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 instalments of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as for his chilling performance as Kirill in Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Supremacy.
Urban played Dr.Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek and its sequels: Star Trek Into Darkness and revisited the role in Star Trek Beyond.
More recently Urban starred as Billy Butcher in Amazon Prime’s The Boys as well as playing Skurge in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.
Other recent film roles include Hangman, in which Karl starred alongside Al Pacino, Acts of Vengeance, alongside Antonio Banderas, Beyond Suspicion which co-starred Sofia Vergara and Pete’s Dragon which was shot in New Zealand. Karl also starred as the pivotal lead Detective John Kennex in J.H. Wyman TV series Almost Human.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Urban first appeared on television as a child. Throughout his school years he wrote, directed and starred in many film and stage productions. As a young adult, he continued to pursue his acting career by training and working throughout Australia and Asia in theatre, film and television.
Urban landed his feature film debut in Heaven. He later garnered two Best Actor nominations at the New Zealand Film Awards for his work in Via Satellite and the critically acclaimed indie The Price of Milk. Urban won Best Actor at the Qantas Film Awards for his performance as Nick in Out of the Blue.
Urban resides in New Zealand and is an avid supporter of KidsCan, an organisation that feeds and clothes more than 30,000 New Zealand children who live in poverty.