Julian Dennison biography

Deadpool 2

Julian Dennison

Date of Birth: October 26, 2002

Julian Dennison was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, the youngest of four children. He made his debut in the film Shopping (2013) at age 11 and won the New Zealand Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The auditions for the picture were held at his school, and the role ultimately came down between Dennison and his twin brother, Christian.

He followed up this film with a supporting role in Paper Planes (2015) and appeared in a New Zealand commercial against driving under the influence of drugs, which Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) directed. A year later, Waititi offered Dennison the lead role in his film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), a role which would ultimately lead to Dennison receiving his second New Zealand Film Award, this time for Best Actor.

Following the film’s critical success, Dennison appeared in the romantic-drama Chronesthesia (2016), which premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Ryan Reynolds, who had seen Dennison’s performance in Wilderpeople, hand picked him for the role of Russell “Rusty” Collins, also known as Firefist, in the highly anticipated film, Deadpool 2 (2018), sequel to the hit first film, Deadpool (2016).

His hobbies include traveling and dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. In an interview for The Edge NZ Julian expressed his ambition of furthering his career in Hollywood and winning two Oscars.

Julian says he enjoys living with his family because they keep him grounded.

Bio photo: © MIAA/ZDS/wenn.com/KEYSTONE Press

Julian Dennison Filmography


  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • Chronesthesia (2016)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
  • Paper Planes (2015)
  • Shopping (2013)

Deadpool 2

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Comedy
Running Time:  119 min.
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Digital: August 7, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: August 21, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.31
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Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Leslie Uggams, Thayr Harris