Martin Henderson

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Martin Henderson
Henderson in 2006
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 47)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationBirkenhead Primary
Northcote Intermediate Westlake Boys High
Years active1989–present

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor known for his roles on the ABC medical drama Off the Map as Dr. Ben Keeton, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Nathan Riggs, the Netflix romantic drama Virgin River as Jack Sheridan,[1] and for his performance as Noah Clay in the 2002 horror film The Ring, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as Stuart Neilson in the soap opera Shortland Street.[2]

Early life[edit]

Henderson was born in Auckland, and began acting at the age of thirteen, appearing in Strangers, a local television production. He attended Birkenhead Primary Northcote Intermediate and Westlake Boys High schools.[3] He turned down going to study at University when he was 17, in favour of acting.[4]


Henderson starred as Stuart Neilson in the prime-time soap opera Shortland Street from 1992 to 1995. He subsequently appeared in a number of Australian films and television productions including Echo Point and Home and Away, before moving to the United States in 1997, to pursue a career in Hollywood films and to train in a two-year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

In 1999, he appeared in Kick, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2000.[5] After more than a year unsuccessfully auditioning for film roles in Los Angeles, in 2001 he was cast in a supporting role in the John Woo-directed war film Windtalkers.[6] In 2002, Henderson starred opposite Naomi Watts in the horror film The Ring.[4] Following the box office success of the film, he was cast as Drew in Perfect Opposites,[7] and subsequently as the lead character in the biker film Torque, released in early 2004.[8] Later that year, he starred opposite Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride and Prejudice and appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video.[8] In 2005, he appeared in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett.[4] In 2006, Henderson received rave reviews in London's West End in a theatre production of Fool for Love with Juliette Lewis.[9][10]

He was set to star alongside Jordana Brewster in the television series adapted from the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, the series was not picked up by any network. In 2006, he appeared in the movie Flyboys. He also 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 Rhimes' short-lived television series Off the Map. In 2014, he starred in the multi-platform Australian drama television series Secrets & Lies and in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road.

In 2015, Henderson appeared in Everest, with Jake Gyllenhaal. In June that year Deadline reported that he would join Grey's Anatomy starting in November, as a potential love interest for series lead Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey. The actor exited two years later, his final appearance in October 2017. Henderson told Deadline that his departure was a storytelling-based decision, adding, "This [was] my final year so I was expecting Nathan’s storyline to be wrapped up."[11][12]

Since 2019, Henderson has co-starred on the Netflix series Virgin River playing the role of Jack Sheridan, a former marine with PTSD. The series was renewed by Netflix for a third season in December 2020.

He was cast in A24 horror film X (2022) [13]

Personal life[edit]

Henderson is a New Zealand, British, Australian and American citizen.[14] As of 2017, he lived in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and dog.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Kick Tom Bradshaw Nominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2000 The Summer of My Deflowering Luke Short film
2002 Windtalkers Private Thomas Nellie
2002 The Ring Noah Clay
2003 Skagerrak Ian/Ken
2004 Torque Cary Ford
2004 Perfect Opposites Drew Curtis
2004 Bride and Prejudice William Darcy
2005 Little Fish Ray Robert Heart Nominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role[15]
Nominated—FCCA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2006 Flyboys Reed Cassidy
2006 Smokin' Aces Hollis Elmore
2007 Battle in Seattle Jay
2009 Cedar Boys Mathew
2010 Home by Christmas Young Ed
2013 The Moment John/Peter
2013 Devil's Knot Brent Davis
2015 Everest Andy Harris
2016 Miracles from Heaven Kevin Beam
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Mike
2018 Juveniles Oliver
2018 Hellbent Jeb Dupre


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Strangers Zane N/A
1990 Betty's Bunch N/A N/A
1990 Raider of the South Seas Jack Taylor Television film
1992–1995, 2017 Shortland Street Stuart Neilson Main (27 episodes, Seasons 1 & 26)
1995 Echo Point Zac Brennan N/A
1996 Sweat Tom Nash Main (26 episodes, Season 1)
1996 Home and Away Geoff Thomas Recurring (7 episodes)
1997–1999 Big Sky Scotty Gibbs Main (53 episodes, Seasons 1–2)
2009 House Jeff Episode: "Painless"
Nominated—AFI International Award for Best Actor
2011 Off the Map Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Keeton Main (13 episodes, Season 1)
2012 Rake Joshua Floyd Guest (2 episodes, Season 2)
2014–2015 The Red Road Harold Jensen Main (12 episodes, Seasons 1–2)
2014 Secrets & Lies Ben Gundelach Main (6 episodes, Season 1)
2015–2017 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Nathan Riggs Main (45 episodes, Seasons 12–14)
2019–present[16] Virgin River Jack Sheridan Main role
2021 My Life Is Murder Will Crowe Guest (Season 2)

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Auckland Daze Martin Henderson 3 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Notes
2003 Toxic Britney Spears' boyfriend


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (19 December 2018). "'Virgin River': Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, Tim Matheson & Annette O'Toole To Star In Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Shorty Street actor is the new McDreamy". Stuff. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Past Pupil Martin Henderson Visits Westlake". 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Secher, Benjamin (11 July 2006). "My Hollywood nightmare". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Past Awards". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (14 June 2002). "FILM REVIEW; Of Duty, Friendship And a Navajo Dilemma". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  7. ^ Martin Henderson in Perfect Opposites Archived 8 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (25 August 2004). "Yes, Britney Really Is Naked In The 'Toxic' Video: VMA Lens Recap - News Story | MTV News". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  9. ^ Brown, Peter (21 June 2006). "Fool For Love - Review". London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  10. ^ Billington, Michael (16 June 2006). "Fool for Love, Apollo, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (27 October 2017). "Grey's Anatomy Shocker: [Spoiler] Exits". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  12. ^ Boardman, Madeline (16 June 2015). "Martin Henderson takes Patrick Dempsey's spot in Grey's Anatomy". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  13. ^ "'X' Trailer: Mia Goth Stars in Ti West's A24 Horror Movie About a '70s Porn Shoot". Indiewire.
  14. ^ a b Kilgallon, Steve (9 April 2017). "Martin Henderson: When US immigration locked me up". Stuff. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Past Awards". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (20 December 2019). "'Virgin River' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

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