Who is Natalie Wihongi?
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Natalie Wihongi is a former professional makeup artist, but perhaps best known as the wife of actor Karl Urban. Her husband is known for his roles in several popular films and TV shows – he played Eomer in the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, and also portrays Billy Butcher in the show “The Boys”. Even though they have been separated for many years, they remain married and have not arranged a divorce.
The wealth of Natalie Wihongi
As of the beginning of 2020, Natalie Wihongi’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned from a bit of success in the entertainment industry during her childhood. She has also likely benefited from her husband’s success as he is said to have a net worth of over $20 million, thanks in large part to a successful career as a Hollywood star.
Life and career
Natalie lived a life largely away from the spotlight, though she developed a love of art at a young age. She grew up in Auckland and attended Epsom Girls’ Grammar School.
Eventually she turned her attention more to working as a make-up artist, because she enjoyed it. She mainly worked in local productions in New Zealand, before eventually moving to the US in search of more opportunities.
During this time she worked on the television movie “The hijackerswhich starred her future husband. The film follows the story of space pirates who have to work as part of a space government and experience various adventures. Shortly after meeting, the two began a relationship, which led to marriage four years later in 2004.
During their relationship, she worked on other projects such as the television movie “Rain”. However, after their marriage, she stopped working and decided to focus on raising a family.
Husband – Karl Urban
Karl Urban is also from New Zealand and grew up in Wellington. He is of German descent on his father’s side while his mother is from New Zealand. At a young age, he watched various local films, and this developed his interest, eventually leading to a desire to pursue a film career. He attended St. Mark’s Church School and participated in several local productions during this time.
This led to his first television role, appearing in a 1990 episode of the New Zealand series “Pioneer Woman”, although he only had one line.
He continued to work on local productions over the years and began taking on more professional roles during high school. After his matriculation exam, he enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington but only stayed there for a year as he left to focus on an acting career. He continued to play various theater roles and also appeared in local commercials, mainly in Wellington. He then moved to Auckland for more television opportunities, briefly living in Australia before returning to New Zealand.
Rise to Fame – Karl Urban
One of Urban’s first notable roles was in the television series ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’, a collaboration between New Zealand and the US. The show was successful and led to the creation of the spin-off “Xena: Warrior Princess”, which helped take his career in the US to the next level. During the entire period from 1997 to 2001, he played the role of both Julius Caesar and Cupid. In 2001, he received acclaim for his performance in “The Price of Milk”, and continued a string of successful films, including “Out of the Blue”, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Award at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.
The following year, he made his first foray into international films, working on “Ghost Ship”, which opened the door for more opportunities. In “Under the spell of the Ring: The Two Towers”, he was cast as the character Eomer, a role he would reprise in the final film – “The Return of the King”. He also appeared in “Star Trek”, “The Chronicles of Riddick” and ” The Bourne Supremacy” in which he played the role of Russian agent Kirill. He also enjoyed working on westerns, which led him to roles in “Lonesome Dove” and “Comanche Moon”.
Continued prominent roles
In 2009, Karl was cast in “Star Trek”, a reboot of the film franchise, making it the 11th film in the series.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) August 12, 2019
He played the role of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy who was originally played by DeForest Kelley – he was known for actively pursuing the role after learning about production. Then he worked on the movie “Red”, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, and starred Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis. In 2012, he landed another iconic role, playing Judge Dredd in the movie “Dredd”, another remake of a popular franchise. He then reprized his role as Bones in “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
After working on “Pete’s Dragon”, “Almost Human” and “The Loft”, one of his latest projects is the movie “Thor: Ragnarokin which he played the character Skruge, also known in Marvel Comics as The Executioner. The film featured several comic book storylines, including Planet Hulk in which Mark Ruffalo reprized his role as Hulk. The movie was very successful and is considered by many critics as the best “Thor” movie to date. The cast and direction received the highest praise and performed well at the box office.
Wihongi married Urban in 2004 after being in a relationship for four years, and they had two children together – one of their children was named after Indiana Jones, one of Urban’s favorite movie franchises. During their marriage, they lived in a mansion in Auckland, New Zealand, valued at approximately $3 million. They largely kept their relationship out of the spotlight, but suddenly announced that they were divorce in 2014. They later sold their house for about $4 million. Shortly after breaking up, he started a relationship with actress Katee Sackhoff, who is known for her work in “Battlestar Galactica”. No relationships have been reported for Natalie’s.