Joel Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales. He attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before transitioning into stage and screen roles. Edgerton launched his film career in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker and uncle to Luke Skywalker.
Next, Edgerton can be seen in the Barry Jenkins’ helmed Amazon Original series The Underground Railroad. He will star as Ridgeway, a slavecatcher, alongside Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, and Aaron Pierre. The anticipated series is set to premiere in Spring 2021. Later this summer, Edgerton will appear in the medieval fantasy film, The Green Knight opposite Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander. The feature film is directed by David Lowery and will be released in theaters nationwide on July 30, 2021 by A24.