Joe Anderson (actor)

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Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Anderson at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.
Born (1982-03-26) 26 March 1982 (age 38)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2004–present

Joe Anderson (born 26 March 1982) is an English film actor and singer best known for his work in Across the Universe, Becoming Jane, Control, The Ruins, The Crazies, Horns and as Alistair in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). He also starred as Asa Farrell in the WGN America drama series Outsiders.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson attended Richmond upon Thames College and later the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has been acting professionally since childhood. His skills include photography, guitar and gymnastics. His father is actor Miles Anderson; his mother is talent agent Lesley Duff. He was diagnosed with dyslexia and attributes his move into acting to this.[1]


Anderson has worked in film, television and on stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Earlier in his career he appeared in Copying Beethoven, playing Ludwig van Beethoven's nephew Karl. He then starred as Max Carrigan, a young American man, drafted into the Vietnam War in Across the Universe. After that, he appeared in period film Becoming Jane as Henry Austen, Jane Austen's older brother, then as bassist Peter Hook of the band Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's 2007 film Control. In 2008, he played Elliot in The 27 Club[2] and a German tourist in The Ruins. In 2009, he starred in High Life as Donnie and in Love Happens as the musician boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston's character. He was also seen in Amelia, the biopic of Amelia Earhart, and in Operation: Endgame[3] as the main character Fool. He appeared in 2010's The Crazies,[4] a remake of the 1973 horror film of the same name.

He and his castmates from Control were featured in The Killers' music video for their version of the Joy Division song "Shadowplay".

In an interview with Pure Movies, he said that talking about himself made him "uncomfortable" and feel "self indulgent" and that he really struggled with it.[5]

In 2012, he starred as Lincoln Cole in the television series The River. Anderson co-starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules (2014).[6]

In December 2014, it was announced that Anderson would be replacing Michael Pitt in the role of Mason Verger in the third season of the TV series Hannibal.[7]


Anderson received the Rising Star Award at the California Independent Film Festival in 2008.[8] He was named Best Actor Drama at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2008 for his performance in The 27 Club.[9]

Musical performances[edit]

Anderson appeared in several music related films in which he also performed musical pieces.

In Across the Universe, he sang covers of Beatles songs. The numbers he performed solo or with other cast members included "Hey Jude", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Strawberry Fields Forever", "Dear Prudence", "Because" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". All of these recordings were released on the corresponding soundtrack album.

In Control, as bassist Peter Hook of the group Joy Division, he and his cast mates performed "Transmission", "Leaders of Men" and "Candidate" among others.[10] These three performances were shown in their entirety in the special features under the extended performance scenes section of the DVD. "Transmission" was the only recording by the cast released on the soundtrack album.

In The 27 Club, Anderson played the bassist of a successful music duo called Finn. He and cast/bandmate James Forgey penned the theme song for the film.[11] A studio version and an acoustic version of the song were made available on the film’s official website.

In Horns, Anderson played Terry Perrish, a famous trumpet player and brother of Ig Parrish, played by Daniel Radcliffe.[12] In the film, Anderson performs lead trumpet in a scene with the band The Brass Action.



Year Title Role
2004 Creep Male Model
2005 Silence Becomes You Luke Green
2006 Copying Beethoven Karl van Beethoven
2006 Little Box of Sweets Seth
2007 Becoming Jane Henry Austen
2007 Control Peter Hook
2007 Across the Universe Max Carrigan
2008 The Ruins Mathias
2008 The 27 Club Elliot
2009 High Life Donnie
2009 Love Happens Tyler
2009 Amelia William "Bill" Stutz
2009 Operation: Endgame Fool
2010 The Crazies Russell Clank
2011 Flutter John
2011 The Grey Todd Flannery
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Alistair
2013 A Single Shot Obadiah
2013 Horns Terry Perrish
2014 Hercules Phineas
2014 Supremacy Garrett Tully
2015 Bleeding Heart Cody
2016 Abattoir Grady
2017 Hangman Hangman
2017 The Ballad of Lefty Brown Frank Baines
2019 Backdraft 2 Sean McCaffrey
2019 Cold Blood Kappa


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Midsomer Murders Max "Mad" Ransom Episode: "Second Sight"
2005 Afterlife Phil Episode: "More Than Meets the Eye"
2012 The River Lincoln Cole 8 episodes
2014 The Divide Terry Kucik 8 episodes
2015 Hannibal Mason Verger 4 episodes
2016–2017 Outsiders Asa Farrell 14 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result Work
2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Actor Drama Won The 27 Club
2011 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated The Crazies


  1. ^ Pure Movies – Joe Anderson interview
  2. ^ The 27 Club movie official website
  3. ^ – Rogue's Gallery
  4. ^ Collider – The Crazies' cast interviews
  5. ^ Pure Movies interview with Joe Anderson about The Crazies
  6. ^ ‘Hercules’ Adds ‘Twilight’ Actor to the Cast
  7. ^ Natalie Abrams (19 December 2014). "Michael Pitt exits 'Hannibal,' Joe Anderson to replace him". Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ CIFF Awards
  9. ^ "FLIFF 2008". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  10. ^ The St Petersburg Times – Film Review
  11. ^ " – Tribeca gives music reel coverage". Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2009.
  12. ^ Eric Kohn (7 September 2013). "Toronto Review: Daniel Radcliffe Plays Impressively Against Type, But Alexandre Aja's Dark Supernatural Dramedy 'Horns' Is Devilishly Uneven". IndieWire. Retrieved 20 September 2017.

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