The Shannara Chronicles, Arrow, The Hobbit
Manu looks forward to meeting all his fans in Adelaide and Brisbane in November 2018.
Manu will give a Q&A panel, and pose for studio portraits and sign autographs on Friday in Brisbane, and throughout Saturday and Sunday in both cities.
* Information correct at time of writing, but is subject to change. Panel rooms are subject to venue capacity and safety requirements and may reach maximum capacity. Some panels will require patrons to queue for entry prior to the panel commencing. Please follow the directions of the staff.
Manu Bennett was born in New Zealand on October 10, 1969. His mother was an Australian bikini model and his father was a New Zealand singer. At a young age he moved to Australia and was mostly raised between Sydney and Newcastle. Bennett went back to New Zealand to attend the Te Aute College to play rugby. When we returned back to Australia, he was chosen to be on the New South Wales Schoolboys Rugby Union Team. Manu decided to quit rugby to attend a university to study dance and drama because of his strong interests in modern dancing, classical ballet, and piano. He then traveled to Los Angeles to attend the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute on scholarship.
Manu began his acting career with the teen soap opera Paradise Beach in 1999. Bennett’s first leading role was for a Japanese-film Tomoko. In 2000, Bennett starred in Xena: Warrior Princess as Mark Antony. Manu then returned to New Zealand to star in Shortland Street, Street Legal, Mataku, Creature Quest and Going Straight. Later in 2006, Bennett was cast in The Marine with wrestling star John Cena and Robert Patrick. He was also cast opposite to Josh Hartnett as Deputy Billy Kitka in 30 Days of Night.
Manu was cast in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand in the role of Crixus. He was the longest standing cast member of the TV show. In 2012, he landed the villain role of Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit film trilogy. Later he was cast as Slade Wilson (Deathstroke) on the first season of Arrow. In 2013, Manu was promoted to a series regular for Arrow. Bennett also stars as Sinbad in an Australian production of Sinbad and the Minotaur. In December 2014, Manu was cast as the druid Allanon in MTV’s television series adaptation of Terry Brooks’ fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles.
This information is correct at the time of writing but please check the Event Programme for the final timetable, including time and location within the events.
Guest confirmed, health and other commitments pending.
Panel rooms are subject to venue capacity and safety requirements and may reach maximum capacity. Some panels will require patrons to queue for entry prior to the panel commencing. Please follow the directions of the staff.