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.
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.
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 Interview. He 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.
- He appeared in the 1988 miniseries The Dirtwater Dynasty, the 1990 film Wendy Cracked a Walnut, the 1994-2002 TV series Halifax f.p. and the 2003 film The Matrix: Revolutions, all of which also featured Bruce Spence.
- He appeared in the 1995 TV miniseries Bordertown and the 2005 film Little Fish, both of which also featured Cate Blanchett.
- He appeared in the 1997 film True Love and Chaos, which also featuredMiranda Otto.
- He appeared in the 2001 film Russian Doll, the 2003 TV miniseries After the Deluge and the 2010 film Oranges and Sunshine, all of which also featured David Wenham.
- He appeared in the 2005 film V for Vendetta, which also featured Stephen Fry and John Hurt.
- He appeared in the 2010-2018 TV series Rake, which also featured Cate Blanchett, John Noble and Bruce Spence.
- He appeared in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, which also featured Richard Armitage.
- He appeared in the 2013 film The Turning, which also featured Cate Blanchett and Miranda Otto.
- He appeared in the 2014 film The Mule along with John Noble.
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