Joseph Mawle’s first television role was Sir Tificate in the BAFTA-winning series Sir Gadabout, the Worst Knight in the Land (2002) for CITV. He went on to feature in Alex Holmes’s mini-series Dunkirk for BBC2 which won a Factual Drama BAFTA.
Mawle came to national recognition through the BAFTA winning drama SOUNDPROOF (2007), which won him a breakthrough nomination at the Royal Television Society Awards. The year continued with two performances under the direction of Adrian Shergold, the first in Jane Austen’s Persuasion for ITV and the second in the controversial gay drama Clapham Junction for Channel 4. In 2008, he played Jesus in The Passion for BBC/HBO. The following year he had roles in the critically acclaimed BAFTA nominated dramas The Street and Freefall.
Mawle played The Ripper in James Marsh’s The Red Riding Trilogy in 2009 and the following year saw him star in BBC drama Five Daughters about the Ipswich prostitute murders, in Dominic Savage’s TV film Dive and alongside an all-star international cast in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. 2011 was another busy year as he starred in DH Lawrence adaptation, Women in Love, with Rosamund Pike and Rory Kinnear. Mawle appeared as Benjen Stark in the smash HBO series Game of Thrones which gained an ensemble performance SAG Award nomination. In 2012 Joseph was BAFTA nominated for his role in Birdsong, alongside Eddie Redmayne.
He has recently completed filming on The Tunnel for Sky Atlantic with Clemence Posey and Stephen Dillane.
Mawle’s film credits include the short film AFTER TOMORROW which won Best Short at Cannes and Philip Ridley’s 2009 gothic urban fairy-tale HEARTLESS with Jim Sturgess. He co-starred in MADE IN DAGENHAM (2010) with Sally Hawkins and Andrea Riseborough and THE AWAKENING (2011), a feature film starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. Mawle first worked in the US with two action films THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY with Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis and historical mash up ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER, both 2012. March 2013 saw the release of Scott Graham’s debut feature SHELL, which Mawle starred in. Soon he begins principal photography in Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
Joseph Mawle’s theatre credits include the male lead in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Patrick Sandford’s Hamlet for the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, both in 2003, and Braham Murray’s Anthony and Cleopatra for Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre (2005). He also played the title role in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at London’s Almeida Theatre in 2008.