Born into an acting family in Auckland, New Zealand, Joel made his first stage appearance with his mother, Liddy Holloway, at age 5. With his solid grounding in theatre, he has appeared in many stage productions, covering all genres from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre. His nearly two dozen film appearances, ranging from whimsical comedy to intense drama and modern horror, has seen him work extensively both in New Zealand and Australia. In 1997, he won Best Actor in the NZ Film & TV Awards for Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (1997). Joel's television career has been equally as wide ranging, appearing regularly in many New Zealand dramas and comedy shows, including the Xena: Warrior Princess (1995), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) and Young Hercules (1998) series and, most recently, "Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud" (2011)_ and the popular This Is Not My Life (2010). Joel has also taken his talents to the USA, guest starring in Sons of Anarchy (2008), The Glades (2010), Hawaii Five-0 (2010), A.K.A. (2006) and Without a Trace (2002), and Australia, playing the lead roles in the critically-acclaimed drama, Tangle (2009), and the comedy, :30 Seconds (2009), which saw him nominated for the Most Outstanding Performance By an Actor award at the 2010 Australian Subcription Television & Radio Association Awards in Australia. Joel has also worked as a singer and guitarist over the years, playing and singing in bands, both in New Zealand and Australia. Over the years, Joel has developed a range of other skills with voice work, radio, improvisation, Theatresports, dance and choreography.