Hugo Weaving is a British-Australian film and stage actor. Weaving was born in Nigeria in 1960 to English parents, and he grew up in England, Australia and South Africa. His family moved back to Australia in 1976, where he attended Sydney's Knox Grammar School, before graduating from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981. In 1983 he made his feature film debut in the socially conscious low-budget Australian drama ‘The City's Edge’. In 1991, Weaving received Best Actor kudos from the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of a blind photographer in ‘Proof’. In 1994 Weaving first received international attention for his role as a drag queen in the cult hit ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’, and the following year he provided the voice of ‘Rex’ the sheepdog in the family film ‘Babe’. Weaving earned further international attention with his performance as ‘Agent Smith’ in the 1999 blockbuster hit ‘The Matrix’ and later reprised that role in the film's 2003 sequels: ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. He garnered much popular attention in the role of ‘Elrond’ in Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and his role as ‘V’ in ‘V for Vendetta’.