Ewen Leslie (born 27 July 1980) is an Australian stage, film and television actor.
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.
He joined the STC Actors Company in 2008 and won a Helpmann Award and a Sydney Theatre Award for his performance as Prince Hal/Henry V 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. It marks the ascension of a remarkable actor". 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 (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) 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. 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.
Film and television
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.
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", while 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".
|2002||The Doppelgangers||Fitz||Short film|
|2004||Sold Out||Punter||Short film|
|2004||Right Here Right Now||Sam|
|2005||Live to Give||Seb||Short film|
|2005||The Mechanicals||Toast Man||Short film|
|2008||Three Blind Mice||Sam|
|2008||Netherland Dwarf||Dad||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|
|2018||Peter Rabbit||Pigling Bland|
|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|
|2018||Safe Harbour||Ryan Gallagher||TV miniseries|
|2018||Fighting Season||Captain Edward "Ted" Nordenfelt||Main cast|
|2018||The Cry||Alistair Robertson||Main cast|
|2020||The Luminaries||Crosbie Wells||Main cast|
|2020||The Gloaming||Alex O’Connell||Main cast|
|2020||Operation Buffalo||Leo Carmichael||Main cast|
|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 nominations
- Waites, James (12 October 2007). "Riflemind | Sydney Theatre Company". Australian Stage. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "Past nominees and winners". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- "2009". Sydney Theatre Awards. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Boland, Michaela (22 January 2009). "The War of the Roses – Part 1 and Part 2". Variety. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Croggon, Alison (3 May 2010). "This Richard III is one of the greats". The Australian. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- Boland, Michaela (11 August 2011). "Hamlet too successful for Melbourne Theatre Company's own good". The Australian. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Woodhead, Cameron (23 February 2012). "The Wild Duck". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- Blake, Jason (11 August 2013). "Alive yet alone, Stoppard players shine together". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- Martyn, Shona (4 February 2019). "Lunch with: The Cry actor Ewen Leslie". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 March 2019.