Dean O'Gorman

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Dean O'Gorman
Dean O'Gorman Boston Comicon 2013.jpg
O'Gorman at Boston Comic-Con in 2013
Born Dean Lance O'Gorman
(1976-12-01) 1 December 1976 (age 37)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor, photographer, artist
Years active 1990–present

Dean Lance O'Gorman (born 1 December 1976) is an actor, artist, and photographer from New Zealand. He is known for playing the dwarf Fíli in the Hobbit trilogy and for playing Anders in The Almighty Johnsons.

Early life[edit]

O'Gorman was born in Auckland, New Zealand into a family of Irish descent.[citation needed] He is the son of Lance (a landscape painter) and Christine O'Gorman.[1] He has a younger brother, Brett, who is also an actor as well as a comedian. O'Gorman earned a black belt in karate by the age of ten,[2] and attended Rangitoto College in Auckland. He initially possessed plans of studying graphic design.[3]




At 12 years old, O'Gorman was discovered by a casting agent during a school speech competition.[4] His acting career began in 1995 with the main role in teen romance Bonjour Timothy, a performance which earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival.[3]

Subsequent roles included Mark in New Zealand drama When Love Comes and Johnny in Snakeskin, the latter of which received 5 awards at the 2001 New Zealand Film and Television Awards.[3]

In April 2011, he was cast as the Dwarf Fili the more majestic nephew of Thorin Oakenshield in Sir Peter Jackson's three-part film adaptation of The Hobbit,[5] which led to an advertisement for Air New Zealand, where he had a cameo appearance.[6]


He won the role of Harry Martin in New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and appeared in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess multiple times, as well as holding a regular role as Iolaus in Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling,[3] and in McLeod's Daughters, as Luke Morgan, a love interest of Jodi Fountain McLeod.

He has made multiple guest appearances on several television shows including The Cult, Go Girls and Legend of the Seeker. From 2011–2013, O'Gorman played the role of Anders Johnson in the New Zealand fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons.[3]

Art and photography[edit]

In addition to acting, O'Gorman is also a photographer and artist. In an interview with Tom Cardy, he confessed to a recession of his career in his first year in Los Angeles.[7] He was almost broke, but was soon discovered by his friend's agent and thus began to receive more work, dividing his time between painting, photography and acting.

In 2012, he held his first exhibition at the Page Blackie Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand between 19–23 June.[7] The theme of the exhibition focused on the Vietnam War, something he felt conveyed a great deal of humanity. In order to obtain accuracy in his work, O'Gorman sought the advice of a New Zealand Vietnam veteran.[7] Preferring to dress and set up shoots himself, the models for this gallery included other cast members from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Rogue Stallion, TheThe Rogue Stallion Tony Garrett TV movie
1990 Raider of the South Seas Bobby Morrison TV movie
1995 Bonjour Timothy Timothy Taylor
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Iloran Episode: "The Gauntlet"
1996 Xena: Warrior Princess Homer / Orion Episode: "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards"
1996 Return to Treasure Island Jim Hawkins TV movie
1996 Siren Siren Short film
1996 Shortland Street Nurse Harry Martin TV series
1997 Doom Runners Deek Video
1997 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Young Iolaus
Episode: "Regrets... I've Had a Few"
Episode: "Prodigal Sister"
1998 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Young Iolaus Episode: "Medea Culpa"
Episode: "Twilight"
1998 Chosen, TheThe Chosen Andrew Scott TV movie
1998 Young Hercules Young Iolaus Video
1998 When Love Comes Mark
1998 Legend of William Tell, TheThe Legend of William Tell Darek Episode: "The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior"
1998–1999 Young Hercules Iolaus 45 episodes
1999 Fearless Cliff TV movie
1999 Big Sky Dean Episode: "A Family Affair"
1999 Duggan Fergus MacLllwaine Episode: "Going Overboard"
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Wiglaf Episode: "Return of the Valkyrie"
2000 Little Samurai Short film
2001 Lawless: Beyond Justice Nat TV movie
2001 Snakeskin Johnny
2002 Toy Love Ben
2003 Farscape Zukash Episodes: "We're So Screwed: Part 2: Hot to Katratzi", "We're So Screwed: Part 3: La Bomba"
2003 MDA Peter Jarman Episode: "Judgement Day"
Episode: "St. Crispin's Day"
2004 Serial Killers Andrew / Dr. Gilligan 7 episodes
2004 Piggy Confucius Short film
2004–2005 McLeod's Daughters Luke Morgan 25 episodes
2007 Moonlight Daniel Episode: "No Such Thing as Vampires"
2007–2008 Animalia Tyrannicus Tiger / Herry Hog 4 episodes
2008 Legend of Bloody Mary, TheThe Legend of Bloody Mary Rev. Whittaker
2009 Legend of the Seeker Carver Dunn Episode: "Deception"
2009 Go Girls Marco Episode: "Signs and Obstacles"
Episode: "Do the Right Thing"
2009 Sabotage Bobby
2009 Cult, TheThe Cult Liam Episode: "1.10"
2010 Kawa Chris Also known as Nights in the Gardens of Spain
2011–2013 Almighty Johnsons, TheThe Almighty Johnsons Anders Johnson Main role
2011 Tangiwai: A Love Story Bert Sutcliffe TV movie; post-production
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Fíli
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 The Hobbit: There and Back Again


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2], Empire
  3. ^ a b c d e "Dean O'Gorman", NZONSCREEN
  4. ^ "Dean O'Gorman Biography", Tribute Movie
  5. ^ "O'Gorman and Pace Join The Hobbit". 30 April 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Just another day in Middle-earth #airnzhobbit - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d reviews of Dean O'Gorman in 2012

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