Ewen Leslie

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Ewen Leslie
Born (1980-07-27) 27 July 1980 (age 34)
Fremantle
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present

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

Early life[edit]

He was born in Fremantle and attended South Terrace Elementary School. He gained a scholarship to study theatre at John Curtin College of the Arts and at age 12 was cast in the TV series Ship to Shore after his mum saw an ad in the newspaper calling for auditions. He was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts straight out of high school and graduated in 2000.

Career[edit]

His first work on Sydney stages was performing at the Old Fitzroy Hotel theatre in Wooloomooloo. His 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. After several film and Tv roles, he was cast by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Riflemind, a play by Andrew Upton which premiered at the Sydney Theatre Company. He was offered a place in the STC Actors Company, and in 2009 won a Helpmann Award and a Sydney Theatre Award for his performance as Prince Hal opposite Cate Blanchett in The War of the Roses(directed by Benedict Andrews).

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, in which Richard's grotesquely misshapen body belies his agile treachery. By turns comic, savage, grotesque, bestial, sly and tragic, Leslie dominates the stage. More disturbingly, he exerts his evil fascination on the audience; we cannot but be moved by him. His Richard will be talked about for years: it marks the ascension of a remarkable actor. Absolutely not to be missed'. He won his second Helpmann Award and a Green Room Award for this performance. The following year he played Hamlet in sellout season at the Melbourne Theatre Company(a role he would reprise in 2013 in Sydney for Belvoir St Theatre), and since then has balanced his work between theatre, television and film.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Mule Les Paris
2013 The Railway Man Thompson
2013 Scene 16 Luka Short Film
2012 Dead Europe Isaac Nominated - Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Australian Film Critics Association for Best Actor
Nominated - AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2012 Suspended Dave Short Film
2011 Sleeping Beauty Birdmann
2009 Apricot Marcel Short Film
2008 Netherland Dwarf Dad Short Film
2008 Three Blind Mice Sam
2007 Katoomba Don Short Film
2006 Kokoda Wilstead
2005 The Mechanicals Toast Man Short Film
2005 Jewboy Yuri Nominated - AFI Award for Best Achievement in Craft in a Non-Feature
Nominated - Movie Extra Filmink Awards - Best Australian Newcomer
2004 Sold Out Punter Short Film
1998 Justice Bully #1

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Wonderland Nick Deakin 8 Episodes
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Hugo 1 Episode: The Course Whisperer
2012 Redfern Now Mr. Parish 2 Episodes: Stand Up & Pokies
2012 Devil's Dust Matt Peacock Won - Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2012 Mabo (TV film) Bryan Keon-Cohen Nominated - Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries
2009 My Place Mr Bracey 1 Episode
2007 Lockie Leonard John East 7 Episodes
2006 Love My Way Duc 8 Episodes
2003 All Saints Tony Hunter 3 Episodes
2002 The Junction Boys Luke Mason TV Film
2001 Wild Kat Morgan 13 Episodes
1997 The Gift Bully #1 1 Episode
1996 Bush Patrol Dave 1 Episode
1993 Ship to Shore Guido 52 Episodes

Theatre Credits[edit]

Year Production Role Director Company Notes
2013 Hamlet Hamlet Simon Stone Belvoir St Theatre Replaced Toby Schmitz for final 2 weeks.
2013 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead The Player Simon Philips Sydney Theatre Company Nominated - Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Nominated - Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Glug Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Brick Pollitt Simon Stone Belvoir St Theatre
2011 Hamlet Hamlet Simon Phillips Melbourne Theatre Company
2011 The Wild Duck Hjalmar Ekdal Simon Stone Belvoir St Theatre Nominated - Green Room Award for Best Male Actor
Nominated - Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role
2010 The Trial Josef K Matthew Lutton Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company
2010 Richard III Richard III Simon Phillips Melbourne Theatre Company Winner - Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play
Winner - Green Room Award for Best Male Actor
2009 The Promise Marat Simon Stone Belvoir St Theatre
2009 The War of the Roses Prince Hal/Henry V Benedict Andrews Sydney Theatre Company Winner - Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Winner - Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role
2008 Gallipoli Billy Hughes/Ataturk Nigel Jamieson Sydney Theatre Company
2008 The Serpent's Teeth Sam Lewis Pamela Rabe and Tim Maddock Sydney Theatre Company
2007 Riflemind Lee Philip Seymour Hoffman Sydney Theatre Company
2007 Dead Caesar Cassius Tamara Cook Sydney Theatre Company
2007 Paul Yeshua Wesley Enoch Belvoir St Theatre
2005 Shakesperealism Lewis Tamara Cook Tamarama Rock Surfers
2004 This Blasted Earth Father/Scarlett Leland Kean Tamarama Rock Surfers
2004 Cross Sections Aaron Chris Mead Tamarama Rock Surfers
2003 Chicks Will Dig You! Seb Tamara Cook Belvoir St Theatre - Downstairs

Awards[edit]

Year Category Award Production Result
2014 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Helpmann Awards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (STC) Nominated
2014 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role 3rd AACTA Awards Dead Europe Nominated
2014 Best Supporting Actor Glug Awards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (STC) Nominated
2013 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sydney Theatre Awards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (STC) Nominated
2013 Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Equity Awards Devil's Dust Won
2013 Equity Award for Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Equity Awards Mabo (TV film) Nominated
2012 Best Male Actor Green Room Awards The Wild Duck (Malthouse Theatre) Nominated
2012 Best Ensemble - Theatre Companies Green Room Awards The Wild Duck (Malthouse Theatre) Nominated
2012 Best Actor Film Critics Circle of Australia Dead Europe Nominated
2012 Best Actor Australian Film Critics Association Dead Europe Nominated
2011 Best Actor in a Lead Role Sydney Theatre Awards The Wild Duck (Belvoir) Nominated
2010 Best Male Actor Green Room Awards Richard III (MTC) Won
2010 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play Helpmann Awards Richard III (MTC) Won
2009 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Helpmann Awards War of the Roses (STC) Won
2009 Best Actor in a Lead Role Sydney Theatre Awards War of the Roses (STC) Won
2006 Best Australian Newcomer Movie Extra Filmink Awards Jewboy Nominated
2005 Outstanding Achievement in Craft in a Non-Feature AFI Awards Jewboy Nominated

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