Born: September 4, 1969
Birthplace: London, England
Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is an English-Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as David Helfgott in Shine, Locke in HBO series Game of Thrones, Mr. Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Danny in the iconic Australian film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand.
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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), which starred Nicole Kidman.
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.
On 14 November 2012, he married Dionne Harris, an Australian fashion designer. Taylor lives in Brighton, East Sussex.
|1987||Year My Voice Broke, TheThe Year My Voice Broke||Danny Embling|
|1989||Prisoner of St. Petersburg, TheThe Prisoner of St. Petersburg||Jack|
|1991||Dead to the World||Skip|
|1992||Road to Alice||Jimmy||Short|
|1993||Nostradamus Kid, TheThe 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|
|1998||Life in the Fast Lane||Jeff|
|1999||Simon Magus||Simon Magus|
|1999||Escort, TheThe Escort||Gem|
|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||Sleeping Dictionary, TheThe Sleeping Dictionary||Neville Shiperly|
|2003||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||Bryce|
|2004||Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, TheThe Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou||Vladimir Wolodarsky|
|2005||Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||Mr. Bucket|
|2005||Proposition, TheThe Proposition||Brian O'Leary|
|2005||New World, TheThe New World||Selway|
|2009||New Daughter, TheThe New Daughter||Prof. Evan White|
|2010||Red, White & Blue||Nate|
|2011||Red Dog||Jack Collins|
|2013||Double, TheThe Double||Harris|
|2013||Mindscape||Peter Lundgren||AKA, Anna|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Dr. Carter|
|2014||Lost in Karastan||Xan Butler|
|2014||Maya the Bee Movie||Crawley (voice)||English version|
|2016||Windmill, TheThe Windmill||Nicholas Cooper|
|2016||Menkoff Method, TheThe Menkoff Method||Max Menkoff|
|1988||Dadah Is Death||Andrew Barlow||TV miniseries|
|1989||Bangkok Hilton||Billy Engels||TV miniseries|
|1990||Country Practice, AA Country Practice||Tony Waterson||"Glittering Prizes: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1990||Last Crop, TheThe Last Crop||Craig Sweeney||TV film|
|1991||Boys from the Bush||Vince||"Multi Culture"|
|1991||Inspector Morse||Dave Harding||"Promised Land"|
|1993||G.P.||Dr. Martin Lloyd||"Infected"|
|1993||Joh's Jury||Brad||TV film|
|1997||Water Rats||Ronny Jefferson||"The Witness"|
|1997||Frontier||George Anderson||TV miniseries|
|2010||Rake||Stanley Shrimpton||"R vs Lorton"|
|2012||Borgias, TheThe Borgias||Mortician||"Paolo", "The Beautiful Deception"|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Lark Varney||TV miniseries|
|2013-14||Game of Thrones||Locke||Recurring role|
|2014||Peaky Blinders||Derby Sabini||Main role|
|2015||Powers||Johnny Royalle||Main role|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Thomas Rogers||TV miniseries|
|2016||Deep Water||Nick Manning||TV miniseries|