Simon Baker was born on July 30, 1969 in the city of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Spending a great deal of his childhood and young adulthood in Australia, Baker received his first acting recognition when he was awarded the Australian Logie award for best new talent in 1992. At this point in Baker’s career he decided if he wanted to make a living in the entertainment field he needed to relocate to Los Angeles.
Simon Baker’s US acting career was launched when he was cast in the television series Home and Away and Heartbreak High. It was in 1997 when Simon was cast as Matt Reynolds in L.A. Confidential opposite the talented Kevin Spacey that his career really started to blossom. Baker was building his resume but wasn’t yet a household name. During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Baker was cast in various roles including Michael Scott in Sunset Strip and Chip Pettengill in Red Planet.
When Baker returned to the television screen in 2000 he was cast in the TV series The Guardian which really put his acting career on the fast track. Baker played Nick Fallin the hotshot lawyer who gets arrested for drugs and is sentenced to perform community service. The Guardian aired for three season from 2001-2004 and really put Simon Baker on the radar.
Through the latter part of 2000 the roles and performances became more impressive as Baker was cast as Jack Bishop in Not Forgotten and Christian Thompson in The Devil Wears Prada. The turning point for Simon Baker came in 2008 when he was offered the role of Patrick Jane in the crime/drama The Mentalist. Patrick Jane is a witty and talented mentalist who helps the California Bureau of Investigations capture criminals with his ability to read people. Simon Baker is a perfect fit for The Mentalist cast as he provides a great balance of dramatic and comedic skills.
Simon Baker continues to expand his acting resume and popularity. Lately he has been making the talk show rounds, which is a good indicator of the career success of an actor. Most recently Baker is working on the film Margin Call where he will play the role of Jared Cohen. Baker will once again share the screen with Kevin Spacey in Margin Call.