Damon was born in Adelaide, Australia and has been acting since the age of eight. His extensive credits are a testament to his versatility and standing. In 2018, Damon was honoured with the Australians in Film: Orry-Kelly International Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Australian and USA Screen Industry.
Damon’s Australian television credits include The Commons for STAN, Lambs of God for Lingo Pictures, Mr. Inbetween (Series 1 and 2) for FX directed by Nash Edgerton, Riot (2018 AACTA Award Winner – Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama, 2018 Logie Award Nomination; Most Outstanding Actor), No Activity S2 for STAN, Top of the Lake: China Girl, Secret City for Matchbox Pictures and Foxtel (2017 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor and the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Drama), Never Tear Us Apart as INXS manager; Chris Murphy for the Seven Network, The Outlaw Michael Howe in the titular role of Michael Howe, The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, Rake (ABC), Love My Way (Foxtel), Offspring (Network 10), Brides of Christ (ABC) and the series two co-lead in Laid (ABC), for which he received an AACTA Award 2013 Nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy.
Damon’s film credits include Judy & Punch which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (2019 AACTA Award Winner – Best Lead Actor), The Nightingale; which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2018, Down Under (AACTA Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), The Little Death (AACTA Nomination for Best Lead Actor), Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor, Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, 100 Bloody Acres, The Square, Candy, Ned and The Big Steal. In 2008 Damon won the Best Actor award at the St Kilda Film Festival for his performance in the short film Len’s Love Story.
Damon also works extensively in the US. Most recently on Once Upon A Time in Hollywood for Quentin Tarantino, playing infamous cult leader; Charles Manson. Other US film credits there include Gore Verbinksi’s The Lone Ranger (Walt Disney Pictures), J. Edgar opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (dir Clint Eastwood for Imagine Entertainment/Warner Bros); Redbelt directed by David Mamet (Sony) and House of Wax (Warner Bros).
On US television, Damon is best known for his recurring role as Dewey Crowe in the critically acclaimed FX series, Justified opposite Timothy Olyphant. Most recently, he was cast in Barry Jenkins’ Amazon Limited Series The Underground Railroad. He played Paul Allen Brown in the series Perpetual Grace, LTD, alongside Jacki Weaver and Ben Kingsley (Epix/Stan). His other US television credits include David Fincher’s series Mindhunter (playing Charles Manson for the second time in a year), the recurring role of Mr. Jones in CBS’ Vegas opposite Dennis Quaid, Breaking Bad, Wilfred, The Unit, Cold Case and the Vince Gilligan police drama Battle Creek. His series regular roles include the Starz cable drama, Flesh and Bone (2016 Golden Globe Nomination: Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television) and Quarry for Cinemax.
Damon has also written and/or directed many successful short films, including the Tropfest finalists They and The Date and was awarded Best Screenplay and Audience Award for his short film Soar (writer/performer). Damon was also a contributing sketch writer on ABC / Jungleboys production; The Elegant Gentlemen’s Guide to Knife Fighting.
As a child actor, Damon received three Logie award nominations for his work on The Sullivans.
He was nominated a record four times at the 2019 AACTA Awards.