Ledger starred in Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale, where he portrayed a peasant squire who takes on the identity of his master when the knight suffers an untimely demise. He was also seen opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry in the critically acclaimed Monster's Ball. He toplined the box-office hit The Patriot opposite Mel Gibson as the son of a man fighting for the American Revolution, and in 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern day telling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, opposite Julia Stiles.
Ledger's acting career was launched in his home town of Perth, Australia. At the age of ten, he enrolled in the local theatre company and, while performing on stage, began landing roles on the Australian television series Clowning Around, Bush Patrol, Corrigan, Ship to Shore and Home and Away.
Ledger was a member of the respected Australian theatre companies, the Globe Shakespeare Company and the Midnight Youth Acting Company. During this period, he completed co-starring roles in the independent films Black Rock, Paws and Two Hands, in which he stars opposite Bryan Brown. This dark comedy screened at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
In 1997, Ledger starred in his first American television series, Roar, for Universal and FOX television. He then landed his first American talent agent and decided to make his move to the United States.
Heath Ledger Facts
|Birth Name||Heath Andrew Ledger|
|Birthday||April 4, 1979|
|Date of death||January 22, 2008 (New York, New York, USA, age 28)|
|Height||6' 2" (1m88) How tall is Heath Ledger compared to you?|
|Awards||2009 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for The Dark Knight)|
|2009 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for The Dark Knight)|
|2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Dark Knight)|
|2009 BAFTA Awards: Actor in a Supporting Role (for The Dark Knight)|
|The Dark Night (2008) as The Joker|
|I'm Not There (2007) as Robbie|
|Brokeback Mountain (2005) as Ennis Del Mar|
|Lords of Dogtown (2005) as Skip Engblom|
|The Brothers Grimm (2005) as Jacob Grimm|
|The Order (2003) as Father Alex Bernier|
|Monster's Ball (2002) as Sonny Grotowski|
|The Four Feathers (2002) as Harry Feversham|
|A Knight's Tale (2001) as William Thatcher|
|The Patriot (2000) as Gabriel Martin|
|10 Things I Hate About You (1999) as Patrick Verona|