Joel Edgerton (born 23 June 1974) is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in the films Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) as a young Owen Lars, King Arthur (2004) as Gawain, Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Great Gatsby (2013), Black Mass (2015), Loving (2016), Bright (2017), Red Sparrow (2018), and The King (2019).
Edgerton at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||23 June 1974|
Prospect, New South Wales, Australia
|Alma mater||University of Western Sydney|
|Relatives||Nash Edgerton (brother)|
In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in the drama series The Secret Life of Us (2001–02), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama. He has also appeared in several Australian films, such as The Square (2008), Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Wish You Were Here (2012), and Felony (2013).
In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological horror-thriller film he wrote, directed, co-produced, and in which he co-starred. Edgerton garnered further critical acclaim for his performance as Richard Loving in the 2016 historical drama Loving, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. In 2018, he wrote, directed and starred in the drama Boy Erased, about gay conversion therapy. The next year The King, which he co-wrote and starred in, was released on Netflix.
Edgerton was born in Prospect, New South Wales, the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Margarethe (van Dort) Edgerton. His mother is a Dutch immigrant, who was born in The Hague. He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991. He attended the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney, before moving on to various stage productions, including at Sydney Theatre Company.
Edgerton has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and as a young Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He played Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he won an AACTA Award in 2002. In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film. The same year, he appeared as the son of a deceased shoemaker in the British comedy Kinky Boots. He also appeared in Smokin' Aces (2006).
Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper (2007), The Square (which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother), Acolytes, and Separation City. In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009. He appeared in the Crime Drama film Animal Kingdom as Barry Baz Brown in 2010 in which he won an AFI award. He starred as fictional MMA fighter Brendan Conlon in the MMA film Warrior (2011).
In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter. He played Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 remake of The Great Gatsby. He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
In 2013, it was revealed that Edgerton and David Michôd had collaborated on writing an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henriad" plays, Henry IV, Parts 1 &  and Henry V, for Warner Bros. Pictures.
In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king. Edgerton directed, starred in, wrote, and produced the thriller The Gift, which was released on August 7, 2015. He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
In 2018, Edgerton headlined Francis Lawrence's thriller film, Red Sparrow, with Jennifer Lawrence, and based on the book by Jason Matthews. He plays Nathaniel Nash, a CIA agent who becomes involved with a Russian spy Dominika Egorova (Lawrence). In February 2018, Timothée Chalamet joined the cast of The King, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner producing, alongside Liz Watts, under their Plan B Entertainment banner. In March 2018, Edgerton joined the cast of the film.
In April 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, it was announced that a new film, The Unknown Man, will begin filming in South Australia as soon as enough of the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Directed by Thomas M. Wright, it will also star Sean Harris.
Edgerton has been a distinguished ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation for a number of years and has strong personal ties to the organisation, which works to restore people's sight in poor countries and to improve the health of Aboriginal Australians. In 2012, he visited Nepal, where he saw sight restored first hand. He has described social activism and his involvement with The Fred Hollows Foundation as "an escape" from the "materialistic life" that often surrounds an actor. The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international non-profit organization which educates and provides equipment for undersupported surgeons to help cure avoidable blindness.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1996||Race the Sun||Steve Fryman|
|2001||The Pitch||Guy||Short film|
|2001||Saturn's Return||Barney||Short film|
|2002||The Hard Word||Shane Twentyman|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||Owen Lars|
|2003||The Night We Called It a Day||Rod Blue|
|2003||Ned Kelly||Aaron Sherritt|
|2005||Kinky Boots||Charlie Price|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||Owen Lars|
|2005||The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello||Jasper Morello||Voice only|
|2006||Smokin' Aces||Hugo Croop|
|2006||Open Window||Peter Delaney|
|2007||Crossbow||The Dad||Short film|
|2009||The Waiting City||Ben Simmons|
|2009||Separation City||Simon Nicholson|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Metal Beak||Voice only|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Barry Brown|
|2011||The Thing||Sam Carter|
|2012||Wish You Were Here||Dave Flannery|
|2012||The Odd Life of Timothy Green||Jim Green|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||Patrick|
|2013||The Great Gatsby||Tom Buchanan|
|2014||Exodus: Gods and Kings||Ramesses II|
|2015||Life||John G. Morris|
|2015||The Gift||Gordon "Gordo" Moseley|
|2015||Black Mass||John Connolly|
|2015||Jane Got a Gun||Dan Frost|
|2017||It Comes at Night||Paul|
|2018||Red Sparrow||Nathaniel Nash|
|2018||Boy Erased||Victor Sykes|
|2020||The Green Knight||Lord||Post-production|
|1995||Police Rescue||Andy||Episode: "Wild Card"|
|1996–1999||Water Rats||Aaron Lawrence||2 episodes|
|1997||Big Sky||Pierce Bateman||Episode: "Lost and Found"|
|1997||Fallen Angels||Scoob||Episode: "The Faust Lane"|
|1998||Wildside||Michael Savini||Episode: "#1.15"|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Baz||Television film|
|2000||The Three Stooges||Tom Cosgrove||Television film|
|2001–2002||The Secret Life of Us||William "Will" McGill||32 episodes|
|2002||Dossa and Joe||Robbo||2 episodes|
|2007||Dangerous||Senior Sergeant Mark Field||8 episodes|
|2009||Dirt Game||Shane Bevic||6 episodes|
|TBA||The Underground Railroad||Ridgeway|
|2015||The Gift||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directorial debut|
|2015||Jane Got a Gun||No||Yes||No|
|2017||It Comes at Night||No||No||Executive|
|1995||Blackrock||Toby||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1996||Dead White Males||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1997||Third World Blues||Graham||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1998||Henry IV||Prince Hal||Bell Shakespeare|
|1998||Love for Love||Valentine||Sydney Theatre Company|
|1999||Henry V||King Henry V||Bell Shakespeare|
|2007||The Pillowman||Katurian||Melbourne Theatre Company|
|2009||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski||Sydney Theatre Company|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "The Gift". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Behind The Voice Actors: Joel Edgerton". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Oh, brother". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "'Square' director, Nash Edgerton, likes keeping audiences on edge". Post-gazette.com. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Joel Edgerton And Nash Edgerton Talk 'Gringo' and Being Best Of Friends - Interviews - Articles". cinemovie.tv.
- "Ashburn House Spring newsletter 2015". Issuu.
- "The Secret Life of Us: profiles". Australian Television. 30 October 1998. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Biography for Joel Edgerton on IMDb
- ""Smokin Aces" Movie Photo: Jeremy Piven and Joel Edgerton". About.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
- "Whisper Web site". Archived from the original on 8 June 2007.
- "Separation City". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- "A Streetcar Named Desire". Sydneytheatre.com.au. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Brantley, Ben (3 December 2009). "NY Times article on A Streetcar Named Desire". Theater.nytimes.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- '+theTime+'. "'The Thing' Has Found Its First Two Hosts". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- Hassan, Genevieve (21 September 2011). "Can Warrior pack a punch in the UK?". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Lead Joel Edgerton Talks The Thing Prequel". Dreadcentral.com. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "The Thing Star Joel Edgerton Puts Remake or Prequel Argument to Rest". Dreadcentral.com. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Breakthrough & Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners". Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Davies, Luke (June 2013). "Joel Edgerton after Gatsby". The Monthly. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
With David Michôd he has written King, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts I & II, and Henry V, for Warner Bros.
- Wood, Stephanie (26 July 2014). "Australian actor Joel Edgerton hits the Hollywood big time". smh.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- Jagernauth, Kevin (3 September 2016). "Joel Edgerton Talks 'Game Of Thrones' Meets Shakespeare Project With David Michôd, 'Jane Got A Gun,' And More". Indiewire.com. Archived from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "The Gift (2015) (2015) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com.
- Jagernauth, Kevin. "Warner Bros. Boards Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' But Kiboshes Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Whitey Bulger Pic". IndieWire.com. IndieWire. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- Kroll, Justin. "Joel Edgerton Eyes Jeff Nichols Film at Warners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- Sullivan, Kevin P. (26 October 2015). "First photo from Loving with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga debuts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (8 February 2018). "Timothee Chalamet To Play King Henry V In David Michôd Netflix Film 'The King". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- Vlessing, Etan (22 March 2018). "Joel Edgerton Joins Timothee Chalamet in Netflix Drama 'The King'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Joel Edgerton Thriller 'The Unknown Man' To Shoot In South Australia". Glam Adelaide. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "Crime thriller The Unknown Man to be filmed in SA". InDaily. 20 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "Work in the Screen Industry". SAFC. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- Frater, Patrick (20 April 2020). "Joel Edgerton's 'The Unknown Man' Heads for South Australia Shoot". Variety. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
- "Charity worker is Joel Edgerton's new role".
- "An actor who doesn't want to be famous".
- "Joel Edgerton's Philanthropic Journey in Nepal".
- Galloway, Stephen; Belloni, Matthew (18 January 2016). "Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Actor Roundtable With Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and More - Actor Oscar Roundtable". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- Galloway, Stephen; Belloni, Matthew. "Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and Four More A-List Actors on Hollywood Racism, Aging and ... Peeing in Sinks?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
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