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Bruce Hopkins

Actor

Bruce Hopkins did time as a crayfisherman and eight years as a professional dancer, before switching to acting in the mid 1980s. Despite having appeared in literally dozens of movies and TV shows since, he is probably best known for a single role: that of Gamling, loyal fighter for King Theoden in the second and third Lord of the Rings films. In 2011 Hopkins set up agency Action Actors with Anthony Hurst, a temping company for actors between acting gigs. 

My role grew from what was to be one week to about 50 days throughout nine months in 1999. I then did two or three days in 2001 and 2002 for pick-ups on Two Towers and Return of The King. Bruce Hopkins, on his role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

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Hillary - First Episode

2016, As: Auckland Grammar teacher - Television

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Find Me a Māori Bride

2015 - 2017, As: Maurice Partridge - Television

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K' Road Stories - Broke

2015, As: Homeless Guy - Web

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3 Mile Limit

2014, As: Newspaper boss - Film

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Housebound

2014, As: Officer Carson - Film

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Strongman - The Tragedy

2012, As: Darkie Thomas - Television

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Rotting Hill

2011, As: Farmer - Short Film

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Under the Mountain

2009, As: Richard Matheson - Film

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Dean Spanley

2008, As: Gamekeeper/Shepherd - Film

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1nite

2004, As: Bruce - Film

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P.E.T. Detectives - First Episode

2003, As: Bjorn the Viking - Television

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2003, As: Gamling - Film

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Spin Doctors - Election Special

2002, As: Ross - Television

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002, As: Gamling - Film

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Jubilee

2000, As: Larry - Film

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Lawless: Beyond Justice

2000, As: Andy Deakins - Television

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Lawless: Dead Evidence

2000, As: Andy Deakins - Television

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Savage Honeymoon

2000, As: Rhys - Film

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Flying

1998, As: Chris - Short Film

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I'll Make You Happy

1998, As: Jock (policeman) - Film

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The Bar

1997, As: Drug dealer's friend - Short Film

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The Game of Our Lives

1996, Readings - Television

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The Game of Our Lives - Home and Away

1996, Readings - Television

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The Beach

1995, As: David - Short Film

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Desperate Remedies

1993, As: Chorus member - Film

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Shortland Street

2002, As: Marcus Bowman - Television

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The New Adventures of Black Beauty

1990 - 1992, As: Farmer - Television

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The New Adventures of Black Beauty - Ride a Black Horse

1990, As: Farmer - Television

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Linda's Body

1990, As: Colin - Short Film

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The New Adventures of Black Beauty - A Horse Like Beauty (Episode Two)

1990, As: Farmer - Television

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Rushes

1988, As: Listening Man - Short Film