Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor, best known for his roles on the ABC medical drama Off the Map as Dr. Ben Keeton, the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Nathan Riggs, and for his performance as Noah Clay in the critically lauded 2002 horror film The Ring, while remaining known in his home country for his teenage role as Stuart Neilson in the soap opera Shortland Street.
Martin was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and began acting at the age of thirteen, appearing in Strangers, a local television production. He attended Birkenhead Primary and Westlake Boys High schools.
Henderson starred in the prime-time soap opera Shortland Street, where he played the character of Stuart Neilson from 1992 to 1995. He subsequently appeared in a number of Australian films and television productions including Echo Point and Home and Away, before moving to the United States in 1997, to pursue a career in Hollywood films and to train in a two-year program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
Henderson spent more than a year unsuccessfully auditioning for film roles in Los Angeles. In 2001, he was finally cast in a supporting role in the John Woo-directed war film Windtalkers. In 1999, he appeared in Kick, for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 2002, he starred opposite actress Naomi Watts in the horror film The Ring. Following the box office success of the film, Martin received a role playing the character of Drew in Perfect Opposites, and subsequently was cast as the lead character in the biker film Torque, released in early 2004 to mixed reviews. In 2004, he starred opposite Indian actress Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride and Prejudice and appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video. In 2005, he appeared in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett. In 2006, Henderson received rave reviews in London's West End in a theatre production of Fool for Love with Juliette Lewis.
He was set to star alongside Jordana Brewster in the television series adapted from the 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. However, the series was not picked up by any network. In 2006, he appeared in the movie Flyboys. Henderson also appeared in a commercial for the 2008 Cadillac CTS, and the House episode "Painless". In 2010, Henderson was cast in Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes' short-lived television series Off the Map. In 2014, Henderson starred in the multi-platform Australian drama television series Secrets & Lies and starred in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road.
In June 2015, Deadline reported Henderson would join Grey's Anatomy starting in November, as a potential love interest for series lead Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey. The actor exited two years later, his final appearance in October 2017. Henderson told Deadline that his departure was a storytelling based decision, adding, "This my final year so I was expecting Nathan’s storyline to be wrapped up." That same year, he appeared in Everest, with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Henderson is both a New Zealand and American citizen.
|1999||Kick||Tom Bradshaw||Nominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|2000||Summer of My Deflowering, TheThe Summer of My Deflowering||Luke||Short film|
|2002||Windtalkers||Private Thomas Nellie|
|2002||Ring, TheThe Ring||Noah Clay|
|2004||Perfect Opposites||Drew Curtis|
|2004||Bride and Prejudice||William Darcy|
|2005||Little Fish||Ray Robert Heart||Nominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—FCCA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Hollis Elmore|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Jay|
|2010||Home by Christmas||Young Ed|
|2013||Moment, TheThe Moment||John/Peter|
|2013||Devil's Knot||Brent Davis|
|2016||Miracles from Heaven||Kevin Beam|
|2018||The Strangers: Prey at Night||Mike|
|1990||Raider of the South Seas||Jack Taylor||Television film|
|1992-1995, 2017||Shortland Street||Stuart Neilson||27 episodes|
|1995||Echo Point||Zac Brennan||N/A|
|1996||Sweat||Tom Nash||26 episodes|
|1996||Home and Away||Geoff Thomas||7 episodes|
|1997-1999||Big Sky||Scotty Gibbs||53 episodes|
Nominated—AFI International Award for Best Actor
|2011||Off the Map||Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Keeton||13 episodes|
|2012||Rake||Joshua Floyd||2 episodes|
|2014-2015||Red Road, TheThe Red Road||Harold Jensen||12 episodes|
|2014||Secrets & Lies||Ben Gundelach||6 episodes|
|2015-2017||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Nathan Riggs||45 episodes|
|2013-2014||Auckland Daze||Martin Henderson||3 episodes|
|2003||Toxic||Britney Spears' boyfriend|