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Simon Baker is an Australian actor and director with an impressive career in both film and television. Born on July 30, 1969, in Launceston, Tasmania, Baker began his career as a teenage actor in Australian television shows such as E Street and Home and Away.


In 1997, Baker moved to the United States to pursue his acting career and quickly landed roles in television shows such as The Guardian and The Mentalist. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Patrick Jane in The Mentalist, which aired from 2008 to 2015.
Baker has also had success in film, appearing in movies such as L.A. Confidential, The Devil Wears Prada, and Margin Call. He received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for his role in the film Breath.
In addition to his work in front of the camera, Baker has also directed several episodes of The Mentalist and the 2013 film Breath, which was based on the novel by Tim Winton.
Baker's Broadway debut came in 2014 when he starred in the play The Audience alongside Helen Mirren. The play, written by Peter Morgan, explored the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers throughout her reign. Baker played the role of Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Audience received positive reviews and was nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Mirren. Baker's performance was also praised, with The New York Times calling him "charismatic" and "convincing."
Following his success on Broadway, Baker returned to television and starred in the CBS drama series The Mentalist until its conclusion in 2015. He also appeared in the 2016 film High-Rise, based on the novel by J.G. Ballard.
In 2018, Baker returned to television with the Australian miniseries The Gloaming. The series, which was filmed in Tasmania, followed a detective investigating a murder in a small town. Baker played the role of Senior Detective Inspector Jack Mathieson.
Most recently, Baker has starred in the Australian film, Here Are the Young Men, which premiered at the 2020 Galway Film Fleadh. The film, based on the novel by Rob Doyle, follows a group of teenagers in Dublin who struggle with the transition to adulthood.
Throughout his career, Baker has received numerous accolades for his work, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Television Drama for his role in The Mentalist. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

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Simon Baker Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2023 - Outstanding Projection and Video Design

Simon Baker, Wuthering Heights

Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Sound Design of a Musical

Simon Baker, Girl From The North Country


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Sound Design

Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol


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Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Sound Design of a Play

Simon Baker, A Christmas Carol

Drama Desk Awards - 2019 - Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

Simon Baker, Girl from the North Country

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical

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Olivier Awards - 2012 - Best Sound Design

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Simon Baker News


GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY is Coming To The Paramount in June

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY will be performed at The Paramount in June. Learn more about the tour and see how to purchase tickets.
Review Roundup: THE ARTIST Opens at Theatre Royal Plymouth

Read the reviews for The Artist at Theatre Royal Plymouth.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Comes to Portland in June

Broadway in Portland will present the Portland engagement of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical Girl From The North Country at Keller Auditorium.
BOEING BOEING Comes to the Alhambra in June

The Alhambra Theatre & Dining will open its comedy, Boeing Boeing on May 23, 2004.  Set in the 1960’s, Boeing Boeing is a whirlwind of a farce revolving around American journalist Bernard Lawrence, who has his hands full in the romance department: he has three girlfriends, all stewardesses.
Video: Watch a Trailer for THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA at Royal Shakespeare Company

Watch a trailer for Wise Children's The Buddha of Suburbia, directed by Emma Rice, in the video here!
Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Bass Concert Hall

As many students of history know, 1929 was the beginning of a chaotic, and often tragic, decade for the United States. Seven months after a small stock market crash and recovery on March 25, the bottom fell out.
Review: A Breathtaking, Poignant Lens Shines On GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY at Straz Center

“Tonight’s story begins and ends at a guesthouse in Duluth, Minnesota, in the winter of 1934.” These were the opening words spoken by Dr. Walker, as he sets the scene. An evening of love, pain, suffering, interloped with a lush score based on the music of Bob Dylan. Girl from the North Country, is a dramatic musical with a book by Conor McPherson (The Weir), and songs with music and lyrics by the great Bob Dylan. The show made its Off-Broadway premiere at the Public Theatre from September 30, 2018- December 22, 2018. This transfer featured an all-American cast and was helmed after the successful run at London’s Old Vic a year prior, and following a limited 12-week run shortly thereafter at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.
RSC's MATILDA THE MUSICAL to Welcome New Cast Members; Booking Extended

The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda The Musical is welcoming new cast members. See who is staring and learn how to purchase tickets.
Video: Andy Karl and Cast of GROUNDHOG DAY Sing 'There Will Be Sun'

Catch a sneak peek of Groundhog Day with a clip of the cast singing an acoustic version of 'There Will Be Sun.' Groundhog Day will run at Melbourne's Princess Theatre for a strictly limited run until April 20, 2024. Watch the video here!
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Comes to Portland in June

Broadway in Portland will present the Portland engagement of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical Girl From The North Country at Keller Auditorium from June 18 - 23.
Full Cast Set For THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA at Swan Theatre

Wise Children have announced the full cast for the world première of Hanif Kureishi’s The Buddha of Suburbia – adapted by the company’s Artistic Director Emma Rice, with Kureishi.
Video: GROUNDHOG DAY Stars Andy Karl & Matthew Hamilton Dance in Style

In their stylish new suits from Calibre Australia, Andy Karl and Matthew Hamilton, the stars of GROUNDHOG DAY, display their dance prowess with flair. Watch in this video!
Tickets For GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY in Salt Lake City Go On Sale This Week

The Salt Lake City engagement of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY opens this June. Learn more about the show and find out how to get tickets here!
Photos: First Look At Andy Karl & More In GROUNDHOG DAY Australian Premiere

See brand-new photos of the Australian premiere of Tim Minchin and Danny Rubin's Groundhog Day starring Tony Award-nominee Andy Karl!
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY is Coming to the Hobby Center in Spring 2024

The critically acclaimed Broadway production of 'GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY' is coming to the Hobby Center. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Interview: Andy Karl On Returning To GROUNDHOG DAY, the Show's International Success & More

BrodwayWorld sat down with Andy Karl to find out all about him living his own personal 'Groundhog Day' down under in Melbourne, the musical's Broadway run, and more.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY is Coming to Austin in April

Critically Acclaimed Broadway Production of Girl From The North Country Premieres in Austin April 23. Tickets on sale Friday, January 26 at 10 am.
Video: Watch the 2024 West End Trailer For MATILDA THE MUSICAL

 Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of Matilda The Musical is now in its 12th year and continues to play to packed houses at the Cambridge Theatre. Watch an all new 2024 trailer for the musical in the video here!
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Comes To The Paramount This June

Premera Blue Cross Broadway at The Paramount will present the Seattle engagement of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Girl From The North Country at The Paramount Theatre from June 25 – 30.
Tim Minchin Discusses Why GROUNDHOG DAY Failed to Find an Audience on Broadway

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Tim Minchin discussed the experience of bringing Groundhog Day to Broadway, and why he thinks the show, which was a hit in London, didn't succeed in New York.

Simon Baker FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What awards has Simon Baker been nominated for?

Simon Baker has been nominated for the following awards: Outstanding Projection and Video Design at the Drama Desk Awards for "Wuthering Heights," Best Sound Design of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Girl From The North Country," Outstanding Sound Design at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Christmas Carol," Best Sound Design of a Play at the Tony Awards for "A Christmas Carol," Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Girl from the North Country," Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips," and Best Sound Design at the Olivier Awards for "Matilda The Musical."

What awards has Simon Baker won?

Simon Baker has won the Outstanding Sound Design award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Christmas Carol," the Best Sound Design of a Play award from the Tony Awards for "A Christmas Carol," and the Best Sound Design award from the Olivier Awards for "Matilda The Musical."

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