Actors of the Australian Film Industry

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Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, after his parents split up...
“ David Helfgott...Shine
Marquis de Sade...Quills ” - nscivoletto
 
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Guy Pearce
Actor, Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, after his father was offered the position of Chief test pilot for the Australian Government...
“ Ed Exley...L.A. Confidential
Leonard Shelby...Memento
Charlie Burns...The Proposition ” - nscivoletto
 
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Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Queen Elizabeth I...Elizabeth
Katharine Hepburn...The Aviator
Jasmine French...Blue Jasmine ” - nscivoletto
 
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Russell Crowe
Actor, Gladiator
Russell Ira Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand, to Jocelyn Yvonne (Wemyss) and John Alexander Crowe, both of whom catered movie sets. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Wemyss, was a cinematographer. Crowe's recent ancestry includes Welsh (where his paternal grandfather was born, in Wrexham), English...
“ Jeffrey Wigand...The Insider
Maximus...Gladiator
John Nash...A Beautiful Mind ” - nscivoletto
 
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Jack Thompson
Australian actor Jack Thompson was born John Hadley Payne on August 31, 1940 in Manly, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney. Outside of Oz, he is best known for his appearances in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, 'Breaker' Morant, The Man from Snowy River, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. 'Breaker' Morant in which he played a military defense attorney defending three soldiers accused of murder during the Boer War...
“ Tony Petersen...Petersen
Major J.F. Thomas...Breaker Morant ” - nscivoletto
 
6.
Ben Mendelsohn
Actor, Rogue One
Despite his prominence in Hollywood as a character actor known for playing villains and criminals, Ben Mendelsohn has been a leading man in Australia since starting acting as a teenager. Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Carole Ann (Ferguson), a nurse, and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn...
“ Trevor Leishman...The Year My Voice Broke
Andrew 'Pope' Cody...Animal Kingdom
Russell...Killing Them Softly ” - nscivoletto
 
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Sam Neill
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities at Canterbury and Victoria...
“ Michael Chamberlain...A Cry in the Dark
Captain Vasily Borodin...The Hunt for Red October
Alisdair Stewart...The Piano ” - nscivoletto
 
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Mel Gibson
Actor, Braveheart
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson was born January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, New York, USA, as the sixth of eleven children of Hutton Gibson, a railroad brakeman, and Anne Patricia (Reilly) Gibson (who died in December of 1990). His mother was Irish, from County Longford, while his American-born father is of mostly Irish descent...
“ Frank Dunne...Gallipoli
Guy Hamilton...The Year of Living Dangerously
Fletcher Christian...The Bounty ” - nscivoletto
 
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Hugo Weaving
Actor, The Matrix
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria...
“ Martin...Proof
Tom Doss...Hacksaw Ridge ” - nscivoletto
 
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Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ Janet Odgers...Flirting
Anna Khitrova...Eastern Promises
Lesley Truman...Birdman ” - nscivoletto
 
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Eric Bana
Actor, Munich
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser...
“ Mark Read...Chopper
'Hoot' Gibson...Black Hawk Down
Avner Kaufman...Munich ” - nscivoletto
 
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Noah Taylor
Noah George Taylor, the elder of two boys, was born in 1969 in London, England, to Maggie (Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist. His family lived in both England and New Zealand before returning to his parents' native Australia in 1974. His parents divorced when he was a teenager and his father remarried--to theater publicist...
“ Danny Embling...The Year My Voice Broke
Dick Roswell...Almost Famous ” - nscivoletto
 
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Rachel Griffiths
Actress, Blow
Her mother, Anna Griffiths, is an art consultant. Her uncle is a Jesuit priest. Has two older brothers. One brother, Ben, is a ski instructor. Lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland until age five, then moved to Melbourne. Attended Star of the Sea Catholic Girls' College, did well at school and learned ballet...
“ Hilary du Pre...Hilary and Jackie
Bertha Doss...Hacksaw Ridge ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Chris Lee...The Last Wave
The Tracker...The Tracker
Charlie...Charlie's Country ” - nscivoletto
 
15.
David Wenham
Actor, 300
“ Father Damien...Molokai
John Brierley...Lion ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Sergeant James Quinlan...The Custodian
Al Torrio...Sweet and Lowdown ” - nscivoletto
 
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Joel Edgerton
Actor, Warrior
Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton. He went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs of Sydney, and after leaving, he attended Nepean Drama School in 1994...
“ Barry Brown...Animal Kingdom
Brendan Conlon...Warrior
Patrick...Zero Dark Thirty
John Connolly...Black Mass ” - nscivoletto
 
18.
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ Rae Ingram...Dead Calm
Nicola Radcliffe...Flirting
Virginia Woolf...The Hours
Sue Brierley...Lion ” - nscivoletto
 
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Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised nineteen films...
“ Ennis Del Mar...Brokeback Mountain
Robbie Clark...I'm Not There
The Joker...The Dark Knight ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Minnie...Picnic at Hanging Rock
Janine 'Smurf' Cody...Animal Kingdom
Dolores Solitano...Silver Linings Playbook ” - nscivoletto
 
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Judy Davis
Actress, Barton Fink
Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel...
“ Adela Quested...A Passage to India
Audrey Taylor...Barton Fink
Sally...Husbands and Wives
Caroline Chasseur...The Ref ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Howard Bondurant...Lawless
Dan...Zero Dark Thirty ” - nscivoletto
 
23.
Rod Taylor
Suave and handsome Australian actor who came to Hollywood in the 1950s, and built himself up from a supporting actor into taking the lead in several well-remembered movies. Arguably his most fondly remembered role was that as George (Herbert George Wells), the inventor, in George Pal's spectacular The Time Machine...
“ Jack Janiero...King of the Coral Sea
Mitch Brenner...The Birds ” - nscivoletto
 
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Bill Kerr
Actor, Gallipoli
In the 1950s, Bill Kerr was one of Tony Hancock's regular sidekicks in the popular radio series 'Hancock's Half Hour'. In the first series he was smarter than Tony, but as the series progressed he became more and more stupid and childlike, regularly calling Tony 'Tubb'. Despite remaining on the radio series throughout its six year run, when the TV series began he was not required.
“ Jack...Gallipoli
Colonel Henderson...The Year of Living Dangerously
Harry Chauvel...The Lighthorsemen ” - nscivoletto
 
25.
Bill Hunter
Bill Hunter was one of Australia's acting legends, having worked with almost every notable Australian director and actor of the last thirty years - evidence of his genuine popularity among the public and acting fraternity alike. He started out in Australian television in the '60s (a hotbed of well written and directed drama)...
“ Len Maguire...Newsfront
Major Barton...Gallipoli ” - nscivoletto
 
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Hugh Jackman
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Leopold...Kate & Leopold
Robert Angier...The Prestige ” - nscivoletto
 
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Toni Collette
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine. Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three children of Judith (Cook)...
“ Wendy Robinson...Spotswood
Muriel Heslop...Muriel's Wedding ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Javo...Monkey Grip
Malcolm...Malcolm ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Lieutenant Peter Handcock...Breaker Morant
Bob Campbell...Gorillas in the Mist ” - nscivoletto
 
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Mia Wasikowska
Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight, her family moved to Poland for a year...
“ Chaya...Defiance
Helen Dawes...Albert Nobbs
Bertha Mannix...Lawless ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Lieutenant Harry Carstairs...The Desert Rats
Jack Henderson...The Money Movers
Lieutenant Colonel Denny...Breaker Morant
Justice James Muirhead...A Cry in the Dark ” - nscivoletto
 
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Sam Worthington
Actor, Avatar
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power planet employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Worthington...
“ Joe...Somersault
Captain Glover...Hacksaw Ridge ” - nscivoletto
 
33.
John Hargreaves
John Hargreaves was the quintessential Australian man. An actor of sparkling, biting wit, he once said he would easily give up his remarkable career if it ever bored him, in favor of metallurgy because it was something that always interested him. Despite his lengthy list of credits in his home country...
“ Don Henderson...Don's Party
Martin Stang...Hoodwink ” - nscivoletto
 
34.
Teresa Palmer
Actress, Warm Bodies
Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was well-known for her practical jokes...
“ Julie Grigio...Warm Bodies
Michelle Allen...Triple 9
Dorothy Schutte...Hacksaw Ridge ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Nell Tiscowitz...The Girl Who Came Late
Charlotte Finch...The Daughter ” - nscivoletto
 
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Wendy Hughes
Wendy Hughes was an accomplished actress who had won over 13 major awards. She had been called "one of the world's great actresses" with "the beauty and talent to become an international star". Hughes was born in Melbourne and studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. She has two children, Charlotte (17) and Jay (13).
“ Amy Mackenzie...Newsfront
Aunt Helen...My Brilliant Career ” - nscivoletto
 
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Hugh Keays-Byrne
Hugh Keays-Byrne was born in 1947 in Kashmir, India. In 1973, he moved to Australia, where he began an acting career. He is a well respected theater, film and TV actor in Australia. Hugh became noticed after roles in Stone (1974), Mad Dog Morgan (1976) and The Trespassers (1976). He landed his first leading role in TV film The Death Train (1978)...
“ Toecutter...Mad Max
Immortan Joe...Mad Max: Fury Road ” - nscivoletto
 
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“ Graham 'Stork' Wallace...Stork
The Gyro Captain...The Road Warrior
Jonah...The Year My Voice Broke ” - nscivoletto
 
39.
Sigrid Thornton
Actress, Paradise
An icon of the Australian screen, Sigrid Thornton has starred in many of the films now regarded as classics of the Australian cinema. They include George Miller's box office hit The Man From Snowy River (Fox Classics), The Lighthorsemen (RKO), directed by Simon Wincer, Slate Wyn And Me (Hemdale) and The Man From Snowy River 11 (Disney - Touchstone)...
“ Jessica Harrison...The Man from Snowy River
Gloria...Street Hero
Anna...The Lighthorsemen ” - nscivoletto
 
40.
Vernon Wells
Actor, Mad Max 2
Strong-featured Australian actor Vernon Wells was born December 1945 in Rushworth, rural Victoria, to Eva Maude (Jackson) and Michael Wells. He initially worked in a quarry, and then as a salesman. He was noticed by casting agents and started to appear in Australian TV commercials, print ads, local Australian TV shows such as "Homicide" and "Matlock Police"...
“ Wez...The Road Warrior
Lord General...Weird Science ” - nscivoletto