Actors Who Emigrated To Australiaby bloody-3 | created - 24 Sep 2016 | updated - 7 months ago | Public
Actors From Other Countries Who Chose To Come To Australia. They may have started their profession before arriving or taken it up after settling here.
Actress | Sons and Daughters
Abigail became Australia's undisputed number 1 female sex symbol through her role as virginal blonde Bev Houghton in Number 96 (1972). English born Abigail was educated in France. Her mother was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) of Dutch Burgher/Eurasian ethnicity. Abigail came to Australia in 1971 and ...
2. Peter Adams
Actor | Cop Shop
Peter Adams was born on May 18, 1938 in New Zealand as Peter John Adams. He was an actor, known for Cop Shop (1977), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979) and Mission: Impossible (1988). He was married to Kirsty Child. He died on December 13, 1999 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Actor | The Killing of Angel Street
Alexander Archdale was born on November 26, 1905 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, British India as Alexander Mervyn Archdale. He was an actor, known for The Killing of Angel Street (1981), His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) and BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950). He died on May 13, 1986 in Hornsby, Sydney, New South...
Actress | A Country Practice
Queenie Ashton was born on November 11, 1903 in London, England as Edith Muriel Ashton. She was an actress, known for A Country Practice (1981), The Love Boat (1977) and Certain Women (1973). She was married to John Cover. She died on October 21, 1999 in Carlingford, Sydney, New South Wales, ...
5. Jane Badler
Actress | Virtual Revolution
Jane Badler, the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader "Diana" in the NBC mini-series V (1983), its sequel V: The Final Battle (1984), the subsequent TV series V (1984), and the last season of the latest series V (2009), was born on the last ...
Actor | The Matrix Reloaded
Helmut Bakaitis is attached to the world of acting in both performing, directing and screen-writing. He was born in Lauban, Silesia, Germany (later became Luban, Poland). He moved to Australia, where he was educated in Sydney at the Fort Street High School. On the steps of the Sydney War Memorial, ...
Actress | You Can't See Round Corners
Lyndall Barbour was born on May 19, 1916 in Cairo, Egypt as Lyndall Harvey Barbour. She was an actress, known for You Can't See Round Corners (1967), You Can't See 'round Corners (1969) and Homicide (1964). She died on October 10, 1986 in Wahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
10. Tushka Bergen
Actress | Swing Kids
Tushka Bergen is a British born actress. After getting her start in film at the age of 11 in Germany, she continued acting in Australia , before moving to England to study acting formally. Tushka appeared in film and TV in Britain, and also did extensive work in Germany. After moving to the United ...
13. Jon Blake
Actor | The Lighthorsemen
Jon Blake was driving home late on December 1, 1986, after the final day's filming of The Lighthorsemen (1987) when his station wagon, swerving to avoid a car stopped on the wrong side of the road with its lights off, struck another vehicle. He sustained permanent brain damage and existed in a ...
17. Shane Briant
Actor | Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein
Born in London, Shane Briant topped the Law School at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Nominated by the London theatre critics as "Best Newcomer" in 1971, Briant has appeared in 32 features worldwide, most notably The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), The ...
18. Chelsea Brown
Actress | The Thing with Two Heads
Chelsea Brown was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Lois Brown. She passed away from pneumonia March 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
She was an actress, comedienne, singer and dancer perhaps best known for being the first African-American series regular in the iconic, ground-breaking American TV ...
19. Tom Burlinson
Actor | Flesh+Blood
Actor and singer born on 14th February 1956 in Toronto, Canada, from English parents who had migrated to Canada after Word War II. The family transferred to New Jersey in 1958 and Tom was the typical all-American youngster with the Little League baseball cap, striped T-shirt and turned-up jeans. In...
21. Gordon Chater
Gordon Chater was born on April 6, 1922 in London, England as Gordon Maitland Chater. He was an actor, known for My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? (1966), Snake Gully with Dad and Dave (1972) and ITV Television Playhouse (1955). He died on December 12, 1999 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
28. Alyssa-Jane Cook
Actress | Farscape
Alyssa-Jane Cook is one of Australia's most respected actors and personalities. While her first love will always be pure acting roles, she is also an accomplished television host, two credits not usually found residing comfortably in the one performer. This rare ability to combine her dual careers ...
30. Diane Craig
Actress | The Mango Tree
Diane Craig was born on June 9, 1949 in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland as Diane Mary Craig. She is an actress, known for The Mango Tree (1977), Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979) and Ned Kelly (1970). She has been married to Garry McDonald since April 13, 1971. They have two children.
31. Michael Craig
Actor | G.P.
A veritable everyman of stage and screen, both big and small, but relatively unfamiliar to American audiences, Michael Craig is of Scots heritage, born in India to a father on military assignment. When he was three, the family returned to England, but by his eleventh year, they moved on to Canada -...
32. Russell Crowe
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),...
33. Finlay Currie
Actor | Ben-Hur
Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice ...
34. Dorothy Cutts
Actress | Prisoner
Dorothy Cutts was born in England. She is an actress, known for her role as Officer Pat Slattery on the legendary Australian TV drama Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979), where she stayed with the series for 2 years, she made a cameo as a Barnhurst Officer in episode 419 before joining later in that ...
36. Slim DeGrey
Actor | You Can't See Round Corners
Slim DeGrey was born on May 20, 1918 in Lytham, England as Clifford Frank Degrey. He was an actor, known for You Can't See Round Corners (1967), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) and Molly (1983). He died on May 20, 2007 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
38. Terence Donovan
Actor | Division 4
Terence Donovan was born on October 28, 1942 in Staines, Middlesex, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Division 4 (1969), Blue Heelers (1994) and The Man from Snowy River (1982). He has been married to Marlene Donovan since 1980. They have one child. He was previously married to Sue ...
40. Wallas Eaton
Wallas Eaton was born on February 18, 1917 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He was an actor, known for Complete and Utter History of Britain (1969), Up Pompeii! (1969) and Hugh and I (1962). He died on November 3, 1995 in Australia.
42. Jon English
Actor | All Together Now
Jon English was born on March 26, 1949 in Hampstead, London, England as Jonathan James English. He is known for his work on All Together Now (1991), Against the Wind (1978) and The Pirates of Penzance (1994). He was married to Carmen Sora. He died on March 9, 2016 in Newcastle, New South Wales, ...
45. Michele Fawdon
Actress | Cathy's Child
Michele was born in Essex, London in 1947, She started her acting career aged just 12. She had 40 years experience in the acting profession and is best known in Australia for her work on television.
Michelle appeared in television series The Flying Doctors, GP and A Country Practice and more ...
47. Peter Finch
Actor | Network
Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he ...
49. Jill Forster
Actress | SeaChange
Jill Forster was born in Britain and immigrated to Australia in 1964 to pursue a career in modeling. Crawford Productions provided her with her first acting opportunity in Hunter (a television series).
She appeared in the movies Libdo, Great Expectations and Say A Little Prayer. Television roles ...
50. Cornelia Frances
Actress | Home and Away
Cornelia Frances was born on April 7, 1941 in Liverpool, England as Cornelia Frances Zulver. She was an actress, known for Home and Away (1988), Sons and Daughters (1982) and Return to Snowy River (1988). She was married to Michael Eastland. She died on May 28, 2018 in Sydney, New South Wales, ...
52. Joseph Fürst
Actor | Diamonds Are Forever
Lean, distinguished-looking Viennese character actor, latterly white-haired and with distinctive dark eyebrows. Though he initially studied law in Vienna, Fürst became interested in acting and was given his first opportunities on stage in Canada. He then moved to England in search of better job ...
54. Rebecca Gibney
Actress | Wanted
Rebecca Gibney was born in New Zealand on December 14, 1964. At 19 she crossed the Tasman-sea and she is now one of Australia's most appreciated actresses. Before she decided to go into acting she worked as a model and had small jobs in New Zealand. Her break-through came in Australia with her role...
55. 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 ...
56. Hayes Gordon
Actor | The Return of Captain Invincible
Hayes Gordon was born on February 25, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for The Return of Captain Invincible (1983), Sky Pirates (1986) and The Fashion Story (1948). He died on October 19, 1999 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Actress | Muriel's Wedding
Penne Hackforth-Jones was born on August 5, 1949 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as Penelope Beatrix Hackforth-Jones. She was an actress, known for Muriel's Wedding (1994), Cash and Company (1975) and Black and White (2002). She died on May 17, 2013 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Actress | Number 96
Frances Hargreaves was born in South African in 1955. In London (UK), she studied acting. In 1973 she came to Sydney (Australia). Her first acting role was in the ABC series "Behind The Legend". In 1974 she secured the role of Marilyn MacDonald in Number 96.
She character was a pivotal character in ...
68. Edward Howell
Actor | For the Term of His Natural Life
Edward Howell was born on July 15, 1902 in Bromley, Kent, England as Edward Welsford Rowsell Howell. He was an actor, known for For the Term of His Natural Life (1927), Hedda Gabler (1961) and The Ides of March (1961). He died on August 20, 1986 in Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
71. Hugh Keays-Byrne
Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road
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 ...
72. Cecil Kellaway
Actor | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Though a native of South Africa, Cecil Kellaway spent many years as an actor, author and director in the Australian film industry until he tried his luck in Hollywood in the 1930s. Finding he could get only gangster bit parts, he got discouraged and returned to Australia. Then William Wyler called ...
73. 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 ...
74. Patsy King
Actress | Prisoner
Patsy King trained at the Melbourne National Theatre as a Shakespearean actress. She has made her mark on stage as well as in television, film and radio. Patsy has worked in many areas of Australian television playing 'Miss Behaviour' the children's programme 'Adventure Island'. She appeared in ...
78. Veronica Lang
Actress | Don's Party
Veronica Lang was born in England. She is an actress, known for Don's Party (1976), Callan (1974) and That Englishwoman: An Account of the Life of Emily Hobhouse (1990).
80. Elaine Lee
Actress | Number 96
Elaine Lee had worked extensively in theatre and radio in her native South Africa prior to settling in Australia in 1970. In 1972 she was one of the original cast members of groundbreaking serial Number 96 (1972) in which she played smouldering older sex-symbol Vera Collins and suffered through a ...
84. George Mallaby
Actor | The Box
Best known in Australia as Detective Peter Barnes (1967-73) in the long running police drama Homicide. He later appeared in Cop Shop and began to make a name for himself in local and international movies before suffering the first of the strokes that would eventually kill him in the mid-1980s. He ...
85. Katy Manning
Actress | When Darkness Falls
Katy Manning trained as an actress at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1971, she became known to millions of British television viewers when she joined Doctor Who (1963) as the companion Jo Grant, which she played for three seasons opposite Jon Pertwee as the Doctor until 1973.
86. Bryan Marshall
Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me
Bryan studied drama at RADA and soon made an impression on TV in the footballing drama "United" and on film working for Hammer studios in "Quatermass And The Pit" and "The Witches". Perhaps his most major film role is the duplicitous Councillor Harris in "The Long Good Friday". Bryan emigrated to ...
88. Gordon McDougall
Actor | Number 96
Gordon McDougall was born on February 7, 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland as Gordon Sholto McDougall. He was an actor and writer, known for Number 96 (1972), The Killing of Angel Street (1981) and Number 96 (1974). He was married to Margaret Mackie. He died on May 18, 1991 in Sydney, New South Wales, ...
89. Gus Mercurio
Actor | The Blue Lagoon
Well-known American born character actor, he was a former professional boxer and arrived in Australia as a qualified referee. His raspy voice, energetic personality and natural talents quickly came to the attention of Australian TV production houses.
Mercurio appeared in several Australian period ...
93. Amanda Muggleton
Actress | City Homicide
Amanda is currently one of Australia's most successful and highly sought after actresses in theatre, with appearances in Private Lives, Shirley Valentine, HMS Pinafore, Soulmates, Steaming, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, Book Club, Rough Gallop and Master Class (in which she played opera diva...
Actor | Diamonds Are Forever
The British character actor Laurence Naismith was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor. He made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical "Oh, Boy." Three years later, he joined the Bristol Repertory and remained with them until the outbreak of World War II. After ...
97. Sam Neill
Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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 ...
Soundtrack | Grease
Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She lived there until she was five years old, and her family relocated to Australia when her father was offered a job as the dean of a college in Melbourne. When she was a teen she returned to ...