Who is Luke Hemsworth?
Luke Hemsworth is an Australian actor, well known as the eldest brother of superstars, Hemsworth Chris Hemsworth and Liam Hemsworth. Luke is popularly known for his debut role in the television series ‘Neighbours’ and his recent role as Ashley Stubbs in the HBO series ‘Westworld’. His role as Nathan Tyson in the TV series ‘Neighbours’ earned him quite a bit of fame but he generally prefers being away from the spotlight. He played lead roles in ‘Hickok’, ‘The Anomaly’, ‘Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms’, and more. He also appeared in small but notable guest roles in a number of TV series like ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Last Man Standing’, and ‘Winners & Losers’. Until recently, Luke was famous as a television actor. However, he is scheduled to star in the upcoming War Movie, ‘The 34th Battalion’.
Childhood & Early Life
Luke was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 5, 1980. His mother, Leonie was an English teacher, while his father, Craig Hemsworth, was a social service councilor in Australia.
Luke has an English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Dutch ancestry. His maternal grandfather was a Dutch immigrant.
Following his brothers’ footsteps, he was brought up in an acting favored environment and was put into the National Institute of Dramatic Art for his training in acting.
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After completing his training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, he immediately made his TV debut in the Australian soap opera produced by Seven Network, ‘Neighbours’.
Gaining popularity through his debut role, Luke continued to sign up for roles in more TV shows. During 2003 to 2007, he was a part of several known TV series, appearing in short roles for two or three episodes. He appeared in ‘The Saddle Club’, ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘All Saints’, and ‘Satisfaction’, to name a few.
In 2008, Australian Television saw the return of the popular TV series ‘Neighbours’. However, Luke reprised his role as John Carter in just 3 episodes. He was seen in guest roles in soaps including ‘The Elephant Princess’, ‘Carla Cametti PD’, ‘The Bazura Project’, and others.
He was a part of the mini-series ‘Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms’. He played Gregory “Shadow” Campbell in it. The six-part mini-series portrayed bikie gang violence and their lifestyle. The show opened to good ratings and peaked at 1.43 million viewers.
In 2014 and later until 2015, he was cast for major roles in films like ‘Infini’, ‘Kill me Three Times’, ‘The Anomaly’, and ‘The Reckoning’. Infini premiered at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in 2015. However, due to fear of piracy, the film did not release in Australia.
In 2016, he received his big break in the 10-episode HBO series, ‘Westworld’. He was cast as Ashley Stubbs in the series and has a considerably strong role.
In 2017, he landed the lead role of Wild Bill Hickok in the American Western film, ‘Hickok’. He played the role of legendary gunfighter ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok.
As of now, he is working in two films, namely, ‘Encounter’ and ‘The 34th Battalion’. The movies are scheduled to release in late 2017 and in the early 2018 respectively.
In November 2015, Luke, along with his brothers, Liam and Chris, attended a fundraiser event to raise funds for the Australian Childhood Foundation, an organization that provides safety and looks after children who have been victims of abuse or have come from homes with domestic violence.
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He made a brief appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’, popularly known as SNL, an American late-night comedy show with his brother Liam, when Chris Hemsworth hosted SNL.
The Australian TV show ‘Neighbours’ is considered as one of Luke’s major acting works. He made his TV debut through the soap opera and was considered a hit in Australia. He was even cast in the 2008 edition of the series.
After ‘Neighbours’, ‘Westworld’ was a major breakthrough for Luke. Westworld proved to be a super hit TV series and Luke’s role as Special Agent Ashley Stubbs was played impressively and was widely appreciated.
‘The Reckoning’ was Luke Hemsworth’s first major film. It was an Australian crime thriller. He was cast in it along with actors like Jonathan Lapaglia, Viva Bianca, and Hanna Mangan-Lawrence.
The 2017 American Western film ‘Hickock’ was another notable work where Luke was cast as the lead character, Wild Bill Hickock.
Awards & Achievements
In 2017, Luke along with the entire cast of Westworld was nominated for the SAG awards in the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series’ category. They lost the award to the cast of the Netflix original drama series ‘Stranger Things’.
Luke, unlike his brothers, Chris and Liam, prefers to stay away from the spotlight and paparazzi. Luke met his wife, Samantha Hemsworth, in 2006. After dating for a year, the couple tied the knot in 2007.
In 2009, the couple welcomed their first child - a daughter. They named her Holly. In 2010, they welcomed their second child, named Ella.
In 2012, the couple was blessed with another baby girl, Harper Rose. The couple’s fourth child, their first son, was born in 2013 and was named Alexandre.
Samantha is a homemaker and is known for making headlines in her red carpet appearances with her actor husband. The couple enjoys travelling and engaging in adventure sports.
Luke recently shifted from Australia to Malibu, following his brother Liam’s footsteps. His focus now is to carve a niche in Hollywood.
As of August 2017, the current net worth of Luke Hemsworth is an estimated at 3 million dollars.