's Marrickville Town hall, then also worked as an insurance clerk.

    • In 1999, David was the presentor for the Village Roadshow Pictures Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

    • David has a brother and five sisters.

    • David is 6' (1.83 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • David Wenham: I have a sort of long-term plan to direct. I'm pragmatic about it. I realise I don't need to rush it or force it. I'm becoming a frustrated director, I think, in an actor's body. I would love to direct a feature and have Robert Connolly produce it. That would be really fab. At the moment Robert's working on another film that, all going well, I'll be involved in, in an acting capacity.

    • David Wenham: (one LOTR) It was daunting when I first arrived because they had been shooting for over a year on principal photography, so I was sort of the new boy on the block, It was really like being the new boy at school and that was rather intimidating at first. It didn't take very long before the passion and the absolutely driving enthusiasm of the crew became infectious. I just got swept along with it

    • David Wenham: (On LOTR) I'm in parts two and three. I was there for four or five months, which in terms of the whole scale of the thing was a relatively short time. But it was one of those occasions where you pinch yourself and think, "Did I really do that?" It's out of your wildest dreams.

    • David Wenham: (On why he loves acting) Quite simply, I think, the opportunity to play. That's it. It might seem extremely simple, but that's all it is. That's where I consider myself to be very lucky. Not all the froufrou that comes with it, although I love the travel and whatever.

    • David Wenham :I've just come to Melbourne to do this play Sam Shepard's True West for no money, which is a strange career choice in a way. But the work's the thing, you know. I try to control my career by having my finger in projects that I facilitate myself, like The Boys.

    • David Wenham: (referring to playing a cowboy) It's every boy's fantasy, in a way. But there was a bizarre duality about that. Yes, it is fun playing a cowboy - jumping on a horse and rolling around and firing off your pistol. At the same time, this film is extremely violent, and when people get shot it is very bloody; that can be disturbing when you're in the middle of it. So it's fun, but deadly.

    • David Wenham: (referring to Peter Jackson, the director of Lord of The Rings) What Peter has done not only with this part of The Lord of the Rings but with all the book and all the story, is to be as truthful and real as possible in every situation. He was adamant about that and so hopefully about that this part of the story will come across as very real and very believable for the audience. So it won't be greatly pathetic from the audience to swallow the fact that Éowyn is nearly changed between her obsession for Aragorn and then her love for Faramir.

    • David Wenham: Dan finds Laura's company stimulating. There aren't many women in Pearl Bay and her arrival is refreshing. He finds her endearing and her attempts to maintain control in this new environment constantly amuses him.

    • David Wenham: Dan has his own particular slant on the world and he often does things for no other reason than his own amusement. But the idyllic life and togetherness of Dan is a facade. There is a darker side to him.

    • David Wenham: My life at the moment is a bit like my wardrobe. Organised chaos.

    • David Wenham: I like cooking, but I like other people cooking more.

    • David Wenham: Well you just have to own it, I suppose. Own the character, which is difficult.

    • Daived Wenham: Some people would say I've made it now.

    • David Wenham: I'm becoming a frustrated director, I think, in an actor's body.

    • David Wenham: I'll never forget anything about Middle Earth. That's part of my memory now so I won't miss anything.

    • David Wenham: I used to do impersonations: Harry Butler in the wild, or I'd do Gough Whitlam.

    • David Wenham: I think you have to find the humanity in the character and then the deterioration is a part of the process - the journey of the character. It's like playing King Lear. You can start off as a nice old man who finishes up crazy.