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Jai Courtney, born Jai Stephen Courtney, is an Australian actor. Courtney portrayed the young, villainous Eric in Divergent and will reprise his role in the upcoming sequel Insurgent due to release March 20, 2015 (USA, UK). He had previously appeared to mainstream audiences in the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand as Varro, as Charlie in Jack Reacher (2012), Jack McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) and as Gideon in I, Frankenstein (2014).  He will also appear in the series reboot of Genisys (2015).  

Education[]

He attended Cherrybrook Technology High School and graduated from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. (Alumni include Hugh Jackman and Dominic Purcell).

Personal life[]

Jai had dated actress Gemma Pranita from 2006 to 2013, and after playing Varro in Spartacus: Blood and Sand, he and lead role Andy Whitfield became best friends. He stayed close to Whitfield until his death in 2011, and was hit hard by it. He is still on close terms with Whitfield's wife and children.

From 2015-2022, Courtney dated Mecki Dent, an Adelaide-born PR coordinator. Confirming an engagement in 2020. They had a dog named Velvet.  After splitting, Jai left the dog to Mecki.

Since July 2022, Jai Courtney started dating Arab actress Dina Shihabi, whom he met on the set of the film "Catching dust" in June 2022. In May 2023, their first child (daughter) was born.

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