22 July 1981
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Lawson was born and raised in Brisbane, and attended St Joseph's College, Gregory Terrace. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2001. He also spent one year studying improvisation techniques in Los Angeles at The Second City, The Groundlings, ACME Comedy Theatre and I.O. West. His older brother is actor Ben Lawson.
Lawson has had guest-starring roles in such popular Australian television programs as Blue Heelers and Home and Away, and is known for his appearances on the improv comedy program Thank God You're Here and on the Australian dramas Sea Patrol and The Librarians. He also had a guest role in the comedy Wilfred and starred in several television commercials, including advertisements for Coca-Cola Cherry and Gold Class cinemas.
Lawson played Ben in the American pilot Spaced and Shawn on Romantically Challenged for ABC. Since its inception in 2012, he has played management consultant Doug Guggenheim on Showtime's House of Lies.
In 2017 he played the title role in Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story.
In 2006, Lawson made his feature film debut in BoyTown. He had the starring role in the 2012 Australian comedy film Any Questions for Ben?, created by Working Dog Productions. He also appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the 2010 comedy film The Campaign, as well as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Crave.
His feature directing debut The Little Death which he also wrote and starred in, was released in 2014.
During 2006 and 2007, Lawson was a regular guest co-host on the Australian radio comedy show Get This which aired on Triple M. In 2013, he voiced the role of Bob in the Cartoon Hangover short film Rocket Dog.
|2006||Hey Stranger||Caller||Short film|
|2006||Charmed Robbery||Customer||Short film|
|2009||Law and Order: Really Special Victims Unit||The pianist||Short film; also writer|
|2010||The Wedding Party||Steve|
|2010||After the Credits||Rude passenger||Short film; also director and writer|
|2012||Any Questions for Ben?||Ben|
|2012||The Campaign||Tripp Huggins|
|2013||Free Birds||Gus / Settler (voice)|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Kench Allenby|
|2014||Growing Up and Other Lies||Jake|
|2014||Border Protection Squad||Emma|
|2014||The Little Death||Paul||Also director and writer;|
SXSW Audience Award for Narrative Spotlight
Thessaloniki International Film Festival Audience Award for Open Horizons
Nominated – Australian Writers' Guild Award for Feature Film – Original
Nominated – São Paulo International Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film
|2016||The Eleven O'Clock||Terry Phillips||Short film; also producer and writer|
AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film
LA Shorts Fest Award for Best Short Film
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
|2017||The Doppel Chain||Thomas||Short film|
|2017||Becoming Bond||George Lazenby||Documentary|
|2018||Holly Slept Over||Noel||Post-production|
|1997||The Wayne Manifesto||Trevor||2 episodes|
|1998||The Day of the Roses||Mark Shuttler||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2002||TwentyfourSeven||Tony White||13 episodes|
|2004||Home and Away||Felix Walters||3 episodes|
|2006||Blue Heelers||David Murray||5 episodes|
|2006||All Saints||Nick Bagnall||Episode: "Tough Love"|
|2006||Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||ER Doctor||Episode: "Autopsy Room Four"|
|2006–09||Thank God You're Here||Various Characters||9 episodes|
|2007||Sea Patrol||Toby "Chefo" Jones||13 episodes|
|2007||The Librarians||Lachie Davis||6 episodes|
|2007–09||Chandon Pictures||Carmichael Chandon||11 episodes|
|2010||Wilfred||Spencer||Episode: "The Dog Father"|
|2010||Hawke||Grant Nihill||Television film|
|2010||Romantically Challenged||Shawn Goldwater||6 episodes|
|2011||Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away||Michael Sullivan||Television film|
|2012–16||House of Lies||Doug Guggenheim||58 episodes|
|2012||Lowdown||Mark Hardy||Episode: "A Bollywood Ending"|
|2014||Kinne||Guest Cast||6 episodes|
|2015–present||Superstore||Tate Stasklewicz||Recurring role|
|2016||Wrecked||Eric||Episode: "The Adventures of Beth and Lamar"|
|2017||Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story||Paul Hogan||Miniseries; 2 episodes|
|2018||Welcome to the Neighborhood||Dave||Pilot Only; Upcoming Series|
|2013||Rocket Dog||Bob (voice)||Short film|
- Wigney, James (29 January 2012). "Lawson's ballad about love mimics life". The Sunday Mail. News Limited. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- "James Brayshsaw is no wipeout". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
- "Josh Lawson". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
- Schembri, Jim (9 February 2012). "Any Questions for Ben?". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Hipes, Patrick (23 January 2018). "Oscar Nominations: 'The Shape Of Water' Leads Way With 13". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- Roach, Mel. "Rocket Dog".
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