|Born||4 September 1969|
Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is a British-born Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage David Helfgott in Shine, Locke in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Darby Sabini in the BBC One series Peaky Blinders, Mr. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Danny in the Australian cult film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand. Taylor also starred as Adolf Hitler in both the American television series Preacher and the 2002 film Max. In 2023 he starred Dr. Friedrich "Fritz" Pfeffer in A Small Light.
Taylor, elder of two sons, was born in London to Australian parents, Maggie (née Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist. His parents returned to Australia when he was five, and he grew up in Clifton Hill and St Kilda, suburbs of Melbourne.
After performing in plays at St Martins Youth Arts Centre 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 Thandiwe Newton with Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts in supporting roles.
Taylor's early screen roles included playing 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 and Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life), 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.) He also played the role of Adolf Hitler in AMC's series Preacher.
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 on the early life 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.
In 2013, Taylor appeared in both the third and fourth seasons of HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, 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.
Music video appearances
Taylor has appeared in a small number of music videos. One of his earliest screen performances was in the video for Beargarden's song The Finer Things. This video was directed by Richard Lowenstein, who then cast Taylor in a supporting role in the film Dogs in Space. Much later, 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. He also played a young Romeo in the video "Romeos" from Alphaville.
He has also performed and recorded as a musician. In 2001 he released an album Popular Music for All Peoples under the name 'C.B.M.' (Cardboard Box Man) and in 2011, an EP Live Free or Die!!! as Noah Taylor & the Sloppy Boys on Z-Man Records.
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.
|1986||Dogs in Space||Bowie Fan||Feature film|
|1986||Killer Zombies||Short film|
|1987||The Year My Voice Broke||Danny Embling||Feature film|
|1988||Dadah is Death (or A Long Way from Home)||Andrew Barlow||TV film|
|1989||The Prisoner of St. Petersburg||Jack||Feature film|
|1989||Lover Boy||Mick||Short film|
|1991||The Last Crop||Craig Sweeney||TV film|
|1991||Flirting||Danny Embling||Feature film|
|1991||Dead to the World||Skip||Feature film|
|1992||Road to Alice||Jimmy||Short film|
|1993||The Nostradamus Kid||Ken Elkin||Feature film|
|1993||Joh's Jury||Brad||TV film|
|1995||Dad and Dave: On Our Selection||Joe Rudd||Feature film|
|1996||Shine||David Helfgott - Adolescent||Feature film|
|1997||True Love and Chaos||Dean||Feature film|
|1997||Down Rusty Down||Rusty||Short film|
|1998||Woundings (or Brand New World)||Journalist||Feature film|
|1998||There's No Fish Food in Heaven (or Life in the Fast Lane)||Jeff||Feature film|
|1999||Simon Magus||Simon Magus||Feature film|
|1999||The Escort||Feature film|
|2000||The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz||Hyde Park Nutter||Feature film|
|2000||Almost Famous||Dick Roswell||Feature film|
|2001||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider||Bryce||Feature film|
|2001||He Died with a Felafel in His Hand||Daniel Kirkhope||Feature film|
|2001||Vanilla Sky||Edmund Ventura||Feature film|
|2002||Max||Adolf Hitler||Feature film|
|2003||The Sleeping Dictionary||Neville Shiperly||Feature film|
|2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life||Bryce||Feature film|
|2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Vladimir Wolodarsky||Feature film|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mr. Bucket||Feature film|
|2005||The Proposition||Brian O'Leary||Feature film|
|2005||The New World||Selway||Feature film|
|2008||Lecture 21||Peters||Feature film|
|2009||The New Daughter||Professor Evan White||Feature film|
|2010||Red White & Blue||Nate||Feature film|
|2010||Submarine||Lloyd Tate||Feature film|
|2011||Red Dog||Jack Collins||Feature film|
|2012||Lawless||Gummy Walsh||Feature film|
|2013||The Double||Harris||Feature film|
|2013||Mindscape (or Anna)||Peter Lundgren||Feature film|
|2014||Predestination||Mr. Robertson||Feature film|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Dr. Carter||Feature film|
|2014||Lost in Karastan||Xan Butler||Feature film|
|2014||Maya the Bee Movie||Crawley (voice)||Animated feature film|
|2016||The Windmill Massacre (or The Windmill)||Nicholas Cooper||Feature film|
|2016||Free Fire||Gordon||Feature film|
|2017||Paddington 2||Phibs||Feature film|
|2018||Skyscraper||Mr. Pierce||Feature film|
|2020||The Menkoff Method||Max Menkoff||Feature film|
|1987||Frontier||Convict George Anderson||TV miniseries, 3 episodes|
|1989||Dolphin Cove||Convict||TV series, 1 episode|
|1989||Bangkok Hilton||Billy Engels||TV miniseries, 2 episodes|
|1990||A Country Practice||Tony Waterson||TV series, episode: "Glittering Prizes"|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Vince||TV series, episode: "Multi Culture"|
|1991||Inspector Morse||Dave Harding||TV series, episode: "Promised Land"|
|1993||G.P.||Dr. Martin Lloyd||TV series, episode: "Infected"|
|1997||Water Rats||Ronny Jefferson||TV series, episode: "The Witness"|
|2010||Rake||Stanley Shrimpton||TV series, episode: "R vs Lorton"|
|2012||The Borgias||Mortician||TV series, 2 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Lark Varney||TV miniseries, 2 episodes|
|2013–14||Game of Thrones||Locke||TV series, 8 episodes|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Darby Sabini||TV series, 6 episodes|
|2015||Powers||Johnny Royalle||TV series, 10 episodes|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Thomas Rogers||TV miniseries, 2 episodes|
|2016||Deep Water||TV miniseries, 4 episodes|
|2017–19||Preacher||Adolf Hitler (main role)||TV series, seasons 2–4|
|2019||Hanna||Dr. Roland Kunek||TV series, 3 episodes|
|2023||A Small Light||Fritz Pfeffer (recurring role)||TV miniseries, 6 episodes|
|TBA||So Long, Marianne||George Johnston||TV series|
Music Video Appearances
|2001||Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow||Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds||Dancer|
|2001||Popular Music for All Peoples||'C.B.M.' (Cardboard Box Man)||Album|
|2011||Live Free or Die!!!||Noah Taylor & the Sloppy Boys||EP on Z-Man Records|
- Noah Taylor profile, filmreference.com; accessed 5 March 2016.
- Miska, Brad (5 February 2010). "SXSW '10: Official Festival One Sheet for 'Red White & Blue'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- Miska, Brad (22 February 2010). "SXSW '10: Second Character Teaser for 'Red White & Blue'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- Vineyard, Jennifer (5 May 2014). "Game of Thrones' Noah Taylor on Locke, Jaime Lannister's Hand, and Being a TV-Less Luddite". Vulture. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- C.B.M. – Popular Music For All Peoples (2001, CD), retrieved 29 April 2021
- Trevor (1 November 2011). "Noah Taylor & The Sloppy Boys – Live Free Or Die!!!". Mess+Noise. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
- Shoard, Catherine (30 August 2012). "Noah Taylor: 'I'm more of a cat person'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 March 2019.