Martin Henderson

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Martin Henderson
Henderson in 2006
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 40)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, best known to American audiences for his starring role in the ABC TV series Off the Map, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as Stuart Neilson in the soap opera Shortland Street.[1]

Early life[edit]

Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand and began acting at the age of thirteen, appearing in Strangers, a local television production. He attended Birkenhead Primary and Westlake Boys High schools.[2]


Henderson starred in the drama Shortland Street, where he played the character of "Stuart Neilson" from 1992 to 1995. He subsequently appeared in a number of Australian films and television productions including Echo Point and Home & Away before moving to the United States in 1997, in order to pursue a career in Hollywood films and to train in a two-year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Henderson spent more than a year unsuccessfully auditioning for film roles in Los Angeles. In 2001, he was finally cast in a supporting role in the John Woo-directed war film, Windtalkers. In 1999 he appeared in a major leading role in Kick for which he was nominated by Australian Film Institute to "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role".[3]

In 2002, he starred opposite actress Naomi Watts in the horror film The Ring. Following the box office success of the film, Henderson received a role playing the character of Drew in Perfect Opposites,[4] and subsequently was cast as the lead character in the biker film Torque, released in early 2004 to mixed reviews. In 2005, he starred opposite Indian actress Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride & Prejudice, and in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett.

In 2004, Henderson appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video.

In 2006 Henderson won rave reviews in London's West End in a theatre production of Fool for Love with Juliette Lewis.

He was set to star alongside Jordana Brewster in the television series adapted from the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, the series was not picked up by any network.

Henderson appeared in a commercial for the 2008 Cadillac CTS, and the House episode "Painless". In 2010 Henderson was cast in Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhime's short lived television series Off the Map.

Henderson is currently starring in multi-platform TV series Secrets & Lies (Australian TV series) and US series The Red Road (TV series) from SundanceTV. He is currently filming Everest with Jake Gyllenhaal.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Strangers Zane Television
1989 The Billy T. James Show Aaron Gleesby Television
1990 Raider of the South Seas Jack Taylor Television
Betty's Bunch Television
1992–1995 Shortland Street Stuart Neilson Television
1995 Echo Point Zac Brennan Television
1996 Home and Away Geoff Thomas Television
Sweat Tom Nash Television
1997–1999 Big Sky Scotty Gibbs Television
1999 Kick Tom Bradshaw
2002 The Ring Noah Clay
Windtalkers Pvt. Nellie
2003 Skagerrak Ian/Ken
2004 Torque Cary Ford
Perfect Opposites Drew
2005 Little Fish Ray
Bride and Prejudice William Darcy
2006 Flyboys Cassidy
2007 Battle in Seattle Jay
Smokin' Aces Hollis Elmore
2009 Inside the Box Jake Fischer Television
House M.D. Jeff Television
Cedar Boys Mathew
2010 Home by Christmas Young Ed
2011 Off the Map Ben Keeton Television
2013 Devil's Knot Brent Davis
Auckland Daze Martin Henderson Television
The Moment John/Peter
2014 The Red Road Harold Jensen Television
Secrets & Lies Ben Gundelach Television
2015 Everest Andy Harris Filming

Award nominations[edit]

Henderson was nominated for the following awards:


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