Martin Henderson

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Martin Henderson
Henderson in 2006
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 44)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationBirkenhead Primary
Westlake Boys High
Years active1989–present

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, best 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, 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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Martin 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 prime-time soap opera 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 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.

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 Kick, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best 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, Martin 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 2004, he starred opposite Indian actress Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride and Prejudice and appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video. In 2005, he appeared in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett. In 2006, Henderson received 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 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, the series was not picked up by any network. In 2006, he appeared in the movie Flyboys. Henderson 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, Henderson starred in the multi-platform Australian drama television series Secrets & Lies and starred in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road.

In June 2015, Deadline reported Henderson 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."[5][6] That same year, he appeared in Everest, with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Personal life[edit]

Henderson is both a New Zealand and American citizen.



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
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


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 27 episodes
1995 Echo Point Zac Brennan N/A
1996 Sweat Tom Nash 26 episodes
1996 Home and Away Geoff Thomas 7 episodes
1997–1999 Big Sky Scotty Gibbs 53 episodes
2009 House Jeff Episode: "Painless"
Nominated—AFI International Award for Best Actor
2011 Off the Map Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Keeton 13 episodes
2012 Rake Joshua Floyd 2 episodes
2014–2015 The Red Road Harold Jensen 12 episodes
2014 Secrets & Lies Ben Gundelach 6 episodes
2015–2017 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Nathan Riggs 45 episodes

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. ^ "Shorty Street actor is the new McDreamy". Stuff. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Past Pupil Martin Henderson Visits Westlake". 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010.
  3. ^ IMDb: Awards for Kick
  4. ^ Martin Henderson in Perfect Opposites Archived 8 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (27 October 2017). "Grey's Anatomy Shocker: [Spoiler] Exits". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  6. ^ Boardman, Madeline (16 June 2015). "Martin Henderson takes Patrick Dempsey's spot in Grey's Anatomy". Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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