Joel Tobeck


Actor Joel Tobeck acted in a number of early titles directed by Niki Caro, including Cannes-nominated short film Sure To Rise (1994) and Caro's first feature Memory and Desire. In 1997 Tobeck won a NZ Film and TV award for Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, playing wannabe partner to Danielle Cormack's character. He re-teamed with Cormack for offbeat drama Channelling Baby, and played the bad guy in both the first Lawless telemovie (winning him another acting award) and This is Not My Life. Tobeck has also acted on American television hit Sons of Anarchy and Australian series The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

I don't have classic good looks ... but then I'd rather play the off-centre roles. I'm quite happy playing a drug addict or the bastard in the wheelchair. Joel Tobeck


Joel Tobeck: On playing the bad guys...

Interview, 2010

Mortal Engines

2018, As: City Driver (Bürgermeister) - Film

Shortland Street - Past Memories

2017, Subject - Web


2017, As: Voice of Bruce McLaren - Film


2016, As: Bunny Fuchs - Television


2016, As: Des McEwan - Television

Agent Anna

2014, As: Grant - Television


2012, As: Superintendent Sam Hoyle - Television

The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell

2010, As: Ron - Film

The Pretender - Series Two, Episode One

2008, As: Selwyn - Television

Eagle vs Shark

2007, As: Damon - Film

The Pretender

2005 - 2008, As: Selwyn - Television


2009, As: Joel Tobeck - Television

Perfect Strangers

2003, As: Bill - Film

Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, As: Cornell Van der Velter - Television

Jackson's Wharf

1999 - 2000, As: Greg Smith - Television

Channelling Baby

1999, As: Tony - Film


1999, As: Terry Bowers - Television

Memory and Desire

1998, As: Nod - Film

Share the Dream

1997, As: Bosco - Television

Topless Women Talk about Their Lives

1997, As: Neil - Film

Topless Women Talk about Their Lives - Episode Two

1995, As: Neil - Television

Topless Women Talk about Their Lives - First Episode

1995, As: Neil - Television


1995, As: Mog - Short Film

The Call Up

1995, As: Turner - Television

Topless Women Talk about Their Lives (Series)

1995, Neil - Television

Old Bastards

1994, As: Waiter - Short Film

Sure to Rise

1993, As: Parachutist - Short Film

Shortland Street

1996, 2015 - 2016, As: Craig Develter, Jimmy Isaac - Television

Moonrise (aka Grampire)

1992, As: McDonald's cashier - Film

Shortland Street - Highlights from the first 15 years

1996, As: Craig Develter - Television

The Summer the Queen Came

1992, As: Miles - Television

1990 Commonwealth Games promo - Join Together

1989, As: Running soldier - Commercial

Strangers - Episode One

1989, As: Ludo - Television

Just Me and Mario

1989, As: Customer - Short Film