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