Date: 8th December 2008

Ledger honoured in home country

The late Australian actor Heath Ledger has been posthumously honoured with one of his country's top film awards.

Ledger was granted the Australian Film Institute's (AFI) international award for best actor for playing The Joker in the Batman movie, The Dark Knight.

Guests at the awards ceremony in Melbourne's Princess Theatre gave Ledger a standing ovation.

The 28-year-old actor died in January of an accidental overdose of painkillers and other medicines.

His sister Kate accepted the award, accompanied by her parents.

Source: Press Release