Joel Tobeck

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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.


Tobeck is known for his part as Tim Williams in the Australian television series Tangle and as Donny, in the American series Sons of Anarchy.[1]

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.[2]

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. [3] 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.[4]

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


Year Film Role Notes
1999 Channelling Baby Tony Film
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Guritz Film
2005 Little Fish Moss Film
2005 Stealth Black Ops Leader Film
2006 A.K.A Unknown TV Movie
2006 The Silence Ross Moss TV Movie
2007 Eagle vs Shark Damon Film
2007 Ghost Rider Redneck 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
2011 Sleeping Beauty Businessman Film

Television series[edit]

Year TV Series Role Notes
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


  1. ^ Alan Perrot (11 Jul 2011). "Joel Tobeck's act of faith". NZ Herald. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011. 
  2. ^ "Joel Tobeck". TV.Com. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011. 
  3. ^ Andrew Whiteside (26 Oct 2010). "Joel Tobeck on life as a bastard". Screen Talk. NZ Onscreen. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011. 
  4. ^ Bret Ryan Rudnick (July 1999). "An Interview with Joel Tobeck". Retrieved 14 Jul 2011. 
  5. ^ "Joel Tobeck: Actor". NZ Onscreen. Retrieved 14 Jul 2011. 

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