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Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is a British-born Australian character 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 Max and Preacher.
|Born||4 September 1969|
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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. Martin's Youth Theatre 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 roles included acting 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), 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 smash hit 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.
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 and 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.
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.
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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.
|1987||The Year My Voice Broke||Danny Embling|
|1989||The Prisoner of St. Petersburg||Jack|
|1989||Lover Boy||Mick||Short film|
|1991||Dead to the World||Skip|
|1992||Road to Alice||Jimmy||Short film|
|1993||The Nostradamus Kid||Ken Elkin|
|1995||Dad and Dave: On Our Selection||Joe Rudd|
|1996||Shine||David Helfgott - Adolescent|
|1997||True Love and Chaos||Dean|
|1997||Down Rusty Down||Rusty||Short film|
|1998||There's No Fish Food in Heaven||Jeff|
|1999||Simon Magus||Simon Magus|
|2000||Almost Famous||Dick Roswell|
|2001||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider||Bryce|
|2001||He Died with a Felafel in His Hand||Daniel Kirkhope|
|2001||Vanilla Sky||Edmund Ventura|
|2003||The Sleeping Dictionary||Neville Shiperly|
|2003||Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life||Bryce|
|2004||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Vladimir Wolodarsky|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mr. Bucket|
|2005||The Proposition||Brian O'Leary|
|2005||The New World||Selway|
|2009||The New Daughter||Prof. Evan White|
|2010||Red White & Blue||Nate|
|2011||Red Dog||Jack Collins|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Dr. Carter|
|2014||Lost in Karastan||Xan Butler|
|2014||Maya the Bee Movie||Crawley||English dub|
|2016||The Windmill Massacre||Nicholas Cooper|
|2016||The Menkoff Method||Max Menkoff|
|1988||Dadah Is Death||Andrew Barlow||Television film|
|1989||Bangkok Hilton||Billy Engels||2 episodes|
|1990||A Country Practice||Tony Waterson||Episode: "Glittering Prizes"|
|1990||The Last Crop||Craig Sweeney||Television film|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Vince||Episode: "Multi Culture"|
|1991||Inspector Morse||Dave Harding||Episode: "Promised Land"|
|1993||G.P.||Dr. Martin Lloyd||Episode: "Infected"|
|1993||Joh's Jury||Brad||Television film|
|1997||Water Rats||Ronny Jefferson||Episode: "The Witness"|
|1997||Frontier||George Anderson||TV miniseries|
|2010||Rake||Stanley Shrimpton||Episode: "R vs Lorton"|
|2012||The Borgias||Mortician||2 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Lark Varney||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Game of Thrones||Locke||8 episodes|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Derby Sabini||6 episodes|
|2015||Powers||Johnny Royalle||10 episodes|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Thomas Rogers||2 episodes|
|2016||Deep Water||Nick Manning||4 episodes|
|2017–2019||Preacher||Adolf Hitler||Main role (seasons 2-4)|
|2019||Hanna||Dr. Roland Kunek||3 episodes|
- Noah Taylor profile, filmreference.com; accessed 5 March 2016.
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- 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.
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- Shoard, Catherine (30 August 2012). "Noah Taylor: 'I'm more of a cat person'". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
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