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Ewen Leslie (born 27 July 1980) is an Australian stage, film and television actor.

Ewen Leslie
Born (1980-07-27) 27 July 1980 (age 39)
OccupationActor
Years active1993–present

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

His first work on Sydney stages was performing at the Old Fitzroy Hotel theatre in Woolloomooloo. In 2007 he was cast by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Riflemind, a play by Andrew Upton which premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company.[1]

He joined the STC Actors Company in 2008 and won a Helpmann Award[2] and a Sydney Theatre Award[3] for his performance as Prince Hal/Henry V opposite Cate Blanchett in The War of the Roses (directed by Benedict Andrews).[4]

In 2010 he played Richard III at the Melbourne Theatre Company directed by Simon Philips. Alison Croggon in The Australian wrote: 'This is a deeply intelligent performance, physically and emotionally unafraid. It marks the ascension of a remarkable actor'.[5] He won his second Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for this performance.

The following year he played Hamlet in a sellout season at the Melbourne Theatre Company[6] (a role he would reprise in 2013 in Sydney for Belvoir St Theatre). He played one of the lead roles in The Wild Duck (directed by Simon Stone)[7] which had successful seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Oslo for The Ibsen Festival.

In 2013 he was The Player in STC's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead opposite Toby Schmitz and Tim Minchin.[8] In 2015 he travelled to Paris to perform in Simon Stone's production of Thyestes, and played the title role in Belvoir's award-winning production of Ivanov.[9]

Film and televisionEdit

His first break came when he was cast as the lead role in Jewboy, a film that screened at the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival. He has played lead roles in Three Blind Mice, Dead Europe, The Butterfly Tree and The Daughter. He has also appeared in Kokoda, The Railway Man, Sleeping Beauty, The Mule, Sweet Country and The Nightingale.

Notable roles on TV include The Cry, Safe Harbour, Fighting Season, Deadline Gallipoli, Devil's Dust, Mabo, Redfern Now and Rake.

In 2017 he won an AACTA Award for his role as Pyke in the second season of Top of the Lake opposite Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Alice Englert. Maureen Ryan in Variety wrote that his performance was 'subtle and powerful' whilst Michael Idato in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote, 'In a world where fame is fleeting and often hoisted upon the undeserved, Leslie is a proper revelation. He's a stunning performer, perhaps one of the best on our screens' .[10]

In 2018, he voiced the role of Pigling Bland in Peter Rabbit.[11]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Justice Bully
2002 The Doppelgangers Fitz Short film
2004 Sold Out Punter Short film
2004 Right Here Right Now Sam
2005 Jewboy Yuri
2005 Live to Give Seb Short film
2005 The Mechanicals Toast Man Short film
2006 Kokoda Wilstead
2007 Katoomba Don Short film
2008 Three Blind Mice Sam
2008 Netherland Dwarf Dad Short film
2009 Lonely Bob Short film
2009 Apricot Marcel Short film
2011 Sleeping Beauty Birdmann
2012 Dead Europe Isaac
2012 Suspended Dave Short film
2013 Scene 16 Luke Short film
2013 The Railway Man Thompson
2014 The Mule Detective Les Paris
2015 The Daughter Oliver Finch
2015 Death in Bloom Christopher Crumples Short film
2017 The Butterfly Tree Al
2017 Sweet Country Harry March
2017 Face James Short film
2018 Peter Rabbit Pigling Bland
2018 The Nightingale Goodwin

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Ship to Shore Guido Bellini 52 episodes
1996 Bush Patrol Dave 1 episode
1997 The Gift Boy Episode: "The Cockroach Rap"
2001 Wild Kat Morgan Ritchie 13 episodes
2002 The Road from Coorain Reg Television film
2002 The Junction Boys Luke Mason Television film
2003 All Saints Tony Hunter 3 episodes
2006 Love My Way Duc 8 episodes
2007 Lockie Leonard John East 7 episodes
2009 My Place Mr. Bracey 1 episode
2012 Mabo Bryan Keon-Cohen Television film
2012 Devil's Dust Matt Peacock TV miniseries
2012 Redfern Now Mr. Parish 2 episodes
2013 Top of the Lake Steve (voice) Episode: "The Edge of the Universe"
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Hugo Episode: "The Course Whisperer"
2014 Wonderland Nick Deakin 8 episodes
2015 Deadline Gallipoli Keith Murdoch 1 episode
2015 No Activity Police officer (voice) 6 episodes
2016 Janet King Patrick Bocarro 5 episodes
2016 Rake Bevan Leigh 3 episodes
2017 Top of the Lake Pyke 6 episodes
2017 Sisters Abraham 2 episodes
2018 Safe Harbour Ryan Gallagher TV miniseries
2018 Fighting Season Captain Edward "Ted" Nordenfelt Main cast
2018 The Cry Alistair Robertson Main cast

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Show Role Venue
2003 Woyzeck Doctor Old Fitzroy Theatre
2003 Chicks Will Dig You! Seb Belvoir St Theatre (Downstairs Theatre)
2004 Cross Sections Aaron Tamarama Sock Surfers
2004 This Blasted Earth Father/Scarlett Tamarama Rock Surfers
2005 Shakesperealism Lewis Tamarama Rock Surfers
2007 Paul Yeshua Belvoir St Theatre
2007 Dead Caesar Cassius Sydney Theatre Company (Wharf 2 Theatre)
2007 Riflemind Lee Sydney Theatre Company (Wharf 1 Theatre)
2008 The Serpent's Teeth Sam Lewis Sydney Opera House - Drama Theatre (Sydney Theatre Company)
2008 Gallipoli Billy Hughes/Atatürk Sydney Theatre
2009 The War of the Roses Prince Hal/Henry V Sydney Theatre
2009 The Promise Marat Belvoir St Theatre
2010 Richard III Richard III Melbourne Theatre Company
2010 The Trial Josef K. Malthouse Theatre (Sydney Theatre Company)
2011 The Wild Duck Hjalmar Ekdal Belvoir St Theatre
2011 Hamlet Prince Hamlet Melbourne Theate Company
2013 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick Pollitt Belvoir St Theatre
2013 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead The Player Sydney Theatre Company
2013 Hamlet Prince Hamlet Belvoir St Theatre
2015 Thyestes Atreus Belvoir St Theatre
2015 Ivanov Nikolai Ivanov Belvoir St Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2005 AFI Awards Outstanding Achievement in Craft in a Non-Feature Jewboy Nominated
2006 Movie Extra Filmink Awards Best Australian Newcomer Nominated
2009 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role The War of the Roses Won
Helpmann Awards Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Won
2010 Best Male Actor in a Play Richard III Won
Green Room Awards Best Male Actor Won
2011 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role The Wild Duck Nominated
2012 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Dead Europe Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor Nominated
Green Room Awards Best Ensemble - Theatre Companies The Wild Duck Nominated
Best Male Actor Nominated
2013 Equity Ensemble Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Mabo Nominated
Devil's Dust Won
Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Nominated
2014 Glug Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Helpmann Awards Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Dead Europe Nominated
2015 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Lead Role Ivanov Nominated
2016 AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role The Daughter Nominated
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor Nominated
2017 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Nominated
AACTA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role The Butterfly Tree Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Top of the Lake Won
2018 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Actor Safe Harbour Nominated
2019 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Sweet Country Nominated
Equity Ensemble Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Safe Harbour Nominated
Logie Awards Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Fighting Season Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Waites, James (12 October 2007). "Riflemind | Sydney Theatre Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Past nominees and winners". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ "2009". Sydney Theatre Awards. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  4. ^ Boland, Michaela (22 January 2009). "The War of the Roses — Part 1 and Part 2". Variety. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  5. ^ Croggon, Alison (3 May 2010). "This Richard III is one of the greats". The Australian. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ Boland, Michaela (11 August 2011). "Hamlet too successful for Melbourne Theatre Company's own good". The Australian. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ Woodhead, Cameron (23 February 2012). "The Wild Duck". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  8. ^ Blake, Jason (11 August 2013). "Alive yet alone, Stoppard players shine together". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  9. ^ Blake, Jason (24 September 2015). "Ivanov review: Entertaining Ewen Leslie brings dry Australian laughs to Russian tale of woe". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  10. ^ Idato, Michael (22 August 2017). "Top of the Lake: China Girl is Nicole Kidman's finest hour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  11. ^ Martyn, Shona (4 February 2019). "Lunch with: The Cry actor Ewen Leslie". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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