Manu Bennett is best known for his roles as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke on Arrow, the Gallic gladiator Crixus in Spartacus, and as Azog the Defiler in Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
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 along side John Cena and 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.
In 2010, Bennett co-starred in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand, about the defiant gladiator Spartacus. Bennett played the key role of Crixus, Champion of Capua. He was the only cast member of the show who starred on all three seasons, and the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena as well as starring in the most episodes of this series.
In 2012, he played the villain Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a role he reprised in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and will again in The Hobbit: There and Back Again. In November 2012, Bennett was cast in the first season of Arrow as Slade Wilson, and in March 2013, he was promoted to series regular for the second season.