| 26 October 2002 (age 14) (2002-10-26) Naenae, Lower Hutt, New Zealand|
Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Paper Planes, Shopping
Rima Te Wiata, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Barry Crump
Julian Dennison (born 16 Oct 2002) is a New Zealand actor. He debuted in the 2013 film Shopping, for which he won the New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is best known for his role as Kevin in the 2015 film Paper Planes, and also as Ricky in Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), the highest-grossing New Zealand film in history.
Dennison is from Naenae, Lower Hutt. He is the second youngest of four children in a Māori family. He has a twin brother. He attends Hutt International Boys' School.
He was cast in his first film, Shopping (2013), after a casting session held at his school. He followed this with the Australian film Paper Planes (2015). Film director Taika Waititi saw Dennison's performance in Paper Planes and cast him in the lead role in Hunt for the Wilderpeople without making him audition for the part.
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