Sullivan Stapleton is an Australian actor who is best known for his roles in the SKY (BSkyB)/Cinemax/HBO television series Strike Back, Animal Kingdom and Cut Snake. He is currently starring in the NBC crime drama Blindspot which premiered on September 21, 2015. Stapleton played the lead role, Greek leader Themistocles, in the film 300: Rise of an Empire in 2014. He was honoured on 24 October 2013 with a Breakthrough Award at an exclusive Australians in Film Benefit Dinner held in Los Angeles.
Stapleton was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He was eight years old when he and his younger sister, actress 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. Stapleton’s younger brother Joshua Stapleton also launched into acting in early childhood following his brother’s footsteps yet along with pursuing talents in Dance and Musical Theatre.
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.
Before landing a role as Josh Hughes in Australian soap opera Neighbours in 1998, he appeared in a string of little-seen features and homegrown dramas. Other notable roles include Justin Davies in the Australian televised serial The Secret Life Of Us between 2003 and 2005, Fearless in the motion picture December Boys, special agent Wilkins in the mainstream feature, The Condemned. But it was with Stapleton’s performance in the Academy Award nominated film Animal Kingdom, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, that he made an international breakthrough.
When Animal Kingdom won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival interest in him sparked on two continents and his career has taken him across the globe. He made his second appearance in the Underbelly, 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. Previously he played Pat Barbaro in Underbelly in 2008.
In early 2014, Stapleton was in Thailand for the filming of the TV series Strike Back. In February on a night out in Bangkok after work, he fell off a tuk-tuk and suffered a head injury that left him in a coma. Shooting for the show was paused for six months to allow his full recovery. Airing of the final season was also pushed to 2015.
Sullivan Stapleton Movies and Tv Shows
- Blindspot (TV Show)
- Strike Back (TV Show)
- 300: Rise Of An Empire (Movie)
- The Secret Life of Us (TV Show)
- Animal Kingdom (Movie)
- Strike Back: Project Dawn (TV Show)
- The Condemned (Movie)
- December Boys (Movie)
- Darkness Falls (Movie)
- Amy (Movie)
- Strike Back: Vengeance (TV Show)
- trike Back (TV Show)
- ET Canada (TV Show)
- Today (TV Show)
- Harry (TV Show)
- Rachael Ray (TV Show)
- Late Night With Seth Meyers (TV Show)
- Live With Kelly and Ryan (TV Show)
- The Wendy Williams Show (TV Show)
- Last Call with Carson Daly (TV Show)
- Today (TV Show)
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Show)