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Jonathan Manu Bennett
10 October 1969, New Zealand
180 cm
Father was a famous New Zealand singer. Mother was the original bikini model for designer Paula Stafford. Family moved to Australia in 1970. During high school, Manu played representative rugby, studied classical ballet & piano before attending university to study Drama. His acting career began in 1993 on Paradise Beach. Manu then appeared on various TV dramas before landing his first feature film, 'Lantana' (1999), opposite Anthony La Paglia, then traveled to Japan to film 'Tomoko'(2000) opposite award-winning Japanese actress Rumiko Koyangi. Manu returned to New Zealand to star in Shortland Steet, Street Legal, Mataku, Creature Quest & Going Straight (2001/05). Manu was then cast opposite Robert Patrick in The Marine (2006), then alongside Vinnie Jones & Stone Cold Steve Austin in The Condemned (2007). In 30 Days Of Night (2007), Manu played a supporting role alongside Josh Hartnett & Melissa George.
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-   Credited as 'Manu' Bennett in his role as Jack Hewitt on Shortland Street.

-   His family immigrated to Australia when he was just a few months old.

-   Mother was a Queensland beauty queen, father, an entertainer in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

-   Offered ballet scholarship in New York after finishing high school, but chose to travel Europe and the US instead.

-   Has an uncle who played piano for Elvis Presley.

-   Is of Te Arawa, Ngati Kahungunu Maori and Irish descent from his father' side and of Scottish and Spanish blood from his mother's side.

-   Quit playing professional rugby in order to attend Univeristy where he studied drama and dance.

-   Attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute on a scholarship.


-   Manu is a New Zealand Maori name that means "bird". I was given this name after my uncle who was the Bishop Of New Zealand.

-   [on attending a boarding school for Maori boys in New Zealand.] It was like being sent to gladiator school. Like prison. The only things people respected were strength, being good at rugby, and being able to hold your own in a fight.


-   "New Zealand Women's Weekly" (New Zealand), 17 December 2001, pg. 17, by: Sarah Nealon, "Coming back to his future"


-   "New Zealand Women's Weekly" (New Zealand), 17 December 2001, pg. 17, by: Sarah Nealon, "Coming back to his future"


-   "New Zealand Women's Weekly" (New Zealand), 17 December 2001, pg. 17, by: Frances Oliver, "Coming back to his future"


-   "Men's Health" (UK), 1 March 2011

-   "Muscle & Fitness" (USA), April 2010

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21 Days: Ottawa Comic Con 2013

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Inside Pulse | Manu Bennett as Crixus in Starz Spartacus 3
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The Flickcast – All Things Geek

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Acting in movies

  1. "Street Legal" (2000) {The Only Way Is Up (#3.30)}
  2. The Hobbit: There and Back Again (2014)
  3. Shadows from the Sky (2013)
  4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
  5. "Arrow" (2012) {Betrayal (#1.13)}
  6. "Arrow" (2012) {Dodger (#1.15)}
  7. "Arrow" (2012) {The Odyssey (#1.14)}
  8. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Blood Brothers (#3.5)}
  9. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Decimation (#3.4)}
  10. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Enemies of Rome (#3.1)}
  11. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Men of Honor (#3.3)}
  12. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Mors Indecepta (#3.7)}
  13. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Seperate Paths (#3.8)}
  14. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Spoils of War (#3.6)}
  15. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {The Dead and the Dying (#3.9)}
  16. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Victory (#3.10)}
  17. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Wolves at the Gate (#3.2)}
  18. G4 Presents Comic Con 2012 Live (2012) (TV)
  19. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
  20. "Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms" (2012) {(#1.3)}
  21. "Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms" (2012) {(#1.4)}
  22. "Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms" (2012) {(#1.5)}
  23. "Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms" (2012) {(#1.6)}
  24. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {A Place in This World (#2.2)}
  25. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Balance (#2.8)}
  26. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Chosen Path (#2.6)}
  27. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Empty Hands (#2.4)}
  28. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Fugitivus (#2.1)}
  29. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Libertus (#2.5)}
  30. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Monsters (#2.9)}
  31. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Sacramentum (#2.7)}
  32. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {The Greater Good (#2.3)}
  33. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Wrath of the Gods (#2.10)}
  34. Sinbad and the Minotaur (2011) (TV)
  35. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {Beneath the Mask (#1.4)}
  36. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {Missio (#1.2)}
  37. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {Past Transgressions (#1.1)}
  38. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {Paterfamilias (#1.3)}
  39. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {Reckoning (#1.5)}
  40. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (2011) {The Bitter End (#1.6)}
  41. The Machine Who Loved (2010) {{SUSPENDED}}
  42. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Delicate Things (#1.6)}
  43. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Great and Unfortunate Things (#1.7)}
  44. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Kill Them All (#1.13)}
  45. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Legends (#1.3)}
  46. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Mark of the Brotherhood (#1.8)}
  47. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Old Wounds (#1.11)}
  48. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Party Favors (#1.10)}
  49. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Revelations (#1.12)}
  50. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Sacramentum Gladiatorum (#1.2)}
  51. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Shadow Games (#1.5)}
  52. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {The Red Serpent (#1.1)}
  53. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {The Thing in the Pit (#1.4)}
  54. "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (2010) {Whore (#1.9)}
  55. "The Strip" (2008) {(#1.13)}
  56. 30 Days of Night (2007)
  57. The Condemned (2007)
  58. Tango Trois (2006)
  59. The Marine (2006)
  60. "Mataku" (2002) {Going to War (#1.3)}
  61. "Street Legal" (2000) {Charter (#3.12)}
  62. "Street Legal" (2000) {Crash (#3.1)}
  63. "Street Legal" (2000) {Death in the Family: Part 1 (#3.6)}
  64. "Street Legal" (2000) {Death in the Family: Part 2 (#3.7)}
  65. "Street Legal" (2000) {Game of Hack (#3.10)}
  66. "Street Legal" (2000) {Ladykiller (#3.13)}
  67. "Street Legal" (2000) {No Man Put Asunder (#3.11)}
  68. "Street Legal" (2000) {No Silver Bullet (#3.5)}
  69. "Street Legal" (2000) {Sea of Troubles (#3.3)}
  70. "Street Legal" (2000) {The Good Son (#3.2)}
  71. "Street Legal" (2000) {The Jeweller (#3.8)}
  72. Lantana (2001)
  73. "Head Start" (2001) {He Ain't Heavy (#1.6)}
  74. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(2001-02-24)}
  75. "Street Legal" (2000)
  76. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(#9.11)}
  77. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(#9.12)}
  78. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(#9.13)}
  79. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(#9.14)}
  80. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(#9.15)}
  81. "Shortland Street" (1992) {(2000-07-14)}
  82. "Tales of the South Seas" (1998) {Fast Company (#1.16)}
  83. "Xena: Warrior Princess" (1995) {Antony and Cleopatra (#5.18)}
  84. "BeastMaster" (1999) {The Legend Continues (#1.1)}
  85. "The Violent Earth" (1998)
  86. "All Saints" (1998) {Body and Soul (#1.1)}
  87. "Water Rats" (1996) {Goldie's Trip (#2.11)}
  88. "Water Rats" (1996) {One Dead Rat (#2.12)}
  89. "Water Rats" (1996) {Unfinished Business (#1.22)}
  90. "Blue Heelers" (1994) {The First Stone (#1.42)}
  91. "Paradise Beach" (1993)

Movies Directed

  1. The Bridge (2006/V)

Movies Produced

  1. The Bridge (2006/V) (producer)