Joel Edgerton Biography
Birthday: 23 JUN
Joel Edgerton born on 23 June 1974. He is an Australian film and television actor.
Life and career:
Edgerton was born in Blacktown, Sydney. He has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned Kelly, and, most notably, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker. Edgerton's brother Nash was the stunt double for Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before moving on to various stage productions, most notably at Sydney Theatre Company – Blackrock, Third World Blues and Love for Love – and Bell Shakespeare – Henry V – as well as television series. He is known for playing the role of Will on the series The Secret Life of Us for which he was nominated for an AFI award. 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, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, in a lead role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoe maker who must find a niche market in the 21st century. He also had a significant role in the 2006 American film Smokin' Aces.
Edgerton was seen in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway in 2007 The Square, which he co-wrote and was directed by his brother Nash; Acolytes, an Australian film about teenagers who get revenge on a serial killer; and Separation City, a comedy-drama which follows the collapse of two marriages. Edgerton is currently filming the MMA movie Warrior, slated for a 2011 release by Lions Gate Entertainment. Edgerton plays the older son of Nick Nolte and older brother of Tom Hardy in the film, and is the film's main antagonist.
In 2009 he starred alongside Cate Blanchett as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Edgerton and Blanchett also appeared in a production of this play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009. On February 7, 2010, he was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s prequel to The Thing, he will portray the helicopter pilot Sam Carter.