Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend

Infobox actor

name = Stuart Townsend
birthname = Stuart Peter Townsend
birthdate = birth date and age|mf=yes|1972|12|15
location = Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
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notable role = Dorian Gray in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"
Lestat de Lioncourt in "Queen of the Damned"
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partner = Charlize Theron

Stuart Townsend (born on December 15, 1972 in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actor.


Townsend attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin where he made his non-professional stage debut in the school's production of "Tear Up The Black Sail". His professional stage debut was in 1994's "True Lines", directed by John Crowley, who later directed "Intermission". "True Lines" was first performed in Kilkenny; it later moved to the Dublin Theatre Festival and on to Bush Theatre in London.

Townsend's early movie roles were in Irish short films such as "Godsuit" and "Summertime". His first part in a feature length film was "Trojan Eddie", a 1996 UK/Irish co-production. In 1997 he landed a lead role in the British film "Shooting Fish".

After his appearance as the outrageous seducer in the title role of "About Adam", he started to be noticed in the United States by critics and the public alike. In mid-2000, he briefly returned to the London stage in the Tennessee Williams play "Orpheus Descending", starring as Val Xavier, alongside Helen Mirren as Lady Torrance.

In recent years he has appeared in big budget films including "Queen of the Damned", opposite Aaliyah, as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt; and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" as Dorian Gray.

Townsend was hired to play the part of Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, but was replaced the day before principal photography began. [,,212325_2,00.html Interview with the Vampire] , a February 22, 2002 article from "Entertainment Weekly"] . According to Townsend::I was there rehearsing and training for two months, then was fired the day before filming began. After that I was told they wouldn't pay me because I was in breach of contract due to not having worked long enough. I had been having a rough time with them, so I was almost relieved to be leaving until they told me I wouldn't be paid. I have no good feelings for those people in charge, I really don't. The director wanted me and then apparently thought better of it because he really wanted someone 20 years older than me and completely different.

In 2005 Townsend starred alongside Gabrielle Union in "Night Stalker", the remake of the 1974 ABC TV series "". He played the part of Carl Kolchak, an investigative reporter looking into his wife's murder. "Night Stalker" was abruptly cancelled by ABC after six episodes due to bad viewing figures. Again, he was cited as "too young" by many reviewers and fans of the original series comparing him to Darren McGavin in the original series.

The same year Townsend played a guest starring role on NBC's "Will and Grace" as the pansexual pastry chef of Karen Walker who seduces her, Will Truman, and later Karen's maid Rosario. He also made an uncredited cameo in 2005's live-action "Æon Flux" film. Townsend recently starred alongside Ryan Reynolds in the comedy "Chaos Theory".

elected filmography


* "Chaos Theory" (2007) ... as Buddy Endrow
* "The Best Man" (2005) ... as Olly Pickering
* "Night Stalker" (2005) ... as Carl Kolchak
* "Head in the Clouds" (2004) ... as Guy
* "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (2003) ... as Dorian Gray
* "Shade" (2003) ... as Vernon
* "Trapped" (2002) ... as William Jennings
* "Queen of the Damned" (2002) ... as Lestat de Lioncourt
* "About Adam" (2000) ... as Adam
* "Mauvaise passe" (1999) ... as Tom
* "The Venice Project" (1999) ... as Lark/Gippo the Fool
* "Wonderland" (1999) ... as Tim
* "Simon Magus" (1999) ... as Dovid Bendel
* "Resurrection Man" (1998) ... as Victor Kelly
* "Under the Skin" (1997) ... as Tom
* "Shooting Fish" (1997) ... as Jez
* "Trojan Eddie" (1996) ... as Dermot


* "Battle in Seattle" (2008)

Personal life

Townsend's father, Peter, was a golfer, who played in the 1969 and 1971 Ryder Cups. [cite web
last = Wills | first = Dominic
title = Stuart Townsend Biography
work = Film biographies
publisher = Tiscali
url =
accessdate =2008-02-08
] His brother Dylan Townsend is a professional model.

Townsend has been with actress Charlize Theron since meeting her on the set of 2002's "Trapped".The couple live together in Los Angeles and England. They consider themselves married without an actual marriage. "We didn't have a ceremony," he added. "I don't need a certificate or the state or the church to say otherwise. So no there's no big official story on a wedding, but we are married. ... I consider her my wife and she considers me her husband." [cite web
last = Chi | first = Paul
title = Stuart Townsend Calls Charlize Theron His Wife | publisher = People Magazine
url =,,20055540,00.html
accessdate =2007-09-13


External links

*imdb name|id=0870204|name=Stuart Townsend
* [ First Stuart Townsend Fan site and Guest book]

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