Hugo Weaving Early Life
Hugo Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria. The middle sibling of three, Hugo has an older brother Simon and a younger sister Anna. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time travelling between Nigeria, Great Britain, and Australia. In the seventies Hugo spent three years in England, attending Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital school in Bristol.
He showed early promise in theatre productions there and also excelled at history, achieving an A in his O-level examination. He arrived permanently in Australia in 1976, and finished his education at Knox Grammar school, Sydney. He graduated from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in 1981 and has since worked extensively in film, television and theatre.
Who is Hugo Wallace Weaving?
He made his film debut as Andy White in The City’s Edge in 1983, reportedly one of the first Australian films to focus on the plight of native aborigines. He later exhibited his talent in The Right Hand Man and For Love Alone in 1986. In 1991, Hugo won Best Actor Australian Film Institute Award for his portrayal of blind photographer Martin in Proof.
Later in 1994, he was nominated for his role as Mitzi in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He won yet another AFI award as best actor for his performance in The Interview, which also earned him the best acting prize at the Montreal Film Festival. In 1998 Hugo won the Australian Star of the Year.
The Matrix Trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta
Roles in big-budget movies such as The Matrix trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta have considerably raised his international profile. Nevertheless, he has often said that he feels most at home on stage and in Australian productions, like Little Fish, Last Ride, Mystery Road, The Turning and Jasper Jones, or the UK/Australia production Oranges and Sunshine, and more recently Hearts and Bones and Measure for Measure.
His television credits include Bodyline, Dadah Is Death, The Dirtwater Dynasty, Bangkok Hilton, Halifax f.p, After the Deluge, a guest-appearance on ABC’s Rake, and more recently Seven Types of Ambiguity and Patrick Melrose; and several documentaries narrations such as Who Killed Dr Bogle and Ms Chandler, Tackling Peace, Inside the Firestorm, I, Spry and more recently Australia in Colour and Australia’s Lost Impressionist John Russell.
His theatre credits include the Sydney Theatre Company’s Macbeth, The Cherry Orchard, The Perfectionist and Arcadia. He has also starred in The Taming Of The Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Julius Caesar, Ring Around The Moon and Private Lives for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.
More recently he starred in Hedda Gabler, Riflemind, Uncle Vanya, God of Carnage, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot, Macbeth and Endgame; he also toured Waiting for Godot at the Barbican Centre in London in June 2015. He returned to the stage in Australia with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui in 2018, followed by Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Solaris in 2019.
National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia (1981)
Hugo Wallace Weaving Quick Facts
- Lived in South Africa, England and Australia as a child.
- Became interested in acting after seeing a ballet production of Romeo and Juliet as a child.
- Studied under future Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush at NIDA.
- Won the Australian Film Institute award for Best Actor in a Lead Role for Proof (1991), The Interview (1998) and Little Fish (2005).
- Plays major roles in both The Matrix (as Agent Smith) and The Lord of the Rings (as Elrond) film trilogies.
- Voices Decepticon leader Megatron in the Transformer film series.
- Promotes Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute, an Australian nonprofit that seeks to stop the institutionalized suffering of animals.
- In 2013, reprised The Matrix role of Agent Smith for a General Electric commercial promoting its medical equipment.
- 2015, AACTA Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 2005, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actor: Winner
- 1994, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2017, AACTA Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 2004, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
- 2011, AACTA Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2016, AACTA Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
- 2006, Australian Film Institute Awards — International Award for Best Actor: Nominee
- 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
- 1998, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 2013, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
- 2004, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1991, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
- 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
Hugo Weaving resides in Australia with his partner, Katrina Greenwood.
- Anna-Jane Weaving — Sister
- Samara Weaving — Niece
- Holly Weaving — Daughter
- Harry Weaving — Son
- Anne Weaving — Mother
- Simon Weaving — Brother
- Morgan Weaving — Niece
- Wallace Weaving — Father
Hugo Weaving Biography and Profile (Hugo Weaving)