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Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Edgerton at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1974-06-23) 23 June 1974 (age 45)
Alma materUniversity of Western Sydney
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
Years active1995–present
RelativesNash Edgerton (brother)

Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) as a young Owen Lars, Warrior (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), Black Mass (2015), Loving (2016), It Comes at Night (2017), Bright (2017), and Red Sparrow (2018).[1]

In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in the drama series The Secret Life of Us (2001–02), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama. He has also appeared in several Australian films, such as The Square (2008), Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Wish You Were Here (2012), and Felony (2013).

In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological horror-thriller film Edgerton wrote, directed, co-produced, and in which he co-starred.[2] Edgerton garnered further critical acclaim for his performance as Richard Loving in the 2016 historical drama Loving, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 2018, he wrote, directed and starred in the drama Boy Erased, about gay conversion therapy.

Early life

Edgerton was born in Prospect, New South Wales,[3] the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Margarethe (van Dort) Edgerton.[4][5] His mother is a Dutch immigrant, who was born in The Hague.[6][7] He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney,[8] before moving on to various stage productions, including at Sydney Theatre Company.


Edgerton at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby, May 2013
Edgerton at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby, May 2013

Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and as a young Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.[9] He played Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he won an AACTA Award in 2002. In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film. The same year, he appeared as the son of a deceased shoemaker in the British comedy Kinky Boots. He also appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).[10]

Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007),[11] The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City.[12] In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.[13] He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.[14] He appeared in the Crime Drama film Animal Kingdom as Barry Baz Brown in 2010 in which he won an AFI award. He starred as fictional MMA fighter Brendan Conlon in the MMA film Warrior (2011).[15][16]

In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing,[17] portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.[18] He played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby. He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[19]

In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king. Edgerton directed, starred in, wrote, and produced the thriller The Gift, which was released on August 7, 2015.[20] He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.[21]

In 2016, he starred in the Jeff Nichols films Midnight Special[22] and Loving,[23] and in 2017, he starred in the film Bright as Officer Nick Jacoby, an orc who is a cop.

In 2018, Edgerton headlined Francis Lawrence's thriller film, Red Sparrow, with Jennifer Lawrence, and based on the book by Jason Matthews. He plays Nathaniel Nash, a CIA agent who becomes involved with a Russian spy Dominika Egorova (Lawrence).

In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, it was announced that a new film, The Unknown Man, will begin filming in South Australia as soon as enough of the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Directed by Thomas M. Wright, it will also star Sean Harris.[24][25][26][27]


Edgerton has been an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organisation, which works to restore people's sight in poor countries and to improve the health of Aboriginal Australians.[28] In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand.[29] He has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as "an escape" from the "materialistic life" that often surrounds an actor.[30]

Personal life

Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.[31][32]


Acting Roles


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Loaded Frog Short film
1996 Race the Sun Steve Fryman
1998 Praise Leo
1998 Bloodlock Danny Short film
1999 Dogwatch Sparrow
1999 Erskineville Kings Wayne
2000 Sample People Sem
2001 The Pitch Guy Short film
2001 Saturn's Return Barney Short film
2002 The Hard Word Shane Twentyman
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Owen Lars
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Rod Blue
2003 Ned Kelly Aaron Sherritt
2004 King Arthur Gawain
2005 Kinky Boots Charlie Price
2005 Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Owen Lars
2005 The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello Jasper Morello Voice only
2006 Smokin' Aces Hugo Croop
2006 Open Window Peter Delaney
2007 Spider Paramedic Short film
2007 Crossbow The Dad Short film
2007 Whisper Vince Delayo
2008 $9.99 Ron Voice only
2008 The Square Billy
2008 Acolytes Ian Wright
2009 The Waiting City Ben Simmons
2009 Separation City Simon Nicholson
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Metal Beak Voice only
2010 Animal Kingdom Barry Brown
2011 Warrior Brendan Conlon
2011 The Thing Sam Carter
2012 Wish You Were Here Dave Flannery
2012 The Odd Life of Timothy Green Jim Green
2012 Zero Dark Thirty Patrick
2013 The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan
2013 Felony Malcolm Toohey
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Ramesses II
2015 Life John G. Morris
2015 The Gift Gordon "Gordo" Moseley
2015 Black Mass John Connolly
2015 Jane Got a Gun Dan Frost
2016 Midnight Special Lucas
2016 Loving Richard Loving
2017 It Comes at Night Paul
2017 Bright Nick Jakoby
2018 Red Sparrow Nathaniel Nash
2018 Gringo Richard Rusk
2018 Boy Erased Victor Sykes
2019 The King Falstaff
2020 The Green Knight Lord Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Police Rescue Andy Episode: "Wild Card"
1995–1997 Spellbinder Bazza 2 episodes
1996–1999 Water Rats Aaron Lawrence 2 episodes
1997 Big Sky Pierce Bateman Episode: "Lost and Found"
1997 Fallen Angels Scoob Episode: "The Faust Lane"
1998 Wildside Michael Savini Episode: "#1.15"
1999 Secret Men's Business Baz Television film
2000 The Three Stooges Tom Cosgrove Television film
2001–2002 The Secret Life of Us William "Will" McGill 32 episodes
2002 Dossa and Joe Robbo 2 episodes
2007 Dangerous Senior Sergeant Mark Field 8 episodes
2009 Dirt Game Shane Bevic 6 episodes
TBA The Underground Railroad Ridgeway

Filmmaking credits

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1996 Loaded No No Yes Short film
1998 Bloodlock No Yes Yes
2001 The Pitch No Yes No
2008 The Square No Yes Executive
2013 Felony No Yes Yes
2014 The Rover No Yes No
2015 The Gift Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2015 Jane Got a Gun No Yes No
2017 It Comes at Night No No Executive
2018 Boy Erased Yes Yes Yes
2019 The King No Yes Yes


Year Title Role Production company
1995 Blackrock Toby Sydney Theatre Company
1996 Dead White Males Sydney Theatre Company
1997 Third World Blues Graham Sydney Theatre Company
1998 Henry IV Prince Hal Bell Shakespeare
1998 Love for Love Valentine Sydney Theatre Company
1999 Henry V King Henry V Bell Shakespeare
2007 The Pillowman Katurian Melbourne Theatre Company
2009 A Streetcar Named Desire Stanley Kowalski Sydney Theatre Company

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Subject Result
2000 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama The Secret Life of Us Nominated
2002 AACTA Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Won
Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actor Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Hard Word Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2003 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Ned Kelly Nominated
2008 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Square Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Original Screenplay (with Matthew Dabner) Nominated
2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Original Screenplay (with Matthew Dabner) Won
2010 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Animal Kingdom Won
2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor The Waiting City Nominated
2012 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Fight (with Tom Hardy) Warrior Nominated
2013 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Wish You Were Here Nominated
Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Won
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor Won
2014 AACTA International Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Great Gatsby Won
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2015 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor Felony Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Actor Black Mass Won
2016 AACTA International Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award Won
Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film The Gift Nominated
Austin Film Critics Association Best Actor Loving Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Actor Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Actor Nominated
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Actor 6th place
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actor Nominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Utah Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll Best Lead Performance 6th place
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
Women Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nominated
2017 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
AACTA International Awards Best Actor Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actor Nominated
North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2018 AACTA Awards Best Film Boy Erased Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2019 AACTA Awards Best Film The King Nominated
Best Screenplay, Original or Adapted Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Won


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