Noah Taylor

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Noah Taylor
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Taylor in 2016
Born Noah George Taylor
(1969-09-04) 4 September 1969 (age 48)
London, England
Residence Brighton, East Sussex, England
Nationality British-Australian
Occupation Actor and artist
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Dionne Harris (m. 2012)

Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is an English-Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as David Helfgott in Shine, Locke in HBO series Game of Thrones, Mr. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Danny in the Australian cult film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand.

Early life[edit]

Taylor, elder of two sons, was born in London, England, the son of Australian parents, Maggie (née Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist.[1] His parents returned to Australia when he was five, and he grew up in Clifton Hill and St Kilda, suburbs of Melbourne. His parents divorced when he was 14. Taylor left both school and home at 16 with no intention of becoming an actor; a friend, however, suggested that he try the theatre as "something to do at the weekends", and Taylor found the experience so enjoyable that he opted to make it his career.

After performing in plays at St. Martin's Youth Theatre in South Yarra for a year, he gained the attention of director John Duigan, who cast him in the 1987 film The Year My Voice Broke, the first part of a planned trilogy. Taylor also appeared in its sequel, Flirting (1991), alongside Thandie Newton with Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts in early supporting roles.

Career[edit]

Taylor's early roles included acting the lead in the critically acclaimed The Year My Voice Broke and Flirting and he gained significant international attention playing the tormented young pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 film Shine. Taylor's résumé includes action movies (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider), comedies (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), psychological thrillers (Vanilla Sky and Predestination) and historical dramas (Max, in which he played the young Adolf Hitler.)

Taylor once commented in an interview that he was sick of acting out the nostalgic reminiscences of other people. He has done this in a number of films including The Nostradamus Kid, which was based, apparently, on the memories of the Australian author Bob Ellis, a young David Helfgott in Shine, the protagonist in John Birmingham's memoir He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and Almost Famous, based on the memories of the film's writer and director, Cameron Crowe.

He appeared in the video of "Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow", a song by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, along with the video for "M.O.R." by British alternative rock group Blur. Taylor also starred in Simon Rumley's mystery thriller Red White & Blue,[2] which had its world premiere as part of the SXSW Film Festival in March 2010.[3] In 2011, he released his first EP Live Free or Die!!! with his band Noah Taylor & the Sloppy Boys on Z-Man Records.[4]

In 2013, Taylor appeared in both the third and fourth seasons of HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones,[5] based on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R. R. Martin. In the adaptation, Taylor plays the character of Locke, an original character of the television series, who serves as a condensed version of several characters of the books, most notably the ruthless and sadistic mercenary leader Vargo Hoat.

Personal life[edit]

When not acting, Taylor draws and paints, and is also an accomplished musician, playing viola and French horn as a young teenager, and guitar from the age of 16. He plays the piano by ear. He has sung and played guitar in several of his own bands, including Honky Tonk Angels, Cardboard Box Man, Flipper & Humphrey, Access Axis, and The Thirteens, a country-western rock band described by Taylor as, "three manic depressives playing sad angst and western music for sad people". He names Johnny Cash and Lou Reed as two of the artists he admires.

On 14 November 2012, he married Dionne Harris, an Australian fashion designer. Taylor lives in Brighton, East Sussex.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Year My Voice Broke, TheThe Year My Voice Broke Danny Embling
1989 Prisoner of St. Petersburg, TheThe Prisoner of St. Petersburg Jack
1989 Lover Boy Mick Short film
1991 Flirting Danny Embling
1991 Dead to the World Skip
1992 Road to Alice Jimmy Short film
1992 Secrets Randolf
1993 Nostradamus Kid, TheThe Nostradamus Kid Ken Elkin
1995 Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Joe Rudd
1996 Shine David Helfgott - Adolescent
1997 True Love and Chaos Dean
1997 Down Rusty Down Rusty Short film
1998 Life in the Fast Lane Jeff
1999 Simon Magus Simon Magus
1999 Escort, TheThe Escort Gem
2000 Almost Famous Dick Roswell
2001 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Bryce
2001 He Died with a Felafel in His Hand Daniel Kirkhope
2001 Vanilla Sky Edmund Ventura
2002 Max Adolf Hitler
2003 Sleeping Dictionary, TheThe Sleeping Dictionary Neville Shiperly
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Bryce
2004 Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Vladimir Wolodarsky
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Mr. Bucket
2005 Proposition, TheThe Proposition Brian O'Leary
2005 New World, TheThe New World Selway
2008 Lecture 21 Peters
2009 New Daughter, TheThe New Daughter Prof. Evan White
2010 Red, White & Blue Nate
2010 Submarine Lloyd Tate
2011 Red Dog Jack Collins
2012 Lawless Gummy Walsh
2013 Double, TheThe Double Harris
2013 Mindscape Peter Lundgren
2014 Predestination Mr. Robertson
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Dr. Carter
2014 Lost in Karastan Xan Butler
2014 Maya the Bee Movie Crawley English dub
2016 The Windmill Massacre Nicholas Cooper
2016 Free Fire Gordon
2016 Menkoff Method, TheThe Menkoff Method Max Menkoff
2018 Skyscraper Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dadah Is Death Andrew Barlow Television film
1989 Bangkok Hilton Billy Engels 2 episodes
1990 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Tony Waterson Episode: "Glittering Prizes"
1990 Last Crop, TheThe Last Crop Craig Sweeney Television film
1991 Boys from the Bush Vince Episode: "Multi Culture"
1991 Inspector Morse Dave Harding Episode: "Promised Land"
1993 G.P. Dr. Martin Lloyd Episode: "Infected"
1993 Joh's Jury Brad Television film
1997 Water Rats Ronny Jefferson Episode: "The Witness"
1997 Frontier George Anderson TV miniseries
2010 Rake Stanley Shrimpton Episode: "R vs Lorton"
2012 Borgias, TheThe Borgias Mortician 2 episodes
2012 Hatfields & McCoys Lark Varney 2 episodes
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Locke 8 episodes
2014 Peaky Blinders Derby Sabini 6 episodes
2015 Powers Johnny Royalle 10 episodes
2015 And Then There Were None Thomas Rogers 2 episodes
2016 Deep Water Nick Manning 4 episodes
2017 Preacher Adolf Hitler

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