Craig Parker

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Craig Parker
Craig Parker.jpg
Born (1970-11-12) 12 November 1970 (age 43)
Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

Craig Parker (born 12 November 1970) is an actor from New Zealand, best known for his roles as Haldir in The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2003), Darken Rahl in Legend of the Seeker (2008–10) and Gaius Claudius Glaber in Spartacus. (2010–12)

Career[edit]

Parker is best known for his role as Haldir of Lórien in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, his performance of Bellerophon in Xena: Warrior Princess, and for playing Darken Rahl in Legend of the Seeker. He also does voice-overs for New Zealand documentaries. His recent work has also involved voice-over work in the recent Power Rangers series since the filming moved to New Zealand. He also starred in the TVNZ soap Shortland Street, as Guy Warner, a character that has made several return appearances, most recently involving a story where Guy ran off with his brother's wife, Toni, only to return months later as a drug addled loser who attempted to use his daughter to score drugs for him. It ultimately led to the death storyline of long term fan favourite Toni Warner. He has an older brother named David, and he also has an older sister. He is the reigning champion of New Zealand's Celebrity Joker Poker.

Parker starred as Darken Rahl in Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's syndicated television series Legend of the Seeker. He also appears as Gaius Claudius Glaber in the Starz original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand[1] which premiered on 22 January 2010 and is also produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.

Personal life[edit]

His grandfather moved from Edinburgh, Scotland to Fiji when he was stationed during his years of service in the British Army. Apart from Scottish ancestry, Parker has Welsh, Danish, English and Cornish ancestry.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Soldier's Sweetheart, AA Soldier's Sweetheart Soldier #1
2001 No One Can Hear You Henley
2001 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Haldir
2002 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Haldir
2006 Weekend Lovers Matt
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Sabas

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Gloss TV series
1992–
1996
2007–
2008
Shortland Street Guy Warner Main role
1993 Tommyknockers, TheThe Tommyknockers Student Bartender TV miniseries
1996 City Life Seth Episodes: "1.9", "1.10"
1997 2 People Host TV series
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Prince Sarpedon Episode: "For Him the Bell Tolls"
1998 Young Hercules Lucius Episodes: "Dad Always Liked Me Best", "Mommy Dearests"
1999 Twist in the Tale, AA Twist in the Tale Larry Sharpe Episode: "A Crack in Time"
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleades Episode: "The Key to the Kingdom"
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Bellerophon Episode: "To Helicon and Back"
2001–
2002
Mercy Peak Alistair Kingsley Main role (32 episodes)
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Motodrone (voice) Recurring role (10 episodes)
2005 Power Rangers S.P.D. Narrator (voice) Episode: "Beginnings: Part 1"
2008–
2010
Legend of the Seeker Darken Rahl Main role (25 episodes)
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leighton Mills Main role (13 episodes)
2010 Radiradirah Prince John Episodes: "1.5", "1.8"
2010–
2012
Spartacus Gaius Claudius Glaber Main role (13 episodes)
2011 Waitangi: What Really Happened Freeman TV film
2012 Shackleton's Captain Frank Worsley TV film
2012 Auckland Daze Craig Episode: "1.2"
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Vasile Comescu
2013 Sleepy Hollow Colonel Banastre Tarleton Episode: 1.6 "The Sin Eater"

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Macbeth Malcolm
1992 Weed Hugh
1994 Seagull, TheThe Seagull Constantin
1997 Arcadia Valentine Coverly
1998–1999 Wind in the Willows Mole
1999 Theatre Sports
1999 Amy's View Dominic Tyghe
2001 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Rosencrantz
2001 Judas Kiss, TheThe Judas Kiss Robert Ross
2002–2003 Rocky Horror Show, TheThe Rocky Horror Show Narrator
2005 Serial Killers Matt
2006 Glide Time John
2007 Pillowman, TheThe Pillowman Katurian

Other work[edit]

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