Samuel "Sam" Worthington (born 2 August 1976) is an award-winning Australian actor.
Worthington was born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. He grew up in Rockingham, Western Australia, and won a scholarship to the John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle, and then studied acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
After graduating from NIDA in 1998, Worthington performed in a production of Judas Kiss for Company B at the Belvoir St Theatre.
He went on to act in a series of Australian movies and TV series; including a supporting role in Bootmen (2000) and leading roles in Dirty Deeds (2002), Gettin' Square (2003), Somersault (2004) and a modern Australian retelling of Macbeth (2006). Worthington won the 2004 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Somersault. He is well known in Australia for his role as Howard in the acclaimed Australian TV series Love My Way, where he played the main love interest of the female lead.
Worthington's international film career began with a series of small roles in Hollywood productions such as Hart's War (2002) and The Great Raid (2005), which was filmed in Australia. He was one of several actors who was under consideration to take over the role of James Bond from Pierce Brosnan for the 2006 film Casino Royale. Director Martin Campbell stated that only Worthington and Henry Cavill were in serious contention along with eventual winner Daniel Craig.
In 2007, James Cameron chose Worthington for a leading role in his science fiction thriller Avatar. It was revealed he was cast, on Cameron's recommendation, in Terminator Salvation as Marcus Wright.