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Ray Henwood O.N.Z.M.

Ray Henwood O.N.Z.M.


1/19/1937, Swansea, Wales, UK

Birth Name

Charles Raymond Henwood


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Born in Wales, Ray Henwood came to New Zealand in his twenties and quickly became one of the leading members of Wellington's theatrical community. He was a founding member of the council of Circa theatre, has appeared in numerous local productions and in New Zealand films such as…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ray is a member of the Actors Equity Union, New Zealand.

    • Ray's recent theatre credits include:
      (2012) Candide "Narrator", Orpheous Choir ofWellington
      (2008) Who Wants To Be 100? "Edwin", dir. Alison Quigan
      (2007) Heroes, Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly
      (2007) The Crucible "Judge Hathorne", Auckland Theatre Co, dir. Colin McColl
      (2006) Master "Stalin", Circa Theatre, dir. Ross Jolly

    • Ray, who took his one-man show Playing Burton on an international tour in 2002, was actually directed by Richard Burton's great-nephew in the play about the world famous actor. Ray grew up in the same area in Wales as Burton, and he knew the family when he lived there.

    • Ray wrote and performed the one-man show No Good Boyo, which is about poet and fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas.

    • In 2006, Ray was awarded the Order of Merit, New Zealand by Queen Elizabeth for services to film and theatre.

    • Ray is a member of the Actors Equity New Zealand Union.

    • Working as a chemist, Ray brought the first breathalyzer to New Zealand from the UK, and initially stayed in the country to help them to use it properly for law enforcement purposes.

    • Ray's part in The Fellowship of the Ring as a man representing Laketown at the council of Rivendell was left out of the final cut of the movie which screened in theaters. His part was added back in for the extended DVD version, however.

    • Ray is married to Judge Carolyn Henwood, and they have a son named Dai Henwood, who is an actor/comedian.

    • Ray sings baritone, and plays the piano.

    • Ray is 5'8 1/2", with white hair and blue-grey eyes.

    • In 2001, Ray was named "Actor of the Year" at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. The next year, he was named "Best Actor" by the same Awards panel.

    • Ray is one of fifteen Kiwi actors suing New Line Cinema over merchandising profits for the Lord of the Rings movies. They were told that they would receive a certain percentage of the profits from items sold using their images, but were not told of a "fee" totaling fifty percent of the gross. That left no "profits" to be divided amongst the Kiwi actors.

    • Ray is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird management, as is his son Dai Henwood.

  • Quotes

    • Ray: (on appearing in Roger Hall's new play "Who Wants to be 100?) The playwrights who gave us our parts in our early years, who wrote material suitable for us then, are getting older but are continuing to write and continuing to cast us because the material remains relevant to where many in our age group are at.

    • Ray: (on one-man shows versus ensemble cast plays) A solo show is harder in the load you carry, but the rewards are commensurate. As an actor, you can hear people listening, and there is a moment when you know you have taken the audience somewhere else. With an ensemble piece, you can feed off other people and be inspired by them. One-man work can feel a bit isolationist, and I wouldn't want to do it all of the time.

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