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The saying that behind every successful man is a pillar of support and inspiration in the form of a woman holds true for the Australian actor and director Simon Baker. He has been married to the same woman for two decades and does not cease to accredit her for his success both at home and on screen. We shall look at the woman who the Aussie blond is hooked to. Prior to that, let’s take a peek at his profile.
Simon was born July 30, 1969, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia but did much of his growing up in Ballina, a town in New South Wales, Australia. He is best known for his role on the TV series The Guardian and The Mentalist as Nicholas Fallin and Patrick Jane respectively. Simon also caught many a thousand hearts when he portrayed a writer, Christian Thompson, ‘s love interest in The Devil Wears Prada.
His numerous silver screen credits include Home and Away, E Street, the Academy Award-winning film L.A. Confidential, Sunset Strip, Land of the Dead, The Ring Two, The Killer Inside Me, Margin Call, Best Day of My Life and others. He has also done a number of adverts for top-notch brands including Givenchy, Longines, AZL Bank. Also acclaimed for his good looks, he was voted among People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (2002) and its 100 Most Beautiful People (2009).
The 5′ 10½” (1.79 m) tall actor made his directorial debut with the movie Breath which he wrote and also starred in. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2013, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the previous year, in June. Now on to the actor’s wife, family and children.
Wife – Rebecca Rigg
Simon Baker has been with one woman for more than 20 years and seems to fall in love with her all over again with each passing day. The woman he considers his rock is no other than the actress, Rebecca Rigg.
The duo met on a blind date in 1991 at the Royal Hotel in Sydney’s Paddington and got married on October 2, 1998, after co-habiting for five years. They have three children; two sons, and a daughter.
Rebecca is an Australian actress born on December 31, 1967, in Sydney, Australia. She is best known for her roles in the films, Fatty Finn and Ellie Parker. She has been on the screen for more than three decades and has starred in highly acclaimed television series on Australian television as well as in America. Her acting credits include Fatty Finn (1980) for which she was nominated for an AFI award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Fortress (1985), Willing and Abel (1987), Family and Friends (1990), Jerry Maguire (1996).
While her husband won the Logie Awards in 1992, Rebecca was nominated in the same category years before him in 1983 when she was only 15. She has also shared the screen with Simon on E Street where she played his girlfriend and on an episode of The Mentalist, A Dozen Red Roses.
Simon Baker Family, Children
The Mentalist actor was born to a drama teacher Elizabeth Labberton, and school grounds-man Barry Baker. He has an older sibling, his sister Terri who is a physician in Australia. His parents got divorced when he was 2 giving him a stepfather, Tom Denny. He also has three half-brothers.
As mentioned earlier, Simon Baker has three children. His oldest, a daughter was born before he tied the knot with his wife and was only 24. Stella Breeze was born on August 8, 1993, and was followed by her brother, Claude Blue five years later in 1998. The youngest in the Baker pack, Harry Friday arrived on September 19, 2001.
Despite his impressive acting credentials, Simon Baker does not hold back in acknowledging his family as his greatest achievement and refers to his children as his joy and pride. He is every inch, a doting and loving husband and father. He also cites them as the secret to his tremendous success and happiness in his career. Talking about what makes him a great father, he attributes constantly being there as working the magic.
He has established a solid relationship with his wife and kids and would often take career advice from his children. His daughter, Stella advised him to take up the role in The Devil Wears Prada.
Stella may have inherited her parents’ portrayal abilities. She studied drama at Yale University and appeared in an episode of The Mentalist, The Mentalist: The Greybar Hotel (2014). The Baker couple is very good friends with actresses and Naomi Watts who are both godmothers to their sons, Harry and Claude respectively.