Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington

Worthington at the Drift Movie Media Event at Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction 2013.
Born Samuel Henry John Worthington
(1976-08-02) 2 August 1976
Godalming, Surrey, England
Nationality Australian
Alma mater National Institute of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Lara Bingle (m. 2014)
Children Rocket Zot Worthington

Samuel Henry John "Sam" Worthington[1] (born 2 August 1976) is an Australian actor. He portrayed the protagonist Jake Sully in the 2009; film Avatar; Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation; Perseus in Clash of the Titans and its sequel, Wrath of the Titans, recently, he has appeared in more dramatic roles in Everest (2015) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016).

In 2004, Worthington received Australia's highest film award for his lead role in Somersault. He performed predominantly in leading roles in a variety of low-budget films before moving to major studio films, ranging from romantic drama and comedy-drama to science fiction and action.

Early life

Worthington was born to English parents in Godalming, Surrey, in South East England, and moved to Perth, Western Australia[2] when he was six months old. He grew up in Warnbro, a suburb of Rockingham. His mother, Jeanne J. (née Martyn), a housewife, brought him and his sister Lucinda up. His father, Ronald W. Worthington, was a power plant employee.[2] He attended John Curtin College of the Arts, a school specialising in the dramatic arts, located in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he studied drama but did not graduate. When he left the college, his father gave him $400 and sent him on a one-way trip to Cairns, Queensland, telling him to "work his way home".[3] He began working on construction and odd jobs, eventually settling in Sydney.[4] At age 19, while working as a bricklayer, he auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and was accepted with a scholarship.[5]



Worthington had a major role in Somersault (2004) and played the lead in a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth (2006). He won the AFI Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault. He was well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, in which he played the main love interest of the female lead.

Worthington's international film career began with a series of small roles in Hollywood production The Great Raid (2005), which was filmed in Australia. He auditioned for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale but lost the role to Daniel Craig.[6] He starred in the Australian creature-feature film Rogue (2007), as a man named Neil, which gained a 100% fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes.[7]


In Terminator Salvation, Worthington plays cyborg Marcus Wright who assists the humans despite their suspicions of him.

Shot prior to the release of Terminator Salvation, the James Cameron-directed science-fiction film Avatar was Worthington's next project. In the film, he played Jake Sully, a paraplegic US Marine who, assigned to control an alien body called an avatar through a neural link, finds himself at the centre of a war between his own species and the indigenous Na'vi people of the moon Pandora. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than US$2.730 billion ($3.0 billion adjusted for inflation) in box-office receipts worldwide.[8] In November 2010, Worthington told GQ Australia[9] that he went to audition, but wasn't told what it was for and got annoyed. So he did his part, left, forgot about it – and was called back. "I was a bit pissed off, and I think that came across," he says. "I think Jim saw a spark and liked it because that's Sully's character – a guy who doesn't like to be bullied and a guy who just wants to set things right."[10]

He provided voice work for Captain Alex Mason, the protagonist character in the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops. Some gamers criticised Worthington's inability to mask his Australian accent, as in Avatar.[11] In November 2010 The Hollywood Reporter named Worthington as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".[12]

He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition.[13]

In November 2011, Worthington along with Jonah Hill and Dwight Howard starred in commercials for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[14]

In 2012, Worthington starred in the sequel to Clash of the Titans, called Wrath of the Titans, alongside Liam Neeson. As in the first film, Worthington played the demigod and son of Zeus, Perseus. He also reprised his role as Alex Mason in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.[15]

Personal life

Lara Bingle and Worthington on the 2014 AACTA Awards red carpet

Worthington has said that when he was about 30, he sold most of his possessions and ended up with around $2,000 to his name. He says he bought a car with the proceeds and was living in it before he successfully auditioned for his role in the film Avatar.[16] He then found a place to live.[17]

Worthington was in a relationship with actress Maeve Dermody for three years before breaking up in 2008.[18] He was also in a relationship with Natalie Mark from 2008 until 2011.[19]

On 18 October 2013, Worthington had confirmed the rumours of a relationship with fellow Australian, model Lara Bingle.[20][21] They married on 28 December 2014 and had a son, Rocket Zot, in 2015.[22] On 13 June 2016, Bingle confirmed that they were expecting a second child.[23]


On 23 February 2014, Worthington was arrested in New York City for assault, after punching a paparazzo, Sheng Li, who allegedly kicked Bingle in the shin. Video footage of the incident depicts Worthington referring to Bingle as his "wife", furthering speculation about the pair's marital status.[24] Worthington was initially released on a desk appearance ticket, while Li was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.[25]

On 26 February 2014, Worthington appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court, where he was ordered to stay away from Sheng Li for six months. The case was adjourned until 8 May 2014, with the actor to face charges of assault in the third degree, attempted assault, and harassment.[26]

On 1 April 2014, Li blamed Bingle for starting the fight and called for her to be arrested.[27] Later that month, Worthington secured a conditional discharge deal on a misdemeanour assault charge, therefore avoiding any jail time, while the charges against Li were dismissed "in the interest of justice".[28] Li then filed a $3.7 million USD civil lawsuit against Worthington, which was settled out of court before going to trial in September 2015.[29]


Worthington at the Tropfest 2013 in Sydney, 17 February 2013


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bootmen Mitchell Okden
2001 A Matter of Life Our Hero Short film
2002 Hart's War Cpl. B.J. "Depot" Guidry
2002 Dirty Deeds Darcy Ryan
2003 Gettin' Square Barry "Wattsy" Wirth
2004 Somersault Joe
2004 Thunderstruck Ronnie
2005 The Great Raid Pfc. Lucas
2005 Fink! Able
2006 Macbeth Lord Macbeth
2007 Rogue Neil Kelly
2009 Terminator Salvation Marcus Wright
2009 Avatar Jake Sully
2010 Clash of the Titans Perseus
2010 Last Night Michael Reed
2010 Love & Distrust Miles Segment: "Blue Poles"
2011 The Debt Young David Peretz
2011 Texas Killing Fields Detective Mike Souder
2012 Man on a Ledge Nick Cassidy
2012 Wrath of the Titans Perseus
2013 Drift JB
2014 Sabotage James "Monster" Murray
2014 Cake Roy Collins
2014 The Keeping Room Moses
2015 Paper Planes Jack Webber
2015 Kidnapping Freddy Heineken Willem Holleeder
2015 Everest Guy Cotter
2016 Hacksaw Ridge Captain Glover
2016 Hunter's Prayer Stephen Lucas
2017 The Shack Mack Philips


Year Title Role Notes
2000 JAG Dunsmore Episode: "Boomerang: Part 1"
2000 Water Rats Phillip Champion Episode: "Able to Leap Tall Buildings"
2000 Blue Heelers Shane Donovan Episode: "Bloodlines"
2004 Love My Way Howard Light 10 episodes
2005 Surgeon, TheThe Surgeon Dr. Sam Dash 8 episodes
2006 Two Twisted Gus Rogers Episode: "Delivery Man"
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Phillip Schuler Post-production
4 episodes; Mini-series
Executive Producer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Alex Mason
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Alex Mason


Year Title Notes
2004 Enzo

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title Result
2000 AFI Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Bootmen Nominated
2002 FCCA Award Best Supporting Actor – Male Dirty Deeds Won
2004 AFI Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Somersault Won
FCCA Award Best Actor – Male Somersault Won[30]
IF Award Best Actor Somersault Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Fresh Face Male Terminator Salvation Nominated
Australians in Film Breakthrough Award Australians in Film[31] Avatar
2010 Saturn Award Best Actor Avatar Won
Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor Best Actor Avatar Won
Empire Award Best Actor Avatar Won
Giffoni Award Won
Kid's Choice Awards Cutest Couple (shared with Zoe Saldana) Avatar Nominated
MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Stephen Lang) Avatar Nominated
Best Kiss (shared with Zoe Saldana) Avatar Nominated
ShoWest Award Male Star of the Year Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Fight (shared with Stephen Lang) Avatar Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi Avatar Won
Choice Movie Actor: Fantasy Clash of the Titans Nominated


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  3. Ellen tv interview 2012
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  10. , GQ Australia November 2010, Sam Worthington
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  12. Blank, Emily; Schutte, Lauren. "Hollywood's A-List Redefined". (slide 9 of 10 in slideshow) The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  13. "Who's Who pack now boasts Siddle, Hamish and Andy and the Masterchef judges". 9 December 2010.
  14. Crecente, Brian (4 November 2011). "Jonah Hill, Sam Worthington Star in This Live Action Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Ad". Kotaku.
  15. John Gaudiosi (13 November 2012). "'Call of Duty: Black Ops II': Treyarch's Dave Anthony on Directing Sam Worthington, Michael Keaton (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  16. Worthington on Jay Leno
  17. Worthington talks about living inside a car
  18. "Maeve Dermody Gets All the Hot Boys". 10 December 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  19. "Sam Worthington's girlfriend Natalie Mark shones at Inside Flm Awards". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
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  23. Elizabeth Best (13 June 2016). "Lara Worthington confirms she's expecting another baby with husband Sam Worthington". Woman's Day. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
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