Best known as the son of late director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) and Chinese choreographer Carolyn Choa, Max Minghella began life in Hampstead, England, and opted to become an actor in his teens for reasons that were (as he later recalled) entirely unrelated to his father's business. He attended Columbia University beginning in the early 2000s, then moved into feature roles, first with a bit part in his dad's Civil War opus Cold Mountain (2003), then striking out on his own with parts in Hollywood features including Syriana (2005), Art School Confidential (2006), How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008), and Hippie Hippie Shake (2009). In the years to come, Minghella would appear in numerous major films, like The Social Network, The Ides of March, and The Darkest Hour. In 2013, he landed a recurring role on The Mindy Project.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Is half-Chinese.
- Was given a super-8 video camera by Matt Damon on his 13th birthday while visiting the set of The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by his father, Anthony Minghella.
- As a teen, wanted to become a music-video director.
- Was inspired to pursue acting during his late teens after seeing a production of the play This Is Our Youth.
- Trained with the National Youth Theatre in London.
- Made his film debut (uncredited) in his father's Cold Mountain (2003).