Simon Lucas Baker
30 July 1969
(m. 1998; sep. 2020)
|Children||3 including Stella|
Simon Lucas Baker (born 30 July 1969) is an Australian actor in television and film, as well as a director. He is known for his lead roles in the television series The Mentalist as Patrick Jane and The Guardian as Nicholas Fallin and has starred in several Hollywood films.
Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania. His father, Larry, was a mechanic and school caretaker, and his mother, Liz, was a high school English teacher.[better source needed] He has an older sister, two half-brothers and a half-sister. Baker's family moved to New Guinea when Baker was nine months old. His parents' marriage ended when he was two and his father did not get in touch until Baker was an adult. His mother remarried to Tom Denny, a butcher, but Baker did not get on well with his stepfather. His mother and stepfather later divorced.
Baker spent part of his childhood living in the suburbs of Sydney but he mainly grew up in the Northern Rivers coastal town of Lennox Head, New South Wales. He attended high school at Ballina High School and Trinity Catholic College. Baker has been an avid surfer since his youth and he considers surfing and the relationships with his surfing friends an important part of his upbringing.
Baker's first acting role was in a commercial. He got the role while waiting for a friend to audition when he himself was asked to audition for it. Before working in Hollywood, he acted in various Australian television shows such as E Street (as Sam Farrel: 1992–1993), Home and Away (as James Hudson: 1993–1994), and Heartbreak High (as Tom Summers: 1996). In 1993, Baker won the Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent.
In 2010, he was earning US$350,000 per episode of The Mentalist. Shortly after, he signed a contract that delivered a payment of US$30 million for his role as Patrick Jane.
In film, he is known for his roles as Max Rourke in the remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring Two, Riley Denbo in Land of the Dead and Christian Thompson in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.
On 2 October 1998, Baker married Australian actress Rebecca Rigg after five years of living together. Baker told The Ellen Degeneres Show that one of their two weddings was held on the beach at Carmel. They have a daughter and two sons: Stella (b. 1993), Claude (b. 1998), and Harry (b. 2001). Baker and Rigg separated in April 2020.
|1997||L.A. Confidential||Matt Reynolds||Credited as Simon Baker Denny|
|1997||Most Wanted||Stephen Barnes||Credited as Simon Baker-Denny|
|1998||Restaurant||Kenny||Credited as Simon Baker-Denny|
|1998||Judas Kiss||Junior Armstrong||Credited as Simon Baker-Denny|
|1998||Love from Ground Zero||Eric|
|1999||Ride with the Devil||George Clyde|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Andy Greville||Television film|
|2000||Sunset Strip||Michael Scott|
|2000||Red Planet||Chip Pettengill|
|2001||The Affair of the Necklace||Rétaux de Villette|
|2004||Book of Love||David Walker|
|2005||The Ring Two||Max Rourke|
|2005||Land of the Dead||Riley Denbo|
|2006||Something New||Brian Kelly|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Christian Thompson|
|2007||Sex and Death 101||Roderick Blank|
|2007||The Key to Reserva||Roger Thornberry||Short film|
|2009||The Lodger||Malcolm Slaight|
|2009||Not Forgotten||Jack Bishop|
|2009||Women in Trouble||Travis McPherson|
|2010||The Killer Inside Me||Howard Hendricks|
|2011||Margin Call||Jared Cohen|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Guy Harrap|
|2017||Breath||Bill "Sando" Sanderson||Also director, co-producer and co-writer; adaptation of the novel of the same name|
|2018||Here and Now||Nick|
|2020||High Ground||Travis||Also executive producer|
|1992–1993||E Street||Constable Sam Farrell||Episode 1.316, additional unknown episodes|
|1993||A Country Practice||Stewart Waterman||2 episodes|
|1993||GP||Ben Miller||Episode: "A Family Affair"|
|1993–1994||Home and Away||James Hudson||19 episodes|
|1994||Which Way to the War||Pvte Stan Hawke||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1995||Naked||Unsold TV pilot|
|1995–1996||Heartbreak High||Mr. Thomas 'Tom' Summers||8 episodes|
|1996||Naked: Stories of Men||Gabriel||Episode: "Blind-Side Breakaway"|
|1996||Sweat||Paul Steadman||Episode: #1.3|
|2001–2004||The Guardian||Nick Fallin||Main cast|
|2006||Smith||Jeff Breen||7 episodes|
|2008–2015||The Mentalist||Patrick Jane||Main cast|
|2022||Roar||Adam||Episode: "The Woman Who Ate Photographs"|
|2024||Boy Swallows Universe (TV series)||Robert Bell||Main cast|
Awards and nominations
|1993||Logie Awards||E Street||Most Popular New Talent||Won|
|2000||Australian Film Institute Awards||Secret Men's Business||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series||Nominated|
|2002||Golden Globe Awards||The Guardian||Best Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Television Series||Nominated|
|2002||Family Television Awards||The Guardian||Best Actor||Won|
|2004||Logie Awards||E Street||Most Popular Overseas Star||Nominated|
|2005||Prism Awards||The Guardian||Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline||Nominated|
|2009||Golden Globe Awards||The Mentalist||Best Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Television Series (season 2)||Nominated|
|2009||Emmy Awards||The Mentalist||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (season 1)||Nominated|
|2009||People's Choice Award||The Mentalist||Best new series (season 1: with cast)||Won|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Awards||The Mentalist||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (season 2)||Nominated|
|2011||Phoenix Film Critics Society||Margin Call||Best Cast (or Best Ensemble Acting)||Nominated|
|2011||Gotham Awards||Margin Call||Best Ensemble Performance||Nominated|
|2014||People's Choice Award||The Mentalist||Favourite TV Crime Drama (season 5: with cast)||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Award||The Mentalist||Favourite Crime Drama TV Actor||Nominated|
|2015||People's Choice Award||The Mentalist||Favourite TV Crime Drama (season 6: with cast)||Nominated|
|2018||AACTA Awards||Breath||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|2018||AACTA Awards||Breath||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2018||AACTA Awards||Breath||Best Direction||Nominated|
|2018||AACTA Awards||Breath||Best Film||Nominated|
|2021||AACTA Awards||High Ground||Best Lead Actor||Nominated|
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