Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is an English-Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage David Helfgott in Shine, Locke in HBO series Game of Thrones, 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.
Taylor in 2016
Noah George Taylor|
4 September 1969
London, England, U.K.
|Residence||Brighton, East Sussex, England, U.K.|
|Occupation||Actor and artist|
|Spouse(s)||Dionne Harris (m. 2012)|
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Taylor, elder of two sons, was born in London, England, the son of 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. His parents divorced when he was 14. Taylor left both school and home at 16 with no intention of becoming an actor; a friend, however, suggested that he try the theatre as "something to do at the weekends", and Taylor found the experience so enjoyable that he opted to make it his career.
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 Thandie Newton with Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts in early 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.)
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, apparently, on the memories 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.
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. Taylor also starred in Simon Rumley's mystery thriller Red White & Blue, which had its world premiere as part of the SXSW Film Festival in March 2010. In 2011, he released his first EP Live Free or Die!!! with his band 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||Life in the Fast Lane||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||Preacher||Adolf Hitler||6 episodes|
- Noah Taylor profile, filmreference.com; accessed 5 March 2016.
- SXSW '10: Official Festival One Sheet for 'Red White & Blue'
- SXSW '10: Second Character Teaser for 'Red White & Blue'
- Mess+Noise: Noah Taylor & The Sloppy Boys – Live Free Or Die!!!
- "Game of Thrones' Noah Taylor on Locke, Jaime Lannister's Hand, and Being a TV-Less Luddite". vulture.com. 5 May 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Noah Taylor: 'I'm more of a cat person'