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Date Of BirthJune 14, 1977
FactStapleton has mentioned in the past that he has the title of the cult Australian movie he acted in tattooed on his arm: Animal Kingdom.

Sullivan Stapleton is an Australian actor who is best known for his roles in the television series Strike Back and Animal Kingdom. He was born on the 16th of June, 1977 in Melbourne, Australia. His parents are Judy and Peter Stapleton. He has two older sisters, Nicole and Madeleine. Stapleton attended Highvale Secondary College. He then studied drama at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Stapleton’s first major role was in the television series Blue Heelers in 1999. He then had roles in a number of Australian films and television series, including The Secret Life of Us, The Great Raid, and Animal Kingdom. In 2010, he was cast as Sgt. Damien Scott in the British television series Strike Back. The series was a huge success and ran for six seasons.

Stapleton’s other television credits include The Slap, Gangs of London, and Blindspot. He has also appeared in the films 300: Rise of an Empire and Gone. In 2020, he starred in the action film The Outpost.

Stapleton has been in a relationship with Australian actress Anna Torv since 2014. The couple have two children together.

Stapleton has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

General Info

Full NameSullivan Stapleton
Date Of BirthJune 14, 1977
Height1.85 m


SiblingsJacinta Stapleton, Joshua Stapleton


NominationsAACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies300: Rise of an Empire, Animal Kingdom, Cut Snake, Kill Me Three Times, Darkness Falls, December Boys, Gangster Squad, The Condemned, Renegades, The Hunter, Amy, Green Sails, Baby Bath Massacre, Everything Goes, City Loop, Underbelly Files: Infiltration, The Forest
TV ShowsStrike Back, Satisfaction, Blindspot

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1My aunt put my cousins into a children's modelling agency, then my mum did it with us. Me and my sister got a few TV adverts, which was good pocket money. A director saw photos of me and asked me to do a short film.


1Stapleton has mentioned in the past that he has the title of the cult Australian movie he acted in tattooed on his arm: Animal Kingdom.
2In August 2013, Australians in Film announced that Sullivan Stapleton would be honored with the organization's Breakthrough Award at an exclusive Benefit Dinner held October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.
3Sullivan is the former partner of Neighbours actress Carla Bonner. They split in late 2007 after 2 and a half years together.
4Brother of Neighbours (1985) actress, Jacinta Stapleton.




Neighbours1998TV SeriesJosh Hughes
Raw FM1998TV SeriesBucky
Amy1997/IIWayne Lassiter
Good Guys Bad Guys1997TV SeriesPaul Morello
River Street1996Chris
Baby Bath Massacre1994TV MovieAdrian
Blindspot2015-2017TV SeriesKurt Weller
Strike Back2010-2015TV SeriesSgt. Damien Scott Sgt Damien Scott
Kill Me Three Times2014Nathan Webb
Cut Snake2014Pommie
300: Rise of an Empire2014Themistokles
Gangster Squad2013Jack Whalen
The Hunter2011/IVDoug
Underbelly Files: Infiltration2011TV MovieColin McLaren
Centre Place2010James Ballintyne
Lowdown2010TV SeriesOliver Barry
Animal Kingdom2010Craig Cody
The Odds2010TV MovieWade
Sea Patrol2009TV SeriesGeoff Kershaw
Carla Cametti PD2009TV SeriesMatt Brodie
Satisfaction2007-2009TV SeriesJosh
Rush2008TV SeriesYuri
Canal Road2008TV SeriesJack Logan
Underbelly2008TV SeriesPat Barbaro
The Bloody Sweet Hit2007ShortCarl
December Boys2007Fearless
The Condemned2007Special Agent Wilkins
McLeod's Daughters2006TV SeriesDrew Cornwell
The Secret Life of Us2003-2005TV SeriesJustin Davies
Little Oberon2005TV MovieMartin
Everything Goes2004ShortJack
The Forest2003TV MovieMax
Blue Heelers1996-2003TV SeriesGethin Fox / Anthony Hood / Ian Shannon
Darkness Falls2003Officer Matt Henry
MDA2002TV SeriesBen Quilty
My Brother Jack2001TV MovieYoung Joe
Green Sails2000TV MovieInfante
City Loop2000Dom
Something in the Air2000TV SeriesWayne Taylor
Stingers1999TV SeriesMatt Wilmott
Pigs Breakfast1999TV Series
Witch Hunt1999TV MovieCraig Thomas
State Coroner1997-1998TV Series'Bullbar' Benson / Darren Pyke
Halifax f.p.1998TV SeriesHamish
The Genie from Down Under 21998TV SeriesSurfer #2


SailboatExecutive Producer post-production


Rachael Ray2016-2017TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2017TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Wendy Williams Show2016TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2015TV SeriesHimself
Comic-Con All Access 20132013TV MovieHimself
NerdHQ2013TV SeriesHimself
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Inside Film Awards2010TV SeriesHimself
Creating Animal Kingdom2010Video documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2016AFCA AwardAustralian Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorCut Snake (2014)
2016AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Lead ActorCut Snake (2014)
2016FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest ActorCut Snake (2014)
2010AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Supporting ActorAnimal Kingdom (2010)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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