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Noah Taylor
Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is a British-Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as teenage David Helfgott in Shine, Locke in HBO

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Noah TaylorTaylor in 2016BornNoah George Taylor
(1969-09-04) 4 September 1969 (age 50)
London, EnglandNationalityBritish, AustralianOccupationActor, artistYears active1987–presentSpouse(s)Dionne Harris (m. 2012)

Noah George Taylor (born 4 September 1969) is a British-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.

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Taylor, elder of two sons, was born in London to the son of Australian parents, Maggie (née Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist. He was raised in Melbourne.[1] 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 (Swinburne Senior Community school, Hawthorn, Melbourne) 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.) 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, 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 and he also played a young Romeo in the video "Romeos" from Alphaville. Taylor also starred in Simon Rumley's mystery thriller Red White & Blue,[2] which had its world premiere as part of the SXSW Film Festival in March 2010.[3] In 2011, he released his first EP Live Free or Die!!! with his band Noah Taylor & the Sloppy Boys on Z-Man Records.[4]

In 2013, Taylor appeared in both the third and fourth seasons of HBO's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones,[5] 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.[6]

Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 1987 The Year My Voice Broke Danny Embling 1989 The Prisoner of St. Petersburg Jack 1989 Lover Boy Mick Short film 1991 Flirting Danny Embling 1991 Dead to the World Skip 1992 Road to Alice Jimmy Short film 1992 Secrets Randolf 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 1999 The 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 2002 Max Adolf Hitler 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 2008 Lecture 21 Peters 2009 The New Daughter Prof. Evan White 2010 Red, White & Blue Nate 2010 Submarine Lloyd Tate 2011 Red Dog Jack Collins 2012 Lawless Gummy Walsh 2013 The Double Harris 2013 Mindscape Peter Lundgren 2014 Predestination Mr. Robertson 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 Free Fire Gordon 2016 The Menkoff Method Max Menkoff 2017 Paddington 2 Phipps 2018 Skyscraper Mr. Pierce Television Year Title Role Notes 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 UTRAX Scientist 3 episodes References
  1. ^ Noah Taylor profile,; accessed 5 March 2016.
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (5 February 2010). "SXSW '10: Official Festival One Sheet for 'Red White & Blue'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ Miska, Brad (22 February 2010). "SXSW '10: Second Character Teaser for 'Red White & Blue'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (5 May 2014). "Game of Thrones' Noah Taylor on Locke, Jaime Lannister's Hand, and Being a TV-Less Luddite". New York Media LLC. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ 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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