Stunning Aussie Actors & Actresses
Some of Hollywood’s most talented (and not to mention stunning) stars were born and raised in Australia. Many worked on a popular Aussie soap opera before launching their Hollywood careers. One is a rising LGBTQ star, two have made Oscar history, and still, more thought they would have blue collar jobs instead of ending up on the red carpet. Check out some of the biggest names in Hollywood who hail from down under.
Chris Hemsworth, AKA Thor, Spent Part Of His Childhood In The Outback
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Chris Hemsworth is best known for playing the Marvel superhero Thor, but long before he was a big star in the U.S., he spent his childhood in the Outback. He even got his professional start in Australia on the TV series Home and Away. His other film credits include Snow White and the Huntsman, Star Trek, Red Dawn, Rush and Ghostbusters.
Talent runs in Hemsworth’s blood. His brothers Liam and Luke are also actors and his uncle Rod Ansell was the bushman who inspired the 1986 film, Crocodile Dundee. Chris was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2014.
Keep reading for another Hemsworth on our list.
Margot Robbie Needed Liquid Courage Before Her Sex Scene With Leonardo DiCaprio
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Margot Robbie’s breakthrough Hollywood role was the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street. She was so nervous prior to her sex scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, she did three tequila shots at 9 a.m. before the shoot. She also played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and earned an Academy Award nomination for playing Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
Robbie is set to play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Like many stars, she’s endured a lot of gossip about her life. Rumors swirled that she and Will Smith had an affair on the set of Focus, but she vehemently denied it.
Liam Hemsworth Is Engaged To Miley Cyrus & A Devoted Vegan
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Liam Hemsworth has appeared in films such as The Last Song, The Hunger Games franchise, and Independence Day: Resurgence. While his film career is noteworthy, he is arguably best known for his relationship with American actress-singer Miley Cyrus. The two met while filming 2010’s The Last Song.
The pair got engaged in 2012, split the following year, then got back together and are once again engaged. Liam is a vegan and was named PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity in 2016. He gave up red meat because it made him feel sick. He was also inspired to change his diet after working with Hunger Games co-star Woody Harrelson.
Who knew Nicole Kidman’s real name is Hōkūlani?
Nicole Kidman Was Born In Hawaii To Australian Parents
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Nicole Kidman was born in Hawaii and given the Hawaiian name “Hōkūlani,” which means “Heavenly Star.” Her parents were visiting the state on temporary student visas but returned to Australia when Kidman was four. Her acting credits include Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, Cold Mountain, and the HBO series Big Little Lies.
She was once married to actor Tom Cruise, and they adopted two children. She and her current husband, country star Keith Urban, have two children together. She is a tall actress at almost six-feet-tall and is best friends with Namoi Watts, whom she met while filming a commercial. She was the first Australian actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress.
Speaking of Naomi Watts…
Naomi Watts’ Father Worked Backstage With Pink Floyd
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Naomi Watts’ breakthrough role in Hollywood was 2001’s Mulholland Drive. She followed up with The Ring and 21 Grams, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She’s also known for the films King Kong, Birdman, and The Impossible.
Watts was born in England but grew up down under (her maternal grandmother was Australian). She considers herself to be both British and Australian. Her father was a sound engineer and road manager for Pink Floyd. Watts started her acting career in Australia before moving to America in the mid-’90s. She has two sons with actor Liev Schrieber.
Cate Blanchett Is The Only Australian To Win Two Acting Oscars
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Cate Blanchett is known for films such as The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, Carol, and Elizabeth. She is the only Australian to win two acting Oscars and has been nominated a total of seven times (winning two Academy Awards). She has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to the Australian Society by the Australian government.
Blanchett also received the Doctor of Letter from the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and the Macquarie University, for her contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community. She was also made a Companion in the Order of Australia in 2017.
Hugh Jackman Bulked Up For Wolverine & Starved Himself For Les Miserables
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Hugh Jackman is known for films such as The X-Men, Les Miserables, and The Greatest Showman. He was born in Sydney to English parents. After his parents divorced when he was eight, Jackman stayed in Australia with his father.
Before becoming an actor, Jackman wanted to be a journalist. He is known for shedding weight and gaining pounds, depending on what the film role requires. For Les Miserables, for example, he starved himself of food and water to drop 20 pounds very quickly. In 2016 he shared his battle with skin cancer, telling fans the importance of wearing sunscreen.
Heath Ledger: Gone But Not Forgotten
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Heath Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 and was known for films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight’s Tale, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight, for which he posthumously won an Academy Award. He was only the second person to win a posthumous Oscar for acting.
Fans were stunned when he died of an accidental overdose on January 22, 2008, due to a lethal mix of painkillers, sleeping pills, and anti-anxiety medication. He was just 28 years old. Ledger had a daughter with actress Michelle Williams and was an avid chess player.
This next Aussie actress shared a touching throwback photo with Heath.
Rose Byrne’s Hollywood Debut Was In A Famous SciFi Franchise
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Rose Byrne is known for the films Spy, Insidious, Bridesmaids, and Neighbors as well as the TV series Damages. She started acting at age eight and made her Hollywood debut in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as Senator Padmé Amidala’s handmaiden.
She was friends with fellow Aussie Heath Ledger, and in August 2018 she posted a throwback photo of the two of them in their first film together, Two Hands. She captioned the pic: “Twenty years ago! Two Hands! Aussie kids on their first film. My own vintage polyester frock for $18.” She and actor Bobby Cannavale have two sons.
Ruby Rose Is Breaking Barriers As An LGBTQ Actor
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Ruby Rose made headlines after she was cast as Batwoman, making her the first LGBTQ lead in a live-action superhero series. Some fans falsely asserted that Rose couldn’t play a lesbian even though she has been out since she was 12 years old. The backlash forced the actress to shut down her Twitter account.
Rose, who has been open about having bipolar disorder and clinical depression, considered taking her own life as a child because she was bullied so much for her sexuality. She is known for the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and the films Pitch Perfect 3 and The Meg.
Eric Bana Wanted To Be A Mechanic Before This Famous Action Film Inspired Him To Act
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You may know Eric Bana for films such as Munich, Troy, Lone Survivor and the Time Traveler’s Wife. He also played the Hulk. He was born in Melbourne to a Croatian father and German mother. He was bullied as a child for his immigrant roots. Watching fellow Aussie Mel Gibson in Mad Max inspired him to act (prior to that he wanted to be a mechanic).
Bana loves racing and has competed in Australia’s Porsche Challenge. He also loves Australian rules football. He two children with his wife Rebecca Gleeson, who live in Melbourne.
British-Australian Actress Isla Fisher Is Also A Novelist
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Isla Fisher is a British-Australian actress who was born in Oman and moved to Australia when she was six. She launched her career on the Australian small screen, appearing in commercials and the soap opera Home and Away. Her popular films include Scooby-Doo, Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, and Keeping Up With The Jones. She also appeared in the TV series Arrested Development.
She is married to controversial funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen, with whom she has two kids. She has written two young adult novels and converted to Judaism, which is her husband’s religion.
Simon Baker Is Quite Close To His Fellow Australian Actors
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Simon Baker is most known for the TV series The Mentalist and The Guardian. He has also appeared in films The Devil Wears Prada, The Ring Two, Red Planet, and Margin Call.
Baker is quite close to his fellow Aussie actors as well. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman are even the godparents to two of his children. And while Baker might not be a household name, he’s got a pretty impressive resume. In 1992, he received Australia’s prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. In 2013, he was named the face of Givenchy fragrance “Gentlemen Only.” He has also been an Ambassador of Elegance for the Swiss luxury watchmaker Longines.
Sam Worthington Was A Bricklayer Before He Became An Action Star
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Sam Worthington was a bricklayer before he became an actor. He won Australia’s highest film award in 2004 for the film Somersault, which catapulted his career. He focused on low-budget films before truly pursuing Hollywood, appearing in movies such as Avatar, Terminator Salvation, Clash of the Titans, Hacksaw Ridge and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Unfortunately, an arrest sidelined his career — if only momentarily. He was arrested in New York City in 2014 for punching a paparazzo after he allegedly kicked Worthington’s wife (with whom he has two children). Worthington was charged with misdemeanor assault but avoided jail time.
Silver Screen Heartthrob Errol Flynn Was A Voyeur & Partied Hard
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Errol Flynn was born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He started acting at the age of nine in 1918 and was known for playing swashbuckler characters in films such as 1938’s The Adventures of Robinhood, 1948’s The Adventures of Don Juan and 1941’s They Died With Their Boots On.
Despite his acting skills, Flynn was a womanizer and heavy drinker who carried on romantic relationships with multiple actresses, including Marlene Dietrich. He was famously kicked out of the Hearst Castle for partying too hard. His home was filled with two-way mirrors and peepholes so he could spy on his guests. He married three different women and died of a heart attack at age 50.
Teresa Palmer Endured Backlash For Breastfeeding Her Toddler Son
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Actress Teresa Palmer has appeared in the films Warm Bodies, Lights Out and Hacksaw Ridge, but things haven’t always been easy for the Aussie star. Born in Adelaide, she lived in public housing with her mother as a child and on her father’s farm in South Australia where she started acting at a young age.
While she’s made headlines for her acting chops, she’s also come under scrutiny for her parenting choices. Palmer has two children with actor-director Mark Webber and, in 2016, was criticized because she continued to breastfeed her two-year-old son. She lashed out at the haters, saying, “From dirty looks to whispers and nasty comments, it is downright bullying.”
Jai Courtney Is An Action Star In The Making
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Jai Courtney has appeared in the films Jack Reacher, A Good Day to Die Hard, Divergent, Terminator Genisys, Suicide Squad and the TV series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later. Born in Sydney, he had the leading role in the hit Australian series Packed to the Rafters in 2008.
Courtney was very close to his Spartacus co-star Andy Whitfield, who died suddenly in 2011. Courtney has been romantically linked to his Terminator co-star and Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. He’s credited with saying, “I don’t know if I’m an action star or if that’s just how things are shaping up.”
Melissa George Was A Roller Skating Champion & Once Dated A Hip Hop Mogul
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Australian-American actress Melissa George was born in Perth. Like many Australian stars, she got her start on the soap Home and Away. She is also known for TV shows including Alias, In Treatment, and The Good Wife as well as the films The Amityville Horror and Turistas.
Prior to becoming an actress, George loved artistic roller skating and was a national champion, winning two bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991. She became an American citizen in 2008 and once dated hip-hop star Russell Simmons.
Alex O’Loughlin Got Addicted To Painkillers Following A Surfing Accident
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Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin was born in Canberra and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art in his early 20s. Nearly two decades later, he’s now appeared in several films, including Whiteout, August Rush, and The Backup Plan.
O’Loughlin injured his shoulder while surfing and developed a dependency on pain medication. In 2012, he took a break from Hawaii Five-O to receive treatment for the prescription drug addiction. The following year, Australians in Film honored him with its “Breakthrough Award.” When he’s not in front of the camera, O’Loughlin is likely hanging out with his three children.
Ryan Kwanten Turned Heads On True Blood & Loves Doing His Own Stunts
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Ryan Kwanten grew up in Sydney, where he graduated from business school at the University of Sydney before visiting Los Angeles for what was supposed to be a short stay. He wound up liking the city and pursued an acting career. Today, his TV credits include Home and Away, Summerland, True Blood, and The Oath.
Kwanten is known for performing most of his own stunts, which has made him a popular choice for films in America and abroad. He has appeared in several films, including The Right Kind of Wrong, The Hurricane Heist, and Legend of the Guardians. Australian GQ named him Man Of The Year in 2010.