“I went through a phase of not wanting to watch any movies at all, and lately give got back into watching films, I think because I meet people that make them all the time, and I feel like if I’ve seen their movie I know more about them, and it's a better discussion to have. And in doing that I rekindled my love of movies. Radha Mitchell
Petite and blonde, Australian import Radha Mitchell achieved an introduction to a wider viewers with her breakthrough performance of the striving and inquiring Syd, opposite Ally Sheedy, in the critically successful independent movie High Art (1998) two years after making her promising debut in Love and Other Catastrophes, an engaging romantic comedy which proved to be moderately popular in Australia. Since then, she has been exposed to mainstream audience with such high profile vehicles as the science-fiction/horror Pitch Black (2000, with Vin Diesel), the thriller Phone Booth (2002, opposite Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland), Man on Fire (2004, with Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington), Finding Neverland (2004, along side superstar Johnny Depp) and Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda (2004). The talented player picked up a Film Critics Circle of Australia nod for her fine starring role in Visitors (2003).
Recently starring in the horror movie Silent Hill (2006), the vegan actress will play roles in the forthcoming Rogue (2006), The Half Life of Timofey Berezin (2007), Downloading Nancy (2007) and Feast of Love (2007).
Childhood and Family:
A native of Australia, Radha Mitchell was born on November 12, 1973, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She enrolled at the St Michael’s Grammar School in Melbourne. Her acting career took place when she was still in high school with a role in the 1988 Aussie TV series “Sugar and Spice.”
Off camera, Radha is a vegan and practices yoga. She is now a resident of Los Angeles, California.
Radha Mitchell began acting professionally while in high school when she landed the role of Pixie Robinson in the Australian TV series “Sugar and Spice.” It was followed by other TV productions like “Phoenix,” “Law of the Land” (both 1993), Halifax f.p: My Lovely Girl (1995) and “Blue Heelers” (1996). She also had a brief part in the popular long-running soap opera “Neighbours,” playing Cassandra Rushmore in 1994, and made her return to the show during 1996-1997 seasons with the role of Catherine O’Brien. In between her gigs in “Neighbours,” Mitchell scored a lead in the Australian stage production of “Desire” (1995).
On the big screen, Mitchell made an auspicious debut with director Emma-Kate Croghan’s appealing romantic comedy Love and Other Catastrophes (1996), which cast her in the supporting role of Danni, a university student experiencing a chaotic breakup with her close friend Mia (played by Frances O’Connor). However, she did not gather international attention until a year later when she assumed the lead role of Syd, the paramour of a heroin-addled photographer (Ally Sheedy) in the courageous independent drama High Art, an American production written and helmed by Lisa Cholodenko. The critical triumph of High Art opened Mitchell’s doors to do more international work.
Subsequently, she portrayed Sophie, a house guest who won’t leave, in the award-winning independent film Cleopatra’s Second Husband (1998, starred Paul Hipp), starred as an uptown woman avoided by her peers following her baby’s death in Marc Forster’s drama Everything Put Together (2000), and progressed more into mainstream fare with the sci-fi/ horror film Pitch Black (2000), where she played Carolyn Fry, the pilot of a ship that crashes on a hostile planet, opposite Vin Diesel.
Next up, Mitchell could be seen in movies like Cowboys and Angels (2000), Ten Tiny Love Stories (2001), Nobody’s Baby (2001), When Strangers Appear (2001), Uprising (2001, TV) and Dead Heat (2002), before stepping back to majority projects with a costarring role opposite Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Katie Holmes in the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller Phone Booth (2002). The same year, she took the triple duty of a writer, director and actor in the independent film Four Reasons. Mitchell returned to her Australian roots with the drama Visitors, where she was handed a Film Critics Circle of Australia nomination for Best Actress for playing Georgia Perry.
Back to mainstream fare, Mitchell undertook the role of Dakota Fanning’s mother in Tony Scott’s Man on Fire (2004), which also starred Denzel Washington, Marc Anthony and Christopher Walken, and gave one of her best performances as the disengaged, estranged wife of “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) in Finding Neverland (2004). The latter brought her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, a nod she shared with other costars like Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and Depp. She continued with an impressive performance in Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda (2004), where she successfully played both Melindas, one as a upset, self-destructive and possibly hopeless figure, and the other as a more attractive but disturbed woman sightless to the existing love that she could cuddle.
After Mozart and the Whale (2005), Mitchell was cast in the starring role of a frantic mother attempting to find an answer for her daughter’s mysterious recurring dream in Silent Hill (2006). Though the horror film received mixed reviews from critics, it opened number one at the box office with over $20 million in box office loot. She has finished a drama film by Scott Z. Burns, The Half Life of Timofey Berezin, which is for 2007 release. The film stars Paddy Considine in the title role. Mitchell is also scheduled to play the supporting role of Kate in the Greg McLean horror/thriller Rogue (2006), costar with William Hurt and Holly Hunter in Downloading Nancy (2007) and appear as Diana in drama/romance Feast of Love (2007), with Selma Blair, Morgan Freeman and Greg Kinnear.