Top Famous Australiansby Jazzie2906 | created - 11 Nov 2012 | updated - 20 Aug 2013 | Public
They are not in order... Just Famous Australians
1. Hugh Jackman
Actor | Les Misérables
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...
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 ...
Actress | Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.
Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...
Delta Goodrem is a singer, songwriter, performer, actress, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, she enrolled in dancing, acting, singing and piano classes at a young age.
At the age of 15, Goodrem signed a record deal with Sony Music Australia. Her first album, Innocent ...
7. 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 ...
8. Paul Hogan
Actor | Crocodile Dundee
Paul Hogan became a worldwide success with his irresistible comic performance in Crocodile Dundee (1986), which he created and co-wrote. This earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor as well as an Academy Award nomination (for Best Screenplay). The versatile actor got his start in Australian ...
9. Heath Ledger
Actor | Brokeback Mountain
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...
10. 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),...
Soundtrack | Iron Man
AC/DC is a legendary rock band from Australia, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States ...
12. Kylie Minogue
Actress | Moulin Rouge!
Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May, 1968. The eldest of three children, Kylie's acting career began early, but it was her role as "Charlene" in the Australian soap, Neighbours (1985), which established Kylie as an international star. Her singing career began, purely by accident, when a record ...
15. Anthony Field
Soundtrack | Ant-Man
Anthony was once a member of the band, The Cockroaches, with fellow Wiggler Jeff Fatt. He has a background in Early Childhood Education. While studying this field, he met Greg Page and Murray Cook, and voilà! The Wiggles were born. Anthony currently resides in his homeland, Australia.
16. Greg Page
Soundtrack | Life as We Know It
Greg Page was born on January 16, 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Gregory John Page. He is an actor, known for Life as We Know It (2010), Knocked Up (2007) and Just Like Heaven (2005). He has been married to Vanessa Miller since 2010. They have two children. He was previously married ...
17. Cathy Freeman
Actress | Finding My Magic
Cathy Freeman was born on February 16, 1973 in Mackay, Queensland, Australia as Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman. She is an actress, known for Finding My Magic (2010), We Can Be Heroes (2005) and The Trophy Room (2010). She has been married to James Murch since April 11, 2009. They have one child. ...
18. Elle Macpherson
Actress | The Edge
Elle Macpherson was born on March 29, 1964 in Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Eleanor Nancy Gow. She is an actress and producer, known for The Edge (1997), Batman & Robin (1997) and If Lucy Fell (1996). She has been married to Jeffrey Soffer since July 2013. She was previously ...
20. Kerry Packer
Producer | Channel Nine Cricket
Kerry Packer was born on December 17, 1937 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer. He was a producer, known for Channel Nine Cricket (1979), WCW Thunder (1998) and The Frost Programme (1977). He was married to Roslyn Redman Weedon. He died on December 26, 2005 in ...
21. Chris Hemsworth
Actor | The Avengers
Chris Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. His brothers are actors Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, Scottish, and German ...
22. Liam Hemsworth
Actor | The Hunger Games
Liam Hemsworth was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia, and is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is the son of Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal ...
23. Naomi Watts
Actress | Mulholland Dr.
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...
24. Isabel Lucas
Actress | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Isabel was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss. When she was age 6, her family moved to Switzerland for a year. They moved back to Melbourne for a while before moving to a very small mining town in the Northern Territory (population 1,000). Along with her ...
25. Emily Browning
Actress | A Series of Unfortunate Events
Australian actress Emily Browning was born in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia, to Shelley and Andrew Browning. She has two younger brothers. Her start in acting came after a classmate's father, involved in the acting business, noticed her "acting all ditsy" in a school play. Emily found an agent and ...
26. Cate Blanchett
Actress | Carol
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...
27. Eric Bana
Actor | Munich
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family ...
28. Steve Irwin
Actor | Dr. Dolittle 2
Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with...
29. Caitlin Stasey
Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began
Caitlin Jean Stasey is an Australian actress who is well known for her roles as Francesca Thomas in The Sleepover Club (2003), Rachel Kinski in Neighbours (1985) and Ellie Linton in the film adaptation of John Marsden's best seller 'Tomorrow When the War Began'
Caitlin is from Victoria, Australia, ...
Love her, in this movie!!!
30. Barry Humphries
His father was an affluent construction manager. Barry was a very intelligent boy who attended Melbourne University. There, he began in revues and doing some impersonations. He moved to London around 1960 and began his TV career. He has created numerous characters, including Dame Edna Everidge and ...
32. Clare Bowen
Actress | Nashville
Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country's iconic television dramas, including Home and Away (1988), the medical drama All Saints (1998), The Cut (2009) and the critically- acclaimed comedy, ...
33. Rebel Wilson
Actress | Pitch Perfect
Rebel Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the Australian Theatre for Young People and at Second City in the US. After a successful stage and television career in Australia, this writer/actress/producer now focuses on feature film projects in the United States and is perhaps most ...
35. Claire Holt
Actress | 47 Meters Down
Claire Rhiannon Holt (born June 11, 1988) portrays the role of "Rebekah Mikaelson" in The Vampire Diaries (2009) and The Originals (2013). Her most notable roles are "Samara Cook" in Pretty Little Liars (2010), "Chastity Meyer" in Mean Girls 2 (2011) and "Emma Gilbert" in H2O: Just Add Water (2006).
36. Phoebe Tonkin
Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began
Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later ...
Awesome in Tomorrow when the war began.. <3
37. Rachel Griffiths
Actress | Muriel's Wedding
Her mother, Anna Griffiths, is an art consultant. Her uncle is a Jesuit priest. Has two older brothers. One brother, Ben, is a ski instructor. Lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland until age five, then moved to Melbourne. Attended Star of the Sea Catholic Girls' College, did well at school and ...
38. Mia Wasikowska
Actress | Alice in Wonderland
Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...
39. Miranda Kerr
Actress | How I Met Your Mother
Miranda May Kerr was born in Sydney and raised in the small town of Gunnedah to John and Therese Kerr. Kerr's paternal grandmother lived on a farm, where she "raced motorbikes and rode horses." Her parents later moved the family to Brisbane when she and her younger brother Matthew were teenagers. ...
40. Geoffrey Rush
Actor | The King's Speech
Geoffrey Roy Rush was born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, to Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His mother was of German descent and his father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. ...
42. Isla Fisher
Actress | Wedding Crashers
Isla Lang Fisher was born on February 3, 1976 in Muscat, Oman, to Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher, who worked as a banker for the U.N. She spent her early childhood in Bathgate, Scotland, before moving to Perth, Australia with her family in the early 1980s. From a young age, Isla ...
43. Don Bradman
Self | The Flying Doctor
Generally regarded as the greatest cricketer ever to play the game, Don Bradman averaged 99.94 runs per innings during his illustrious career. He continued to play test cricket until the age of 40, when in 1948 he led an Australian team touring England, UK. The team did not lose a match on that ...
44. Hugo Weaving
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...
45. Sam Worthington
Actor | Avatar
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power plant employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.
46. Toni Collette
Actress | Little Miss Sunshine
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three...
48. Jennifer Hawkins
Actress | Miss Universe's Guide to the Universe
Jennifer Hawkins was born on December 22, 1983 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She is an actress, known for Miss Universe's Guide to the Universe (2004), The Great Outdoors (1992) and Australia's Next Top Model (2005). She has been married to Jake Wall since June 4, 2013.
50. Guy Pearce
Actor | Memento
Guy Edward Pearce was born 5 October, 1967 in Cambridgeshire, England, UK to Margaret Anne and Stuart Graham Pearce. His father was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to English and Scottish parents, while Guy's mother is English. Pearce and his family initially traveled to Australia for two years, ...
51. Tammin Sursok
Actress | Aquamarine
Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Tammin Pamela Sursok. She is an actress and producer, known for Aquamarine (2006), Home and Away (1988) and The Young and the Restless (1973). She has been married to Sean McEwen since August 24, 2011. They have two children.
52. Dean Geyer
Actor | Neighbours
Dean Geyer was born in Johannesburg South Africa, into a family with two sisters. Geyer immigrated to Australia when he was 15 years old, commencing his schooling in Australia by going to Melbourne High School.
Geyer's family have a strong connection to martial arts, with members from previous and ...
In Glee season 4
53. Asher Keddie
Actress | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Asher Keddie was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is an actress, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Offspring (2010) and Love My Way (2004). She has been married to Vincent Fantauzzo since April 9, 2014. They have one child. She was previously married to Jay Bowen.
57. Hamish Blake
Writer | Real Stories
Hamish Blake was born on December 11, 1981 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Hamish Donald Blake. He is a writer and actor, known for Real Stories (2006), True Story with Hamish & Andy (2017) and The Librarians (2007). He has been married to Zoë Foster Blake since December 11, 2012. They ...
59. Tim Minchin
Actor | Robin Hood
Tim Minchin was born on October, 1975, as Timothy David Minchin, and was brought up in Perth, Western Australia. He is an actor, comedian, musician, writer, and director known for Californication (2007), Larrikins (2018), and Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra (2011). He is the composer ...
61. Mark Webber
Self | Formula 1
Mark Webber is a nine-time Formula-1 Grand Prix winner, widely recognized as one of the greatest racing drivers of his generation. After retiring from Formula-1 in 2013 at the end of his 12th season, he joined Porsche for their return to Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2014. ...