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Guy Pearce
, 2000 (printed 2004)

by Karin Catt

type C photograph (sheet: 50.6 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 48.4 cm x 48.0 cm)

Guy Pearce (b. 1967), actor, was born in Ely, England, and arrived in Australia at the age of 3. After a five-year stint in Neighbours (1986-1990), and a year-long tour as Danny in a production of Grease, Pearce landed a principal role in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) as flamboyant Felicia Jollygoodfellow. The film's international success brought him to the attention of Hollywood, and led to his being cast with Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential (1997). As the driven Ed Exley, Pearce was a revelation. His subsequent films have included the cannibalism romp Ravenous (1999), Rules of Engagement (2000), the acclaimed Memento (2001), The Time Machine (2002), in which he reprised the role originally played by fellow Australian Rod Taylor, and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He has also made Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002), The Hard Word (2002) in Australia as well as Nick Cave and John Hillcoat’s The Proposition (2005). More recently he has appeared in TV miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011) for which he won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as Jack Irish (2016). He has appeared in Hurt Locker (2008), the King’s Speech (2010), Animal Kingdom (201), Prometheus (2012), and Flammable Children (2017) with Kylie Minogue.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2005
Accession number: 2005.108