John Noble


Date Of Birth

August 20, 1948


Australian actor and director John Noble was born on August 20, 1948 in Port Pirie, South Australia. He started his career on theater, notably as the Artistic Director of the Stage Company of South Australia. During his ten-year tenure, which began in 1977, he directed 80 plays and was partly responsible for the cultural explosion in the state. During the time, he also performed in numerous productions from all of the state’s major arts companies. He was also responsible for producing 70 new Australian plays. He also brought his performances to other countries, appearing in productions at London’s West End and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Noble brought his acting prowess to the screen in the late 1980s, making his film debut in the mystery thriller The Dreaming in 1988. In 2002, he appeared in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (with his name misspelled in the credits); the scene he was in only appeared in the extended version, but his character became more prominent in the third film in the series, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, a year later. His other films include The Nostradamus Kid, The Monkey’s Mask, Fracture, Voodoo Lagoon, Running Sacred and One Night with the King.

Noble also had a notable television career, having started with appearances in Australian and British programs. He had recurring roles in the dramas Young Lions and All Saints, and the soap opera Home and Away. In the United States, he’s played guest roles in Stargate SG-1, Journeyman, The Unit and 24, where he played Russian envoy Anatoly Markov. His first regular television role in the United States is in the science fiction series Fringe; he played the role of Walter Bishop, a brilliant scientist whose experiments has sent him to a mental institution, and now has to explain recent unnatural phenomena with his shattered memory.

After five years on Fringe, Noble joined the cast of the FOX supernatural series Sleepy Hollow as Henry Parrish. In 2015, he was cast as Sherlock's father on the CBS series Elementary.

Place of Birth

Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia

Birth Name

John Noble



Fun Facts

- He is the father of actress Samantha Noble.

- John directed over eighty plays, including the West End staging of Sons of Cain.


- National Board of Review Awards, Best Acting by an Ensemble, 2003 (for The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King)
- Screen Actors Guild Awards, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, 2004 (for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Best Acting Ensemble, 2004 (for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)


2015 Elementary
2013-2015 Sleepy Hollow (TV Series)
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (TV Series)
2013 The Good Wife (TV Series)
2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising (TV Movie)
2013 Infinity Blade III (Video Game)
2013 Friend (Short)
2013 Superman: Unbound (Video)
2008-2013 Fringe (TV Series)
2012 Dark Matters: Twisted But True (TV Series documentary)
2011 Transformers Prime (TV Series)
2011 L.A. Noire (Video Game)
2010 Risen
2010 The Last Airbender
2009 The Saboteur (Video Game)
2007 Journeyman (TV Series)
2007 The Unit (TV Series)
2007 24 (TV Series)
2007 Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji (TV Series)
2006 Voodoo Lagoon
2006 One Night with the King
2001-2006 Home and Away (TV Series)
2006 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)
2006 Running Scared
1998-2004 All Saints (TV Series)
2004 Fracture
2004 The Mystery of Natalie Wood (TV Movie)
2003/II Black (Short)
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 Young Lions (TV Series)
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2002 The Outsider (TV Movie)
2002 Stingers (TV Series)
2002 Superfire (TV Movie)
2001 The Lost World (TV Series)
2001 The Bill (TV Series)
2000 The Monkey's Mask
2000 Virtual Nightmare (TV Movie)
2000 Tales of the South Seas (TV Series)
1999 Airtight (TV Movie)
1998 Water Rats (TV Series)
1997 Big Sky (TV Series)
1993 Time Trax (TV Series)
1993 The Nostradamus Kid
1991 Police Rescue (TV Series)
1990 Call Me Mr. Brown
1989 A Sting in the Tale
1988 The Dreaming



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