Joel Edgerton Biography |
  • Joel Edgerton Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia

    JOEL EDGERTON most recently appeared in the highly acclaimed, award-winning drama "Zero Dark Thirty," from director Kathryn Bigelow. In the same year, he also starred opposite Jennifer Garner in Peter Hedges' "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." In June, Edgerton will star in the Sundance Film Festival drama "Wish You Were Here," under the direction of fellow Australian Kieran Darcy-Smith in his feature directorial debut.

    Edgerton has worked with Darcy-Smith before, acting alongside him in the crime drama "Animal Kingdom," from director David Michod. Edgerton was honored with an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The film received the World Cinema Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and was also awarded the AFI Awards for Best Film and Member's Choice.

    Edgerton is currently in production on "Jane Got a Gun," reteaming him with director Gavin O'Connor in the old-west, revenge drama alongside Natalie Portman. Edgerton first worked with Gavin O'Connor in "Warrior," the critically acclaimed story of an estranged family set in the world of mixed-martial arts, with Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy. That same year, Edgerton shared the screen with Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "The Thing," a prequel to the John Carpenter cult classic. His other film credits include "The Square," directed by his brother Nash Edgerton; the Australian feature "Acolytes"; "Whisper," with Josh Holloway"; the crime thriller "Smokin' Aces"; the drag comedy "Kinky Boots"; and George Lucas's "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" and "Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." He also lent his voice to the animated feature "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," from Zack Snyder, and the Academy Award®-nominated animated short "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello," performing the title role.

    In 2009, he starred as Stanley Kowalski, alongside Cate Blanchett's Blanche DuBois, in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of "A Streetcar Named Desire." The pair also performed the play to sold-out audiences at the Kennedy Center in November of that year, followed by a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in December.

    Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at the Sydney Theatre Company—"Blackrock," "Third World Blues" and "Love for Love"—and the Bell Shakespeare, where he appeared in "Henry IV." On Australian television, he is known for playing the role of Will in the long-running series "The Secret Life of Us," for which he was nominated for an AFI Award.

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