Radha Mitchell

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Radha Mitchell
Radha Mitchell 2, 2012.jpg
Mitchell at the AACTA Awards in Sydney, Australia, January 2012
Born Radha Rani Amber Indigo Ananda Mitchell
(1973-11-12) 12 November 1973 (age 41)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present

Radha Rani Amber Indigo Ananda Mitchell (born 12 November 1973), widely known as Radha Mitchell, is an Australian actress. She rose to prominence appearing in such films as Pitch Black, Finding Neverland, Phone Booth, Man on Fire, Silent Hill, and The Crazies.

Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Melbourne. Her mother is a model turned designer, and her father is a filmmaker. She had a spiritually inclined upbringing, drawing from Hindu culture by her parents. Her first name, Radha, is of Hindu origin and is the name of the soulmate to Lord Krishna. The other parts of her name coming from an Indian origin are Rani ("Queen") and Ananda ("Bliss"). She attended the private St Michael's Grammar School.


Mitchell began her career starring on ABC TV's Sugar and Spice in 1988.[1] 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.

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 role in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, followed by a part with Josh Hartnett in Mozart and the Whale and then starred in the movie adaptation of the videogame Silent Hill, which co-starred Laurie Holden and Sean Bean. Though the horror film received mixed reviews from critics, it opened number one at the box office with over $20 million in box office sales.[2] 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.[3]

In 2013, Mitchell played the lead role on the ABC drama series Red Widow,[4] and appeared, opposite Gerard Butler, in the action-thriller film Olympus Has Fallen.[5]



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
2005 Melinda and Melinda Melinda
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
The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (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 3D Rose Da Silva
Big Sur Carolyn Cassady
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Leah Banning
The Frozen Ground Allie Halcombe
Standing Up Meg
Expecting (Gus) Lizzie
Evidence Detective Burquez
2014 Bird People Elisabeth Newman
2015 6 Miranda Drive Bronny Taylor Post-production
London Has Fallen Leah Banning Filming; Sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen


Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 Sugar and Spice Pixie Robinson
1992–1993 All Together Now Jodie 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: My Lovely Girl Sarah Nine Network TV film
1998 The Chosen Sarah Gordon
2001 Uprising Mira Fuchrer NBC TV film
2013 Red Widow Marta Walraven 8 episodes

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