Simon Baker: biography and latest news!

    Simon Baker © Romuald Meigneux
    Simon Baker © Romuald Meigneux

  • Job : actor
  • Real name: Simon Denny
  • Sign : Lion
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, July 30, 1969 (age: 51)
  • Country: United States

Born in 1969 in Lauceston, Australia, Simon Baker grew up with his mother, an English teacher, and his father, a mechanic. While he has been passionate about sports since childhood, Simon Baker turned to film at the age of 18. During his early years, he made numerous appearances in television series such as Tales from the Crypt, E Street, Summer Bay and Hartley Heartbreak.

Realizing that his career would not take off if he stayed in Australia, the actor and his wife Rebecca Riggs emigrated to the United States. Immediately settled, he landed a key role in the film L.A. Confidential, alongside Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe and Guy Pearce. The actor seduces Hollywood, and the directors are tearing it off to camp for supporting roles. He has starred in many successful films such as Davis Hogan’s Wanted Wanted Dead or Alive, Ang Lee’s Judas Kiss, and Anthony Hoffman’s Red Planet.

His professionalism and acting talent earned him an appearance in Adam Collis’ Sunset Strip. In 2001, Simon Baker widened his audience by getting the lead role in the television series The Protector. If the series ends after three seasons, it is however a real public success, and allows Simon Baker to obtain a nomination for the Golden Globes.

In the following years, Simon Baker diversified the characters he played. He can be found in horror films such as Le Cercle 2, or in romantic comedies such as Something New, and The Devil Wears Prada. In 2008 he played Patrick Lane, central character in the series The Mentalist. It is then the consecration for the actor: the series becomes one of the most watched series with more than 15 million viewers from the first episodes.

In spite of the resounding success of The Mentalist, Simon Baker does not forsake the cinema, once again playing alongside Kevin Spacey in Margin Call, or under the direction of Sebastian Gutierrez in Women in trouble.

On the private side, Simon Baker has been married to Rebecca Riggs since 1998. They have three children; Stella, Claude and Harry. In January 2021, the couple announced in a press release that they had been separated since April 2020.