Widely recognized as one of Australia's most outstanding actors, BEN
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
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,
Rachel Griffiths; and won an AFI Award for his performance in John Duigan's The
My Voice Broke, which was his breakthrough film, and a FCCA Award for his work
Geoffrey Wright's Metal Skin.
Among Mr. Mendelsohn's many other movies are Terrence Malick's The 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;
McKendry's Killer Elite; David Caesar's Prime Mover, Idiot Box, and Mullet, in
role of the latter; Alex Proyas' Knowing; Martin Campbell's Vertical Limit; Mark
Cosi and Spotswood (a.k.a. The Efficiency Expert); Nadia Tass' Amy and The Big
Duigan's Sirens; Vincent Ward's Map of the Human Heart; and Simon Wincer's
Over the past few years, his films have included Christopher Nolan's
Dark Knight Rises; Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, alongside Scoot McNairy
Black Sea; Anne Fontaine's Adore, with Naomi Watts and Robin Wright; Derek
Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, also for Focus Features, opposite Ryan
Lost River, directed by Mr. Gosling; Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings; and
Mackenzie's Starred Up, for which Mr. Mendelsohn won the British Independent
Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has received AFI and Logie Award nominations for his starring role in the
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 the show Tangle, he won the Astra Award for Best
and was again a Logie Award nominee.
Throughout his career, Mr. Mendelsohn has simultaneously honed his craft on
including starring as Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar and Tom in The Glass
both for Sydney Theatre Company. His other theater work includes My Zinc Bed,
(for Belvoir St. Theatre), and The Selection (for Melbourne Theatre Company).
He will soon be seen starring as part of the ensemble in an untitled new
Netflix; in writer/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's new movie Mississippi
with Ryan Reynolds and Analeigh Tipton; and alongside Michael Fassbender and
Smit-McPhee in Slow West, written and directed by John Maclean.