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Hugo Wallace Weaving is an English film and stage actor, residing in Australia.

He played the role of the Elf-lord Elrond of Rivendell in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 - 2003) and later The Hobbit trilogy (2012 - 2014). He accordingly played the same role in Electronic Arts' strategy game The Battle for Middle-earth II, released in 2006.

Biography

Hugo was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria. After spending his childhood in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he arrived in Australia in 1976. Currently, Weaving lives in Sydney with his long-time partner Katrina Greenwood and his two children Holly and Harry. Despite his career in film, Weaving has continued working as a stage actor, regularly appearing in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company.

Career

Weaving had his first major role in the television series Bodyline in 1984, wherein he had portrayed real-life sports player Douglas Jardine. Weaving starred in the Australian film The Dirtwater Dynasty in 1988 and later starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 1989 film Bangkok Hilton. In 1991 Weaving received the Australian Film Institute's award for "Best Actor" for his performance in the low-budget Proof. He also appeared as Sir John in the 1993 Yahoo Serious comedy, Reckless Kelly, a lampoon of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. However, Weaving first received attention overseas with the international hit Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994. In 1998, Weaving received the award for "Best Actor" from the Montreal Film Festival for his performance in The InterviewHe also provided the voice of the Decepticon Leader Megatron in Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, only to be replaced in sequels to the first of those the third film with the character’s original voice actor Frank Welker, after expressing frustration from not being properly approached about the role of this character nor being told the meaning of the character’s words nor the nature of that franchise itself.

It was his role as the enigmatic Agent Smith in the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix which made Weaving a globally recognized face. Weaving reprised the role of Agent Smith in the 2003 sequels to The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but became unavailable to reprise that role in the coming third sequel due to schedule conflicts. Still Weaving has continued his success in the role of the Elf-lord Elrond in the three-film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings released between 2001 and 2003, and in The Hobbit three-parter film adaptation, each one among parts of whichever each were released between 2012 and 2014.

Trivia

Sean AstinSean BeanCate BlanchettOrlando BloomBilly Boyd
Marton CsokasBrad DourifBernard HillIan HolmChristopher Lee
Lawrence MakoareSir Ian McKellenDominic MonaghanViggo MortensenJohn Noble
Paul NorellMiranda OttoCraig ParkerAndy SerkisJohn Rhys-Davies
Liv TylerKarl UrbanHugo WeavingDavid WenhamElijah Wood



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