Best Aussie Actors

by lillifiles | created - 17 Oct 2013 | updated - 17 Oct 2013 | Public

I list my favorite actors and actresses from down under, Australia and New Zealand :) Feel free to comment

1. 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 ...

2. Karl Urban

Actor | Star Trek

Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Karl Urban now lives in Auckland. Born on June 7, 1972, he is the son of a leather-goods manufacturer (who had hoped that Karl would follow in his footsteps). His first acting role was when he was 8 -- he had a line on a television series. However, he did ...

3. Bridie Carter

Actress | McLeod's Daughters

Bridie Carter was born on December 18th in Melbourne, Australia and is the oldest of three children - she has two younger brothers.

Bridie has been nominated for the TV Week Logie Awards three times. In 2003 she was nominated for a Silver Logie For Most Popular Actress, this award is voted for by ...

4. Alex O'Loughlin

Actor | Hawaii Five-0

The Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin was born in August 1976.

Alex started out his film career in 2004, when he starred in Oyster Farmer (2004) as Jack Flange. The following year, he returned to the big screen as Michael Carter in Feed (2005), a movie that he also co-produced and helped write. Also ...

5. Aaron Jeffery

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Aaron Jeffery was born in 1970 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), McLeod's Daughters (2001) and Underbelly (2008). He was previously married to Melinda Medich.

6. Travis Fimmel

Actor | Warcraft

Travis Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia, to Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer. He was raised on a 5500-acre farm located between Melbourne and Sydney. Until the age of seventeen, his life was spent at school and working on the family farm, ...

7. 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 ...

8. Brett Tucker

Actor | McLeod's Daughters

Brett Tucker was born on May 21, 1972 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Brett Alan Tucker. He is an actor, known for McLeod's Daughters (2001), The Great Raid (2005) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

9. Sam Neill

Actor | Jurassic Park

Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities ...

10. Martin Henderson

Actor | Smokin' Aces

Martin Henderson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He began acting when he was thirteen, appearing in Strangers (1989), a local television production. He attended Westlake Boys High School and Birkenhead Primary. He first became a star in his home country, when he starred in the series, Shortland ...

11. Abbie Cornish

Actress | Candy

Abbie Cornish grew up on her parents' 170 acre farm in the Hunter Valley town of Lochinvar with her 3 brothers and younger sister. Abbie started modeling at age 13. Her first acting job was at age 15 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission series Children's Hospital (1997) playing a quadriplegic.

12. Simon Baker

Actor | Margin Call

Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential (1997).

13. Peter O'Brien

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Peter O'Brien is an Australian actor, best known for his role as an original cast member of the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Shane Ramsay. O'Brien was born in the South Australian town of Murray Bridge, located 76 km south-east of the state capital Adelaide. He started off as a teacher at ...

14. 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.

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15. Jay Ryan

Actor | It Chapter Two

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Jay made the move across to Australia at the age of 19 to take on the role of Jack Scully in Network Ten's long running series, "Neighbours" and as Seaman Billy 'Spider' Webb in the Nine Network's "Sea Patrol". He has also appeared in "Young Hercules", "Xena: Warrior ...

16. 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...

17. David Wenham

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

David Wenham was born on September 21, 1965 in Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and 300 (2006).

18. Andy Whitfield

Actor | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Andy Whitfield was born on October 17, 1971 in Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales. He was an actor, known for Spartacus (2010), Gabriel (2007) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011). He was married to Vashti Whitfield. He died on September 11, 2011 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

19. John Noble

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Artistic Director of Stage Company of South Australia 1977 - 87. Head of Drama, Brent St. School of Arts (Sydney) 1997-00. Directed over 80 plays, including 'Sons of Cain' on London's West End (1986). Freelance actor. Semi-regular in TV series 'All Saints'. Voice and acting teacher.

20. Jesse Spencer

Actor | House M.D.

Jesse Spencer was born on February 12, 1979 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Jesse Gordon Spencer. He is an actor, known for House (2004), Uptown Girls (2003) and Chicago Fire (2012).

21. Melissa George

Actress | Hunted

The second of four children, Australian actress Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1976. The daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker, Melissa initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting. During her childhood, George ...

22. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...

23. Ryan Kwanten

Actor | True Blood

An Australian actor, Ryan Kwanten was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He appeared on several TV shows Down Under, including a five year stint on the popular series Home and Away. After graduating from business school at the University of Sydney, he came to Los Angeles for what was supposed to...

24. Anna Torv

Actress | Fringe

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of ...

25. Yvonne Strahovski

Actress | Dexter

Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. ...

26. Craig Horner

Actor | See No Evil

Craig Horner was born on January 24, 1983 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He is an actor and producer, known for See No Evil (2006), Legend of the Seeker (2008) and Swimming Upstream (2003).

27. Grant Bowler

Actor | Atlas Shrugged: Part I

Grant Bowler can be seen as the male lead, 'Nolan', in Syfy's Defiance, which returned for its second season, June 2014. Bowler in his recent hiatus shot four movies back-to-back including the psychological action film, "Swelter", alongside Jean Claude Van Damme & Alfred Molina, Sci-Fi thriller "...

28. Charles Mesure

Actor | Street Legal

Charles Mesure was born Wednesday, August 12, 1970, in Somerset, England. When he was five, his family moved to Australia and he grew up in Sydney.

He studied law at Sydney University and was very active in SUDS, the school's dramatic society. He sang tenor in an a capella group called Cinco. After ...

29. Rachael Carpani

Actress | Against the Wall

Rachael is best known for her role as Jodi Fountain on the much loved Australian series McLeod's Daughters, for which she was nominated at the 2007 TV WEEK Logie Awards for both a 'Silver Logie - Most Popular Actress' and the 'Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality in Television.' Other Australian ...



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