Sullivan Stapleton

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Sullivan Stapleton
Sullivan Stapleton by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Stapleton in 2013.
Born(1977-06-14) 14 June 1977 (age 36)[1]
Melbourne, Victoria , Australia
NationalityAustralian
OccupationActor
Years active1986-present
 
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Sullivan Stapleton
Sullivan Stapleton by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Stapleton in 2013.
Born(1977-06-14) 14 June 1977 (age 36)[1]
Melbourne, Victoria , Australia
NationalityAustralian
OccupationActor
Years active1986-present

Sullivan Stapleton (born 14 June 1977)[1] is an Australian actor who is best known for his roles in the SKY (BSkyB)/Cinemax/HBO television series Strike Back and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival selection Animal Kingdom.

Stapleton was born in Melbourne, Victoria. His sister is actress Jacinta Stapleton.[2] In 2012, it was reported that Stapleton had been cast in the lead role in the film 300: Rise of an Empire, as the Greek leader Themistocles.[3] The Warner Bros. film is set to release on 7 March 2014.[4]

In August 2013, Australians in Film announced that Stapleton will be honored on October 24, 2013 with a Breakthrough Award at an exclusive Benefit Dinner held in Los Angeles.[5]

Biography[edit]

Sullivan Stapleton, a native from Australia, was eight years old when he and his younger sister Jacinta Stapleton, six at the time, joined an acting and modelling agency. The idea first came to their aunt who signed her kids with the agency. She then asked her nephew and nieces if they would like to join and their mother signed them in.[6][7]

His picture caught the attention of a director who then invited him to be in his short film (about high school dropouts at a party where girls were dying, without the graphic violence). Pleased by his performance, the director qualified him as gifted and encouraged him to pursue acting.[7]

Stapleton received training at Melbourne's St. Martin's Theater. He studied drama and theater at Sandringham Secondary College (in Sandringham, Victoria, Australia).[8] He launched his career in Australia.[8] He got his actors' union card at the age of 9 (in 1986) and at the age of 11 he started working in ads.[9] His first onscreen acting performance was in the 1994 Australian TV-movie Baby Bath Massacre as Adrian.[8][10]

Between acting jobs, Stapleton did several types of work: modeling, cleaning animal cages in a pet shop, working as a grip (taking care of the camera equipment) in a considerable number of films and TV productions (The Elephant Princess, Rush, Tangle)[9] in front and behind the camera, working on building sites, and assisting carpenters.[7][8][9][11][12]

Before landing a role as Josh Hughes in Australia's soap opera Neighbours in 1998, he appeared in a string of little-seen features and homegrown dramas.[10] Other outstanding works include Justin Davies in the Australian televised serial The Secret Life Of Us (between 2003 and 2005),[13] Fearless in the motion picture December Boys (released in 2007), special agent Wilkins in the mainstream feature, The Condemned (an American action film distributed in 2007).[14] But it was with his performance in the Academy Award-winning film Animal Kingdom, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, that he made an international breakthrough.[7][10][13]

When Animal Kingdom won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival interest in him sparked on two continents[9] and his career has taken him across the globe.[11] He made his second appearance in the Underbelly (series), an Australian true crime drama television series. This time he was the lead character, Colin McLaren in Underbelly Files: Infiltration, an endurance test and the first challenging shoot of his career.[9] Previously he played Pat Barbaro in Underbelly (TV series) (episode Suffer the Children) in 2008.[9][11]

Sullivan Stapleton had a two and a half years relationship with Australian actress Carla Bonner. They split in 2007.[8][15] He first met with Australian television personality Jo Beth Taylor in Melbourne (in 2004). She found him on Facebook and the two reconnected in 2010. [16] Their first appearance together as a couple was at the 2010 Kodak Inside Film Awards Red carpet (November 14 2010) at Sydney City Recital Hall, Angel Place.[17] The relationship ended a few months before September 2011.[8][18]

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