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Benedict Wall (born 17 June) is a New Zealand film, theatre and television actor. From 2011, Wall played Owen Sutherland in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He has also appeared in Outrageous Fortune, Underbelly: Badness, Breaker Morant: The Retrial and Pirates of the Airwaves. Wall co-wrote and directed the short film Best Mates. In 2016, he took over the role of Duncan Stewart in the Australian soap opera Home and Away. He also appeared in the Network Ten miniseries Brock.

Benedict Wall
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Benedict Wall at the Sydney premiere of The Way Way Back in June 2013
Born17 June[1]
Auckland, New Zealand
OccupationActor
Years active2007–present

Early and personal lifeEdit

Wall was born in Auckland and grew up in Wellington.[1][2] Wall spent three years completing a bachelor's degree in journalism. Six months after graduating, he decided to pursue a career in acting and won a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.[3]

Wall has been in a relationship with actress Jessica Grace Smith since 2010. The couple live in Sydney.[4]

CareerEdit

Wall played Ben on Outrageous Fortune in 2007.[1] He also had roles in The Amazing Extraordinary Friends, Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape and John Safran's Race Relations.[5] In 2011, Wall received an audition for the medical soap opera Shortland Street and he was cast in the recurring role of ED consultant Owen Sutherland.[1] The following year, he starred in the short film Ten Thousand Days, alongside Morgana O'Reilly.[6] He also made a guest appearance in Underbelly: Badness.[7]

Wall portrayed Breaker Morant in Breaker Morant: The Retrial, a television documentary filmed in Charters Towers.[2] He starred as pirate radio host Rick Grant in the 2014 docudrama Pirates of the Airwaves, which tells the story of the founding of Radio Hauraki.[8] The following year, he appeared in James Raue's low budget feature film Psychoanalysis.[9] He was also cast in the Australian feature film The Pretend One, alongside Geraldine Hakewill and David Field. The film was shot in Queensland and released in 2016.[10]

Wall and fellow actor Tai Hara co-wrote the black comedy film Best Mates. Wall also directed and acted in the short, alongside Hara and Jessica Grace Smith. Best Mates received a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.[11][12]

In 2016, Wall took over the role of Duncan Stewart in Home and Away. The character had not been part of the show for ten years.[13] Wall had auditioned for Home and Away several times before he was cast as Duncan. He received a recall for the part of Martin Ashford,[3] and he also auditioned for the role of Justin Morgan.[13] In the same year, Wall appeared in the miniseries Brock as Tony Roberts.[14]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Amazing Extraordinary Friends Damon Episode: "Captain X-posed"
2007 Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape Cliff
2007 Outrageous Fortune Ben Episode: "What Did You Enact?"
2008 Jinx Sister Faceless Lover
2009 John Safran's Race Relations Jeremy Weinstein
2011 Shortland Street Owen Sutherland
2012 Ten Thousand Days Darby Short film
2012 Underbelly: Badness Ben Dokic
2013 Breaker Morant: The Retrial Breaker Morant
2014 Pirates of the Airwaves Rick Grant
2015 Psychoanalysis Paul Symmonds
2015 Ready for This Officer Waters Episode: "A Wonderful Day"
2016 Best Mates Dom Also co-writer and director
2016 Brock Tony Roberts
2016 Home and Away Duncan Stewart
2016 The Pretend One Guy

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Get to know: Benedict Wall". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lewis, Peter (16 March 2013). "Breaker Morant rides again in Charters Towers". ABC News. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Vanessa (13 July 2016). "Third time lucky for promising Home and Away star". The West Australian. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ McConnochie, Trudie (2 October 2014). "Jessica Grace Smith: Home and totally away!". New Idea NZ. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Benedict Wall". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. ^ Corry, Dominic (23 July 2012). "Dominic Corry: Cabins, imposters and airships at the Film Fest". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Benedict Wall joining Home And Away". TV Week. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  8. ^ Robinson, Michelle (20 July 2014). "Kiwi stars forced to go moonlighting". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  9. ^ Windsor, Harry (11 February 2016). "First-time director tackles the world of psychoanalysis in micro budget feature". If Magazine. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  10. ^ "DOP reveals The Pretend One shoot secrets". If Magazine. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Best Mates". Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (12 January 2016). "Santa Barbara Film Festival Lineup Set: Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' To Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  13. ^ a b Harvey, Kerry (29 July 2016). "Home And Away's latest Kiwi import Benedict Wall on playing Alf Stewart's son". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  14. ^ "Episode 1 Credits". Tenplay. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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