They come from a land down under. And then they all eventually move to Hollywood. Ah, Australia. For Europeans and Americans it can feel like the other side of the world, and it pretty much is, in some ways.
Often the mention of the country conjures up images of beaches, surf and endless sunshine. Whilst that’s all there it’s also a place that seems to churn out an astonishingly high number of talented actors. Here’s my pick of a few of my favourites and the films or TV that put them on my radar.
The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus
Thor, Avengers, A Cabin In The Woods
Warrior, Animal Kingdom
Spy, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later
Spartacus, Jack Reacher
Alice in Wonderland, Stoker
30 Days Of Night, Triangle
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Zero Dark Thirty
Stop-Loss, Limitless, Candy
Sleeping Beauty, Legend
24: Live Another Day, Killer Elite
300: Rise Of An Empire, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Animal Kingdom, 300: Rise Of An Empire
Eyes Wide Shut, Days of Thunder
Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, The Quick And The Dead, The Insider
The Lord Of The Rings, The Life Aquatic, The Aviator
Hanna, Troy, Munich
X-Men, The Prestige
Pirates Of The Carribbean, The Tailor Of Panama, The King’s Speech
Momento, L.A. Confidential
King Kong, The Ring
Lethal Weapon, We Were Soldiers
About a Boy, Little Miss Sunshine
The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings
The Dark Knight, Candy, Brokeback Mountain
The Place Beyond the Pines, Animal Kingdom, Starred Up
* Despite the fact that, technically, Gibson is American, he carved out his acting career in Australia and was roommates with Geoffrey Rush at one point. So he gets included.
** I appreciate Heath Ledger is the only one on this list no longer with us, but he was so good he should stay. And that’s that.