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O'Gorman at Boston Comic-Con in 2013
|Born||Dean Lance O'Gorman
1 December 1976
Auckland, New Zealand
|Occupation||Actor, photographer, artist|
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Wilson (m. 2016)|
Dean Lance O'Gorman (born 1 December 1976) is an actor, artist, and photographer from New Zealand. He is known internationally for playing the dwarf Fíli in the Hobbit trilogy and for playing Norse God Anders in fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons.
O'Gorman was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to parents Lance, a landscape painter, and Christine O'Gorman. He has a younger brother, Brett, who is also an actor as well as a comedian. He has Irish and English ancestry; his maternal grandfather was an English paratrooper in WWII.
O'Gorman earned a black belt in karate by the age of ten, and attended Rangitoto College in Auckland. He initially planned to study graphic design. He married his long term girlfriend Sarah Wilson in January 2016.
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O'Gorman's most widely seen role is as Fili, one of the dwarves, in The Hobbit trilogy, although he has had substantially bigger parts in a number of other features (including Bonjour Timothy and road movies Snakeskin and Pork Pie). O'Gorman appeared in the first of the Hobbit trilogy An Unexpected Journey in 2012, and reprised the role in 2013's The Desolation of Smaug and 2014's The Battle of the Five Armies.
At 12 years old, O'Gorman was discovered by a casting agent during a school speech competition. After acting in a number of television roles he got a starring role in 1995 teen romance Bonjour Timothy, a performance which earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy.
Subsequent roles included co-starring as Mark in ensemble drama When Love Comes and playing opposite Melanie Lynskey in road movie Snakeskin, the latter of which received five awards at the 2001 New Zealand Film and Television Awards. Pork Pie. O'Gorman would hit the road again in 2017, thanks to Pork Pie, a remake of classic New Zealand film Goodbye Pork Pie.
O'Gorman began acting in television in the early 1990s. His career took off in the middle of the decae, when he won the role of Harry Martin in popular New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street and appeared in locally-shot shows Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess multiple times. O'Gorman also held a regular role as Iolaus in the short-lived Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling, and in Australian hit 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 New Zealand fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons. He played mountaineer George Lowe in 2016 mini-series Hillary.
Art and photography
In addition to acting, O'Gorman is also a photographer and artist. In an interview with Tom Cardy, he confessed to difficult times finding work during his first year in Los Angeles. 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. The theme of the exhibition focused on the Vietnam War. In order to obtain accuracy in his work, O'Gorman sought the advice of a New Zealand Vietnam veteran. Preferring to dress and set up shoots himself, the models for this gallery included other cast members from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Almighty Johnsons. O'Gorman's photographs were displayed at the 2015 Berlin B3 Biennial.
|1995||Bonjour Timothy||Timothy Taylor|
|1998||Young Hercules||Young Iolaus||Video|
|1998||When Love Comes Along||Mark|
|2008||Legend of Bloody Mary, TheThe Legend of Bloody Mary||Rev. Whittaker|
|2011||Tangiwai (film)||Bert Sutcliffe|
|2012||Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, TheThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey||Fíli|
|2013||Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, TheThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug||Fíli|
|2014||Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, TheThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies||Fíli|
|1990||Rogue Stallion, TheThe Rogue Stallion||Tony Garrett||TV film|
|1990||Raider of the South Seas||Bobby Morrison||TV film|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Iloran||Episode: "The Gauntlet"|
|1996||Shortland Street||Nurse Harry Martin||TV series|
|1996||Return to Treasure Island||Jim Hawkins||TV film|
|1996||Xena: Warrior Princess||Homer / Orion||Episode: "Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards"|
|1997||Doom Runners||Deek||TV film|
|1997||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Young Iolaus / Ruun||Episodes: "Regrets... I've Had a Few", "Prodigal Sister"|
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Young Iolaus||Episodes: "Medea Culpa", "Twilight"|
|1998||Legend of William Tell, TheThe Legend of William Tell||Darek||Episode: "The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior"|
|1998||Chosen, TheThe Chosen||Andrew Scott||TV film|
|1998-1999||Young Hercules||Iolaus||Main role (45 episodes)|
|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"|
|2001||Lawless: Beyond Justice||Nat||TV film|
|2001||All Saints||Evan Coen||Episode: "The Other Side of Perfection"|
|2003||Farscape||Zukash||Episodes: "We're So Screwed: Parts 2 & 3"|
|2003||MDA||Peter Jarman||Episodes: "Judgement Day", "St. Crispin's Day"|
|2004||Serial Killers||Dr. Gilligan / Andrew||Regular role (7 episodes)|
|2004-2005||McLeod's Daughters||Luke Morgan||Recurring role (25 episodes)|
|2007||Moonlight||Daniel||Episode "No Such Thing as Vampires"|
|2007-2008||Animalia||Tyrannicus / Harry (voice)||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2009||Legend of the Seeker||Carver Dunn||Episode: "Deception"|
|2009||Go Girls||Marco||Episodes: "Signs and Obstacles", "Do the Right Thing"|
|2009||Cult, TheThe Cult||Liam||Episode: "1.10"|
|2011||Tangiwai disaster#Dramatisations||Bert Sutcliffe||TV film|
|2011-2013||Almighty Johnsons, TheThe Almighty Johnsons||Anders Johnson||Main role (36 episodes)|
|2014||Lego the Hobbit||Fíli (voice)||Video game|
|2016||Westside||Evan Lace||Episodes: "2.2", "2.4"|
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