In 2010, Simon Baker was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama," as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series." Baker was also a 2009 Emmy® Award nominee for "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" for his role in THE MENTALIST.
Baker's film credits include Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed LA Confidential; Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil; Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside Me; George Romero's Land of the Dead; David Frankel's international box office hit The Devil Wears Prada; the sequel to The Ring with Naomi Watts; the indie Sundance competition favorite Book of Love and the interracial love story, Something New. He also worked alongside Kevin Spacey and an all-star cast in the critically acclaimed Margin Call, which was recognized with several awards including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He will next be seen in the British comedy, I Give it a Year, with Rose Byrne and Anna Faris, which is currently opening in the UK to great reviews. He also recently joined with Oscar®-winning producer Mark Johnson to acquire the Tim Winton novel Breath, which they plan to adapt and co-produce as a feature film.
Prior to THE MENTALIST, Baker was known for his striking performance as Nick Fallin in the drama The Guardian. Throughout his career, Baker has pursued his interest in directing, beginning with an episode of The Guardian and more recently, several episodes of THE MENTALIST. Baker was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on Feb. 14, 2013.
Recently, Baker became the face of Givenchy's new men's fragrance, "Gentlemen Only," and is a brand ambassador for the Swiss watch company Longines.
His involvement with Artists for Peace and Justice, focused on rebuilding infrastructure in Haiti, led to a friendship with Mending Kids International. He is also involved with the organization Life Rolls On and their flagship program "They Will Surf Again," which pushes the boundary of possibility for those with spinal cord injuries. He actively supports Planned Parenthood and The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.
A native of Australia, Baker now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he likes to surf. His birth date is July 30.