Stephen Hunter is an in-demand actor and voice over artist widely known for his major screen role as the Dwarf Bombur in all three of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films.
With broad experience spanning both film and television, the New-Zealand born actor began his career on NZ television. He then went on to land the role of Sharpie on the Australian Network Ten's series Love My Way which won the AFI award for Best Television Drama Series for each of its three seasons (2004–2007)
Following this, Stephen was cast in lead guest roles on the Seven Network's All Saints, Nine's Rescue Special Op, HBO's The Leftovers, ABC's Janet King, STAN's Wolf Creek, Netflix's Wanted, BBC/Showtime's Wakefield, US ABC Studios' Reef Break, BBC & STAN's The Tourist and most recently in Barons for ABC.
Stephen's comedic TV credits include roles on Nickelodeon's The GO Show, Foxtel's Spirited, the NZ series Fresh Eggs, ABC comedies Review with Miles Barlow, and series Rosehaven, and a lead role in the ABC animated series CJ the DJ.
Stephen's feature film credits include the lead role of Madcap in the sci-fi action-adventure Blue World Order opposite Billy Zane & Jack Thompson, and the thriller Escape from Pretoria alongside Daniel Radcliff.
Other feature credits include the Australian/Indian feature UNindian, the Australian/Chinese feature The Whistle Blower, the Australian/UK comedy Two Heads Creek, Killing Ground, and The Merger.
Most recently Stephen portrayed Fur God in Thor: Love and Thunder and also starred in the short film MESSiAH opposite David Gulpilil.
Stephen’s portrayal of Doug in Ruby's Choice, a poignant tale that follows three generations of strong Australian women earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, by Film Critics Circle of Australia. He starred in the film alongside Jane Seymour, Jacqueline McKenzie & Coco Jac Gilles.
Stephen will appear in Heartbreak High for Netflix which makes its global debut in 2022 and the US feature Children of the Corn, written and directed by Kurt Wimmer.
Actors Pulse Alumni Testimonial
“I was a working actor when I started at The Actors Pulse. I wanted to expand my range and break into bigger & better work. Billy has taught me that talent and natural skill will only get you so far. His focus is on developing your craft and your skills through a disciplined process. It’s not about picking up tips & tricks. I had plenty of those. Billy’s passion for acting and his actors is something I have never experienced before. We all have our champions – our friends, agent and family, who tell us how great we are. With Billy, you just get the truth. He is tough, honest and probably my harshest critic. But at the same time, he is my biggest fan. His commitment, love and guidance has broken me out of my comfort zone. He continues to inspire, demand, encourage and challenge. If you want an easy ride and quick success – don’t come here. If you really want to learn how to act – this is where you should be. ” - Stephen Hunter