His character on the hit show is both annoying but very charming at the same time. It hardly looks like he is acting but more like his personal persona. In real life Simon considers himself to be a shy person. He feels it is a challenge to play a character who is so verbose and also so confident at times with such bravado as he describes himself. Being such a handsome man , the charming comes easy.
Baker was born on the Australian Island of Tasmania and grew up on the coast of South Wales. He is proud of his working class background, but says that he had a difficult childhood. By having a strong dominant step-father, they never saw eye to eye on issues having a repressed Mother gave him the courage to be outgoing. His secret dream was to become an actor. The oafs he lived with would have laughed at the desire to be a creative person that acts.
So, in 1995 he tried his luck in Los Angeles and learned to fit in the American brassy style and not to be the shy Australian. He managed to get a small role in a big movie in 1997 called ‘LA Confidential.” after that he did 3 films that didn’t even make it off the storage room shelf. Now at age 42, he doesn’t expect to get the leading role romantic lover part. Already too old for the juicy parts but in a way he is glad because it takes some of the pressure off to be romantically involved with other actresses.
Off screen, he has been married to an unknown actress Rebecca Riggs since 1998. He is still very much in love when he says that he is still intrigued by her. He says that she is brassy and when you scratch the surface she has many colors. The man loves being a devoted father to his three children and somehow managing to be a family man too. Creating a happy family was his first goal since he came from a rocky background.
He has had big roles in lots of movies; just that no one really remembers it. In “Ride With The Devil” in 1999, “Red Planet “ in 2000, “The Affair of the Necklace“ in 2001, “Something New” in 2006, “The Killer Inside Me” in 2010 well no one even remembers these movies! He has been in some 20 movies including “Margin Call” in 2011 where he even played a evil role with Demi Moore.
Once a series gets to 4 seasons or 100 episodes, they are good for syndication and then the money continues to flow anytime an episode is played anywhere in the world. So now that his star is finally rising he is most proud of his accomplishment as a family man and Father. It is all great, but at the end of the day he is most proud of his family.