JAI COURTNEY (Lt. Colonel Cyril Hughes) has emerged as one of
today's most sought-after actors. He was recently seen in Angelina Jolie's
acclaimed true-life drama "Unbroken." In 2014, he starred with Shailene Woodley
and Kate Winslet in the box office hit "Divergent," the film adaptation of the
sci-fi bestseller of the same name. He reprises his role in "Insurgent," the
second film in the trilogy, which is currently in worldwide release.
Upcoming, Courtney will star alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the sci-fi
actioner "Terminator: Genisys," opening this summer. He then joins "Suicide
Squad," the action adventure based on the DC Comic, in which he stars with Will
Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, under the direction of David Ayer.
Courtney was born and raised in the northwest region of Sydney, Australia, where
he participated in a state-sponsored drama program for young people. In 2004, he
joined Perth's widely respected Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
After graduating in 2008, Courtney quickly landed guest-starring roles on two
hit Australian television shows, "Packed to the Rafters" and "All Saints." Later
that year, he won a Theatre Critics Award for Best Newcomer for his performance
in "The Turning" at the Perth Theatre Company. He more recently returned to the
PTC to star in their production of "Of Mice and Men."
In 2009, Courtney landed the role of Varro in Starz's hit series "Spartacus: War
of the Damned." His character became the closest confidante to Spartacus until
Varro's death in the 10th episode, which caused an uproar among the show's fans.
Courtney made his major feature film debut in the 2012 actioner "Jack Reacher,"
alongside Tom Cruise. The following year, he starred with Bruce Willis in "A
Good Day to Die Hard," which grossed more than $300 million worldwide, and the
independent film "Felony," with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson which had its
world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.