Unfortunately Manu’s busy schedule with the Shannara Chronicles means he has been unexpectedly called away from Supanova this weekend. He sends his apologies and we hope to see him back with us soon.
Manu Bennett is a New Zealand actor, best known for his roles from The Hobbit trilogy, and television shows The Shannara Chronicles, Arrow and Spartacus: War of the Damned.
As a child, Manu was raised mostly between Sydney and Newcastle. While he was a talented athlete, Manu was more interested in modern dancing, classical ballet and piano, and attended university to study dance and drama before travelling to Los Angeles on a scholarship to attend The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
Manu’sacting career kicked offin 1993 with theteen soapie,Paradise Beach. He went on to make a numberof appearances onAustralian TV including, Water Rats, All Saints, and Beastmaster.
In 1999 Manulanded his first leading role in the feature filmTomoko.The following yearhestarred in Xena: Warrior Princess as Marc Antony, then scored a role opposite Anthony La Paglia in the award winning Australian filmLantana –where he was able todisplay his dancing skills as a salsa dance teacher.
Following this, Manu went on to becast in several other films: The Marine, The Condemned and 30 Days of Night.
In 2011 hestarred asCrixus in Spartacus:Gods of the Arena, and later reprised his role in Spartacus: War of the Damned.
Between 2012 and 2014 Manu filmed The Hobbit trilogy, playingthe physical and vocal performer who creates the animated character of Azog The Defiler.
Manurecently starred in the smash hit CW series Arrowas Slade Wilson, who is best known to fans as Deathstroke, andcurrently stars as Allanon in The Shannara Chronicles, a fantasy drama based on the books by Terry Brooks.