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Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood

Updated on January 31, 2015


Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood

Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe are four performing actors and actresses which are currently residing in Australia. Blanchett and Jackman plus Kidman are all Australians while Russell Crowe was born in New Zealand. Kidman is both American Australian by the way but they all call Australia their home. I consider them as the best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood.

Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood -- Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is a versatile, intelligent and very talented producer, actor, singer, dancer who appeared in opera, musicale and movies. Most of his films are action, love and science fiction. I love him best as Wolverine in X-Men series, and as Leopold in “Kate and Leopold” and a monster killer named Gabriel Van Helsing in the film “Van Helsing“. Dubbed as the sexiest man alive in 2008 by the “Open Salon” and People Magazine. Nobody argued about that claim.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

What makes him more endearing is he seems to be very loyal to his wife of 13 years. He has two children by her, a boy and a girl.

He is also a great host, he hosted the Tony awards three times and the Oscar awards once by the way. He has a degree in BA Communication and he completed a the one year course "The Journey" at the Actors' Centre in Sydney too.


Olivier Award nomination, best actor in Musical, 1999. Besides that Jackman in 2004 won the Tony award and the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, for his 2003–2004 Broadway portrayal of Australian songwriter and performer peter Allen, in the hit musical, The Boy from Oz which he also performed in Australia in 2006.

Kate and Leopold movie -- 2001 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

And in 1996 Snowy River: The Mc Gregor Saga Duncan Jones Five episodes Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actor

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Gladiator, Russell Crowe as Maximus Aurelius, 2000
Gladiator, Russell Crowe as Maximus Aurelius, 2000

Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood -- Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe is an actor singer and songwriter which became famous in Hollywood because of his movie Gladiator (2001), A Beautiful Mind (2002). He first appear in Hollywood movie in 1997 in L. A. Confidential. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand and is currently married with children since 2003. According to him, he became a good person after he was married, before that, he was into a lot of controversial activities as he is hot tempered.

Also in 1992 Crowe starred in Romper Stomper which follows the exploits and downfall of a racist skinhead group in blue-collar suburban Melbourne, for which Crowe won an Australian Film Institute award for Best Actor, following up from his Best Supporting Actor award for proof 1991. He won Best actor at BAFTA for his film "A Beautiful Mind".

He was born in New Zealand but went to Australia to pursue his career in acting. Crowe is not new to acting as his grandparents had been a producer, and he comes from a well to do family, his parents are set caterers for movie productions.

Crowe is also co-owner of National rugby League team of the South Sydney Rabbitohs and is an avid cricket fan and a humanitarian too.

Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge
Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge

Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood --

Nicole Kidman is An American born Aussie actress, fashion model, singer and humanitarian who currently reside in Sydney Australia. She was married to Tom Cruise for a decade and has two adopted children by him. She is magnificent in her film “Australia” in 2008. She garnered Oscars best actress award in her performance in the movie "The Hour". She is also stunning and beautiful.

She was still in love with Tom Cruise when they got a divorced in 2001 and she said "He was huge; still is. To me, he was just Tom, but to everybody else, he is huge. But he was lovely to me. And I loved him. I still love him." In addition, she has expressed shock about their divorce.

At present she is a wife to a country singer and New Zealand born Keith Urban and they have a one baby girl together, Sunday Rose. I like Nicole Kidman as a fashion icon and always wait in anticipation for what she is going to wear on awards night. I also like her in the horror film “The Other” and “Panic Room”.

She appeared in 1989 Dead Calm, Days of Thunder (1990), To Die For (1995) and Moulin Rouge (2001) was highly acclaimed. Her role in the film The Hours was highly acclaimed too and she was given recognition by the BAFTA award and the Academy Award for Best actress. It was in 2003 when she received her start on the Walk Of fame in Hollywood, California.

Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Best Australian actors and actresses in Hollywood -- Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett is an actress and theatre director. She is married to an artistic director and they have three children together. I love her in the movie “Elizabeth” in 1998 and as Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorseses, film, Aviator” and she garnered award as best Supporting actress for her role. In 2008, she also acted as Daisy Fuller in film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. She is also known and became famous for her portrayals of a queen elf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Colonel-Doctor in Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

She has won many awards most notably two SAGs, two Golden Globe awards, two BAFTAS, an Academy award as well as the Volpi Cup at 64th Venice international Film Festival.

There you go, the great Australian performers in Hollywood.

cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth in the movie with the same title
cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth in the movie with the same title


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    • halsy profile image


      9 years ago

      I always believe that Australians are really great actors. They can all act pretty good. Even some without awards or critical acclaim the likes of Yvonne Strahovski, Rose Byrne, Simon Baker and Eric Bana are all great actors in hollywood and they're Australians, amazing! :) and great hub :)

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      9 years ago

      Callan McAuliffe should be added to this list(:

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      Anja Jolie 

      9 years ago

      Russell Crowe is a Kiwi isn't he?

      You said 'He' was married to Tom Cruise. But Kidman is a 'She'. haha sorry just had to point that put. But I do agree that Aussie actors are taking over Hollywood, they're all very attractive and most have one actors. (:

    • arunii profile image


      9 years ago from Delhi

      I am from india and loves bollywood hindi movies but i always appreciate Australian actor Mel gibson in movies like brave heart & patriot which i have watched many times !

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      9 years ago

      i don't really like all of them not quite

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      9 years ago

      for the people who like the twilight saga, did you guys know that Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) is half-australian?

      Her mum is from Maroochydore in Queensland and Kristen has expressed the urge to attend Sydney University as her mother did :)

      I think she tops my list of australian actors, even if it's only half.

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 

      10 years ago from Dehradun

      Russell Crowe is magical. Saw Robin Hood a few days ago and really liked his performance.

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      syras mamun 

      10 years ago

      Russel crow is my pick.As you already mentioned his two unforgettable movies-Gladiator and A beautiful Mind.I think nobody can replace his character in "A beautiful Mind" in terms of performace, except Tom Hanks. Maita, can you recommend me any new movies?I have no idea of recent movies.Thanks a lot :)

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      10 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I did not know that Hugh Jackman was that talented. I saw Nicole Kidman in person and she is stunning. I like the article. It is nice to read about the positive attributes of actors as opposed to the negative activities of other actors.


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      10 years ago from Everywere

      I like them all, great actors!

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      11 years ago from US

      thank you bebe, they're great as well, Maita

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      11 years ago

      Sam Worthington's my favourite. and heath ledger too.

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      11 years ago from US

      I agree with you, thanks dinkan,

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      11 years ago from India

      Hugh Jackman is super

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from US

      Hi QUILL< Gladiator is a favorite too, thanks for the read, Maita

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      11 years ago

      Great Hub, Galdiator a favorite...Thank You for the reminder to check them all out...


    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from US

      oh yes, all your suggestions are great too, thanks leonJane for the read! Maita

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      11 years ago from Australia

      I like your selection prettydarkhorse, I also like Eric Bana (Hulk, The Time Travelers Wife), Heath Ledger, Mel Gibson and Toni Collette, Heath Ledger will be sadly missed and I am not sure if the other three live in Hollywood?

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      11 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, yes a little bit research, I always read gossips, that's why, Hollywood gossips, thanks Dohn, maita

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      11 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I can tell that you worked extra hard on this hub, Maita. Wonderful job! I liked Russell Crowe in L.A. Confidential as well. It's one of my favorite films and has an all-star cast as well. Aussies are pretty darn talented :D Thanks as always!

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      11 years ago from US

      hi K partin, thanks again for the read. I like her as she is pretty, stunning abd beautiful. Thanks, Maita

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      K Partin 

      11 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hi Maita! this was an entertaining hub. I like just about all of these listed except Kidman, not too big a fan of hers. Thanks for the interesting info. :)


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