Joe Anderson
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Character(s) Lincoln Cole
Date of Birth March 26, 1982
Origin England, UK
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Joe Anderson (March 26, 1982) is an English actor most notable for his roles in the films The Crazies, The Ruins, Control, and Across the Universe. On The River, Anderson plays Lincoln Cole who goes in search of his missing father Emmet Cole in the Amazon.


He attended Richmond upon Thames College and later the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Both his parents are theater actors, who also work in television and films. Anderson himself, has acted professionally since childhood. His skills include photography, guitar and gymnastics. His father is actor Miles Anderson; his mother is talent agent Lesley Duff. He was diagnosed with dyslexia and attributes this to his move into acting.

Anderson has worked in film, television and on stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Earlier in his career, he appeared in Copying Beethoven, playing Ludwig van Beethoven's nephew Karl. He then starred as Max Carrigan, a young American man, drafted into the Vietnam War in Across the Universe. After that, he appeared in period film Becoming Jane as Henry Austen, Jane Austen's older brother, then as bassist Peter Hook of the band Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's 2007 movie Control. In 2008, he played Elliot in The 27 Club and a German tourist in The Ruins. In 2009, he starred in High Life as Donnie and in Love Happens as the musician boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston's character. He was also seen in Amelia, the biopic of Amelia Earhart, and in Rogue's Gallery as the main character "Fool". He appeared in 2010's The Crazies, a remake of the 1973 horror film of the same name.

He and his cast mates from Control were featured in The Killers' music video for their version of the Joy division song "Shadowplay".

In an interview with Pure Movies, he said that talking about himself made him "uncomfortable" and feel "self indulgent" and that he really struggled with it.

He will play the vampire Alistair in The Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn Part II.


Interview about The River with Joe Anderson at Comic-Con

Exclusive! Joe Anderson Interview @ Comic Con 2011

Exclusive! Joe Anderson Interview @ Comic Con 2011