Dean O’Gorman, who will play Fili in the upcoming Hobbit movies, turns 35 today! Dean was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and studied karate at a young age. By the time he was only ten years old, he earned a black belt. This training was useful in the many physical roles Dean would later go on to play.
He got his start in the television movies, The Rogue Stallion and Raider of the South Seas, at the age of fourteen. He would later take roles in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spinoff, Xena: Warrior Princess. These helped him to land a job in the Young Hercules show, in which he starred opposite Ryan Gosling and became a heartthrob to young ladies across the world as the character Iolaus.
New Zealander’s may recognize him from television shows such as Serial Killers, McLeod’s Daughters, and the new comedy/drama, The Almighty Johnsons.
In The Hobbit, Dean will play Fili, one of the youngest dwarves, who plays the fiddle and is known for his keen eyesight. He is brother to Kili, who will be played by Aidan Turner, and nephew to Thorin, played by Richard Armitage.