Anthony Hayes has appeared on film and television screens for over 25 years, with film credits including Robert Connolly’s THE BOYS, Phillip Noyce’s RABBIT PROOF FENCE, David Michod’s multi award winning debut feature ANIMAL KINGDOM, BOOTMEN alongside Sam Worthington, NED KELLY with Heath Ledger, and the local independent feature WEST.
Anthony’s performance as Stevie in the acclaimed Australian feature film THE BOYS earned him Australian Film Institute (AFI) and Film Critics Circle of Australian (FFCA) nominations as Best Supporting Actor in 1998. He went on to win an AFI award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor for LOOK BOTH WAYS, and followed with another win in 2006 for SUBURBAN MAYHEM. Other nominations include AFI and FCCA Best Supporting Actor nominations for his role in Nash Edgerton’s THE SQUARE.
Anthony’s extensive body of work in television includes his as Gary in the acclaimed BAFTA nominated ABC series THE SLAP, alongside Anthony LaPaglia, Alex Dimitriades and Melissa George, which saw him nominated for Best Actor at the 2012 Festival de Television de Monte Carlo, the ABC mini-series BASTARD BOYS, the six part ABC series CHANGI, and guest roles in numerous and well known Australian series including RUSH, SEA PATROL, McLEOD’S DAUGHTERS, WATER RATS and REVIEW WITH MYLES BARLOW.
Along with acting, Anthony has developed a career in writing and directing. His debut feature film TEN EMPTY had its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2008 and received nominations for Best Screenplay at the Victorian and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards in 2008 and 2007 respectively. In 2002 Anthony also wrote, produced and directed the short feature NEW SKIN which won several awards including the prestigious Dendy Award at the Sydney Film Festival, and the Independent Film (IF) Award for Best Emerging Director. In 2001 he was also the recipient of a grant from the Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Fellowship which enabled him to travel to the UK to spend time with director Mike Leigh.
As a writer Anthony was recently part of the story lining and plotting team for the successful Australian series A MOODY CHRISTMAS, which has recently been commissioned by CBS studios for the Fox network to be produced as a US remake.
In 2012 Anthony appeared in Network Ten’s BROTHERS IN ARMS which was based on the true events of the Milperra massacre in 1984, and Channel 9’s tele-movie BEACONSFIELD, the story of the Tasmanian mining disaster in 2006. His portrayal of Bernie Banton, the James Hardie worker who became the public representative in the battle for compensation for employees who suffered asbestosis as a result of working for the company, in the ABC mini-series DEVIL’S DUST won him the 2013 Logie award for Most Outstanding Actor and also earned him an Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama. He also received a Best Actor nomination at the 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards.
Anthony has recently completed shooting on David Michod’s THE ROVER, alongside Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, Craig Monahan’s HEALING opposite Hugo Weaving and Xavier Samuel, the ABC tele-movie THE BROKEN SHORE opposite Don Hany and Claudia Karvan, and the highly anticipated Network Ten series SECRETS AND LIES opposite Martin Henderson.
2013 – Best Actor Nomination Seoul Drama Awards - DEVIL’S DUST
2013 – Winner Silver Logie Most Outstanding Actor in a Television Drama - DEVIL'S DUST
2013 – Nominated Best Actor AACTA (Australian Film Academy) awards - DEVIL'S DUST
2013 - Winner MEAA Best Ensemble Cast Award - DEVIL'S DUST
2012 – Nominated Golden Nymph Best Actor Monte Carlo TV Awards- THE SLAP
2012 - Winner MEAA Best Ensemble Cast Award - THE SLAP
2009 – Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Feature) FCCA – THE SQUARE
2008 – Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Feature) AACTA – THE SQUARE
2006 – Winner Best Supporting Actor (Feature) ACCTA – SUBURBAN MAYHEM
2005 – Winner Best Supporting Actor (Feature) AACTA – LOOK BOTH WAYS
2002 – Won Audience Award Best Film/Filmmaker- SWEET DREAMS
2002 – Won Dendy Award. Best Film/Filmmaker – NEW SKIN
2002 – Won Best Emerging Director IF AWARDS
1999 – Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Feature) AACTA – THE BOYS
1998 – Nominated Best Supporting Actor (Feature) FCCA – THE BOYS