Simon Baker

Simon Lucas Baker (born 30 July 1969) is an Australian actor and director. In his television acting career, he is known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist (as Patrick Jane) and The Guardian (as Nicholas Fallin). In his film acting career, he is best known for his roles as Max Rourke in the remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring Two, Riley Denbo in Land of the Dead and Christian Thompson in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.

Simon Baker
Baker in Paris at the French premiere of I Give It a Year, 2013
Born (1969-07-30) 30 July 1969
Other namesSimon Denny
Simon Baker Denny
OccupationActor, director
Years active1988–present
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Rebecca Rigg (m. 1998)


Before joining Hollywood, Simon Baker acted in various TV shows such as E Street (as Sam Farrel: 1992–1993), Home and Away (as James Hudson: 1993–1994), and Heartbreak High (as Tom Summers: 1996). In 1997 Baker appeared as Matt Reynolds in L.A. Confidential. He is best known for his portrayal of Patrick Jane in the television series The Mentalist and Nick Fallin in The Guardian.[1]

Personal life

He was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and grew up in Ballina, New South Wales.

Baker is close friends with actresses Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman. Watts is the godmother of his older son Claude, while Kidman is the godmother of his youngest son, Harry.

On 2 October 1998, Baker married Australian actress Rebecca Rigg after five years of living together. They have a daughter and two sons. Stella (b. 1993), Claude (b. 1998), and Harry (b. 2001) [1]

In July 2009, Baker told PopMatters that he was raised Catholic, but is now agnostic.[2]

In 2010 he was earning US$350,000 per episode of The Mentalist. Shortly after, he signed a contract that delivered a payment of US$30 million for his role as Patrick Jane.[3]


On 14 February 2013, Baker was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Baker's star can be found at 6352 Hollywood Blvd.[4]

In June 2012, Baker was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences along with 175 other individuals.[5]


Baker was selected by the French perfume house Givenchy to be the face of the fragrance Gentlemen Only.[6] The spot released 11 March 2013 also existed in a 33-second version and reached a strong YouTube audience.

Baker also featured in an 18-month ad campaign for ANZ Bank in Australia and New Zealand starting in 2012.[7]

Since 2012 he has been a Longines Ambassador of Elegance[8] and featured in "Elegance is an attitude" advertising campaign that was shot in Chantilly Racecourse[9] as well as their magazine print campaign for the same slogan[10] shot by Le Studio Production SA.

Baker fronted Samsung Electronics Australia's "Turn on Tomorrow" campaign featuring as announced in July 2010.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 L.A. Confidential Matt Reynolds Credited as Simon Baker Denny
1997 Most Wanted Stephen Barnes Credited as Simon Baker-Denny
1998 Restaurant Kenny Credited as Simon Baker-Denny
1998 Judas Kiss Junior Armstrong Credited as Simon Baker-Denny
1998 Love from Ground Zero Eric
1999 Ride with the Devil George Clyde
1999 Secret Men's Business Andy Greville Television film
2000 Sunset Strip Michael Scott
2000 Red Planet Chip Pettengill
2001 The Affair of the Necklace Rétaux de Villette
2004 Book of Love David Walker
2005 The Ring Two Max Rourke
2005 Land of the Dead Riley Denbo
2006 Something New Brian Kelly
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Christian Thompson
2007 Sex and Death 101 Roderick Blank
2007 The Key to Reserva Roger Thornberry Short film
2009 The Lodger Malcolm Slaight
2009 Not Forgotten Jack Bishop
2009 Women in Trouble Travis McPherson
2010 The Killer Inside Me Howard Hendricks
2011 Margin Call Jared Cohen
2013 I Give It a Year Guy Harrap
2017 Breath Bill "Sando" Sanderson Also director, co-producer and co-writer; adaptation of the novel of the same name
2018 Here and Now Nick


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1993 E Street Constable Sam Farrell Episode 1.316, additional unknown episodes
1993 A Country Practice Stewart Waterman 2 episodes
1993 GP Ben Miller Episode: "A Family Affair"
1993–1994 Home and Away James Hudson 19 episodes
1994 Which Way to the War Pte Stan Hawke Episode: "Pilot"
1995 Naked Unsold TV pilot
1995–1996 Heartbreak High Mr. Thomas 'Tom' Summers 8 episodes
1996 Naked: Stories of Men Gabriel Episode: "Blind-Side Breakaway"
1996 Sweat Paul Steadman Episode: #1.3"
2001–2004 The Guardian Nick Fallin Main cast

67 episodes

2006–2007 Smith Jeff Breen 7 episodes
2008–2015 The Mentalist Patrick Jane Main cast
151 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year work Award Category Result
2015 The Mentalist People's Choice Award Favourite TV Crime Drama (season 6: with cast) Nominated
2015 The Mentalist People's Choice Award Favourite Crime Drama TV Actor Nominated
2014 The Mentalist People's Choice Award Favourite TV Crime Drama (season 5: with cast) Nominated
2011 Margin Call Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
2011 Margin Call Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast (or Best Ensemble Acting) Nominated
2010 The Mentalist Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (season 2) Nominated
2009 The Mentalist People's Choice Award Best new series (season 1: with cast) Won
2009 The Mentalist Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (season 1) Nominated
2009 The Mentalist Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Television Series (season 2) Nominated
2005 The Guardian Prism Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series Storyline Nominated
2004 E Street Logie Awards Most Popular Overseas Star Nominated
2002 The Guardian Family Television Awards Best Actor Won
2002 The Guardian Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Television Series Nominated
2000 Secret Men's Business Australian Film Institute Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series Nominated
1993 E Street Logie Awards Most Popular New Talent Won


  1. "The Mentalist star Simon Baker on wife Rebecca Rigg and the children in Los Angeles". Daily Telegraph. London. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  2. "Simon ('The Mentalist') Baker snapped back just at the right time". PopMatters. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  3. Michael Essany (28 December 2010). "'The Mentalist' Star Simon Baker Inks New $30 Million Deal". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. "Simon Baker receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame". CBS News. 14 February 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  6. "Gentlemen Only GIVENCHY : TV Spot". YouTube. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  7. "Simon Baker is back in new global ANZ ads". Mumbrella. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  8. "Producing Swiss Watches Since 1832". Longines. Archived from the original on 31 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  9. "Simon Baker photo shoot for Longines at Chantilly Racecourse". YouTube. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  10. "Longines Advertising campaign with Simon Baker | Master collectio". Facebook. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  11. "Samsung's new brand ambassador, Simon Baker, launches the new Samsung Series 9 LED TV at premier event in Sydney". Samsung. Archived 13 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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