|Name:||Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann|
|Born:||September 17, 1962|
|Occupation:||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
Luhrmann was born in Sydney, Australia. His mother, Barbara Carmel (née Brennan), was a ballroom dance teacher and dress shop owner, and his father, Leonard Luhrmann, was a farmer. He was raised in Herons Creek, a tiny rural settlement in northern New South Wales where his father ran a petrol station and a movie theatre. He attended St Joseph's Hasting Regional School, Port Macquarie (1975–1978) and at St Paul's College, Manly, performing in the school's version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.
Luhrmann first auditioned for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1980 but was not accepted. He successfully auditioned again two years later, starting the three-year acting course in 1983. He graduated from NIDA in 1985, alongside Sonia Todd, Catherine McClements and Justin Monjo. He wed Catherine Martin, a production designer on his own films, on 26 January 1997; the couple has two children.