Anthony Hayes (actor)

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Anthony Hayes
Born (1977-09-21) 21 September 1977 (age 43)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Other namesTony Hayes
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Polly Smyth

Anthony Hayes (born 21 September 1977) is an Australian actor, best known for his roles in War Machine , The Light Between Oceans , The Slap , Look Both Ways , The Boys , Rabbit-Proof Fence , Animal Kingdom and soap opera Paradise Beach .



Apart from acting in numerous films and television shows, he also wrote, directed and produced the films Ten Empty (2008), New Skin (2002) and Sweet Dreams (2002). Ten Empty had its World Premiere at the Sydney Film Festival (2008). The screenplay was nominated for 2007 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. New Skin (2002) won the Dendy Award at the 2002 Sydney Film Festival and won Hayes an IF Award as best emerging director. Sweet Dreams (2002) was voted most popular film by the audience at the St Kilda Film Festival in 2003. Hayes also earned AFI and Film Critics Circle award nominations for The Boys.

Hayes received AFI and Film Critics Circle award nominations for best supporting actor in The Square (2009), and won for Look Both Ways (2005) and Suburban Mayhem (2006). [1]

He is a co-founder of Rogue Stars Productions [2] with fellow actors Brendan Cowell and Leland Kean [1] in 1999. [3]

Although primarily a screen actor, Hayes does voice over work as well. [4]

Joel Edgerton nicknamed him "The King of Western Grit" during the shooting of The Square , [5] The moniker later became the name of a Facebook page, with a collection of movie posters with Hayes' face on them.


In April 2015, Hayes was an organiser of the #saveourboys video featuring (among many Australian citizens) Film/celebrities including: Bryan Brown, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Joel Edgerton, Luke Hemsworth, Brendan Cowell and Peter Helliar. [6] The video called upon Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to step up and secure the lives of reformed drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in the last 24 hours before their execution. In the video, Hayes himself said: "show some ticker Tony Abbott. Get to Indonesia. It's your job." The video went viral and amassed much support on social media pages. Despite many stating the government had done all it can leading up to their deaths, it was later revealed by human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC that a number of avenues could have been taken. [7]


Feature films

TBA Gold with Zac Efron, Susie Porter
2019 Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Colonel Colin Townsend
2017 Cargo Vic Carterwith Martin Freeman, Caren Pistorius
2017 War Machine Lt. Commander Pete Duckman
2016 The Light Between Oceans Vernon Knuckeywith Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
2014Redfern Now: Promise Mewith Wayne Blair, Daniela Farinacci, Lisa Flanagan
2014 Healing Warrenwith Hugo Weaving, Don Hany, Xavier Samuel
2014 The Rover Soldier 1with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson & Scoot McNairy
2013The Broken ShoreRick Hopgoodwith Don Hany, Claudia Karvan
2012Jack Irish: Bad DebtsVin McKillopwith Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen
2012The King Is Dead!Escobarwith Roman Vaculik, Michaela Cantwell, Lily Adey
2012BeaconsfieldPat Ballwith Shane Jacobson, Lachy Hulme, Cameron Daddo
2011 Burning Man Brianwith Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Bojana Novakovic
2010 Beneath Hill 60 Captain William McBridewith Jacqueline McKenzie, Brendan Cowell & Steve Le Marquand
2010 Animal Kingdom Detective Justin Norriswith Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Joel Edgerton & Mirrah Foulkes
2009 Prime Mover Salesman / Mechanic - Business Man / Foremanwith Michael Dorman, Emily Barclay, Ben Mendelsohn
2008 The List Dalewith Nicole da Silva, Nash Edgerton & Kieran Darcy-Smith
2008 The Square Greg "Smithy" Smithwith David Roberts, Joel Edgerton & Claire van der Boom
2008 Newcastle Dannywith Lachlan Buchanan & Rebecca Breeds
2007 West Kenwoodwith Khan Chittenden & Gillian Alexy
2006 Suburban Mayhem Kennywith Emily Barclay, Michael Dorman & Robert Morgan
2005 Look Both Ways Andy Walkerwith William McInnes & Justine Clarke
2004Get Rich QuickSpudwith Marshall Napier
2003 Ned Kelly Sergeant Kennedywith Joel Edgerton
2002Heroes' MountainWoodywith Craig McLachlan
2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence The Fence Builderwith Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh
2000 Bootmen Hueywith Sam Worthington & Adam Garcia
1998 The Sugar Factory Marlowith Matt Day, Marshall Napier & Sam Healy
1998 The Boys Stevie Spraguewith David Wenham & Toni Collette

Short films

2012Dumpy Goes to the Big SmokePortlywith Eden Falk, Emily Tomlins
2008BleedersHarmlesswith Joe Bugner, Robert Mammone
2006The Bridgewith Haitham Al'Maan, Anna Cato, Rayne Coram
2005 The MechanicalsLX Manwith Anthony Phelan, Justin Smith (Australian actor)
2005The Heartbreak TourTimwith Toby Schmitz
2002New SkinMaxwith Jessica Napier & Marshall Napier


2018 Mystery Road Ryan MullerTV miniseries
2018 Strangers Michael CohenTV miniseries
2015GallipoliLieutenant Anthony Chandler2015 Miniseries
2014Secrets & LiesIan CornielleTV series
2013Mr & Mrs MurderRalph AlonsoTV series
2012 Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms Colin "Caesar" CampbellMiniseries
2012Devil's DustBernie BantonMiniseries
2011 The Slap GaryMiniseries
Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2011SLiDEStaceyTV series
2011Sea PatrolHenryTV series
2010RushOliver GinsbergTV series
2010Killing TimeJohn BondTV series
2010Rescue Special OpsZac Westonepisode "Shock Jock"
2010RawLukeEpisode # 2.4
2008 Review with Myles Barlow Drug LordEpisode # 1.1 - next to Ray Jay
2007 Bastard Boys Sean McSwainwith Colin Friels
2006 Two Twisted Julian Knoxappeared in the episode "Call Back"
2004 McLeod's Daughters Jack Mcleodepisode "A McLeod Daughter" - along with Sarah Enright & Josef Ber
2004BlackJack: Sweet ScienceBrad Andersonwith Alex O'Loughlin, Colin Friels & Vince Colosimo
2003Fat Cow MotelFrank MerryweatherEpisode # 1.13
1995–2003 Blue Heelers Calvin Baker3 episodes
2002 White Collar Blue John SantosEpisode # 1.17
2001 Tracey McBean Shamus Wong
2000–2002 Farscape Molnon - Wa2 episodes: "Taking the Stone" & "I-Yensch, You-Yensch"
2001 Changi Gordon Yates5 episodes
1998–1999 All Saints Krys Goretski2 episodes: "Truth and Consequences: Part 1" & "The Price You Pay"
1998 Murder Call Eddie Lambepisode "A Dress to Die For"
1998 Water Rats Jarredepisode "Heads or Tales"
1998 Wildside Danny Thompsonappears in episode # 1.7
1997 Fallen Angels Roach3 episodes
1996Naked: Stories of MenYoung Gibboepisode "Coral Island"
1996 Twisted Tales Damienepisode "Third Party"
1996 Halifax f.p.: Cradle and AllKennywith Peter Hardy
1995The Last BulletJames
1995 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Zack Reillyepisode "The Reilly Gang"
1995 Ocean Girl Michael "Mick" Byrne13 episodes
1995 Correlli Gazzawith Hugh Jackman
1995 GP Alex Milanakosepisode "Trapped"
1995 Fire Slasherepisode "Glory Days"
1993 Paradise Beach Ritchie Grommet
1992 The Adventures of Skippy Jim Hartleyepisode "Skippy and the Runaway"
1991 Animal Park Damien Halliday

Director, writer and producer

TBA Gold writer, director & producer
2008Ten Emptywriter, director & producer
2002New Skinwriter, director & producer
2002Sweet Dreamswriter, director & producer

Awards and nominations

2018Silver Logie Best Supporting ActorLogie Awards7 Types of AmbiguityNominated
2015Winner Best Actor in a Television DramaGolden Nymph. Monte Carlo TV awardsSecrets and LiesWon
2013Winner Silver Logie.Most outstanding actor in a Drama Series Devil's Dust Won
2013Nominated Best Actor in a Television Drama.Seoul Drama Awards Devil's Dust Nominated
2013Nominated AACTA award.Best Actor in a television drama or mini series. Devil's Dust Nominated
2013Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Devil's Dust Won
2012Nominated Best Actor in A television Drama.Monte Carlo TV awards The Slap Nominated
2012Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Equity Awards The Slap Won
2009Best Supporting ActorFCCA Award The Square Nominated
2008Best Supporting ActorAFI Award The Square Nominated
2006Best Supporting ActorAFI Award Suburban Mayhem Won
2005Best Supporting ActorAFI Award Look Both Ways Won
2002Best Rising TalentIF Award
2002Best FilmAudience AwardSweet DreamsWon
2002Best Short Film Over 15 minutesAward for Australian Short FilmNew SkinWon
1999Best Supporting Actor - MaleFCCA Award The Boys Nominated
1998Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleAFI Award The Boys Nominated

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