Luke Ford

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Luke Ford
Ford in August 2011
Born (1981-03-26) 26 March 1981 (age 42)
NationalityCanadian · Australian
Years active2000–present

Luke Ford (born 26 March 1981) is a Canadian-Australian actor. His career began in television in 2000 and his first film role was in 2006 before being cast in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor in 2008. Ford's regular television roles include those in the Australian series Underbelly in 2013, Cleverman in 2017, and Amazing Grace in 2021.

Early life[edit]

Ford was born on 26 March 1981[1][better source needed] in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but raised in Sydney, Australia. He attended Parramatta Marist High School in Westmead, Sydney, and once worked at the Winston Hills Hotel, and a short stint at Universal Magazines in North Ryde. Ford studied acting at The Actor's Pulse in Sydney, becoming one of the school's earliest graduates. He later returned to teach the Meisner technique when he was between film roles.[citation needed]

Film career[edit]

Ford began acting professionally with a string of performances on Australian television, starting with a guest-starring role on Water Rats, followed by roles on McLeod's Daughters, Home and Away, Stingers, Breakers and All Saints. He appeared in the TV movie Junction Boys alongside Tom Berenger, as Iphicles in the NBC miniseries Hercules, and in the short-lived Australian series Headland.

Ford was short listed for a 'Best New Talent' Logie Award for his recurring role of Craig Woodland on McLeod's Daughters.[2]

Ford's film career began with the release of the Australian film Kokoda in 2006, delivering a performance as Burke, a slain soldier on the Kokoda Trail.

Next came The Black Balloon with Toni Collette, a performance that won him an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008. In the film, Ford plays Charlie Mollison, a boy with autism and ADD. Ford spent six months researching the role, including taking to the streets of Sydney in character to determine the effectiveness of his characterisation. The Black Balloon premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Crystal Bear award.

Immediately following The Black Balloon, Ford signed on to star in the third instalment of the Mummy series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opposite Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello. In the film, Ford plays Alex O'Connell, son of Fraser's Rick O'Connell and Bello's Evelyn O'Connell. The film was released in the US on 1 August 2008 and grossed $403 million worldwide.[3][4]

In 2009, he had roles in 3 Acts of Murder and Ghost Machine.

In 2010 and 2011, he had roles in several Australian films, including Animal Kingdom, Red Dog and Face to Face.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Junction Boys Perch TV movie
2005 Hercules Iphicles TV movie
2006 Kokoda Burke
2008 The Black Balloon Charlie Mollison AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Alex O'Connell Replacing Freddie Boath from The Mummy Returns
2009 Ghost Machine Vic
3 Acts of Murder Snowy Rowles TV movie
2010 Animal Kingdom Darren Cody
2011 Red Dog Thomas
Face to Face Wayne Travers
2012 The King is Dead Shrek
2013 Charlie's Country Luke
2015 Infini Chester Huntington
2016 The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One Bill
2017 What If It Works? Adrian McKinnon
2018 A Suburban Love Story Brett


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Water Rats Harley Strachan 1 episode (Family Ties)
Home and Away JT Hanson 5 episodes
2001 Stingers Craig Williams 1 episode (Just Another Day)
McLeod's Daughters Craig Woodland 22 episodes (2001–2004)
2002 All Saints Leon Fahey 1 episode (Overload)
2004 All Saints Ray Branal 1 episode (Bad Seed)
2005 headLand Seth Baxter 5 episodes
2010 Nomads Zack TV movie
2012 Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms Snowy
2013 Underbelly: Squizzy Albert "Tankbuster" McDonald 7 episodes
2017 Cleverman Tim Dolan 6 episodes
The Other Guy Henry 2 episodes
2020 Halifax: Retribution Neil 1 episode
2021 Amazing Grace Paul 8 episodes
Fires Panicked Man on Phone 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (video game) Alex O'Connell Voice


  1. ^ "Luke Ford". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Faculty". Archived from the original on 15 September 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2008. Actor's Pulse profile
  3. ^ Michael Fleming, "Ford to star in third 'Mummy': Shooting will begin in Montreal 27 July", Variety, 30 April 2007
  4. ^ "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2010.

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