Rhys Wakefield is an Australian actor and director. Wakefield starred in season 3 of HBO's True Detective as Freddy Burns after starting out on the Australian TV series Home and Away where he starred in 363 episodes. Wakefield has played the lead in Sanctum, the Polite Leader in The Purge franchise and was nominated for Best Actor in a Feature Film by the Australian Film Institute and the Film Critics Circle of Australia for his performance in The Black Balloon. TVLine listed him as one of their 'Breakout Stars to Watch' for his leading performance in Reprisal on Hulu in 2020. Wakefield's first directed feature film, Berserk, was released in American cinemas on 5 April 2019. It stars Nick Cannon, James Roday, Nora Arnezeder, Erin Moriarty, and Jack Falahee. It was executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.