Sir Richard Bennett

Sir Richard Bennett

Mark Lee
Guest stars as Sir Richard Bennett

Mark Lee is both an actor and director who has worked broadly in Australian film, television and theatre for over 30 years.  His debut was in the 1969 film, Strange Holiday and he later went on to star as the lead in the 1981 Australian feature film Gallipoli, alongside Mel Gibson, for which he received an AFI Award Nomination for Best Actor.

He was also seen in the 1989 cult film Everlasting Secret Family and received another AFI Award Nomination for Best Actor.  Mark’s other film credits include  Shadows In The Past, The Wallet, Cicada, Sahara, Blackwater TrailLove Stories, Everlasting Secret Family, The Nuclear Conspiracy, Emma’s War, City’s Edge and Best of Friends.

Mark returns to A Place To Call Home for season five in the role of Sir Richard Bennett, who first came to Ash Park in season three.

He has appeared in some of Australia’s most popular television series including Packed To The Rafters, Crownies, Out There (Series 1 & 2), Redfern Now and Paper Giants 2: Magazine Wars, The Flying Doctors, GP, A Country Practice, Water Rats, Home & Away, Murder Call, Chameleon, Seachange, Beastmaster, The Adventures of Chuck Finn and Stingers. His more notable television appearance was in the Australian television drama Vietnam alongside Nicole Kidman.

Mark has performed onstage in productions of The Merchant of Venice for Sydney Shakespeare Company, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Othello, The Warhorse, The Cobra, Hayfever, Charley’s Aunt, Miracle Of The Rose, Love Lemmings, Unit 46, Men Of Honour, Frail Man, Little Nell, Twelfth Night and the one man show The Time Machine, from the novelette by H.G. Wells in 2001.  In 2012 he reprised his role in The Time Machine at The Old 505 Theatre, Sydney.  Most recently he has performed on stage in Happiness and A Conversation for the Ensemble Theatre.

His feature film directorial debut was an Australian feature titled The Bet, released in 2007.  Mark Lee also directed the short film Stranger So Familiar, which was shown at the 2005 Reno Film Festival and the play Unit 46 for the Sidetrack Theatre in 1999.

Sir Richard Bennett

In series 5 outwardly Sir Richard continues to present George with support and mateship.  His particular brand of politics is truly Machiavellian.