Anthony Hayes (actor)

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Anthony Hayes
Born (1977-09-21) 21 September 1977 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Other namesTony Hayes
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Polly Smyth

Anthony Hayes (born 21 September 1977) is an Australian actor, best known for his roles in War Machine, The Light Between Oceans, The Slap, Look Both Ways, The Boys, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Animal Kingdom and soap opera Paradise Beach.


Apart from acting in numerous films and television shows, he also wrote, directed and produced the films Ten Empty (2008), New Skin (2002) and Sweet Dreams (2002). Ten Empty had its World Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival (2008). The screenplay was nominated for 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. New Skin (2002) won the Dendy Award at the 2002 Sydney Film Festival and won Hayes an IF Award as best emerging director. Sweet Dreams (2002) was voted most popular film by the audience at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2003. Hayes also earned AFI and Film Critics Circle award nominations for The Boys.

Hayes received AFI and Film Critics Circle award nominations for best supporting actor in The Square (2009), and won for Look Both Ways (2005) and Suburban Mayhem (2006).[1]

He is a co-founder of Rogue Stars Productions[2] with fellow actors Brendan Cowell and Leland Kean[1] in 1999.[3]

Although primarily a screen actor, Hayes does voice over work as well.[4]

Joel Edgerton nicknamed him "The King of Western Grit" during the shooting of The Square,[5] The moniker later became the name of a Facebook page, with a collection of movie posters with Hayes' face on them.

Anthony co-wrote the film GOLD with writer Polly Smyth. It stars Zac Efron, Susie Porter and himself. He directed and produced it through his company Rogue Star Pictures. The film was shot in South Australia in 2020.


In April 2015, Hayes, with his partner Writer Polly Smyth, was an organiser of the #saveourboys video featuring (among many Australian citizens) Film/celebrities including: Bryan Brown, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Joel Edgerton, Luke Hemsworth, Brendan Cowell and Peter Helliar.[6] The video called upon Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to step up and secure the lives of reformed drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in the last 24 hours before their execution. In the video, Hayes himself said: "show some ticker Tony Abbott. Get to Indonesia. It's your job." The video went viral and amassed much support on social media pages. Despite many stating the government had done all it can leading up to their deaths, it was later claimed by human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC that a number of avenues could have been taken.[1] [7]


Feature films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2022 Gold with Zac Efron, Susie Porter
2019 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Colonel Colin Townsend
2017 Cargo Vic Carter with Martin Freeman, Caren Pistorius
2017 War Machine Lt. Commander Pete Duckman
2016 The Light Between Oceans Vernon Knuckey with Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
2014 Redfern Now: Promise Me with Wayne Blair, Daniela Farinacci, Lisa Flanagan
2014 Healing Warren with Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel
2014 The Rover Soldier 1 with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson & Scoot McNairy
2013 The Broken Shore Rick Hopgood with Don Hany, Claudia Karvan
2012 Jack Irish: Bad Debts Vin McKillop with Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen
2012 The King Is Dead! Escobar with Roman Vaculik, Michaela Cantwell, Lily Adey
2012 Beaconsfield Pat Ball with Shane Jacobson, Lachy Hulme, Cameron Daddo
2011 Burning Man Brian with Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Bojana Novakovic
2010 Beneath Hill 60 Captain William McBride with Jacqueline McKenzie, Brendan Cowell & Steve Le Marquand
2010 Animal Kingdom Detective Justin Norris with Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Joel Edgerton & Mirrah Foulkes
2009 Prime Mover Salesman / Mechanic - Business Man / Foreman with Michael Dorman, Emily Barclay, Ben Mendelsohn
2008 The List Dale with Nicole da Silva, Nash Edgerton & Kieran Darcy-Smith
2008 The Square Greg "Smithy" Smith with David Roberts, Joel Edgerton & Claire van der Boom
2008 Newcastle Danny with Lachlan Buchanan & Rebecca Breeds
2007 West Kenwood with Khan Chittenden & Gillian Alexy
2006 Suburban Mayhem Kenny with Emily Barclay, Michael Dorman & Robert Morgan
2005 Look Both Ways Andy Walker with William McInnes & Justine Clarke
2004 Get Rich Quick Spud with Marshall Napier
2003 Ned Kelly Sergeant Kennedy with Joel Edgerton
2002 Heroes' Mountain Woody with Craig McLachlan
2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence The Fence Builder with Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh
2000 Bootmen Huey with Sam Worthington & Adam Garcia
1998 The Sugar Factory Marlo with Matt Day, Marshall Napier & Sam Healy
1998 The Boys Stevie Sprague with David Wenham & Toni Collette

Short films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke Portly with Eden Falk, Emily Tomlins
2008 Bleeders Harmless with Joe Bugner, Robert Mammone
2006 The Bridge with Haitham Al'Maan, Anna Cato, Rayne Coram
2005 The Mechanicals LX Man with Anthony Phelan, Justin Smith (Australian actor)
2005 The Heartbreak Tour Tim with Toby Schmitz
2003 Alice Ben
2002 New Skin Max with Jessica Napier & Marshall Napier


Year Film Role Notes
2018 Mystery Road Ryan Muller TV miniseries
2018 Strangers Michael Cohen TV miniseries
2015 Gallipoli Lieutenant Anthony Chandler 2015 Miniseries
2014 Secrets & Lies Ian Cornielle TV series
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Ralph Alonso TV series
2012 Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms Colin "Caesar" Campbell Miniseries
2012 Devil's Dust Bernie Banton Miniseries
2011 The Slap Gary Miniseries
Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2011 SLiDE Stacey TV series
2011 Sea Patrol Henry TV series
2010 Rush Oliver Ginsberg TV series
2010 Killing Time John Bond TV series
2010 Rescue Special Ops Zac Weston episode "Shock Jock"
2010 Raw Luke Episode # 2.4
2008 Review with Myles Barlow Drug Lord Episode # 1.1 - next to Ray Jay
2007 Bastard Boys Sean McSwain with Colin Friels
2006 Two Twisted Julian Knox appeared in the episode "Call Back"
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jack Mcleod episode "A McLeod Daughter" - along with Sarah Enright & Josef Ber
2004 BlackJack: Sweet Science Brad Anderson with Alex O'Loughlin, Colin Friels & Vince Colosimo
2003 Fat Cow Motel Frank Merryweather Episode # 1.13
1995–2003 Blue Heelers Calvin Baker 3 episodes
2002 White Collar Blue John Santos Episode # 1.17
2001 Tracey McBean Shamus Wong
2000–2002 Farscape Molnon - Wa 2 episodes: "Taking the Stone" & "I-Yensch, You-Yensch"
2001 Changi Gordon Yates 5 episodes
1998–1999 All Saints Krys Goretski 2 episodes: "Truth and Consequences: Part 1" & "The Price You Pay"
1998 Murder Call Eddie Lamb episode "A Dress to Die For"
1998 Water Rats Jarred episode "Heads or Tales"
1998 Wildside Danny Thompson appears in episode # 1.7
1997 Fallen Angels Roach 3 episodes
1996 Naked: Stories of Men Young Gibbo episode "Coral Island"
1996 Twisted Tales Damien episode "Third Party"
1996 Halifax f.p.: Cradle and All Kenny with Peter Hardy
1995 The Last Bullet James
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Zack Reilly episode "The Reilly Gang"
1995 Ocean Girl Michael "Mick" Byrne 13 episodes
1995 Correlli Gazza with Hugh Jackman
1995 GP Alex Milanakos episode "Trapped"
1995 Fire Slasher episode "Glory Days"
1993 Paradise Beach Ritchie Grommet
1992 The Adventures of Skippy Jim Hartley episode "Skippy and the Runaway"
1991 Animal Park Damien Halliday

Director, writer and producer[edit]

Year Title Notes
TBA Gold writer, director & producer
2008 Ten Empty writer, director & producer
2002 New Skin writer, director & producer
2002 Sweet Dreams writer, director & producer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Award Film Result
2018 Silver Logie Best Supporting Actor Logie Awards 7 Types of Ambiguity Nominated
2015 Winner Best Actor in a Television Drama Golden Nymph. Monte Carlo TV awards Secrets and Lies Won
2013 Winner Silver Logie. Most outstanding actor in a Drama Series Devil's Dust Won
2013 Nominated Best Actor in a Television Drama. Seoul Drama Awards Devil's Dust Nominated
2013 Nominated AACTA award. Best Actor in a television drama or mini series. Devil's Dust Nominated
2013 Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Devil's Dust Won
2012 Nominated Best Actor in A television Drama. Monte Carlo TV awards The Slap Nominated
2012 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Equity Awards The Slap Won
2009 Best Supporting Actor FCCA Award The Square Nominated
2008 Best Supporting Actor AFI Award The Square Nominated
2006 Best Supporting Actor AFI Award Suburban Mayhem Won
2005 Best Supporting Actor AFI Award Look Both Ways Won
2002 Best Rising Talent IF Award
2002 Best Film Audience Award Sweet Dreams Won
2002 Best Short Film Over 15 minutes Award for Australian Short Film New Skin Won
1999 Best Supporting Actor - Male FCCA Award The Boys Nominated
1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role AFI Award The Boys Nominated

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rogue Star Acting". Rogue Star Acting. Archived from the original on 15 December 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
  2. ^ Alice (13 April 2010). "The Plot Thickens: Going Rogue with Anthony Hayes". Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Ten Empty - Brendan Cowell - Anthony Hayes - Film". Time Out Sydney. Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  4. ^ "EM Voices".[permanent dead link], Anthony Hayes
  5. ^ Simon de Bruyn (5 September 2010). "Interviews: Anthony Hayes talks BENEATH HILL 60, THE SQUARE, MYLES BARLOW and new projects!!". Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Bali Nine: Australian celebrities slammed for #saveourboys video".
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