Karl Urban Actor Profile







Auckland, New Zealand


185 cm

Age Range


Also Represented in

United States of America

Career Highlights

Karl Urban is one of New Zealand’s most well-known actors having forged an international career through his roles in numerous Hollywood blockbusters. He is best known for his dynamic turn as the Rohan warrior Eomer in the second and third installments of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, playing “Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy” in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as his chilling performance as Kirill in Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy. More recently Urban stars as Billy Butcher in Amazon Prime’s The Boys as well as Skurge in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok alongside Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo.

Urban won critical acclaim early in his career for his performances in the New Zealand films The Price of Milk and Out Of The Blue. Karl has gone on to star in Dredd, The Chronicles Of Riddick, Walking With Dinosaurs and Red among many others. He was seen recently in Star Trek Beyond and Disney’s Pete's Dragon.


2010Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards-Nominated Critics Choice Award-Best Acting Ensemble for Star Trek
2009Boston Society of Film Critics Awards-Won BSFC Award-Best Ensemble Cast for Star Trek
2009Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards-Niminated WAFCA Award-Best Ensemble for Star Trek
2004Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards-Won Critics Choice Award
2004Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards-Nominated PFCS Award
2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Won Actor - LOtR
2003DVD Exclusive Awards
2003National Board of Review, USA-Won NBR Award-Best Acting by an Ensemble for The Lord of the Rings:The Return of the King
2001New Zealand Film and TV Awards-Nominated Film Award-Best Actor for Truth About Demons
2000New Zealand Film and TV Awards-Won Film Award-Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Film for Out of the Blue

Feature Film.

2023Black Water Transit Earl Pike (Lead)Dir. Tony Kaye
2018BentDanny GallagherDir. Bobby Moresco
2017Acts Of Vengeance StrodeDir. Isaac Florentine
2017Hangman Det. Will Ruiney Dir. Johnny Martin (I)
2017Thor: RagnarokSkurgeMarvel Entertainment
Dir. Taika Waititi
2016Pete's DragonGavinWalt Disney Pictures
Dir. David Lowery
2016Star Trek BeyondDoctor 'Bones' McCoy (Lead)Paramount Pictures
Dir. Justin Lin
2014The LoftVincent StevensDir. Erik Van Looy
2014The WonderConsul William StanleyDir. Peter Hewitt
2013Riddick IIIVaakoOne Race Productions/Radar Films
Dir. David Twohy
2013Walking with Dinosaurs 3DUncle ZackDir. Barry Cook
2012Dredd 3DJudge Dredd (Pivotal Lead)DNA Films/IM Global
Dir. Pete Travis
2012Star Trek Into DarknessDr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy (Lead)Bad Robot/Paramount Pictures/USA
Dir. T.B.A
2011PriestBlack Hat (Lead)Buckaroo Entertainment/Screen Gems/USA
Dir. Scott Charles Stewart
2011RedWilliam Cooper (Lead)DC Entertainment/Summitt Entertainment/USA
Dir. Robert Schwentke
2010And Soon the DarknessMichael (Lead)Abandon Pictures/Anchor Bay Films/USA
Dir. Marcos Efron
2009Black Water TransitEarl Pike (Lead)Capitol Films/UK
Dir. Tony Kaye
2009Star TrekDr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy (Lead)Bad Robot/Paramount Pictures/USA
Dir. J.J.Abrams
2007PathfinderGhost (Lead)Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Dir. Marcus Nispel
2006Out of the BlueNick Harvey (Lead)Condor Films/IFC Films/New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Robert Sarkies
2005DoomJohn Grimm (Lead)John Wells Productions/Universal Pictures
Dir. Andrzej Bartkowiak
2004The Bourne SupremacyKirillUniversal Pictures
Dir. Paul Greengrass
2004The Chronicles of RiddickVaako (Lead)Universal Pictures/USA
Dir. David Twohy
2003The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the KingEomer (Lead)New Line Cinema/WingNut Films
Dir. Peter Jackson
2002Ghost ShipMunder (Support)Warner Bros.Pictures/USA
Dir. Steve Becks
2002The Lord of the Rings : The Two TowersEomer (Lead)New Line Cinema/WingNut Films
Dir. Peter Jackson
2002The Price of Milk Rob (Lead)John Swimmer Productions/Lot 47 Films/New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Harry Sinclair
2000Truth About DemonsHarry Ballard (Lead)First Sun /First Look International/New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Glenn Standring
1998HeavenSweeper (Support)Dimension Films/Miramax Films/USA
Dir. Scott Reynolds
1998Via SatellitePaul (Lead)John Swimmer Productions/Lot 47 Films/New Zealand Film Commission
Dir. Anthony McCarten
1992Chunuk BairWllington SoliderAvalon/NFU Studios
Dir. Dale G. Bradley

Short Film.

2020Butcher: a Short Film Billy Butcher (Lead )
2019Sgt. Rock Sgt. Rock (Voice) (Lead)Warner Bros. Animation
Dir. Bruce Timm
1996Clown StoryLeadDir. Irene Malone


2022ARK: The Animated Series Bob (Lead)Dir. Jesse Rapczak, Jeremy Stieglitz
2021The Boys - Season 3Billy Butcher (Lead)Amazon Studios
Dir. Philip Sgriccia
2020The Boys - Season 2Billy Butcher (Lead)Amazon Studios
Dir. Philip Sgriccia
2019The Boys - Season 1Billy Butcher (Lead) (Lead)Amazon Studios
Dir. Philip Sgriccia
2013Almost Human Detective John Kennex 20th Century Fox Television
Dir. Sam Hill
2013Short PoppiesAlex TurnbullAugusto Limited
Dir. Michelle Walshe
2010Jimmy Kimmel Live!HimselfJackhole Industries/American Broadcasting Company
2009Big Night In HimselfDir. Libby Dodds
2009Making Of..HimselfS & L Medienproduktion
2009Reclaiming the BladeHimselfGalatia Films
Dir. Daniel McNicoll
2009Special Zu 'Star Trek XI'Himself
2009Star Trek: Gag ReelHimselfHerzog & Company
Dir. M. David Melvin
2008Comanche Moon Woodrow F. CallCBS Paramount Network Television/Columbia Broadcasting System
2008Xena: Warrior PrincessCaeser/Julius/Cupid/Kor/MaelMCA Television/Universal Studios Home Entertainment
2007Pathfinder: The BuildHimselfTrailer Park
Dir. Brian Bartelt
2007Pathfinder: The Shoot Himself Trailer Park
Dir. Brian Bartelt
2007Up Close with Carrie KeaganHimselfNo Good TV
2005Du Kommst Nicht Vorbei - Fans Im Bann Des RingesHimselfTraumflieger
Dir. Diana Enders
2003The Battle for Helm's Deep is OverHimselfPellerin Multimedia Inc/New Line Home Video
Dir. Michael Pellerin
2000The PrivateersCapt. Aran DravykDragoncor/Earth Draggon
Dir. David E. Duncan
1998Hercules: The Legendary JourneysCupid/Julius CaesarMCA Television/Universal Studios Home Entertainment
1997Amazon HighKorDir. Michael Hurst
1996Small Town BluesAlex McManusHe Taonga Films
1995CoverstoryDamien Gibson Group
1995Riding HighJames WestwoodSouth Pacific Pictures
1994PathwaysWayneDir. Murray Reece
1993Shortland Street Paramedic Jamie ForrestSouth Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
1993White FangDavidGrosvenor Park Productions/Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Dir. Otto Freeman
1992Homeward BoundTim Johnstone
1991Shark in the ParkRohann Murdoch Gibson Group
Dir. Various


2009Qantas Film and Telvision AwardsHimselfTV3
2009Scream AwardsHimselfSpike TV
Dir. Hamish Hamilton


1999Foreskins LamentForeskinAuckland Theatre Company/NZ
Dir. Paul Minifie
1998Julius CaesarMarc AnthonyAuckland Theatre Company/NZ
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne
1998The Herbal BedJack LaneAuckland Theatre Company/NZ
Dir. Raymond Hawthorne


Meisner Technique-Michael Saccente - 2000