A mainstay in Australian film for many years, native Aussie Heather Mitchell graced the casts of many of her home country's most acclaimed screen productions, beginning in the early '80s. Throughout her career, she divided her time more or less equally between film and television and appeared several occasions opposite actor Hugo Weaving. Mitchell debuted on Australian television around 1981, but came into her own beginning in the late '80s. Assignments included a bit part as a barmaid in Nadia Tass's comedy Malcolm (1996), a turn as Weaving's mother in Jocelyn Moorhouse's offbeat black comedy Proof (1991), and a small but memorable role as a bridal manager in P.J. Hogan's audience-pleaser Muriel's Wedding (1994). Mitchell then gradually ascended to higher billing in successive projects, tackling supporting roles in Kathryn Millard's period drama Traveling Light (2003) and Greg McLean's natural horror outing Rogue (2008).