Widely recognized as one of Australia's most outstanding actors, BEN
has starred in movies all over the world.
His performance opposite James Frecheville and Academy Award nominee Jacki
Weaver in David Michod's Animal Kingdom earned him Australia's top movie honors
- the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award, the Film Critics Circle of
Australia (FCCA) Award, and the IF Award - for Best Actor. He has received
multiple other AFI and FCCA Award nominations, including for his work in Rachel
Ward's Beautiful Kate , with Rachel Griffiths; and won an AFI Award for his
performance in John Duigan's The Year My Voice Broke , which was
his breakthrough film, and a FCCA Award for his work in Geoffrey Wright's Metal
Among Mr. Mendelsohn's many other movies are Terrence Malick's
New World ; Craig Lahiff's
Black and White , in which he portrayed mogul Rupert Murdoch; Baz Luhrmann's
Australia and Joel Schumacher's Trespass , both with Nicole Kidman; Gary
McKendry's Killer Elite ; David Caesar's Prime Mover , Idiot Box, and
Mullet , in the title role of the latter; Alex Proyas' Knowing ; Martin
Campbell's Vertical Limit ; Mark Joffe's Cosi
and Spotswood (a.k.a. The Efficiency Expert ); Nadia Tass' Amy and The Big Steal
; John Duigan's Sirens ; Vincent Ward's Map of the Human Heart ; and Simon
Wincer's Quigley Down Under .
Over the past decade, his films have included the blockbusters Rogue One ,
directed by Gareth Edwards, and The Dark Knight Rises , directed
by Christopher Nolan; Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly ; Anne Fontaine's
Adore ; Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea and Derek Cianfrance's The Place
Beyond the Pines , both also for Focus Features; Lost River , directed by Ryan
Gosling; Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings ; John Maclean's Slow West ;
Benedict Andrews' Una , opposite Rooney Mara; Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's
Mississippi Grind , for which he received a Spirit Award nomination; and David
Mackenzie's Starred Up , for which Mr. Mendelsohn won the British
Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has received AFI and Logie Award nominations for his starring role in the
television series Love My Way . He has guest-starred on some of
Australia's most acclaimed television productions, including Halifax f.p. , G.P.
, Police Rescue, and The Secret Life of Us (in an arc). For his work on
Tangle , he won the Astra Award for Best Actor and was again a Logie Award
Throughout his career, Mr. Mendelsohn has simultaneously honed his craft on
stage, including starring as Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar and Tom in The Glass
Menagerie, both for Sydney Theatre Company. His other theater work includes My Zinc Bed , Cosi (for Belvoir St. Theatre), and The Selection (for
Melbourne Theatre Company).
He won an Emmy Award, and was a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominee,
for his portrayal of Danny Rayburn on the Netflix series Bloodline, which ran
for three seasons.
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