Place of Birth: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Date of Birth: October 26, 2002
Ethnicity: Māori, English, some Scottish
Julian Dennison is a Māori actor from New Zealand. He is known for his roles in the films Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Deadpool 2.
Through his Māori lineage, he is a member of the iwi Ngāti Hāua and the waka Tainui.
On his mother’s side, he is a distant relative of screenwriter Riwia Brown, who wrote the film Once Were Warriors (1994), about a Māori family.
Julian’s paternal grandfather was Graeme Robert Dennison (the son of Harold Fredrick Dennison and Phyllis Edna Dowthwaite). Harold was the son of Thomas Marston Dennison, who was from Birmingham, England, and of Ellen Matilda “Nell” Kendrick, whose parents were from London, England.
Julian’s paternal grandmother was named Jacqueline.
Julian’s maternal grandfather is playwright Bruce Richard Stewart (the son of Pare Hinetai Hirini, or Molly Daphne Hirini). Bruce’s father was European. Molly was Māori, from the Tainui tribe and lived in Rotorua. She was the daughter of Timi Hirini and Pare Waaka (aka Dolly/Polly Walker). Pare Waaka’s parents were George Walker (aka Hori Waaka) and Panatita Te Awanui. George was born in Inverness, Scotland. He came over to New Zealand on the Lord William Bentinck.
Julian’s maternal grandmother is named Orapai Hamiora. Orapai is Māori.
Sources: Genealogy of Julian’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Ellen Matilda “Nell” Kendrick – https://www.ancestry.co.uk
Article about Julian’s maternal grandfather, Bruce Richard Stewart – https://newsnet.live