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Monday Morning Man: Martin Henderson!

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Have you seen the promos for ABC’s new series Off the Map?

At first I was intrigued because one of the cast members is Mamie Gummer, a terrific actress who has appeared as an attorney in several episodes of CBS’s The Good Wife and also happens to be Meryl Streep’s daughter.

But my attention was soon fixed on the hunky Martin Henderson, the 36-year-old New Zealand actor who had, somehow, not previously been on my radar.

Martin has been acting professionally since he was 13 when he landed a role in a local television production. Then from 1992-95, he starred in the TV drama Shortland Street then went on to star in various Australian films and television shows.

He moved to the US in 1997 to pursue acting and his first stop was a two-year training program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.

Once he got to Hollywood, he got his first break in a major film in 2001′s war film Windtalkers followed by the horror film The Ring starring Naomi Watts. His first major lead came in the 2004 film Torque followed by the films Bride and Prejudice, Little Fish, Flyboys, Battle in Seattle and Smokin’ Aces.

Martin then conquered the stage starring in an acclaimed production of Fool For Love on London’s West End. He was then cast in a television pilot based on the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith but it was not picked up as a series.

Thankfully, Off the Map has been picked up and premieres next month!

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