Henderson in 2006
8 October 1974 |
Auckland, New Zealand
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.
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.
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 Echo Point and Home & Away before he moved 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, but 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".
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, 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.
Henderson has also appeared alongside Britney Spears in the music video for her single "Toxic." He was set to star alongside Jordana Brewster in the television series adapted from the 2005 movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. As of 2008, the series has not been picked up by any network. Recently, Henderson has appeared in a commercial for the 2008 Cadillac CTS, and the House episode "Painless". In 2010 it was announced Henderson had been cast in Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhime's new television series Off the Map wherein doctors travel to the end of the world to rediscover why they had initially wanted to become doctors.
|1989||The Billy T. James Show||Aaron Gleesby||Television|
|1990||Raider of the South Seas||Jack Taylor||Television|
|1992||Shortland Street||Stuart Neilson||Television
|1995||Echo Point||Zac Brennan||Television|
|1996||Home and Away||Geoff Thomas||Television|
|1997||Big Sky||Scotty Gibbs||Television
|2002||The Ring||Noah Clay|
|Bride and Prejudice||William Darcy|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Jay|
|Smokin' Aces||Hollis Elmore|
|2009||Inside the Box||Jake Fischer||Television|
|2010||Home by Christmas||Young Ed|
|2011||Off the Map||Ben Keeton||Television|
|2013||Devils Knot||Brent Davis|
|Auckland Daze||Martin Henderson||Television|
|2014||The Red Road||Harold Jensen||Television|
|2014||Secrets & Lies||Ben Gundelach||Television|
Henderson was nominated for the following awards:
- 1999: "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role" by Australian Film Institute for his role as Tom Bradshaw in Kick
- 2005: "Best Actor" by Australian Film Institute for his role as Ray in Little Fish
- 2005: "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" during Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for his role as Ray in Little Fish
- Martin Henderson at the Internet Movie Database
- unofficial fan site: http://www.martinhenderson.org/