The 70 Best Australian Actors/Actressesby mishrust | created - 26 Jan 2012 | updated - 12 Nov 2017 | Public
Criteria to be included: Must have been called an Aussie at some point in last few years. Must have grown up/lived in Australia at some point.
Actress | Carol
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 ...
The top actress to come out of Australia, and by far. She was nominated for Best Actress for Elizabeth and then won Best Supporting Actress for The Aviator, then won again in Blue Jasmine. Like Weaving she has a huge range and even played Bob Dylan in Im Not There. The sky is the limit
Actor | Les Misérables
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),...
This guy is really among the elite in Hollywood, his is one of the top actors right now, and has been for at least a decade. He was nominated 3 time for Best Actor at the Academy Awards, winning once for Gladiator.
Actor | The King's Speech
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. ...
Geoffry Rush rose to fame after his terrific performance in Shine, where he won an Oscar. Since then he has appeared in many more great films and has earned 2 more Best Supporting Actor nominations the last for The Kings Speech. Like many aussies, he continues to appear in Australian productions
4. Hugo Weaving
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 ...
Can play good and bad, small or big. Weaving is a wonderfully versatile actor who wowed audiences in The Matrix as Agent Smith. since then he's played V in V for Vendetta and Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
5. Hugh Jackman
Actor | Les Misérables
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 ...
Broadway star, former Oscar host and Hollywood leading man Hugh Jackman is without doubt one of the more recognisable faces in film today. Probably known best for his character: Wolverine. Rugged handsome looks have landed him in more than a few romantic films but he's good enough to play in stuff like The Prestige which id like to see more of.
6. 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 ...
Arguably the most versatile actor on this list, Bana has carved out a nice career for himself which took off after the critical acclaim of Chopper. He can play serious, comic, action star or villian and with still lots to prove i wouldn't be surprised if he won many awards in the future.
7. Heath Ledger
Actor | Brokeback Mountain
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 ...
Who can forget that magnificent and chilling performance Ledger gave as The Joker in Christopher Nolans widely successful The Dark Knight, he even won a posthumous Oscar for it. But Heath Ledger gave us more than just that earning accolades in Brokeback Mountain and Monsters Ball, while numerous hollywood films made him a popular figure
Actor | The Gift
Joel Edgerton was born on June 23, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia, to Marianne (van Dort) and Michael Edgerton, who is a solicitor and property developer. His brother is filmmaker Nash Edgerton. His mother is a Dutch immigrant. Joel went to Hills Grammar School in the Western Suburbs...
One of the many rising stars in Hollywood from downunder. Edgerton has starred in many aussie movies but 2012 looks to be a breakout year for him after 2011's Warrior and Animal Kingdom
Actress | Little Miss Sunshine
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
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...
Fantastic Actress with range, Toni Collette is sometimes so good that you start thinking she is who she acts on screen. After appearing in the 2000 remake of Shaft, Collette had been getting steady work in TV, Hollywood and down under too, collecting a few awards along the way
10. 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, ...
The man who starred in Time Machine, ahem, i mean Memento, LA Confidential and aussie darlings Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Animal Kingdom. Pearce has recently found a niche playing supporting roles in Hollywood and like many others, regularly returning to his roots. As mentioned above he has appeared in some great films, but he shows up in plenty more films and always performs well
11. 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 ...
The last few years may have been slow for her, thats why she misses out on a top 10 spot, but with credits like Dead Calm, Eyes Wide Shut and The Hours, theres no doubt she is a superstar. Im tipping a mini comeback in the next couple of years
12. Rose Byrne
Actress | Spy
Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.
She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll (1994), when she was 15 years old.
Since then, Rose has appeared in a ...
A rising star, Bryne has got some nice credits on her resume after some solid work in Sunshine, Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids. Keep an eye on this girl
13. David Wenham
David Wenham was born on September 21, 1965 in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and 300 (2006).
The talented and perhaps under-rated Wenham has slowly but surely been gaining momentum until recently. Id like to see him back in big films like 300 or raw gems like Gettin' Square
14. 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 ...
Yes its that guy, a small surprise to have him this low or even on the list, well check out his recent filmography and you see he's broken into hollywood. Vastly under-rated actor who stamped his ground in Animal Kingdom
15. Naomi Watts
Actress | Mulholland Dr.
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...
Wonderful actress, who knows how good she can get?
16. Anthony LaPaglia
Actor | Without a Trace
Anthony LaPaglia was born on January 31, 1959 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for Without a Trace (2002), Lantana (2001) and So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). He has been married to Alexandra Henkel since April 28, 2018. He was previously married to ...
Pipping many other great talents is a talent himself, Anthony LaPaglia. After moving to the US early in his career, he landed many supporting parts in Hollwood before he took some bigger roles in Australia such as Lantana and The Bank. In 2002 he got the role Jack Malone in Without a Trace that went on until 2009. I hope he keeps up his excellent support work in movies like The Salton Sea
17. Colin Friels
Actor | Darkman
Colin Friels was born on September 25, 1952 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Darkman (1990), Water Rats (1996) and Dark City (1998). He has been married to Judy Davis since October 30, 1984. They have two children.
Friels is genuine thespian, just check out his resume
18. Jason Clarke
Actor | Zero Dark Thirty
2015 is a very good year for him appearing in Everest, Child 44, Terminator Genisys and Knight of Cups. Bound for the top 12.
19. Graham Kennedy
Actor | The Club
Born in Melbourne in 1934 Graham Kennedy remains an icon in Australian TV, an accolade earned from his hosting of the long-running In Melbourne Tonight (1957) or IMT on Channel Nine. With his sidekick Bert Newton and aided and abetted by a range of brillant comedians including Joff Allen and a ...
20. Chris Hemsworth
Actor | The Avengers
Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ...
Thor? No, it was Rush when he starred alongside Daniel Bruhl which has him on the list, could be higher and im sure he will never stop improving
21. 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 (1978), Breaker Morant (1980), The Man from Snowy River (1982), Midnight in the Garden of...
One of the first of the Aussies to crack Hollywood, and still a massive talent
22. Judy Davis
Actress | The Dressmaker
Davis was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She found international success with the role of Adela Quested in A Passage to India (1984). Her performance was nominated an Academy Award for Best...
Once upon a time in the top 5
23. Rod Taylor
Actor | Inglourious Basterds
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 ...
Iconic Australian, he's been among some of the biggest ever names. Leading man in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and co-starring with John Wayne in The Train Robbers. Sadly passed away in early 2015
24. Bill Hunter
Actor | Gallipoli
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 ...
25. Brendan Cowell
Actor | Noise
Australian actor Brendan Cowell was raised in the beach side suburb of Cronulla by parents Yvonne and Bruce. His older sisters, both singers and dancers, encouraging Brendan to create his own shows to perform after dinner in front of the family. At age 8, he was cast in a TV commercial while ...
This guy started off with humble beginnings, but has since proven his worth. Another candidate for cracking the top 20 someday
26. David Field
Actor | The Night We Called It a Day
Unknown outside of Australia, David Field is a quality actor. He has appeared in lots of TV but also in plenty of Australian movies like Two Hands with Bryan Brown and Heath Ledger. Also, Check out his upcoming flick; Mystery Road, with two others on this list.
27. Abbie Cornish
Actress | Candy
Abbie Cornish grew up on her parents' 170 acre farm in the Hunter Valley town of Lochinvar with her 3 brothers and younger sister. Abbie started modeling at age 13. Her first acting job was at age 15 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission series Children's Hospital (1997) playing a quadriplegic.
Dont get it twisted, the girl is the real deal
28. Vince Colosimo
Actor | Chopper
Vince Colosimo is one of Australia's most recognised actors with an extensive and successful career in theatre, television and film. With an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2002 for his performance in the highly-successful feature film Lantana and a featured role in the internationally ...
He is in the top 30 for a reason, excellent actor
29. Jacki Weaver
Actress | Silver Linings Playbook
Jacki Weaver was born on May 25, 1947 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Jacqueline Ruth Weaver. She is an actress, known for Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Animal Kingdom (2010) and Stoker (2013). She has been married to Sean Taylor since 2003. She was previously married to Derryn Hinch, ...
Just never stops, she is at the peak of her powers right now
30. Errol Flynn
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Errol Flynn was born to parents Theodore Flynn, a respected biologist, and Marrelle Young, an adventurous young woman. Young Flynn was a rambunctious child who could be counted on to find trouble. Errol managed to have himself thrown out of every school he was enrolled in. In his late teens he set ...
Perhaps the first Aussie to break into Hollywood, with his energy and handsome looks, he was destined for stardom.
31. Mia Wasikowska
Actress | Alice in Wonderland
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,...
One to look out for over the coming years, shes hot property in
32. Noah Taylor
Actor | Shine
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 ...
Born in England but you know it, he's Aussie through and through
33. Richard Roxburgh
Actor | Moulin Rouge!
Richard Roxburgh was born on January 23, 1962 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and writer, known for Moulin Rouge! (2001), Van Helsing (2004) and Rake (2010). He has been married to Silvia Colloca since September 25, 2004. They have three children.
Was on the cusp of really breaking in to the A-list at Hollywood after appearances in Moulin Rouge, Mission Impossible 2 and Van Helsing. Perhaps there will be a return to the big screen soon
34. 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 plant 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.
Hailing from Western Australia, Worthington first appeared in Hollywood after Terminator Salvation. Not long after came the biggest movie of all time, Avatar, which he starred in. At the moment he is more of an action star but this guy will stick around long enough to try out his range
35. Claudia Karvan
Actress | Love My Way
Claudia Karvan is one of Australia's most recognized actresses, having achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television.
Having begun work at 14, Karvan has an extensive filmography. She first appeared in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide (1987) with Judy Davis, then...
Very talented actress
Actor | Murder She Said
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell was born on January 3, 1923 in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia as Charles William Tingwell. He was an actor and director, known for Murder She Said (1961), Breaker Morant (1980) and Murder at the Gallop (1963). He was married to Audrey Wilson. He died on May 15, 2009 in ...
Sadly passed away in recent years, but worked right to the end. A treasured actor
37. Stephen Curry
Actor | Rogue
I wish he was more active, but when he is on song, pure gold
38. Simon Baker
Actor | Margin Call
Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential (1997).
Star of 'The Mentalist', id like to see him back on the big screen
39. Anthony Hayes
Actor | Animal Kingdom
Grew up in the working class suburb of Browns Plains, Australia. Son of Noel Hayes who was a bricklayer and Janet (Nee) Allsopp who is a teacher for Autistic Children. Started acting at the age of 9. Spent three years of High School on set with a tutor. Failed theatre performance in High School ...
He's not done yet, probably will leapfrog some ahead on this list
40. Margot Robbie
Actress | Suicide Squad
Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...
What? You haven't heard of Margot Robbie? You must have been living under a rock. Perhaps Uluru even
41. Bryan Brown
Actor | Cocktail
Bryan Brown was born on June 23, 1947 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Bryan Neathaway Brown. He is an actor and producer, known for Cocktail (1988), Breaker Morant (1980) and Two Hands (1999). He has been married to Rachel Ward since April 16, 1983. They have three children.
Used to hold the No. 1 spot back in the 80s, but has since not been seen as often. Still a class act
42. Anna Torv
Actress | Fringe
Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of ...
43. Paul Hogan
Actor | Crocodile Dundee
Paul Hogan became a worldwide success with his irresistible comic performance in Crocodile Dundee (1986), which he created and co-wrote. This earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor as well as an Academy Award nomination (for Best Screenplay). The versatile actor got his start in Australian ...
You call that a knife?
44. Lachy Hulme
Actor | Killer Elite
Striking, intense actor from Australia. A leading man with both strong dramatic range and ample comic timing, Lachy Hulme broke into movies by writing Canadian action/drama Men with Guns (1997), a bloody tale of friendship and revenge directed by Kari Skogland. Following numerous guest appearances ...
Very well may crack to top 20 one day...soon
45. Jai Courtney
Actor | Terminator Genisys
Rising star, only a matter of time before he headlines a blockbuster
46. Gary Sweet
Actor | Alexandra's Project
Unheralded but no doubt a class act
47. Sigrid Thornton
Actress | SeaChange
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) ...
Very seasoned and talented actress
48. Barry Humphries
His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and ...
49. Angus Sampson
Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road
Very versatile, though best in comedy
50. John Noble
Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977 - 87. Head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997-00. Directed over 80 plays, including 'Sons of Cain' on London's West End (1986). Freelance actor. Semi-regular in TV series 'All Saints'. Voice and acting teacher.
51. John Howard
Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road
Has a sister, Jan. Grew up in Warrawee, NSW Australia and went to Knox Grammar School. Dropped out of medicine and law at university. Graduated in 1978 from NIDA with Penny Cook, Robert Grubb. Played leading roles from 1981 to 2012 in various plays. Won a Critics Circle award in 1992 for "The ...
Television was his game, but recently was seen in the Mad Max: Fury Road
52. John Meillon
Actor | 'Crocodile' Dundee II
John Meillon was born on May 1, 1934 in Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was an actor, known for Crocodile Dundee II (1988), Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Wake in Fright (1971). He was married to Bunny Gibson and June Salter. He died on August 10, 1989 in Neutral Bay, Sydney.
53. Chips Rafferty
Actor | Wake in Fright
Years before Jack Thompson arrived on the scene, Chips Rafferty was regarded by many as the personification of the stereotypically rugged, straightforward and laconic Aussie male. Tall and thin, though not particularly striking in appearance, Rafferty was a tailor-made star for the austere, ...
Typical aussie (like the name!) from back in the day
54. Michael Caton
Actor | The Castle
If you haven't seen The Castle yet, go watch it. NOW! But Caton has been around a long time, just click the link
56. David Gulpilil
Actor | Rabbit-Proof Fence
David Gulpilil was born on July 1, 1953 in Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia as David Gulparil Gulpilil. He is an actor, known for Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Australia (2008). He has been married to Miriam Ashley since 2004. He was previously married...
Not only an actor, but has recently had credits for writing. Been around a long time
57. Shane Jacobson
Actor | Kenny
Shane Jacobson an Australian actor, presenter and entertainer, having worked in radio, film, stage and television, and with some of the biggest names in the business for more than 25 years.
Performing has always been an important part of Shane's life. It all began for him at the age of 10 in amateur...
Lovable aussie, really want to see more of him
58. Wendy Hughes
Actress | Return to Eden
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,...
59. Teresa Palmer
Actress | Lights Out
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 ...
Actor | 300: Rise of an Empire
After appearing in Animal Kingdom in a star studded Australian film, he has broken into hollywood headlining the sequel to 300, both films being surprise successes
62. Josh Lawson
Actor | The Little Death
With comedic talents and a knack for writing, we are bound to see more of this guy
63. Ryan Kwanten
Actor | True Blood
An Australian actor, Ryan Kwanten was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He appeared on several TV shows Down Under, including a five year stint on the popular series Home and Away. After graduating from business school at the University of Sydney, he came to Los Angeles for what was supposed to...
64. Liam Hemsworth
Actor | The Hunger Games
Liam Hemsworth was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia, and is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is the son of Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal ...
One to watch over the next few years
65. Rodger Corser
Actor | Glitch
Rodger Corser is well known to Australian audiences having worked extensively in television, theatre and film. Most recently being nominated for three individual Logie awards two years running, for Most Outstanding Actor, Most Popular Actor and the Gold Logie.
In recent years Rodger has played ...
66. Craig McLachlan
Actor | The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Craig McLachlan is one of Australia's most versatile actors and a household name in both Australia and the U.K. He has been the recipient of the top Australian television accolade, the coveted Gold Logie, and his stage production of Grease held the U.K. West End all-time box office record from 1993...
69. Isabel Lucas
Actress | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Isabel was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss. When she was age 6, her family moved to Switzerland for a year. They moved back to Melbourne for a while before moving to a very small mining town in the Northern Territory (population 1,000). Along with her ...