Simon Lucas Baker (born 30 July 1969) is an Australian actor in television and film, and director. He is known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist as Patrick Jane and The Guardian as Nicholas Fallin, and has starred in several Hollywood films.
Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania. His father, Barry, was a mechanic and school caretaker, and his mother, Elizabeth, was a high school English teacher. He has an older sister, two half-brothers and a half-sister. Baker's family moved to New Guinea when Baker was nine months old. His parents' marriage ended when he was two and his father remained out of contact until Baker became an adult. His mother got remarried to Tom Denny, a butcher, but Baker did not get along well with his stepfather. His mother and stepfather later got divorced.