Manu Bennett is an actor best known for his portrayals of Crixus in the TV series Spartacus, Azog the Defiler in the Hobbit film trilogy, and Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the TV series Arrow. His professional acting career began on the teen soap Paradise Beach. Since then he has been seen in guest roles on other Australian TV dramas, including Water Rats, All Saints, and Beastmaster. In 1999, Bennett landed his first leading role in a feature film named Tomoko, shot on location in Tokyo, Japan. He also starred in Xena: Warrior Princess as Marc Antony. It was in 2010 when Manu would land the role of Crixus in the television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. He was the only cast member of the show who starred on all three seasons, as well as the prequel. A short two years later, he landed the role of Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and continued to portray the character in the sequels. It was also this year that he was cast in the first season of Arrow, and in 2013 he was promoted to a series regular.