Radha Rani Amber Indigo Ananda Mitchell (born 12 November 1973) is an Australian actress. She started her career acting in various Australian television series and films, and later appeared in Hollywood films such as High Art (1998), Pitch Black (2000), Phone Booth (2002), Man on Fire (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Silent Hill (2006) and The Crazies (2010).

Radha Mitchell
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Mitchell at the AACTA Awards in Sydney, January 2012
Radha Rani Amber Indigo Ananda Mitchell

(1973-11-12) 12 November 1973 (age 46)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active1988–present
  • Norman Mitchell (father)
  • Adriana Mitchell (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Mitchell was born in Melbourne. Her mother is a model-turned-fashion-designer and her father is a filmmaker; the couple divorced when she was young.[1][2] Her first name Radha (Sanskrit राधा ) stems from the Hare Krishna faith. The other parts of her name Rani (रानी – queen) and Ananda (आनन्द – joy) also come from similar origins. She credits her name as being 'a creative byproduct' of her mother's experiences in India during the 1970s.[3] She attended St Michael's Grammar School in St Kilda and graduated in 1992.


Mitchell began her career starring on ABC TV's Sugar and Spice in 1988.[4] She played a guest role in Neighbours in 1994, and later returned to play the regular role of Catherine O'Brien from 1996 to 1997.[5]

In 1997 she starred in two films, High Art and Everything Put Together, both Independent Spirit Award winners. Other films—including Pitch Black opposite Vin Diesel, Phone Booth opposite Colin Farrell, and Man on Fire opposite Denzel Washington—soon followed.

Mitchell gained recognition for her performance in the Academy Award–winning Finding Neverland, which co-starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. This performance earned the cast a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture.

Mitchell then took the title roles in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda (2004), alongside Chloë Sevigny, followed by a part with Josh Hartnett in Mozart and the Whale. She then starred in the film adaptation of the video game Silent Hill (2006), opposite Laurie Holden and Sean Bean. Though the horror film received mixed reviews from critics, it opened at number one at the box office, with over $20 million in sales.[6] In 2008, Mitchell starred in Rogue with Michael Vartan, as well as Henry Poole Is Here opposite Luke Wilson and The Children of Huang Shi opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

For her role in Claire McCarthy's The Waiting City, Mitchell won Best Actress in October 2010 at the Antipodes Film Festival, in St. Tropez, France.[7]

In 2013, Mitchell played the lead role on the ABC drama series Red Widow,[8] and appeared, opposite Gerard Butler, in the action-thriller film Olympus Has Fallen.[9] She reprised the latter role in the film's 2016 sequel, London Has Fallen. Mitchell was originally planned to appear in the 2019 sequel Angel Has Fallen, but had to depart the project due to scheduling conflicts.

in 2020, Mitchell is planned to also appear in "The Homewrecker" depicting a true story of her life.



Year Film Role Notes
1996 Love and Other Catastrophes Danni
1998 High Art Syd
Cleopatra's Second Husband Sophie
1999 Sleeping Beauties Cindy Short film
Kick Tamara Spencer
2000 Everything Put Together Angie
Pitch Black Carolyn Fry
Cowboys and Angels JoJo
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Herself
Nobody's Baby Shauna Louise
When Strangers Appear Beth
2002 Dead Heat Charlotte LaMarr
Phone Booth Kelly Shepard
Four Reasons Girl
2003 Visitors Georgia Perry Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor—Female
2004 Man on Fire Lisa Martin Ramos
Finding Neverland Mary Ansell Barrie Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Melinda and Melinda Melinda
2004 Mozart and the Whale Isabelle Sorenson
2006 Silent Hill Rose Da Silva Nominated—Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Heroine
Pu-239 Marina
2007 Feast of Love Diana Croce
Rogue Kate Ryan
2008 Henry Poole Is Here Dawn Stupek
The Children of Huang Shi Lee Pearson
What We Take from Each Other Thief of Hearts Short film
2009 Thick as Thieves Alexandra Korolenko
Surrogates Agent Jennifer Peters
The Waiting City Fiona Simmons Won—Antipodes Film Festival for Best Actress
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor—Female
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Actress
2010 The Crazies Judy Dutton
2012 Silent Hill: Revelation Rose Da Silva
Big Sur Carolyn Cassady
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Leah Banning
The Frozen Ground Allie Halcombe
Standing Up Meg Golden
Expecting Lizzie
Evidence Detective Burquez
2014 Bird People Elisabeth Newman
Fugly! Lara Perry
2015 Looking for Grace Denise
2016 London Has Fallen Leah Banning Sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen
The Darkness Bronny Taylor
Whoever Was Using This Bed Iris Short Film
Sacrifice Tora Hamilton
2017 The Shack Nan
2018 Swinging Safari Jo Jones
Celeste Celeste
The World Without You Lily
2020 The Homewrecker Radha


Year Title Role Notes
1988–89 Sugar and Spice Pixie Robinson
1992–93 All Together Now Jodie Recurring role, 6 episodes
1993 Phoenix Joanna Episode: "Deal or Pay"
Law of the Land Alicia Miles
1994, 1996 Blue Heelers Sally-Anne
Nerida Davidson
Episode: "A Woman's Place"
Episode: "Once Only Withdrawal" (1)
Episode: "Once Only Withdrawal" (2)
1994, 1996–97 Neighbours Cassandra Rushmore
Catherine O'Brien
1995 Halifax f.p. Sarah Episode/film: "My Lovely Girl"
1998 The Chosen Sarah Gordon Television film
2001 Uprising Mira Fuchrer NBC TV film
2013 Red Widow Marta Walraven Lead role, 8 episodes
2017 Longmire Alex Graham Episode: "Burned Up My Tears"
2018 The Romanoffs Victoria Hayward Episode: "Panorama"
2020 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Luna Prasada Episode: "Swimming with the Sharks"

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The very private life of Radha Mitchell". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Radha Mitchell's bi-polar life". The Advertiser. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  3. ^ "I feel a sense of home in India: Mitchell – The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Radha Mitchell- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. ^ Gray, Marianne (25 March 2005). "Film: Interview – Radha Mitchell: Blizzard from Oz; After Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, here comes Aussie Radha Mitchell". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Radha Mitchell of 'The Crazies' on the Future of 'Silent Hill'". bloody-disgusting.com.
  7. ^ "12th Antipodes Film Festival Saint Tropez 11 – 17 Oct 2010". rivieralife.tv. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012.
  8. ^ Nellie Andreeva (11 May 2012). "ABC Picks Up To Series '666′, 'Last Resort', 'How To Live', 'Nashville', 'Penoza', 'Neighbours', 'Zero Hour', 'Red Van'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  9. ^ Dominic Patten. "'Olympus Has Fallen' Adds Radha Mitchell". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 22 March 2013.

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