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Guy Pearce, 2000 (printed 2004)

Karin Catt

type C photograph on paper (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

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Karin Catt

Guy Pearce (age 33 in 2000)

Subject professions

Performing arts

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt
Nicole Kidman, 2002 (printed 2004) Karin Catt

9 lives of Karin Catt

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has shot across the spectrum of celebrity, her subjects including rock stars, world leaders and actors.

Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt
Peter Garrett by Karin Catt

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Karin Catt Portraits

Previous exhibition, 2006

Australian photographer Karin Catt has photographed world leaders, a host of rock stars and Oscar-winning compatriots Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.