In the 1994 comedy, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Hugo Weaving delivers an outrageous performance as Anthony “Tick” Belrose. Tick and Adam Whitely (Guy Pearce) are drag queens who agree to perform a drag show alongside a transsexual (played by Ralph Waite) in the resort town of Alice Springs, in the center of the Australian outback. Tick and Adam, ad drag queens Mitzi Del Bra and Felicia Jollygoodfellow, respectively, leave Sydney aboard a purple bus, playfully named Priscilla. Priscilla, however, breaks down en route to the performance, prompting the three to pick up straight man Bob to help repair the bus and join them for the ride.
Hugo Weaving was born April 4th, 1960 in Nigeria, as the middle sibling of three children. Much of his early life was spent travelling between Great Britain, Nigeria, and Australia, until his family finally settled down in Sydney. While in Sydney, Weaving attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, one of the premier acting colleges in the world.
Following his education, Weaving began accepting roles in television, film, and theatre, noting that the stage is his first love. In fact, Weaving has continually performed with the Sydney Theater Company throughout his career.
Weaving’s career has won him many honours, including three Australian Film Institute Awards. Weaving was nominated for his dazzling performance as Anthony “Tick” Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Weaving resides in Australia and continues to act, recently gaining international recognition for a variety of big budget film roles.
Hugo Weaving’s career began with a variety of television appearances in Australia. Weaving soon after received early success with the 1991 film, Proof, which won him his first AFI Best Actor Award. Weaving’s popularity grew with his first foray into the international spotlight, playing Anthony Belrose in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The late 1990’s and early 2000’s made way for some of Weaving’s most unforgettable roles, including that of Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy, and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Weaving is currently reprising the role of Elrond in The Hobbit trilogy, a prequel to The Lord of the Rings.