Joel Jackson

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Joel Jackson
Years active2015–present

Joel Jackson is an Australian actor and occasional musician. He is best known for his role as Charles Bean in Deadline Gallipoli and Peter Allen in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door.[1] For both roles he was nominated for and won the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born in Albany, Western Australia.

When Jackson was 10, his family moved nearly 2000 km north to Karratha after his father was offered a job as the primary school principal. He became head boy at Karratha Senior High School. At 17, Jackson went on a year-long Rotary exchange to Brazil. He returned home with a large circle and symbol tattooed under his left bicep.

Jackson initially wanted to pursue a musical career. He first began playing guitar at age 14 and supported Birds of Tokyo, Megan Washington, Diesel and Ian Moss in Karratha. Jackson travelled to Perth to record an EP.

In 2011, Jackson moved to Sydney to join National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He graduated from NIDA in 2013 and returned to the metalwork factories and engineering workshops of Karratha.[2]


In 2014, Jackson auditioned for a single scene role in the mini-series Deadline Gallipoli but was later offered the lead part of Charles Bean alongside Sam Worthington, which aired on Foxtel's Showcase in April 2015. In September 2015, Jackson starred as Peter Allen in the 2-part -mini-series of his life titled Peter Allen : Not the Boy Next Door. In December 2015, at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Jackson won best lead actor in a television drama for his role as Allen.[3] In May 2016, at the 58th Annual Logie Awards, Jackson won Most Outstanding Newcomer for his role as Allen.[4]

In February 2017, Jackson will star alongside Heidi Arena in the Melbourne Theatre Company's performance of Born Yesterday.[5]

In 2019, Jackson plays Detective James Steed in Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries.

TV and filmography[edit]

Television and film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Charles Bean Main
Peter Allen : Not the Boy Next Door Peter Allen Main
What We Know Matt short film
2016 Hyde & Seek Lachlan Ford Guest role (S01E05)
2017 Jungle Marcus
Safe Harbour
2019-present Ms Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries Det. James Steed Main


Year Title Role Notes
2017 Born Yesterday Paul Verrall Melbourne Theatre Company


  1. ^ "The new Boy from Oz! NIDA graduate Joel Jackson set to play iconic singer Peter Allen in TV biopic". Daily Mail. 29 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Why Deadline Gallipoli's Joel Jackson is Australia's next Hugh Jackman". Perth Now. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ "5TH AACTA AWARDS PRESENTED BY PRESTO NOMINEES & WINNERS" (PDF). Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. December 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "TV Week Logie Award History (2016)". TV Week Logie Awards. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Play and Tickets (season 2017) Born Yesterday". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 9 January 2017.

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