Martin Henderson

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Martin Henderson
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Henderson in 2006
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 40)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, known to American audiences for his starring role in the ABC medical drama Off the Map, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as Stuart Neilson in the soap opera Shortland Street.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

Career[edit]

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, 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. 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 lead role 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, Henderson 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 2005, he starred opposite Indian actress Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride and Prejudice, and in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett.

In 2004, Henderson appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video.

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.

Henderson 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 began starring in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road. He is filming Everest with Jake Gyllenhaal.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Raider of the South Seas Jack Taylor Television film
1999 Kick Tom Bradshaw Nominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2000 Summer of My Deflowering, TheThe Summer of My Deflowering Luke Short film
2002 Windtalkers Private Thomas Nellie
2002 Ring, TheThe 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 Moment, TheThe Moment John/Peter
2013 Devil's Knot Brent Davis
2015 Everest Andy Harris In post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Strangers Zane Unknown episodes
1990 Betty's Bunch N/A Unknown episodes
1992–95 Shortland Street Stuart Neilson Role held: 25 May 1992 – 27 February 1995
1995 Echo Point Zac Brennan Unknown episodes
1996 Sweat Tom Nash Main cast; 26 episodes
1996 Home and Away Geoff Thomas 7 episodes
1997–99 Big Sky Scotty Gibbs Main cast; 53 episodes
2009 House Jeff Episode: "Painless"
Nominated—AFI International Award for Best Actor
2011 Off the Map Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Keeton Main cast; 13 episodes
2012 Rake Joshua Floyd 2 episodes
2014–present Red Road, TheThe Red Road Harold Jensen Main cast
2014 Secrets & Lies Ben Gundelach Main cast; 6 episodes
Web
Year Title Role Notes
2013–14 Auckland Daze Martin Henderson 3 episodes

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