Who is Natalie Wihongi?
Natalie Wihongi was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is a former professional make-up artist, but perhaps best known for being the wife of actor Karl Urban. Her husband is known for his roles in various popular films and television shows – he played Eomer in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and also portrays Billy Butcher in the show “The Boys”. Even though they’ve been separated for many years, they remain married and have not settled a divorce.
The Wealth of Natalie Wihongi
As of early-2020, Natalie Wihongi’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through a bit of success in the entertainment industry during her youth. She probably benefitted from the success of her husband as well, as he has a net worth reputedly over $20 million, largely thanks to a successful career as a Hollywood star.
Life and Career
Natalie lived a life mostly away from the spotlight, though she developed a love for the arts at a young age. She grew up in Auckland, and attended Epsom Girls’ Grammar School.
Eventually, she focused her attention more towards working as a make-up artist, as it was something she enjoyed. She mainly worked in local productions in New Zealand, before eventually moving to the US, looking for more opportunities.
During this time, she worked on the television movie “The Privateers” which starred her future husband. The movie follows the story of space pirates who are tasked to work as a part of a space government, going on various adventures. Shortly after meeting the two started a relationship, leading to marriage four years later in 2004.
She worked on other projects during their relationship, such as the television movie “Rain”. However, after their marriage, she retired from work, deciding 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 from 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 prompting a desire to pursue a career in film. He attended St. Mark’s Church School, and during this time participated in various local productions.
This led to his first television role, appearing in an episode of the New Zealand series “Pioneer Woman” in 1990, although he had only one line.
He continued to work on local productions over the years, and began taking more professional roles during high school. After matriculating, he enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington but only stayed there for a year as he left to focus his efforts towards an acting career. He continued to play various roles in theater, and also appeared in local commercials, mostly based in Wellington. He then moved to Auckland for more television opportunities, and briefly lived in Australia before moving back to New Zealand.
Rise to Fame – Karl Urban
One of Urban’s first notable roles was in the television series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” which was a New Zealand and US collaborative effort. The show was successful and led to the creation of the spin-off “Xena: Warrior Princess”, which helped elevate his career in the US. During its entire run from 1997 to 2001, he played the role of both Julius Caesar and Cupid. In 2001, he gained 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 during 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 “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, he was cast as the character Eomer, a role which 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 loved working on westerns, leading 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 which was originally portrayed by DeForest Kelley – he was known for actively pursuing the role after learning about production. Afterwards, he worked on the film “Red”, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, and starred Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis. In 2012, he was cast in another iconic role, portraying Judge Dredd in the film “Dredd”, another remake of a popular franchise. Afterwards he reprised 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 film “Thor: Ragnarok” in which he played the character Skruge, also known in Marvel Comics as The Executioner. The film incorporated various comic book storylines, including Planet Hulk which had Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Hulk. The film was highly successful, and is considered by many critics as the best “Thor” film so far. The cast and the direction received the majority of the praise, and it performed well at the box office.
Wihongi married Urban in 2004 after four years into a relationship, and they had two children together – one of their children is named after Indiana Jones which is one of Urban’s favorite film franchises. During their marriage, they lived in a mansion in Auckland, New Zealand, valued at around $3 million. They kept their relationship mostly out of the spotlight, but suddenly announced that they were separating in 2014. They later sold their house for around $4 million. Shortly after separating, he began a relationship with actress Katee Sackhoff, who is known for her work in “Battlestar Galactica”. There have been no relationships reported for Natalie’s.