An accomplished and versatile performer, Lee Pace has established himself as a powerful leading man, consistently delivering compelling performances on film, television and stage.
Born in Oklahoma, Pace began his acting career at the Alley Theatre in Houston before training at the Juilliard School. As a member of Group 30 in Juilliard’s Drama Division, Pace starred in multiple school productions of Romeo & Juliet, Richard III and Julius Caesar.
Pace’s breakout role in the Sundance hit Soldier’s Girl (2003) earned him a Gotham Award, as well as his first nomination for a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award. The Peabody Award-winning film followed the true story of a transgendered woman dating a U.S. soldier.
Pace is also known for playing the Elf King ‘Thranduil’ in the three instalment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit (2012-2014) trilogy. He was also seen as the intergalactic villain ‘Ronan the Accuser’ in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). The Marvel film was the highest grossing film of 2014 with over $700 million worldwide.
His other film credits include Doug McGrath’s Truman Capote memoir/biography Infamous (2006) opposite Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig; Robert De Niro’s CIA drama The Good Shepherd (2006) opposite Matt Damon; visionary director Tarsem Singh’s The Fall (2006), which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) opposite Amy Adams and Frances McDormand; the Tom Ford directorial debut A Single Man (2009) opposite Colin Firth and Julianne Moore; Max Winkler’s Ceremony (2010) opposite Uma Thurman; Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012); and the nomadic vampire ‘Garrett’ in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012).
On the small screen, Pace is most notable for his starring role in Bryan Fuller’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed series Pushing Daisies (2007), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor. The dramedy television series aired on ABC for two seasons earning a dedicated and cult following fan base. He also guest-starred on season 3 of The Mindy Project (2015) as ‘Alex,’ Mindy’s ex-boyfriend from college.
He can also be seen on the small screen in the AMC critically acclaimed series Halt and Catch Fire (2014) in which Pace stars as ‘Joe MacMillan’, a tech visionary during the rise of the personal computing boom of the 1980s.
For all his roles on screen, Pace maintains a connection to theatre. He starred in the limited run of the Off-Broadway production Small Tragedy which garnered him an Outstanding Actor Lucille Lortel Award nomination as well as in the two-character play Guardians in which he was also nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. Most recently, Pace returned to the stage in the Tony-nominated Broadway Revival production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.