The 10 best Australian actors in Hollywood represent the greatest talent that the Land Down Under has to offer. Some are veterans to the trade, while others are less seasoned, though still notable, actors in Hollywood. All of the actors and actresses on this list offer great performances in both Australian and American roles.

  1. Russell Crowe This actor is known as a bit of a bad boy, but he still stands as one of the best Australian actors in Hollywood. He won critical praise for his portrayal of the brilliant, but schizophrenic John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind.” His other films include “Robin Hood” and “Body of Lies.”

  2. Heath Ledger This best Australian actor tragically passed away just as he was hitting his full artistic potential. He rose to fame with movies like “The Patriot” and “10 Things I Hate About You.” He will forever be remembered, though, for his chilling performance as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

  3. Nicole Kidman This Australian actress in Hollywood has been famous since the early ‘90s. She broke out alongside her then husband Tom Cruise in “Days of Thunder” and starred with him again in “Eyes Wide Shut.” Her other blockbusters have included “Moulin Rouge,” “Cold Mountain,” and “Nine.”

  4. Hugh Jackman This best Australian actor in Hollywood will forever be known as the Wolverine in the “X-Men” series. He’s also starred in a variety of other films like the thriller “The Presige” and the kid’s movie “Happy Feet.”

  5. Cate Blanchett A blonde beauty, this Australian actress in Hollywood always delivers powerful performances. Her most famous roles include the majestic elf, Galadriel, in  “Lord of the Rings” and Katherine Hepburn in the biopic, “The Aviator.”

  6. Mia Wasikowska Newer to Hollywood than some of the previously mentioned actors, this best Australian actress has quickly made a name for herself. She played the lead in Time Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and has appeared in the TV series, “In Treatment.” She has also starred alongside Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in the film, “The Kids Are All Right.”

  7. Geoffrey Rush This veteran Australian actor in Hollywood has been acting since the 1970’s. He’s starred in hits like “Les Miserables” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” His film, “The King’s Speech,” is a critically acclaimed award winner.

  8. Eric Bana One of the best Australian actors in Hollywood, Bana is a master of both comedy and drama. He has starred in more serious flicks like “Munich” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” as well as comedies like “Funny People” and “Chopper.”

  9. Naomi Watts This Australian actress (and friend to Nicole Kidman) broke out in America with the hit horror flick, “The Ring.” She has also starred in popular movies like “21 Grams,” “Mulholland Dr.” and “King Kong.”

  10. Guy Pearce Although he was born in England, this best Hollywood actor grew up in Australia. One of his most famous roles is as the amnesiac protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” He has also starred in “L.A. Confidential,” “The Hurt Locker,” and most recently, “The King’s Speech.”

-Laura Picklesimer