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Guest Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend has never been completely comfortable in Hollywood - and, that makes sense: LA is a long way from home.

Stuart was born in Howth, Ireland. It was scenic, it was peaceful, and by the time he was a teenager,Stuart wanted to get the heck out of there. Fortunately, he had inspiring parents: mom was a model, and dad was a professional golfer - together, they told Stuart, "You can be whatever you want."

So Stuart went to acting school, did some theatre in Ireland, and eventually, he ended up in a hit play, "True Lines", that took him to London. In 1996, Stuart jumped to the big screen. His first film was "Trojan Eddie", where he got to work with one of his heroes: the late, great Irish actor Richard Harris (better known to Harry Potter fans as "Dumbledore") From there, the roles only got bigger: In 2002, he played a vampire in "Queen of the Damned", later, he was Dorian Grey in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". Then, in 2007, Stuart stretched himself beyond acting: He wrote, produced and directed, "Battle in Seattle", a story inspired by the chaos of the 1999 World Trade Organization conference.

But fame has a downside - off-screen, Stuart has endured the prying paparazzi, a constant hassle during his nine-year relationship with Charlize Theron.

These days, Stuart is back in front of the camera, starring in the TV series, "XIII" airing in April on Showcase; he plays a former secret agent, who can't remember his past.

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