Craig Parker

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Craig Parker
Parker at the 2012 Chicago Comic Con
Born (1970-11-12) 12 November 1970 (age 50)
Suva, Fiji
NationalityNew Zealand
Years active1987–present

Craig Parker (born 12 November 1970) is an actor from New Zealand, known for his roles as Haldir in the films The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Two Towers (2002), Darken Rahl in the television series Legend of the Seeker, Stéphane Narcisse in the CW television series Reign, and Gaius Claudius Glaber in the television series Spartacus.


Parker is known for his role as Haldir of Lórien in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, his performance of Bellerophon in Xena: Warrior Princess, Stéphane Narcisse in the CW television series Reign, and for playing Darken Rahl in Legend of the Seeker. He also serves as narrator for New Zealand documentaries. Parker 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 Toni Warner. 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, and Spartacus: Vengeance which premiered on 22 January 2010 and is also produced by Raimi and Tapert.

Craig Parker guest starred in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portraying the Kree Taryan and most recently appears in the 2018 reboot of Charmed.

Personal life[edit]

Parker is openly gay.[1][2][3]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1989-1990 A Soldier's Sweetheart Soldier #1
2001 No One Can Hear You Henley
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Haldir
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gothmog / Guritz Extra / Voice
2006 Weekend Lovers Matt
2009 Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Sabas


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Gloss Justin Grieg Unknown episodes
1989 Hotshotz Nicholas
2007–2008, 2020
Shortland Street Guy Warner Main role
1993 The Tommyknockers Student bartender Miniseries
1996 City Life Seth 2 episodes
1997 2 People Host Unknown episodes
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Prince Sarpedon Episode: "For Him the Bell Tolls"
1998 Young Hercules Lucius 2 episodes
1999 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleades Episode: "The Key to the Kingdom"
1999 A Twist in the Tale Larry Sharpe Episode: "A Crack in Time"
2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Bellerophon Episode: "To Helicon and Back"
2001–2004 Mercy Peak Alistair Kingsley Main role
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Blue Face Voice role; episode: "Prelude to a Storm"
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Mad Magnet Voice role; episode: "There's No "I" in Team"
2003 Power Rangers Ninja Storm Motodrone Recurring voice role, 8 episodes
2005 Power Rangers S.P.D. Narrator Voice role; episode: "Beginnings: Part 1"
2008–2010 Legend of the Seeker Darken Rahl Main role
2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leighton Mills Main role
2010 Radiradirah Prince John 2 episodes
2010, 2012 Spartacus Gaius Claudius Glaber Recurring role (season 1)
Main role (season 2)
2011 Waitangi: What Really Happened James Stuart Freeman Television film
2012 Shackleton's Captain Frank Worsley Television film
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Vasile Comescu Episode: "Reznikov, N."
2013 Sleepy Hollow Colonel Banastre Tarleton Episode: "The Sin Eater"
2014 NCIS JAG Major Richard Huggins Episode: "Shooter"
2014–2017 Reign Lord Stéphane Narcisse Main role (seasons 2–4)
2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Taryan 2 episodes
2018–2019 Charmed Alastair Caine Recurring role (season 1)

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Auckland Daze Craig Season 1, episode 2


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Macbeth Malcolm
1992 Weed Hugh
1994 The Seagull Constantin
1997 Arcadia Valentine Coverly
1998–99 Wind in the Willows Mole
1999 Theatre Sports
1999 Amy's View Dominic Tyghe
2001 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Rosencrantz
2001 The Judas Kiss Robert Ross
2002–03 The Rocky Horror Show Narrator
2005 Serial Killers Matt
2006 Glide Time John
2007 The Pillowman Katurian


External links[edit]

Media related to Craig Parker at Wikimedia Commons