Nathan Phillips (actor)

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Nathan Phillips
Nathan Phillips (cropped).jpg
Phillips in 2008
Born Nathan Peter Thomas Phillips
(1980-01-16) 16 January 1980 (age 37)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Nathan Peter Thomas Phillips (born 16 January 1980) is an Australian actor who is currently based in Los Angeles. He is perhaps best known for his role as backpacker Ben Mitchell in Wolf Creek, for his American film debut, Snakes on a Plane, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, in 2006[1] and for the recent Chernobyl Diaries (2012) and These Final Hours (2014).

Life and career[edit]

Nathan Phillips was born in Melbourne, Victoria and played for the local football team Rupertswood.

His professional acting career began in 1999, with a role on the popular Australian soap opera Neighbours. His television career was later followed by roles in Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, Blue Heelers, Something in the Air and The Saddle Club.

In 2002, he made his feature film debut with a role in Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao (Kevin Smith and Shedrack Anderson III, Nina Liu). His next role, the lead in Australian Rules, earned him a nomination for the Film Critics Circle of Australia's Best Actor award, alongside David Gulpilil, Guy Pearce and Vince Colosimo.

Phillips has since enjoyed a thriving film career, starring in movies such as Take Away (with Rose Byrne), Chernobyl Diaries, One Perfect Day (Abby Cornish) and Under the Radar. In 2005, hit horror film Wolf Creek introduced him to an international audience, helping to launch his career in the United States with roles in Snakes on a Plane, Redline and Surfer, Dude.

Phillips portrayed Tom Wills, Australia's first significant cricketer and father of Australian rules football, in a docudrama about the tragic sportsman's life. It was first screened publicly in 2014 and had its television debut in 2016.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Neighbours John "Teabag" Teasdale TV series
2001 The Saddle Club Red O'Malley #1 TV series
Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story Hugh TV movie
2002 Australian Rules Gary "Blacky" Black
Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao Ryan Jeffers
2003 Take Away Dave
2004 Under the Radar Brandon
One Perfect Day Trig
2005 Wolf Creek Ben Mitchell
You and Your Stupid Mate Philip
2006 Snakes on a Plane Sean Jones
2007 West Jerry
Redline Carlo
2008 Surfer, Dude Baker Smith
Dying Breed Jack
2009 Balibo Malcolm Rennie
2010 Summer Coda Joey
Quit Benji
2012 Chernobyl Diaries Michael
2014 The Bridge Jack Dobbs TV series
These Final Hours James
Tom Wills Tom Wills
2016 Hunters Flynn Carroll TV series

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nathan Phillips on filming in Tasmania's wilderness
  2. ^ Flanagan, Martin (5 August 2016). "Tom Wills one hell of a story", The Age. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ In the running

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