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Last Updated: Wednesday January 23 2008 13:30 GMT

In pictures: Heath Ledger's life

Heath Ledger

Actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at the age of 28 at his home in New York.

Heath Ledger in 2001

Heath grew up in Perth, Australia, and one of his earliest screen appearances was on TV soap Home and Away.

Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale

But he quickly went on to bigger things, starring in blockbusters like 10 Things I Hate About You, and as William Thatcher in A Knight's Tale.

Heath Ledger and Matt Damon in the Brothers Grimm

He went on to play lots of different characters, taking on some serious roles and some more light-hearted.

Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger

It was during filming on a big blockbuster movie he met his girlfriend Michelle Williams and had a two-year-old daughter called Matilda. But sadly, the couple split up last year.

Heath Ledger in costume as The Joker in The Dark Knight

Heath had just finished playing The Joker in the new Batman film The Dark Knight, which hasn't been released in Britain yet.

Heath Ledger

When he died, Heath was half-way through filming a new movie, and was thought of as one of Hollywood's brightest young actors.

Tributes left outside Heath Ledger's apartment

Heath's family, friends and other actors have been saying how sad they are about his death, and flowers have been left outside the apartment where he died in New York.

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