Martin Henderson

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Martin Henderson
Henderson in 2006
Born (1974-10-08) 8 October 1974 (age 46)
Auckland, New Zealand
EducationBirkenhead Primary
Northcote Intermediate Westlake Boys High
Years active1989–present

Martin Henderson (born 8 October 1974) is a New Zealand actor 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, the Netflix romantic drama Virgin River as Jack Sheridan, [1] and for his performance as Noah Clay in the 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 . [2]


Early life

Henderson was born in Auckland, and began acting at the age of thirteen, appearing in Strangers, a local television production. He attended Birkenhead Primary Northcote Intermediate and Westlake Boys High schools. [3] He turned down going to study at University when he was 17, in favour of acting. [4]


Henderson starred as Stuart Neilson in the prime-time soap opera Shortland Street 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.

In 1999, he appeared in Kick , for which he was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2000. [5] After more than a year unsuccessfully auditioning for film roles in Los Angeles, in 2001 he was cast in a supporting role in the John Woo-directed war film Windtalkers . [6] In 2002, Henderson starred opposite Naomi Watts in the horror film The Ring . [4] Following the box office success of the film, he was cast as Drew in Perfect Opposites, [7] and subsequently as the lead character in the biker film Torque , released in early 2004. [8] Later that year, he starred opposite Aishwarya Rai in the romantic film Bride and Prejudice and appeared in Britney Spears' "Toxic" music video. [8] In 2005, he appeared in the award-winning Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett. [4] In 2006, Henderson received rave reviews in London's West End in a theatre production of Fool for Love with Juliette Lewis. [9] [10]

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. He 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, he starred in the multi-platform Australian drama television series Secrets & Lies and in the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road .

In 2015, Henderson appeared in Everest , with Jake Gyllenhaal. In June that year Deadline reported that he 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 [was] my final year so I was expecting Nathan’s storyline to be wrapped up." [11] [12]

Since 2019, Henderson has co-starred on the Netflix series Virgin River playing the role of Jack Sheridan, a former marine with PTSD. The series was renewed by Netflix for a third season in December 2020.

Personal life

Henderson is a New Zealand, British, Australian and American citizen. [13] In 2017, he had a dog, a home in Los Angeles, and a girlfriend. [13]



1999 Kick Tom BradshawNominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2000The Summer of My DefloweringLukeShort film
2002 Windtalkers Private Thomas Nellie
2002 The Ring Noah Clay
2003 Skagerrak Ian/Ken
2004 Torque Cary Ford
2004Perfect OppositesDrew Curtis
2004 Bride and Prejudice William Darcy
2005 Little Fish Ray Robert HeartNominated—AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role [14]
Nominated—FCCA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2006 Flyboys Reed Cassidy
2006 Smokin' Aces Hollis Elmore
2007 Battle in Seattle Jay
2009 Cedar Boys Mathew
2010Home by ChristmasYoung Ed
2013 The Moment John/Peter
2013 Devil's Knot Brent Davis
2015 Everest Andy Harris
2016 Miracles from Heaven Kevin Beam
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Mike
2018HellbentJeb Dupre


1990 Betty's Bunch N/AN/A
1990Raider of the South SeasJack TaylorTelevision film
1992–1995, 2017 Shortland Street Stuart Neilson Main (27 episodes, Seasons 1 & 26)
1995 Echo Point Zac BrennanN/A
1996 Sweat Tom NashMain (26 episodes, Season 1)
1996 Home and Away Geoff ThomasRecurring (7 episodes)
1997–1999 Big Sky Scotty GibbsMain (53 episodes, Seasons 1–2)
2009 House JeffEpisode: "Painless"
Nominated—AFI International Award for Best Actor
2011 Off the Map Dr. Benjamin "Ben" KeetonMain (13 episodes, Season 1)
2012 Rake Joshua FloydGuest (2 episodes, Season 2)
2014–2015 The Red Road Harold JensenMain (12 episodes, Seasons 1–2)
2014 Secrets & Lies Ben GundelachMain (6 episodes, Season 1)
2015–2017 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Nathan Riggs Main (45 episodes, Seasons 12–14)
2019–present [15] Virgin River Jack SheridanMain role
2021My Life Is MurderWill CroweGuest (Season 2)

Web series

2013–2014Auckland DazeMartin Henderson3 episodes

Music videos

2003 Toxic Britney Spears' boyfriend

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