Joel Tobeck was born on June 2nd, 1971 in Auckland, New Zealand. He has over 20 years acting experience in New Zealand and Australia. He comes from an acting background, with his mother Liddy Holloway being a well known theatre and TV actress in New Zealand and father Bryan Tobeck. Joel attended the Auckland Performing Arts School where he trained as a dancer and is also an accomplished musician.
In the early 1990s Joel Tobeck was the breakfast show weatherman on Auckland radio station 95bfm. As a singer and guitarist, he often performed with friends in bands such as The Applicators, Wide Lapels, Bard's Band, and Splitter. He was in the Darcy Clay band and appeared in the house band Tadow on the TV3 show Ice As where he was famous for his Mick Jagger impressions.
One of his first big acting breaks came when he was cast in New Zealand hospital soap opera Shortland Street in 1996 as a baddie in a wheelchair.  He followed this up with film roles in Sure To Rise, Peach and Topless Women Talk About Their Lives. Tobeck had recurring roles in the cult TV fantasy series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Strife and Xena: Warrior Princess as Deimos, which exposed him to American audiences and led to appearances at fan conventions in the United States.
Tobeck played the main villain Creegan in the TV Series Cleopatra 2525. He has also appeared in films such as 30 Days of Night, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (under a lot of makeup) and in Eagle vs Shark, also starring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame.
2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards Nominated for Best Performance by a Supporting Actor: for Interrogation
1999 TV Guide New Zealand TV Awards Best Supporting Actor: for Lawless
1997 New Zealand Film & Television Awards Best Actor: for Topless Women Talk about their Lives
|2003||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King||Guritz||Film|
|2005||Stealth||Black Ops Leader||Film|
|2006||The Silence||Ross Moss||TV Movie|
|2007||Eagle vs Shark||Damon||Film|
|2007||30 Days of Night||Doug Hertz||Film|
|2007||The Water Horse||Sgt. Walker||Film|
|2009||Accidents Happen||Ray Conway||Film|
|2010||Feud||Lindsay Ferguson||Film (Short)|
|2010||The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell||Ron||Film|
|2000–2001||Xena: Warrior Princess||Strife and Deimos?||Recurring Character|
|1996||Shortland Street||Craig Develter||Guest role|
|1996–1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Strife and Deimos?||Recurring Character|
|1998–1999||Young Hercules||Strife and Deimos?||Recurring Character|
|2000–2001||Cleopatra 2525||Creegan||Recurring Character|
|2005||Interrogation||Unknown||S01E09 - "Family Matters"|
|2007||Without a Trace||Jeff Henry||S05E19 - "At Rest"|
|2009||30 Seconds||Martin Manning||Main Character|
|2009–present||Tangle||Tim Williams||Main Character|
|2010||This Is Not My Life||Richard Foster||Main Character|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Kurt Miller||S01E11 - "Palekaiko"|
|2010||Sons of Anarchy||Donny||Recurring Character|
|2010||City Homicide||Richard McCallister||Recurring Character|
|2011||Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud||Gary Majors||Recurring Character|
|2012||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Blood and Circuses episode)||Snr Sgt Grossmith||Guest role||–||2012||Power Rangers Samurai||Duplicator||voice|
|2013||Spartacus: War of the Damned||Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus||cameo|
|2013||The Doctor Blake Mysteries||Chief Supt Matthew Lawson||Main character|
|2015||Shortland Street||Jimmy Isaac||Recurring|
- Alan Perrot (11 Jul 2011). "Joel Tobeck's act of faith". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011.
- "Joel Tobeck". TV.Com. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011.
- Andrew Whiteside (26 Oct 2010). "Joel Tobeck on life as a bastard". Screen Talk. NZ Onscreen. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011.
- Bret Ryan Rudnick (July 1999). "An Interview with Joel Tobeck". Whoosh.org. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011.
- "Joel Tobeck: Actor". NZ Onscreen. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011.
- Joel Tobeck at the Internet Movie Database