Simon Baker (born July 30, 1969) is an Australian film and television actor.Baker was a champion sportsman who competed at state level in surfing and water polo. He began acting on Australian television during the late 1980s using the name "Simon Baker Denny". He first appeared in music video clips for Melissa Tkautz ("Read My Lips") and Aussie dance outfit Euphoria ("Love You Right") in 1991 before appearing in the successful series E Street, Home and Away and Heartbreak High. Baker relocated to the U.S. where he was occasionally known by his stepfather's surname (i.e. as Simon Baker-Denny or Simon Denny).He was cast in a small but important part as a young would-be actor in L.A. Confidential, which led to further opportunities in supporting roles in films. In 2000 he played an astronaut in Red Planet with Val Kilmer, Carrie Anne Moss and Benjamin Bratt. He played the male lead in the television series The Guardian for three seasons beginning in 2001, and also appeared in The Affair of the Necklace in 2001. He played an altruistic hero in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead. He played a distressed husband in 2004's Book of Love. Recently, he has played Brian Kelly in Something New and starred in Sex and Death 101 as Roderick Blank. He had a leading role as Jeff in the short-lived television series Smith in 2006. He had a large role as the writer Christian Thompson in the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada. He is a candidate to play Steve Trevor in the much delayed Wonder Woman movie.He has recently been cast in the lead role in the CBS series The Mentalist (to be televised in the fall of 2008) in which he plays an extremely intelligent and observational detective.Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, the son of Elizabeth Labberton, a high school English teacher, and Barry Baker, a groundskeeper and mechanic. Baker was raised Catholic. He immigrated to the United States in 1995.Baker is married to Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, and they have three children: Stella, Claude and Harry. Simon and his family resided until recently in Malibu, California, before temporarily moving back to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They have since returned to Los Angeles.
Trailer and Poster for I GIVE IT A YEAR Starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, and Anna Faris