Pearce, Guy: Actor profile

Guy Pearce plays Nathan Leckie in "Animal Kingdom," the new Australian drama written and directed by David Michôd. The film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, is being released on DVD on January 18.

From an early age, Pearce was drawn to acting. His first learned his craft as a member of various theatrical groups in his hometown of Geelong, Victoria in Australia. Within days of graduating from high school, he landed his first professional acting job on the popular Australian soap opera NEIGHBOURS and became a massive teen idol. More television roles followed, but it wasn’t until his remarkable performance in director Stephan Elliot’s international cult hit, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, that his talents were truly recognized. 


Since that time, Pearce has emerged as one of cinema’s most sought-after leading men with starring roles in films such as the Oscar-winning L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, MEMENTO, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE TIME MACHINE, TILL HUMAN VOICES WAKE US, TWO BROTHERS and FACTORY GIRL. In 2007 he starred opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in DEATH DEFYING ACTS, followed by TRAITOR, with Don Cheadle, THE HURT LOCKER, opposite Ralph Fiennes, and the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel THE ROAD, with Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall. Additional film credits include BEDTIME STORIES, with Adam Sandler, and IN HER SKIN alongside Miranda Otto and Sam Neill.