Edgerton at the Movie Extra Tropfest in Sydney, February 2012
23 June 1974 |
Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
|Education||The Hills Grammar School|
|Alma mater||University of Western Sydney|
|Occupation||Actor, film producer, screenwriter|
|Parents||Marianne Edgerton (mother)
Michael Edgerton (father)
|Relatives||Nash Edgerton (brother)|
Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in 2000s and 2010s films like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Kinky Boots (2005), Animal Kingdom (2010), The Thing (2011), Warrior (2011), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2013).
Early life 
Edgerton was born in Blacktown, Sydney, the son of Marianne, a homemaker, and Michael Edgerton, a solicitor/property developer. His brother, Nash Edgerton, is a stuntman and filmmaker. Edgerton graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991.
Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney, before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company – Blackrock, Third World Blues and Love for Love – and Bell Shakespeare – Henry V – as well as television series.
Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and, most notably, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker. Edgerton's brother Nash was the stunt double for Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. He is known for playing the role of Will on the series The Secret Life of Us for which he was nominated for an AFI award.
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, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, in a lead role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoe maker who must find a niche market in the 21st century. He also had a significant role in the 2006 American film Smokin' Aces.
Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway in 2007; The Square, which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother Nash; Acolytes, an Australian film about teenagers who get revenge on a serial killer; and Separation City, a comedy-drama which follows the collapse of two marriages. In 2009, he starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Edgerton and Blanchett also appeared in a production of this play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.
Edgerton had a major role in the MMA movie Warrior, which received a 2011 release through Lions Gate Entertainment. Edgerton played the son of Nick Nolte's character and older brother of Tom Hardy's character. Joel also has a black belt in Karate. On 7 February 2010, he was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.
Edgerton played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby.
Humanitarian causes 
Joel 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 sight in poor countries and to improve Aboriginal health. In 2012 Edgerton visited Nepal where he saw sight restored first hand. Edgerton has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as ‘an escape’ from the ‘materialistic life’ that often surrounds an actor.
|Race the Sun|
|1998||Never Tell Me Never||Pab|
|Bloodlock||Danny||Also producer and writer|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Baz|
|The Pitch||Guy||Also writer|
|2002||The Hard Word||Shane||Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Owen Lars|
|2003||The Night We Called It a Day||Rod Blue|
|Ned Kelly||Aaron Sherritt||Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Owen Lars|
|The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello||Jasper Morello||Voice only|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Hugo Croop|
|The Square||Billy||Also producer and writer|
|Acolytes||Ian Wright||Melbourne Underground Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2009||The Waiting City||Ben Simmons||IF Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay Shared with Matthew Dabner
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Metal Beak||Voice only|
|Animal Kingdom||Barry Brown||AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast
|2011||Warrior||Brendan Conlon||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Shared with Tom Hardy|
|The Thing||Sam Carter|
|2012||Wish You Were Here||Dave||Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|The Odd Life of Timothy Green||Jim Green|
|Zero Dark Thirty||Patrick||Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble|
|2013||The Great Gatsby||Tom Buchanan|
|2014||Jane Got a Gun||Dan Frost||Filming|
|The Double Hour||Pre-Production|
|Black Mass||John Connolly||Pre-Production|
|Police Rescue||Andy||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|1996||Water Rats||Aaron Lawrence||Episodes: "Eyewitness"
"Force of Habit"
|1997||Big Sky||Pierce Bateman||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|Fallen Angels||Scoob||Episode: "The Faust Lane"|
|1998||Wildside||Michael Savini||Episode: "Episode #1.15"|
|2001||The Secret Life of Us||Will McGill||(2001–2002)
AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor
|2002||Dossa and Joe||Robbo||Episodes: "Episode #1.3"
|2007||Dangerous||Senior Sergeant Mark Field|
|2009||Dirt Game||Shane Bevic||Episodes: "A Land Down Under"
"Green and Gold"
"Down Among the Dead Men"
- "Oh, brother – Film". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Joel Edgerton Biography (1974–)". Filmreference.com. 5 February 1974. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Whisper Web site".
- "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "BBC News – Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Retrieved 2013-02-19.
- "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role".
- "An actor who doesn't want to be famous".
- "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal".