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Manu Bennett


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Gracing international covers such as Muscle and Fitness and Men's Health Manu Bennett is capturing the attention of filmmakers and fans with his extraordinary presence and talent.

Of Maori, Irish and Scottish descent and born in Rotorua, New Zealand to singer Ted Bennett and bikini model Jean Bennett, Manu's family relocated to Australia soon after his birth. During high school Manu played representative rugby and studied classical ballet and piano, before attending University of NSW to study Drama.

Manu is best known for his portrayal of powerful gladiator Crixus on Starz hit series Spartacus. Manu can also be seen in the CW network hit, Arrow, playing legendary comic book character, Slade Wilson.

On the big screen, Manu stars as Azog, king of the Orcs, in The Hobbit trilogy, a role which won him exceptional praise from Director Peter Jackson who stated that he was "the Breakout performance" of the film.

Manu appeared on various TV dramas before landing his first feature film, multiple award winning "Lantana," opposite Anthony La Paglia. His feature credits include major supporting roles in 20th Century Fox's "The Marine" opposite Robert Patrick, Sony's "30 Days of Night" opposite Josh Hartnett and produced by Sam Raimi; the Japanese film "Tomoko" opposite award-winning Japanese actress Rumiko Koyangi and a lead role in Lionsgate's "The Condemned" alongside Vinnie Jones and Stone Cold Steve Austen.

Previous TV credits include starring roles in successful New Zealand productions "Shortland Street," "Street Legal," "Mataku," "Creature Of Quest," "Going Straight," and as Marc Antony opposite his "Spartacus" co-star Lucy Lawless in Tapert and Raimi's hit series "Xena: Warrior Princess."



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Ottawa Comiccon 2013 - May 10-12 in Ottawa, ON
   Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 - September 5-7 in Salt Lake City, UT
   Montreal Comiccon 2013 - September 13-15 in Montréal, QC
   F.A.C.T.S. 2013 - October 19-20 in Ghent, Belgium
   MegaCon 2014 - March 21-23 in Orlando, FL
   Armageddon Expo Wellington 2014 - May 31 - June 2 in Wellington, New Zealand
   Phoenix Comicon 2014 - June 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ
   Salt Lake Comic Con 2014 - September 4-6 in Salt Lake City, UT
   Armageddon Expo Christchurch 2015 - March 7-8 in Christchurch, New Zealand
   Armageddon Expo Hamilton 2015 - March 14-15 in Hamilton, New Zealand
   Denver Comic Con 2015 - May 23-25 in Denver, CO
   Alamo City Comic Con 2015 - September 11-13 in San Antonio, TX
   Rose City Comic Con 2015 - September 19-20 in Portland, OR
   Salt Lake Comic Con 2015 - September 24-26 in Salt Lake City, UT
   Armageddon Expo Auckland 2015 - October 23-26 in Auckland, New Zealand
   Ottawa Comiccon 2016 - May 13-15 in Ottawa, ON cancelled appearance
   Denver Comic Con 2016 - June 17-19 in Denver, CO
   Montreal Comiccon 2016 - July 8-10 in Montreal, QC
   Salt Lake Comic Con 2016 - September 1-3 in Salt Lake City, UT
   Nickel City Con 2017 - May 19-21 in Buffalo, NY cancelled appearance
   Florida Supercon 2017 - July 27-30 in Fort Lauderdale, FL cancelled appearance
   MCM Manchester Comic Con 2017 - July 29-30 in Manchester, UK
   Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show 2017 - September 30 - October 1 in Paris, France
   MCM London Comic Con 2017 - October 27-29 in London, UK
   Heroes & Villains Fan Fest Atlanta 2017 - November 18-19 in Atlanta, GA
   Heroes & Villains Fan Fest San Jose 2017 - December 2-3 in San Jose, CA
   Walker Staker / Heroes & Villains Fan Fest Portland 2018 - January 13-14 in Portland, OR
   Comic Con Rotterdam 2018 - March 3-4 in Rotterdam, Netherlands
   Liverpool Comic Con 2018 - March 10-11 in Liverpool, UK
   Toronto Comicon 2018 - March 16-18 in Toronto, ON
   F.A.C.T.S. 2018 - April 7-8 in Ghent, Belgium
   Warsaw Comic Con 2018 - April 20-22 in Nadarzyn, Poland
   Heroes Comic Con Copenhagen 2018 - May 5-6 in Copenhagen, Denmark
   Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 - May 24-27 in Phoenix, AZ
31 guest appearances

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