Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in the films ', ' as a young Owen Lars, Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, Black Mass, Loving, Bright, Red Sparrow, and The King.
In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in the drama series The Secret Life of Us, 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, Animal Kingdom, for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Wish You Were Here, and Felony.
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.

Early life

Edgerton was born in Prospect, New South Wales, the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Margarethe 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 ' and '. 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.
Edgerton appeared in the film Whisper, The Square, 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.
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 , 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 2016, he starred in the Jeff Nichols films Midnight Special and Loving, and in 2017, he starred in the film Bright as Officer Nick Jacoby, an orc who is a cop.
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. 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 an 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 that educates and provides equipment for undersupported surgeons to help cure avoidable blindness.

Personal life

Edgerton's brother, Nash, is a stuntman and filmmaker.


Acting Roles


Denotes films that have not yet been released

1996LoadedFrogShort film
1996Race the SunSteve Fryman
1998BloodlockDannyShort film
1999Erskineville KingsWayne
2000Sample PeopleSem
2001'GuyShort film
2001Saturn's ReturnBarneyShort film
2002'Shane Twentyman
2002'Owen Lars
2003'Rod Blue
2003Ned KellyAaron Sherritt
2004King ArthurGawain
2005Kinky BootsCharlie Price
2005'Owen Lars
2005'Jasper MorelloVoice only
2006Smokin' AcesHugo Croop
2006Open WindowPeter Delaney
2007SpiderParamedicShort film
2007CrossbowThe DadShort film
2007WhisperVince Delayo
2008$9.99RonVoice only
2008AcolytesIan Wright
2009'Ben Simmons
2009Separation CitySimon Nicholson
2010'Metal BeakVoice only
2010Animal KingdomBarry Brown
2011WarriorBrendan Conlon
2011'Sam Carter
2012Wish You Were HereDave Flannery
2012'Jim Green
2012Zero Dark ThirtyPatrick
2013'Tom Buchanan
2013FelonyMalcolm Toohey
2014Ramesses II
2015LifeJohn G. Morris
2015The GiftGordon "Gordo" Moseley
2015Black MassJohn Connolly
2015Jane Got a GunDan Frost
2016Midnight SpecialLucas
2016LovingRichard Loving
2017It Comes at NightPaul
2017BrightNick Jakoby
2018Red SparrowNathaniel Nash
2018GringoRichard Rusk
2018Boy ErasedVictor Sykes
2019The KingFalstaff
2020The Green KnightLordPost-production


Filmmaking credits


Awards and nominations