Australian actors are famous around the world. Below are a list of some famous Aussie actors. In some instances the actors have dual nationalities.
You may ask who are some Aussie actors? The list is long with so many now famous actors from Australia who have made it big in international productions.
Most Famous Australian Actors
Nicole Kidman holds passports from both Australia and USA. She has played the leading role in so many Hollywood productions that she has her own star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Some of her more well known movies include Eyes Wide Shut, Lion, Australia, Moulin Rouge, To Die For, The Interpreter, Practical Magic, Batman Forever, Aquaman, Golden Compass, The Peacemaker and Far and Away.
Hugh Jackman is most famous for his role of Wolverine in the X-men series. Other notable films include Australia, The Greatest Showman, Real Steel, Van Helsing, Swordfish, Australia and Eddie the Eagle.
Cate Blanchett’s most successful films include The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy, The talented Mr Ripley, Robin Hood, Cinderella, Thor: Ragnarok, and Ocean’s 8.
Naomi Watts played Ann Darrow in the remake of King Kong. She has also appeared in Insurgent, Birdman, Le Divorce, etc.
Eric Bana played Bruce Banner and The Hulk in the 2003 version. He has also appeared in The Time Travellers Wife, Troy and Black Hawk Down.
Paul Hogan played Crocodile Dundee in his own film, Crocodile Dundee.
Geoffrey Rush stars as Captain Hector Barbossa in the Pirates of the Carribean and Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech.
Chris Hemsworth is well known as Thor in the The Avengers franchise. He once picked up a hitch hiker on his way from Brisbane to Byron Bay and asked him if it was OK to detour via the airport. He took the hitch hiker the rest of the way by helicopter. His brother Liam Hemsworth stars as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games franchise.
Hugo Weaving is Mr Smith in The Matrix Trilogy.
Heath Ledger portrays The Joker, in The Dark Knight.
Guy Pearce starred as Leonard Shelby in Memento, Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen in The Time Machine, and Fernand Mondego in the Count of Monte Cristo.
Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.
Sam Worthington was Jake Sully in Avatar.
Barry Humphries who is well known as Dame Edna Everidge in Australia played the Goblin King in The Hobbit.
Isabel Lucas starred as Alice in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Simon Baker starred in the Mentalist as well as roles in the Guardian and The Devil Wears Prada.
Mia Wasikowska played Alice in Alice in Wonderland 2010.
David Wenham played Faramir in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and Carl in Van Helsing.
Most Famous Australian Directors
In addition to actors, the following Aussie directors hold international acclaim:
Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Australia)
Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show)
George Miller (Witches of Eastwick, Babe, Happy Feet)
The above are just short extracts of the most famous Australian actors. In just about any large production in the USA, there are Aussie actors.
Many of our top actors went to NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Some of its most famous graduates include Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Baz Luhrmann, Otto Miranda, Colin Friels, Hugo Weaving and Sam Worthington.
In fact, one would have to conclude that our famous actors and directors have done quite well in films for such a small population.
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