Top 30 Aussie actors

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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 UP-AND-COMERS
Margot Robbie
The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus
Chris Hemsworth
Thor, Avengers, A Cabin In The Woods
Liam Hemsworth
Hunger Games
Joel Edgerton
Warrior, Animal Kingdom
Rose Byrne
Spy, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later
Jai Courtney
Spartacus, Jack Reacher
Mia Wasikowska
Alice in Wonderland, Stoker
Rebel Wilson
Pitch Perfect
Melissa George
30 Days Of Night, Triangle
Jason Clarke
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Zero Dark Thirty
Abbie Cornish
Stop-Loss, Limitless, Candy
Emily Browning
Sleeping Beauty, Legend
Yvonne Strahovski
24: Live Another Day, Killer Elite
David Wenham
300: Rise Of An Empire, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Sam Worthington
Avatar
Teresa Palmer
Warm Bodies
Sullivan Stapleton
Animal Kingdom, 300: Rise Of An Empire

THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
Nicole Kidman
Eyes Wide Shut, Days of Thunder
Russell Crowe
Gladiator, L.A. Confidential, The Quick And The Dead, The Insider
Cate Blanchett
The Lord Of The Rings, The Life Aquatic, The Aviator
Eric Bana
Hanna, Troy, Munich
Hugh Jackman
X-Men, The Prestige
Geoffrey Rush
Pirates Of The Carribbean, The Tailor Of Panama, The King’s Speech
Guy Pearce
Momento, L.A. Confidential
Naomi Watts
King Kong, The Ring
Mel Gibson*
Lethal Weapon, We Were Soldiers
Toni Collette
About a Boy, Little Miss Sunshine
Hugo Weaving
The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings
Heath Ledger**
The Dark Knight, Candy, Brokeback Mountain
Ben Mendelsohn
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.

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4 thoughts on “Top 30 Aussie actors

  1. Wow, I didn’t realize that a few of these people were Australian. I just don’t pay enough attention to what performers do and who they are when they’re not performing. My only complaint is the presence of Sam Worthington. Sure, he’s an Australian actor, but I haven’t found him to be good in anything. Great list, overall.

  2. Great list. A talented lot. I think it is easy to already associate some of these actors with Australia, for example Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman did a movie which was called just that “Australia”, but the on-screen connection of some other actors may not be that clear – who remembers Blanchett in “Oscar and Lucinda”? For me though, the “American” Mel Gibson would also be “Australian” and that may have something to do with the fact that I always picture him as this young Australian journalist in “The Year of Living Dangerously”.

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