Daniel Henshall

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Daniel Henshall
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Born (1982-08-09) 9 August 1982 (age 36)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2007–present

Daniel Edwin Henshall (born 9 August 1982) is an Australian actor.

Life and career[edit]

Daniel was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales and is the youngest of three children. He is a graduate of Actors Centre Australia.

He rose to prominence for his portrayal as real life serial killer John Bunting in Justin Kurzel's critically acclaimed, award-winning film Snowtown[1][2][3] (based on the Snowtown murders of 1999) which screened in International Critics Week at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert called the performance 'astonishingly good' [4] while the film industry and review website IndieWire named it one of the best performances of that year, saying 'Daniel Henshall's portrait of real-life murderer John Bunting is painfully good'.[5] Daniel was awarded, among other honours, the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

For four seasons he played whaler spy Caleb Brewster in the AMC revolutionary war TV series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014 - 2017).

Recently he was seen as Adam Cullen, the infamous Archibald Prize winning artist, in Acute Misfortune directed by Thomas. M Wright, which screened at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival where it was awarded The Age Critics Award. Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian said of his performance 'The film marks another one-for-the-ages performance from Henshall' [6] whilst Jake Wilson of The Age said 'Australian cinema is full of ratbags, but Adam Cullen, as portrayed by Daniel Henshall, ranks with the most memorable' .[7]

He is also known for his work as nurse Robbie opposite Essie Davis in Jennifer Kent's critically acclaimed, award-winning psychological horror The Babadook (2014), as Luke opposite Matt Nable in Fell (2014) directed by Kasimir Burgess,[8] as Kingsley Faraday opposite Sarah Snook in the AACTA Award nominated TV series The Beautiful Lie (2015), as Skinny Man opposite Scarlett Johansson in the live action version of Ghost in the Shell, and as Blonde, a member of the ALF (Animal Liberation Front), alongside Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano in Bong Joon Ho’s Okja, which premiered in Official Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Next he will be seen as Slayer opposite Jamie Bell and Vera Farmiga in Guy Nativ's Skin, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival where it was awarded the Critics FIPRESCI Prize. The film will be released through out North America in 2019 through A24.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Snowtown John Bunting AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor
Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Marrakech International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2012 Not Suitable for Children Dave
2012 Any Questions for Ben? Nick
2013 These Final Hours Freddy
2014 The Babadook Robbie
2014 Fell Luke
2017 Ghost in the Shell Skinny Man
2017 Okja Blonde
TBA Acute Misfortune Adam Cullen
2018 Skin Slayer


Year Title Role Notes
2007 All Saints Tim Downly 1 Episode: The Pain of It All
2008 Out of the Blue Adam 'Ado' O'Donnell 66 Episodes
2010 Rescue Special Ops Trevor Slezack 1 Episode: Street Legal
2012 Rake Clown 1 Episode: R vs Mohammed
2012 Devil's Dust Jock 2 Episodes
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Gregor Cheresniak 1 Episode: Atlas Drugged
2015 The Beautiful Lie Kingsley Faraday 6 Episodes
2014 - 2017 Turn: Washington's Spies Caleb Brewster 40 Episodes
2019 Lambs of God Barnaby 4 Episodes
2019 Bloom (TV series)


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Golden Ass Various Bsharp, Belvoir St Theatre
2007 The Popular Mechanicals Flute Parramatta Riverside Theatre
2008 Belles Line Mick The Old Fitzroy Theatre
2013 The Secret River (play) Dan Oldfield Sydney Theatre Company


  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/movies/the-snowtown-murders-an-australian-true-crime-story.html
  2. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/snowtown-20110519-1eu0b.html
  3. ^ https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/movies/film-review-snowtown/news-story/4de52befdf568d889119710677b04a0b?sv=12dfb2ec331cd321a4aaa8ff3a4e7c9c
  4. ^ https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-snowtown-murders-2012
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/04/acute-misfortune-first-look-review-adam-cullen-biopic-is-an-enthralling-complex-triumph
  7. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/movies/acute-misfortune-wins-the-age-critics-award-at-miff-20180810-p4zwsb.html
  8. ^ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/fell-sydney-review-712008
  9. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (2018-09-11). "Toronto: A24 and DirecTV Acquire 'Skin' Starring Jamie Bell (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-16.

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