Manu Bennett

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Bennett in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Jonathan Manu Bennett

Place of Birth: Rotorua, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 10 October, 1969

Ethnicity: Māori, as well as some English, Irish, Scottish

Manu Bennett is a New Zealand and Australian actor. He is also known as Jon Bennett.

He was born in Rotorua, New Zealand, and moved to Australia as a small child. He was raised mostly in Sydney and Newcastle. His father, Ted Bennett, is a singer from New Zealand, and his mother, Jean Bennett, is a model from Australia. His father is of mostly Māori descent. A picture of Manu’s mother can be seen here.

Manu has three children with his former partner, Israeli, Karin Horen.

He is a fourth cousin of opera singer and actress Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, through their shared great-great-great-grandfather William Henry Rogers.

Manu’s paternal grandfather was William Tireni Bennett (the son of The Rev. Frederick Augustus Bennett and Arihia Ngarangioue/Rangioue Hemana). The Rev. Frederick was a New Zealand Anglican suffragan bishop. His father, Thomas Jackson Bennett, was born in Dublin, Ireland, to parents from County Cork. HIs mother, Raiha Rangikawhiti/Rangi Kawhiti Eliza Rogers, was the daughter of William Henry Rogers, a shipwright and storekeeper at Maketu, who emigrated to New Zealand from Salem, Massachusetts, U.S., sometime during the 1840s, and of Katarina/Kataraina Rangikawhiti, who was Māori. Manu’s great-grandmother Arihia was born in Taheke, Far North District, Northland, the daughter of Hemana Pokiha and Te Aratukutuku Keepa, and was Māori.

Manu’s paternal grandmother was Erina Robin (the daughter of Ihakara Te Tuku/Ike Robin/Rapana and Mei Pere). Ihakara was born in Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay, North Island, the son of Ihakara Rapana/Te Tuku, who was Māori, with roots in Waikato, of and Riripeti/Rirpeti Te Aue Roberts, who had a European father and a Māori mother. Mei was born in Mohaka, Hawke’s Bay, the daughter of Hawi Pere and Atarete/Atareta Pahau, and was of Māori background.

Sources: Genealogy of Manu Bennett (focusing on his father’s side) –

Biographies of Manu’s paternal great-grandfather, The Rev. Frederick Augustus Bennett –

14 Responses

  1. flo says:

    CORRECTION – Manu is not part Spanish. And he was born in Rotorua not Epsom.

  2. flo says:

    Manu is not part Spanish. He was born in Rotorua not Auckland.

  3. Capricious says:

    Spanish? Funny, I thought he looked like Ricky Martin.

    His eye colour look chocolate brown. Not that light per se, but certainly not “dark”. “Dark brown” is Oprah’s eye colour.

    He is very good looking, btw.

  4. ethnic says:

    you have to pay a monthly subscription and a single photo comes out to a couple of dollars.

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