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Actor, artist and accomplished photographer, New Zealand’s own Dean O’Gorman is a man of many talents. Born in Auckland to parents Lance, a landscape painter, and Vicky O’Gorman, Dean O’Gorman’s earliest role was in 1995’s teen romance, Bonjour Timothy, a performance which earned O’Gorman a nomination for Best Actor at the Giffoni Film Festival.
New Zealand audiences embraced O’Gorman in the role of Harry Martin in the soap opera, Shortland Street. Around this time, O’Gorman also appeared in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess multiple times, as well as holding a regular role as Iolaus in Young Hercules opposite Ryan Gosling from 1998-1999, and in McLeod’s Daughters, as Luke Morgan, a love interest of Jodi Fountain McLeod.
He has made multiple guest appearances on several television shows including The Cult, Go Girls and Legend of the Seeker. From 2011–2013, O’Gorman played the role of Anders Johnson in the New Zealand fantasy series The Almighty Johnsons.
2013 saw O’Gorman in his most well-known and beloved role yet as Fili the dwarf in Peter Jackson’s enormously successful Hobbit trilogy. With the third and final film in the series, The Battle of the Five Armies, having been released, O’Gorman’s next major role is as legendary screen icon Kirk Douglas in the film Trumbo, about blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, to be released later in 2015.