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Guy Pearce Background, Career and Filmography

Guy Pearce

Guy Edward Pearce was born in 1967. He is an Anglo-Australian actor and musician. He is well known for having starred in the role of Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours and in films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Road, The King’s Speech, Prometheus and Iron Man 3.

In Australian cinema, he has appeared in The Proposition, Animal Kingdom, The Rover, Holding the Man and The Wizards of Aus. He has won an Emmy Award and received nominations for Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and AACTA Awards. Since 2012, he has played the title role in the TV adaptations of the Jack Irish stories by Australian crime writer Peter Temple.

Guy Pearce Background

Pearce was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK. His mother, Anne Pearce was from County Durham, England; she was a schoolteacher specialising in needlework and home economics. His father, Stuart Pearce was a New Zealand-born RAF Squadron leader and Harrier test pilot who died flying a GAF Nomad when Pearce was eight.

When he was three years old, Pearce moved to Geelong, Victoria, Australia, where his mother taught at Matthew Flinders Girls High school. He attended the Geelong College, a local private school and was a member of the GSODA Junior Players. At the age of 16 he was a competitive amateur bodybuilder, leading to the title of Junior Mr. Victoria. He also took part in fencing. He lived in Box Hill North, Victoria in the late 1980s while working on the Australian drama series Neighbours.

Pearce starred in several theatre productions when he was young. At 17 years, whilst still at school at Geelong College, he landed his first film role; a part in “Life and Study at University”, a promotion for university study produced and directed by Peter Lane of Deakin University.


Pearce transitioned to television when he was cast in the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 1985, playing the role of Mike Young for several years. Pearce also found roles in other television series such as Home and Away and Snowy River: The McGregor Saga .

The director/producer/writer Frank Howson cast Pearce in his first three films, Heaven Tonight, Hunting and Flynn. He paid for him to go to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 for the premiere of the Howson-directed Hunting. The accompanying Howson-funded publicity campaign brought Pearce to the attention of the international film industry. He made his first major film breakthrough shortly after, with his role as a drag queen in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994. Since then, he has appeared in several US productions including L.A. Confidential, Ravenous, Rules of Engagement, Memento, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Time Machine.

Pearce portrayed pop artist Andy Warhol in Factory Girl and Harry Houdini in Death Defying Acts. He also appeared in The Road and in Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler.

Pearce continues to perform in Australian films, such as The Hard Word and the critically lauded The Proposition, written by fellow Australian Nick Cave.

In January 2009, Pearce returned to the stage after a seven-year absence. He performed in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Poor Boy, a play with music, co-written by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn.

In 2010, he appeared as playboy David, the Prince of Wales who became King Edward VIII in the award-winning film The King’s Speech. He is the eponymous lead in the Australian TV miniseries Jack Irish, an adaptation of the detective novels of author Peter Temple broadcast on the ABC network in 2012. In May 2012, Pearce was cast to star in David Michôd’s The Rover. In 2013, Pearce portrayed the villain character Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3.

Pearce had a supporting role in the Neil Armfield’s romantic-drama film Holding the Man as Dick Conigrave. The 2015 film stars Ryan Corr and Craig Stott with supporting performances from Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia and Geoffrey Rush. Holding the Man was adapted from Timothy Conigrave’s 1995 memoir of the same name.

Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Next to acting, Guy has a lifelong passion for music and songwriting. He released his first album, Broken Bones, in November 2014. Pearce appeared in a documentary special celebrating Neighbours’ 30th anniversary titled Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.

Guy Pearce Videos and Awards

Pearce appeared in Australian band Silverchair’s music video for “Across the Night” and in Razorlight’s video for “Before I Fall to Pieces.” He recorded the soundtrack for A Slipping-Down Life, singing and playing guitar on cover versions of songs by Ron Sexsmith, Vic Chesnutt and Robyn Hitchcock.

On 18 September 2011, Pearce won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his work in Mildred Pierce as Monty Beragon opposite Kate Winslet.

Guy Pearce Filmography

  1. Brimstone
  2. Genius
  3. Equals
  4. Results
  5. The Rover
  6. Hateship Loveship
  7. Iron Man 3
  8. Breathe In
  9. Lawless (2012)
  10. Prometheus
  11. Lockout Snow
  12. 33 Postcards
  13. Seeking Justice Simon
  14. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
  15. The King’s Speech
  16. Animal Kingdom
  17. I Am You
  18. The Road (2009)
  19. Fragments
  20. The Hurt Locker
  21. Bedtime Stories
  22. Traitor Ron Clayton
  23. Death Defying Acts
  24. First Snow
  25. Factory Girl
  26. The Proposition
  27. Two Brothers
  28. The Hard Word
  29. Till Human Voices Wake Us
  30. The Time Machine (2002)
  31. The Count of Monte Cristo
  32. Memento
  33. Rules of Engagement
  34. Ravenous
  35. L.A. Confidential
  36. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert