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Manu Bennett is a New Zealand born actor best known for his role Crixus on the Sparz action series Spartacus Blood and Sand and for his role Slade Wilson on the CW action series Arrow.


Manu Bennett was born on October 10, 1969 in New Zealand. His father a famous New Zealand singer and his mother worked as a bikini model for designer Paula Stafford. Manu along with his family immigrated to Australia in 1970 when he was still a baby. Manu returned to New Zealand in 1986 to study at Te Aute College. He played rugby for the New South Wales Schoolboys Rugby Union Team.


Manu showed an an interest in modern dancing, classical ballet and piano and stopped playing rugby to study acting and dancing. He won a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles.


Manu made his debut in 1993 on the TV series Paradise Beach. In 2010 Manu was cast as a main character on the Spars action series Spartacus Blood and Sand as Crixus a champion gladiator in love with the slave girl Naevia. Manu in 2013 was cast as a recurring character on the CW action series Arrows as Slade Wilson a solider trapped in a hostile island who becomes mentor to Oliver Queen.


Manu Bennett also had recurring role on the TV Series Street Legal and Water Rats. He also had a prominent role on the TV series Bikie Wars Brothers in Arms and Xena Warrior Princess.


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1993 Paradise Beach as Kirk Barsby 1993-94

1994 Blue Heelers as Mark Davies

1996-1997 Water Rats as Joseph Lipinski

1998 All Saints as Darren

1998 The Violent Earth as Wanatcha DuValier

2000 Tales of the South Seas as David Legeure

2000 Xena Warrior Princess as Marc Antony

2000-2001 Shortland Street as Jack Hewitt

2001 Head Start as Dom

2002 Mataku as John

2002 Street Legal as Matt Urlich

2008 The Strip as Brandon Bell

2010 Spartacus Blood and Sand as Crixus

2011 Spartacus Gods of the Arena as Crixus

2001 Lantana as Steve Valdez

2006 The Marine as Bennett

2007 30 Days of Night as Billy Kitka

2007 The Condemned as Paco

2011 Sinbad and the Minotaur as Sinbad