He was nominated for the 2005 Teen Choice Award for the choice of Movie Scream Scene.
He really loved getting some attention from the audience while he was young.
The name of his girlfriend is Corbett Truck.
Leigh got sick while he was making the script of the movie Saw because he was juggling a job and a full-time girlfriend.
Leigh was the executive producer on the movie The Desperate.
Leigh attended the Scoresby Primary School in Melbourne.
Film historian Alan Jones labeled Leigh as one of the "Splat Pack," a group of modern directors specializing in highly violent films. Others in the "Pack" include Greg McLean, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie, James Wan, Neil Marshall, Alexandra Aja, and Darren Lynn Bousman.
Among Leigh's favorite movies are Rope, Requiem for a Dream, The Shining, and Lost Highway. His favorite directors include David Lynch and Dario Argento.
His father is Adam, his brother is Adam.
Leigh has a tattoo on his right shoulder.
While he was in hospital he was given inspiration for the character of Jigsaw/John to have cancer on the movie Saw.
Leigh Whannell shot a scene where he was ensnared in a bear trap to make it more realistic on the making of the film movie Saw.
Leigh Whannell owns and drives a Delorean which he brought to Australia.
He lived with his parents until he was 25.
He is 5' 7" (1.70 m).
He played Axel in Enter the Matrix (video game).
Leigh Whannell: I was thinking, if the doll from Saw was so popular why not build a whole movie around it?
Leigh Whannell: I'm writing a kids movie, believe it or not, and I'm really enjoying that. And I'm working on something with James, which I would describe as a sci-fi/thriller/noir film with a couple of horror elements.
Leigh Whannell: All of a sudden, I'm on set and I'm like, "Oh yeah, I have to spend this whole film wet." Someone should have really told me but I can't say that because I wrote it.
Leigh Whannell: We've got three drops of convict blood in us, because we are from Australia. We are used to oppression.
Leigh Whannell: I wouldn't say that was entirely non-deliberate. I do think men can be especially selfish, very focused on what they're doing. Women often the mother character in the film cares for the child more than she cares for herself, and just from my own point of view, I felt that the men in the film are more the type of people Jigsaw would have a major problem with.