Martin Henderson returned to New Zealand from Hollywood for this role in HOME BY CHRISTMAS, his first New Zealand feature film. His recent work includes the critically acclaimed Battle in Seattle, in which he stars opposite Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta and Michelle Rodriguez. He starred with Naomi Watts in Dreamworks’ horror hit The Ring and starred in the Warner Bros motorcycle racing actioner Torque. Other major films include Flyboys, Smokin’ Aces, Windtalkers and Bride and Prejudice and the Australian film Little Fish. Martin recently guest starred in Fox Network’s hit House.

Born and raised in Auckland, Henderson was introduced to acting when the TV series Strangers held an open casting call at his school. He was 13 years old when he won the role and has been acting professionally ever since. He became famous in New Zealand playing Stuart Nielson for three years in the high-rating soap Shortland Street. For this role he won the best male dramatic performance in television at the NZ Film and Television Awards in 1993. 

In 1995 he moved to Sydney and the TV series Sweat, followed by the film Kick, with Radha Mitchell. In 1997 he moved to New York and began a two-year programme of study at the Neighbourhood Playhouse, during which he appeared in the off-Broadway play Ophelia Thinks Harder. His other stage work includes starring opposite Juliette Lewis in Sam Shepherd’s play Fool For Love at the Apollo Theatre in London and the role of Brick in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for the Melbourne Theatre Company, which played to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. 


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