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Heath Ledger

A native of Australia, Heath Ledger starred in the feature Four Feathers for director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth). He starred in the title role of Working Title Films' Ned Kelly Gang for director Gregor Jordan (Buffalo Soldiers). He portrays the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, a famed gunslinger who formed the Kelly gang and committed several bank robberies from 1878-80. Kelly was later captured and hanged in Melbourne. Ledger is currently filming Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm opposite Matt Damon, in Prague.

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Heath Ledger Facts

Birth NameHeath Andrew Ledger
BirthdayApril 4, 1979
BirthplacePerth, Australia
Date of deathJanuary 22, 2008 (New York, New York, USA, age 28)
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Heath Ledger compared to you?
Awards2009 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)

Selected Filmography

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) user recommendation as Patrick Verona
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