Wakefield at the 2013 Tropfest
20 November 1988|
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Rhys Wakefield (born 20 November 1988) is an Australian actor and director whose films have grossed over $240 million worldwide. He first started out as a regular on the Australian TV series Home and Away where he starred in 363 episodes. He played the lead in James Cameron's thriller Sanctum, the Polite Leader in The Purge franchise and was nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film by the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Film Critics Circle for his role in The Black Balloon. Wakefield is now set to star in season 3 of HBO's True Detective as a series regular, which airs in January 2019 .
Wakefield was born in Cairns, Queensland, to a medical standards officer mother and a father who serves in the navy. Before appearing as Lucas in Home and Away, Wakefield had been acting for more than six years. He attended classes at McDonald College of Performing Arts where he won the acting scholarship in 2003, during which time he performed in numerous Shakespeare festivals, working with both Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. Wakefield graduated in 2006.
His first professional acting role was on the Australian TV series Don't Blame Me, where he appeared in two episodes.
In August 2005, Wakefield was cast as Lucas Holden in the long running Australian Soap opera Home and Away. His character was the youngest child of the Holden family until his dad Tony and stepmother Rachel had his baby brother Harry. His performance on the series led to a Logie Nomination for 'Best New Talent' in 2006. During his time on the show he was involved in a controversial storyline which led the Australian broadcasting regulator (ACMA) to conclude that scenes had breached the Australian broadcasting code, a finding which was responsible for the series being re-classified as PG.
Wakefield played his first leading role in a feature film in The Black Balloon as Thomas Mollison which led to a nomination for Best Actor by the Australian Film Institute and the Australian Film Critics Circle. The film opened on 6 March 2008 in Australia after premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, where it received the Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the Generation 14plus category.
Wakefield co-wrote and directed the short film A Man Walks Into a Bar which was a finalist at the 2013 Tropfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney. His screenplay, entitled Please Close the Gate was a feature finalist at the 2016 Cinequest Film Festival Screenwriting competition and was officially selected for the Beverly Hills Film festival that same year.
Deadline.com announced that Wakefield will make his directorial debut with the feature film Untitled Hollywood Hills Project, starring Nick Cannon. Wakefield wrote the script, which he produced with William Day Frank and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special, Insidious). 
|2008||The Black Balloon||Thomas Mollison||Nominated — AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|2009||Broken Hill||Scott Price|
|2013||The Purge||Polite Leader||Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2013||After the Dark||James|
|2014||Endless Love||Keith Butterfield|
|2015||Echoes of War|
|2016||Paint it Black||Michael|
|2017||You Get Me||Chase|
|2018||Untitled Hollywood Hills Project||Evan||also director, writer, producer|
|2018||The Grand Son||Todd||also associate producer|
|2019||Dragged Into Sunlight|
|2002||Don't Blame Me||Brad||Episodes 11 & 12|
|2005–08||Home and Away||Lucas Holden||Regular role|
|2019||True Detective||Freddy Burns||Regular role|
|"An Actor Prepares"||2006||Himself|
|"Clearing the Air"||2008||David|
|"A Man Walks Into a Bar"||2013||Man, director|
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