10 Best Australian Actors

Saturday, July 23 by Sheldon Reid

The ten best Australian actors are a group of talented individuals from Down Under. While many of them are able to hide their Aussie accents well, rest assured, these men and women have traveled all the way from the Southern Hemisphere.

  1. Geoffrey Rush - Avast, matey! Geoffrey Rush assumed the role of Barbossa in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. This actor from Queensland, Australia also starred in movies such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”

  2. Nicole Kidman- Although born in Hawaii, Nicole Kidman is an Australian-American due to her Australian parents. She has assumed numerous onscreen roles in popular movies such as “Moulin Rogue!,” “Bewitched” and “The Golden Compass.” In 2003, she earned a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  3. Russell Crowe- Although he was born in New Zealand, Russell Crowe grew up in Australia and eventually found fame there. He is well known for his starring role in “Gladiator,” a 2000 film that won five Oscars.

  4. Hugh Jackman- Alongside Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman lent his voice to the 2006 animated film “Happy Feet.” This Australian actor is also famous for his role as Wolverine in the “X-Men” series.

  5. Heath Ledger – Ledger was a talented Australian actor who passed away in 2008. One of his final onscreen roles was his memorable portrayal of The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

  6. Paul Hogan- It’s hard to imagine Australia without the comical presence of Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan is famous for his role as the lead character in the “Crocodile Dundee” flicks.

  7. Eric Bana- Actor Eric Bana hails from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In the 2004 film “Troy,” he played the noble Hector, while in the 2003 film “Hulk,” he starred as the raging green beast.

  8. Cate Blanchett- This Australian actress has appeared in films such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the “Lord of the Ring” series. In 2008, her acting in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” earned her an Oscar Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

  9. David Wenham- David Wenham was born in Marrickville, Sydney, Australia. Since then, the Australia actor has graced sets of many films, including “300,” “Public Enemies,” and “Moulin Rouge!”

  10. Mia Wasikowska- In 2010, this actress assumed the role of Alice in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Born in Canberra, Australia, she now has a home on the big screen.