Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, includingThings I Hate About You , The Patriot , A Knights Tale , Monsters Ball , Ned Kelly , The Brothers Grimm , Lords of Dogtown , Brokeback Mountain , Casanova , Candy , Im Not There , The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus . He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.
Ledger was born onApril 1979 in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger , a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a racecar driver and mining engineer whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry. The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his greatgrandfather. He had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Ledger attended Marys Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill, and later Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences, starring in a school production as Peter Pan at age 10. His parents separated when he wasand divorced when he was 11. Ledgers older sister Kate, an actress and later a publicist, to whom he was very close, inspired his acting on stage, and his love of Gene Kelly inspired his successful choreography, leading to Guildford Grammars 60member teams first allboy victory at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Heaths and Kates other siblings include two halfsisters, Ashleigh Bell , his mothers daughter with her seco