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Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend
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Townsend at the Beverly Hills special screening of Battle in Seattle – 22 September 2008.
Born Stuart Peter Townsend
(1972-12-15) 15 December 1972 (age 44)
Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Residence Costa Rica
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actor, director
Partner(s) Charlize Theron (2001–2010)
Children 1
Parent(s) Peter Townsend
Lorna Townsend

Stuart Peter Townsend (born 15 December 1972) is an Irish actor and director. His most notable portrayals are of the characters Lestat de Lioncourt in the 2002 film adaptation of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned, and Dorian Gray in the 2003 film adaptation of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Townsend was born in Howth, County Dublin, the son of Lorna Hogan, an Irish model, and Peter Townsend, an English professional golfer.

He attended the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin where he made his non-professional stage debut in the school's 1993 production of Colin Teevan's Tear Up The Black Sail. His professional stage debut was in 1994's True Lines, directed by John Crowley. True Lines was first performed in Kilkenny; it later moved to the Dublin Theatre Festival and on to the Bush Theatre in London.

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

After his appearance as the 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. He appeared in big budget films, including Queen of the Damned, as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen as Dorian Gray.


Year Film Role Notes
1993 Godsuit John Slattery Main role
1996 Trojan Eddie Dermot Main role
1997 Shooting Fish Jez Main role
Under the Skin Tom Main role
1998 Resurrection Man Victor Kelly Main role
1999 Simon Magus Dovid Bendel Main role
Wonderland Tim Main role
The Venice Project Lark/Gippo the Fool Main role
Mauvaise passe Tom Main role
2000 About Adam Adam Main role
2002 Queen of the Damned Lestat de Lioncourt Main role
Trapped William Jennings Main role
2003 Shade Vernon Main role
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Dorian Gray Main role
2004 Head in the Clouds Guy Malyon Main role
2005 The Best Man Olly Pickering Main role
2005 Aeon Flux Monican Rebel Minor role
2007 Chaos Theory Buddy Endrow Main role
2008 Battle in Seattle As director
2009 Maggie Hill Terrence James Supporting role
2013 A Stranger in Paradise Paul Supporting role
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Summertime Andrew Main role
2005 Will & Grace Edward the pastry Chef 1 episode
2005 Night Stalker Carl Kolchak Main role
2005–2009 Robot Chicken Announcer, Lucky Charms Leprechaun, Ron Weasley 4 episodes
2011–2012 XIII: The Series XIII Main role
2013 Betrayal Jack McAllister Series regular
2015 Elementary Del Gruner Guest Appearance
2015 Salem Dr. Samuel Wainwright 7 episodes
Year Group Award Result Notes
1998 Fantafestival Best Actor Won Resurrection Man (film)
2003 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Film Nominated
2008 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Script for Film Nominated Battle in Seattle
2013 WorldFest Best Actor Won XIII: The Series

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