Favourite Australian Actresses

by tschild-47-165576 | created - 08 Mar 2015 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

A list of my Favourite Australian Actresses

1. 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 ...

2. 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...

3. Nicole Kidman

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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

6. Rachael Taylor

Actress | Transformers

Rachael Taylor grew up in Tasmania, Australia, with her parents Nigel and Christine Taylor. She began modelling during her teens, working for the Skye-Jilly International agency. She competed for Miss Teen Tasmania, as well as the Miss Universe/Miss World state finals. She moved to Sydney to ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. Marta Dusseldorp

Actress | A Place to Call Home

Marta Dusseldorp was born in 1973 in Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for A Place to Call Home (2013), Janet King (2014) and Jack Irish (2016). She is married to Benjamin Winspear. They have two children.

10. Ella Scott Lynch

Actress | Shine

Ella Scott Lynch was born on September 27, 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is an actress and writer, known for Shine (1996), Janet King (2014) and Home and Away (1988).

11. Diana Glenn

Actress | The Slap

Diana Glenn was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is an actress, known for The Slap (2011), Satisfaction (2007) and Black Water (2007).

12. Bojana Novakovic

Actress | Devil

Novakovic was born on 17 November 1981 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She moved to Australia in 1988, at the age of seven. Novakovic was initially interested in becoming a social worker or doctor, but after a significant set of events, she changed her mind and decided to pursue the performing ...

13. Kestie Morassi

Actress | Wolf Creek

Kestie Morassi was born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. She is an actress, known for Wolf Creek (2005), Satisfaction (2007) and Underbelly (2008).

14. Indiana Evans

Actress | Home and Away

Indiana Rose Evans born 27 July 1990 is an Australian actress and singer-songwriter, best known for her roles in Home and Away as Matilda Hunter, H2O: Just Add Water as Bella Hartley, and Blue Lagoon: The Awakening as Emmaline Robinson. Evans had an interest in performing since the age of five, ...

15. Kat Stewart

Actress | Underbelly

Kat Stewart was born on November 30, 1972 in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for Underbelly (2008), Offspring (2010) and Supernova (2005). She has been married to David Whiteley since February 2008. They have two children.

16. Susie Porter

Actress | The Monkey's Mask

Susie Porter is an actress, known for The Monkey's Mask (2000), Better Than Sex (2000) and East West 101 (2007). She has been married to Chris Mordue since 2010.

17. Abbie Cornish

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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.

18. 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 ...

19. 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.

20. Caroline Craig

Actress | Blue Heelers

Caroline was born in Victoria, Melbourne. She went to Geelong Grammar School and then later to Melbourne Girls Grammar School (alongside Blue Heelers (1994) co-star Jane Allsop). She says she was always destined to have a career in the arts as she was surrounded by music from an early age. Her ...

21. Gigi Edgley

Actress | Farscape

Edgley was born in Perth. She is the daughter of concert and circus promoter Michael Edgley, known for bringing the Moscow State Circus to Australia during the 1980s. Her mother, Jeni Edgley, is involved in managing a 250-acre health retreat. As a child, Gigi Edgley performed both in and out of ...

22. Anna McGahan

Actress | Underbelly

Anna McGahan was born on May 2, 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an actress, known for Underbelly (2008), 100 Bloody Acres (2012) and Maligayang Pasko (2009). She has been married to Jonathan Weir since April 2017. They have one child.

23. Georgia Flood

Actress | Anzac Girls

Georgia Ann Flood was born on November 29, 1992 in Phillip Island, Australia. Georgia started modeling as a child in the United Arab Emirates, before returning to Melbourne with her family. At age 14 Georgia began to pursue her acting career and has continually worked in the Australian TV, film and...

24. Sarah Snook

Actress | Predestination

Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Showing promise in performing arts at a young age, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to study drama at Scotch College, Adelaide. After high school, she was accepted in to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and ...

25. Simmone Mackinnon

Actress | McLeod's Daughters

Simmone Mackinnon was born on March 19, 1973 in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia as Simone Jade Mackinnon. She is an actress and producer, known for McLeod's Daughters (2001), Dark Waters (2003) and Deep Shock (2003).

26. Jolene Anderson

Actress | All Saints

Jolene Anderson was born on May 26, 1980 in Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia. She is an actress, known for All Saints (1998), Rush (2008) and The Dust Walker.

27. Catherine McClements

Actress | Water Rats

Catherine acted with the St. Martin's Youth Company in Melbourne for two years before going to NIDA in 1983. She graduated in 1985, taking a major role in the movies 'The Right Hand Man' and 'My Brother Tom' while still studying. Since then she's had lead roles in Weekend With Kate - opposite Colin...

28. Nicole da Silva

Actress | Doctor Doctor

Nicole da Silva is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star's AFI award-winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, for which she received critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress ...

29. Lisa McCune

Actress | Blue Heelers

Lisa was born on the 17th of February, 1971 and grew up in Perth, Australia. She entered WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) and graduated in 1990 at the age of 19 with a musical degree. Moving over to Melbourne, after a short lived stay in Sydney when Lisa was awarded the Coles ...

30. Peta Sergeant

Actress | Iron Sky

Peta Sergeant is an actress and director, known for Iron Sky (2012), Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013) and Satisfaction (2007). She has been married to Rohan Nichol since 2008.

31. Madeleine West

Actress | The Condemned

After commencing a university degree in Law, Madeleine caught the irrepressible acting bug and decided to defer her studies indefinitely. From an early age Madeleine has shown a flair for the arts, performing in front of family and friends at any given opportunity. Her talent for acting was ...

32. Miranda Otto

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

Miranda Otto is an Australian actress. Otto is a daughter of actors Barry Otto and Lindsay Otto, and half-sister of actress Gracie Otto. She began her acting career at age 18 in 1986, and has appeared in a variety of independent and major studio films. Otto made her major film debut in Emma's War (...

33. Claudia Karvan

Actress | Love My Way

Claudia Karvan is one of Australia's most recognized actresses, having achieved popular success and critical acclaim through her work in film and television.

Having begun work at 14, Karvan has an extensive filmography. She first appeared in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide (1987) with Judy Davis, then...

34. 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...

35. Teresa Palmer

Actress | I Am Number Four

Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was ...

36. Peta Wilson

Actress | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

With her distinctive voice, ultra-intense eyes and statuesque frame, Peta Wilson probably could have carried her breakout television show, "La Femme Nikita," on looks alone. Such was television in 1997. But when viewers realized that this killer- with-a-killer body could actually act, the show ...

37. Radha Mitchell

Actress | Silent Hill

Radha Mitchell (born 12 November 1973) is an Australian actress. She started her career acting in various Australian TV series and movies, and later became known for her appearance in Hollywood films. Mitchell, a native of Melbourne, began acting when she was still in high school and had her ...

38. Emilie de Ravin

Actress | Remember Me

Emilie was born on 27th December 1981, and grew up in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. When she was 15, she was accepted at the highly selective Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. However, after only a year, she dropped out and undertook acting courses.

Her first starring role was on the ...

39. Keisha Castle-Hughes

Actress | Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes was born on March 24, 1990 in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for Whale Rider (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Nativity Story (2006). She was previously married to Jonathan Morrison.

40. Andrea Demetriades

Actress | Janet King

Andrea Demetriades is an actress and director, known for Janet King (2014), Alex & Eve (2016) and Around the Block (2013).

41. Emma Leonard

Actress | 800 Words

Emma Leonard is an actress and producer, known for 800 Words (2015), Home and Away (1988) and Activewear (2015).

42. Poppy Montgomery

Actress | Without a Trace

Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace (2002). Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines.

Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue in Sydney, ...

43. 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. ...

44. Gia Carides

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Gia Carides has been working as an actress since age 12 in film and in theatre. She has been nominated twice for her work, in Strictly Ballroom (1992) (Best Actress in a Supporting Role AFI Awards) and Brilliant Lies (1996) (Best Actress in a Leading Role AFI Awards). She has appeared in as many ...

45. Zoe Carides

Actress | Brilliant Lies

Zoe Carides was born on February 19, 1962 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is an actress and director, known for Brilliant Lies (1996), Packed to the Rafters (2008) and The Osiris Child (2016).

46. Rose Byrne

Actress | Spy

Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll (1994), when she was 15 years old.

Since then, Rose has appeared in a ...

47. Eliza Taylor

Actress | The 100

Eliza Jane Taylor (born on 24 October 1989 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress who is perhaps best known for her regular role as "Janae Timmins" on the Australian television series Neighbours (1985).

Eliza has just finished the feature film Patrick (2013), alongside Rachel Griffiths, ...

48. Bella Heathcote

Actress | Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Born Isabella, "Bella" Heathcote is an actress from Australia. Her first roles include playing "Amanda Fowler" on the Australian television soap opera, Neighbours (1985), for which she is best known. She was a recipient of a Heath Ledger Scholarship in May 2010. Tim Burton cast Heathcote as "...



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