Townsend was born in Howth, County Dublin, the son of Irish model Lorna Hogan and English professional golfer Peter Townsend. Dylan, his younger brother, is also an actor.
Stuart studied acting at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, where he had his non-professional theatrical debut in Colin Teevan’s Tear Up The Black Sail in 1993.
The following year, he had his professional theatrical debut in John Crowley’s True Lines, which premiered in Kilkenny before moving on to the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Bush Theatre in London.
Stuart Townsend top movies and TV shows
He played Lestat de Lioncourt in Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned (2002) film adaption and Dorian Gray in Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). He directed the film Battle in Seattle in 2007.
Stuart Townsend awards and nominations
Some of the awards Stuart has amassed in his career have been listed below:
- 1998 Fantafestival Best Actor Won Resurrection Man
- 2003 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actor in a Film Nominated People’s Choice Award
- 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Script for Film Nominated Battle in Seattle
- 2013 WorldFest Best Actor Won XIII: The Series