Morena Baccarin to reprise Erika Flynn on 'The Mentalist'

Morena Baccarin to reprise Erika Flynn on 'The Mentalist'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (UPI) --Morena Baccarin will reprise her role as murderess Erika Flynn on the seventh season of CBS series "The Mentalist."
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'Dexter,' 'Closer' earn 3 SAG nods apiece

'Dexter,' 'Closer' earn 3 SAG nods apiece

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- "30 Rock," "The Closer" and "Dexter" received three mentions apiece when Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were read in Los Angeles Thursday.
TNT to air 'Mentalist' re-runs

TNT to air 'Mentalist' re-runs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- TNT has announced it acquired the exclusive U.S. syndication rights to the TV drama "The Mentalist" from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Stars line up to be Emmy presenters

Stars line up to be Emmy presenters

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Simon Baker, Dana Delany, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Jon Hamm have signed on to be presenters at the upcoming Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
Barrymore, Cohen to present at Globes

Barrymore, Cohen to present at Globes

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Simon Baker, Drew Barrymore and Sacha Baron Cohen have agreed to be presenters at "The 66th annual Golden Globe Awards" in Los Angeles, organizers say.
CBS orders full season of 'The Mentalist'

CBS orders full season of 'The Mentalist'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- CBS says it has ordered a full season of its new U.S. drama series "The Mentalist."
CBS announces plans for five new shows

CBS announces plans for five new shows

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. television network CBS announced Wednesday that its 2008-09 fall prime-time lineup will include two new comedies and three dramas.

Nicole Kidman throws a dinner party

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A week after Nicole Kidman's husband, country singer Keith Urban, entered rehab for alcohol, she threw a dinner party at Naomi Watts's home in Los Angeles. But, the party for Kidman's Australian pals didn't focus on Urban's problem at all. "We didn't talk

Winona Ryder to star in 'Sex and Death'

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- Actress Winona Ryder has signed on to star with Simon Baker in an indie film by Daniel Waters, who propelled her to stardom with "Heathers."

CBS reveals 2006-2007 schedule

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- CBS is looking to maintain its primetime dominance next season with seven new dramas featuring some of Hollywood's top stars. Emmy Award winner James Woods plays a celebrity defense lawyer in "Shark," Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Australia's Simon Bake

Simon Baker takes lead in dark comedy

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- Australian actor Simon Baker has been cast in the lead of Dan Water's dark comedy "Sex and Death 101."

Stars line up for zombie movie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo head a list of actors announced for the George A. Romero movie "Land of the Dead," Daily Variety said Friday.

Spacek to appear in 'Ring 2'

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Nearly 30 years after starring in "Carrie," Sissy Spacek is set to return to the horror film genre in "The Ring 2," The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

CBS suspends 'The Guardian'

LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- CBS is shelving "The Guardian" to make room for its new legal drama "Century City," the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Of Human Interest: News lite

CBS led the field when the Family Friendly Programming Forum -- which includes more than 40 national advertisers that promote family TV viewing -- presented its 4th Annual Family Television Awards in Beverly Hills.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International
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Simon Baker
Actor Simon Baker arrives for the premiere of the film "The Painted Veil" at the Arclight Cinemas in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on December 13, 2006. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)

Simon Baker (raised Simon Denny, also known as Simon Baker-Denny; born 30 July 1969) is an Australian film and television actor. He is currently the star of the CBS television series The Mentalist.

Baker was born to Catholic parents, high school English/Drama teacher Elizabeth Labberton and groundskeeper/mechanic Barry Baker, on July 30, 1969, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. His parents divorced while he was still young and his mother later married butcher Tom Denny. Baker also has a sister, currently a doctor in Australia, and three younger half siblings. By 1972, they had moved from Launceston, Tasmania to Ballina, New South Wales, Australia, hoping to secure better paying jobs. In 1986, he graduated from Ballina High School.

Baker was a champion sportsman who competed at state level in surfing and water polo. He began acting on Australian television during the late 1980s using the name "Simon Baker Denny". He first appeared in music video clips for Melissa Tkautz ("Read My Lips") and Aussie dance outfit Euphoria ("Love You Right") in 1991 before appearing in the successful series E Street and Heartbreak High. Baker relocated to the United States where he was occasionally known by his stepfather's surname (as Simon Baker-Denny or Simon Denny).

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