Biography of Brenton ThwaitesBrenton Thwaites, an Australian thespian, catapulted to fame with his starring roles in the films "The Signal", "The Giver", and "Gods of Egypt". He also secured a prominent role in the fifth instalment of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and in the series "Titans", where he captivated audiences as Dick Grayson throughout four seasons.
Childhood and FamilyBrenton first graced the world with his presence on the 9th of August, 1989, in the Australian city of Cairns, as the progeny of Fiona and Peter Thwaites. The actor has a sister named Stacey. As a youngster, Thwaites harboured dreams of donning a policeman's or firefighter's uniform, but later his fascination veered towards the cinematic universe – entranced by the notion of "manifesting his personality through a myriad of diverse characters".
His birthplace nestled at the foot of the mountains, where the splendid vistas and a plethora of open-air recreational activities imbued his childhood with unforgettable moments. He spent days on end basking in the beach's glory with his friends, mastering the waves on a surfboard, and embarking on hiking adventures. "None of us were glued to a computer, we Australians have an inherent bond with nature," reminisced the actor.
At the age of sixteen, Brenton first stepped onto the stage, portraying Romeo in a production of Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet". Brenton reminisced that his debut was marked by nausea from nervousness, forgetting lines, and uncertainty about where to look. However, halfway through the play, he found his confidence and was able to relish in the experience. He quipped, "It was as if I was tossed in the middle of a river and suddenly learned how to swim," while reminiscing about the occasion.
Upon completion of his high school education in 2006, Brenton secured a place at the Queensland University of Technology's Drama Department. He successfully graduated in 2010, emerging with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.
Acting careerBrenton's first foray into acting, whilst still a university student, was a minor role in the Australian thriller "Charge Over You". Post-graduation, he relocated to Sydney, securing a role in the highly popular Australian soap opera "Home and Away", a series that has graced local televisions since 1988. Following this, Thwaites featured in an episode of the Australian series "Sea Patrol" and in the short film "Headsmen".
In November 2010, along with Adele Perovic, Ben Schumann, Emily Robins, and Gracie Gilbert, Brenton was cast in the new Australian teen drama "Slide". The show, which only spanned a single season, traced the lives of five teenagers from Brisbane as they transitioned into adulthood.
In 2012, he was invited to play a role in the film "Save Your Legs!", a production shot in Australia and India.
Motivated by the achievements of Hugh Jackman and Heath Ledger – fellow Australians who had attained stardom in Hollywood and then worldwide, Brenton soon made his move to the United States. In Los Angeles, he landed a role in the film "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening", a remake of the eponymous movie based on the novel by Henry De Vere Stacpoole. His co-star in this project was the Australian actress Indiana Evans. The film received a mixed response, yet the performances were lauded for their authenticity.
In 2013, Thwaites seized the lead role in the psychological thriller "Oculus", sharing the set with Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane. An Indiewire review highlighted Brenton's commendable depiction of sustained fear throughout the film.
The following year, Thwaites momentarily returned to Australia to film the crime thriller "Son of a Gun". The actor faced over ten rounds of auditions before being confirmed for the lead role of Jesse Ryan, a young criminal. The film also starred renowned actors such as Ewan McGregor and Alicia Vikander.
Upon his return to the States, Thwaites was cast as Prince Philip in the highly publicized film "Maleficent", starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. He also garnered a leading role in William Eubank's thriller "The Signal" (2014), a performance that earned him praise from critics and an increased fan following.
The Telegraph criticized Thwaites's performance in "The Giver" (2014), featuring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, a film shot in South Africa. However, the Huffington Post appreciated the actor's efforts. This role won Thwaites the "Breakthrough of the Year" award from the Los Angeles community, "Australians in Film", and his name started circulating more broadly.
Thwaites truly became a recognizable figure after his role in Alex Proyas's "Gods of Egypt". Here, he played the young thief Bek. Besides Brenton, the film starred Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Geoffrey Rush.
At the end of 2014, Thwaites was invited to shoot the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, "Dead Men Tell No Tales". Brenton portrayed Henry Turner, the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). The film's shooting began in February 2015 in the Australian city of Gold Coast.
In 2017, the actor was busy shooting the film "An Interview with God", in which he played the role of young journalist Paul Asher. It is known that Thwaites will appear in Eric Bress's film "Ghosts of War" and three other American directorial projects, including a dark zombie comedy, "Office Uprising". Exact release dates are not yet known.
In 2018, the superhero series based on the DC Universe, "Titans", premiered with Brenton Thwaites in one of the leading roles. The actor's character is Dick Grayson, also known as Robin and Nightwing.
Speaking about his character, Thwaites reflected:
Dick as a group leader is responsible for keeping everyone together. He is accountable for a number of poor decisions. He forms bonds with Rachel Roth, taking on a father-protector role. He does this with Gar Logan and with Kory as well. But he makes mistakes. He breaks these bonds. He kind of forms friendships with these people but at the same time kind of ruins everything. He's learning to be a leader, endures a lot of failures, tries to figure out who he is, and simultaneously protect his team.The series was warmly received by the audience, so it was soon renewed for a second season. In November 2022, the fourth season of the project was released, which was later revealed to be the last.
Brenton Thwaites's Personal LifeDuring the filming of "Blue Lagoon," the actor had a fleeting romance with co-star Indiana Evans. However, as Brenton noted, their feelings "spilled off the screen" due to inertia, following the relationships of the film's main characters.
In 2015, the actor started dating Chloe Pacey, whom he met during the shooting of "Pirates of the Caribbean" in Australia - they were hotel room neighbors.
The couple started living together, and in March 2016, they had a daughter named Birdie.
In 2018, the couple had a daughter named Peppa, and in 2020, they had a son.
Brenton Thwaites NowIn May 2023, the final episode of "Titans" aired on HBO. For now, Brenton is not taking on any new large-scale projects, focusing on his family and children.
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