Stuart Townsend

Biography: Stuart Townsend became interested in performing when he attended a two-week acting course at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, to be with his girlfriend. He then signed on for two years and eventually founded his own acting company, Ether for Lunch, with a group of friends. Townsend made his theatrical debut in 1996's Trojan Eddie and then landed significant roles in a variety of European films (Shooting Fish, Wonderland, Resurrection Man). Next, Peter Jackson hired Townsend to portray Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the day before filming was to begin Jackson let Townsend go when the director decided he needed an older actor for the role. (Viggo Mortensen eventually landed the plum part.) However, Townsend gained attention in Hollywood with starring turns in About Adam and the doomed vampire flick Queen of the Damned that, unfortunately, is most remembered for the untimely death of leading lady Aaliyah shortly before the film's release. HappierStuart Townsend became interested in performing when he attended a two-week acting course at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, to be with his girlfriend. He then signed on for two years and eventually founded his own acting company, Ether for Lunch, with a group of friends. Townsend made his theatrical debut in 1996's Trojan Eddie and then landed significant roles in a variety of European films (Shooting Fish, Wonderland, Resurrection Man). Next, Peter Jackson hired Townsend to portray Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But the day before filming was to begin Jackson let Townsend go when the director decided he needed an older actor for the role. (Viggo Mortensen eventually landed the plum part.) However, Townsend gained attention in Hollywood with starring turns in About Adam and the doomed vampire flick Queen of the Damned that, unfortunately, is most remembered for the untimely death of leading lady Aaliyah shortly before the film's release. Happier times arrived on the set of Trapped when he embarked on what would become a nine-year romance with costar Charlize Theron. He and the future Oscar winner went on to appear together in the romantic drama Head in the Clouds, and she starred in his 2007 directorial debut Battle in Seattle about protest riots at the 1999 World Trade Organization conference. Prior to that, Townsend turned to the small screen as the lead in the short-lived remake of the 1970s cult series Night Stalker. He returned to the big screen in 2007 costarring with Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer in the comedy-drama Chaos Theory. He occasionally can be heard voicing characters for the satirical animated series Robot Chicken. Expand

Stuart Townsend's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 47
Highest Metascore: 71 Wonderland
Lowest Metascore: 30 Queen of the Damned
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
10 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Apache Junction Sep 24, 2021 Jericho Ford / Jericho Ford tbd
tbd Grace and Grit Jun 4, 2021 Ken Wilber / Ken Wilber tbd
tbd The Medicine Jul 7, 2020 Narrator 6.0
tbd A Stranger in Paradise Feb 14, 2014 Paul tbd
54 Battle in Seattle Sep 19, 2008 Director / Director / Producer / Producer / Screenplay / Screenplay 7.8
44 Chaos Theory Apr 11, 2008 Buddy Endrow 7.3
40 Head in the Clouds Sep 17, 2004 Guy Malyon / Guy Malyon 6.0
30 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Jul 11, 2003 Dorian Gray 5.7
42 Trapped Sep 20, 2002 Will 8.1
30 Queen of the Damned Feb 22, 2002 Lestat De Lioncourt 7.7
64 About Adam May 9, 2001 Adam / Adam 6.3
47 Simon Magus Mar 9, 2001 Dovid Bendel / Dovid Bendel 7.5
71 Wonderland Jul 28, 2000 Tim / Tim 5.5
47 Shooting Fish May 1, 1998 Jez 7.5