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Top 50 Most Popular Australian Actors Of All Time [2023]

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 3, 2023


Most Popular Australian Actors Of All Time

 

When we talk about the most decorated Hollywood movie stars, the names that usually spring to mind hail either from the United States of America or the United Kingdom.

 

However, Australia is yet another nation from right across the globe that has provided the world of cinema with some of its most striking performers.

 

Many Australian actors have participated in massive box office blockbusters over the years. Since several of these mainstream artists have been performing for a long time, there is a possibility that not many of you would be aware of the fact that they were/are, in fact, proud Aussies.

 

Courtesy of their ability to deliver a wide range of performances using different accents, they have been able to make their solid presence felt both in American and British motion pictures and television shows.

 

Therefore, we have endeavored to compile a list of some of the most famous Australian screen stars of all time.

 

While the average viewer of contemporary cinema will be pleased to find plenty of new-age celebrities in our story, we can also confidently assert that our list does equal justice to a veteran Australian film buff who may have grown up watching actors from different eras.

 

 

50. Stephen Curry

 

Stephen Curry

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 26, 1976
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height N/A
Debut Year 1991
Debut TV Show Fast Forward

 

Stephen Curry, who was first seen on the television show Fast Forward in 2001, is a well-known Australian comedian and actor who has made his presence felt in television dramas, comedy series, and feature films.

 

The celebrity, who hosted the 50th AFI Awards for the Nine Network in 2008, has been seen playing a role in shows such as False Witness, 30 Seconds, The Time Of Our Lives, and Sit Down, Shut Up, to mention a few.

 

 

49. Lincoln Clay Lewis

 

Lincoln Clay Lewis

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 24, 1987
Place of Birth Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show Sleepover Club

 

Like most Australian actors, Lincoln Lewis also started his acting career by playing a role in a television show first.

 

He made his debut on the series Sleepover Club in 2003. Better known for playing a character in the movie Tomorrow, When the War Began, he can also be found featuring in television shows such as Home and Away and Slide.

 

Lewis, who continued to partake in television shows such as H2O: Just Add Water, Rescue: Special Ops, and Mortified since the young age of 13, made his feature film debut by playing a tiny role in Aquamarine.

 

 

 

48. Firass Dirani

 

Firass Dirani

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 29, 1984
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia
Height 168 centimeters
Debut Year 1998
Debut TV Show Children's Hospital

 

Firass Dirani, who was first seen on the television show Children's Hospital in 1998, is a film and television actor who is perhaps best known for playing a character in Power Rangers Mystic Force.

 

Also seen in shows such as Underbelly: The Golden Mile and House Husbands, one can find the actor in the Australian feature film The Combination as well.

 

Furthermore, he even ended up playing a side role in the action thriller motion picture, titled Killer Elite, which featured actors such as Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro in significant roles.

 

 

 

47. Daniel Aaron Lissing

 

Daniel Aaron Lissing

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 4, 1981
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 181 centimeters
Debut Year 2001
Debut TV Show Pizza

 

Daniel Aaron Lissing was first seen playing a character on the television show, titled Pizza, in 2001. Known for starring as Conrad De Groot in the television drama series Crownies, the actor was soon seen playing a role in the American military drama show, titled Last Resort.

 

Lissing has also made his presence felt within The Hallmark network as he was seen featuring in the series, titled When Calls the Heart.

 

Furthermore, he could mark his presence in Hallmark Channel's Christmas in Love and A December Bride successfully.

 

 

 

46. Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe

 

Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 24, 1995
Place of Birth Clontarf, Australia
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut TV Show Comedy Inc.

 

Callan Ryan Claude McAuliffe, who is professionally known as Callan McAuliffe, made his acting debut on the television show, titled Comedy Inc., in 2007.

 

While the actor made his feature film debut playing the part of Bryce Loski in Flipped, he can also be seen in other mainstream titles such as I Am Number Four and The Great Gatsby.

 

That being said, aside from his debut series, McAuliffe made an appearance in shows such as The Walking Dead and Blue Water High as well.

 

He was a part of the cast for 5 years in the former. He also participated in an Australian coming-of-age short film, titled Franswa Sharl, in 2009. It was an independent project.

 

 

 

45. Eka Darville

 

Eka Darville

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 11, 1989
Place of Birth Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2006
Debut Television Film Answered by Fire

 

This actor of Jamaican-Canadian descent is best known for playing the role of Scott Truman in Power Rangers RPM.

 

While he has been in the New Zealand flick Mr. Pip, one can also find him playing a decent part in television shows such as Jessica Jones, The Originals, and Tell Me a Story.

 

Even though Eka Darville was born in Cairns, Australia, he is currently believed to be residing in California in the United States of America.

 

 

 

44. Felix Mallard

 

Felix Mallard

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 20, 1998
Place of Birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 2014
Debut TV Show Neighbours

 

Felix Mallard is an actor, musician, and model who made his acting debut on the popular soap opera, titled Neighbours, in 2014.

 

After having worked in the aforementioned show, he started to take acting seriously. Needless to say, he was then seen in the Netflix series Locke & Key, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, and Ginny & Georgia, to mention a few.

 

Mallard was also seen in the teen romantic drama feature film, titled All the Bright Places, in 2020.

 

 

 

43. Jordan Rodrigues

 

Jordan Rodrigues

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 20, 1992
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia
Height 174 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut TV Show Home and Away

 

Jordan Rodrigues made his acting debut on a television series, titled Home and Away, in 2008. Also a competent dancer, he is best known for portraying Trey Emory in the Hulu original series Light as a Feather.

 

Aside from Home and Away, Rodrigues is also known to have participated in television shows such as Dance Academy and The Fosters as well.

 

In the former, he was seen playing one of the main characters of Christian Reed.

 

 

 

42. Troye Sivan

 

Troye Sivan

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 5, 1995
Place of Birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 174 centimeters
Debut Year 2009
Debut Film X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

Troye Sivan is a singer and songwriter who gained popularity as a YouTuber and through talent competitions. Even though he may not be seen in a ton of motion pictures, one can find Sivan playing the role of the younger Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

 

He has also been featured as the titular character in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song for "Revelation"; a song that he recorded for the movie Boy Erased.

 

Better still, he was also seen playing a supporting role in the feature film.

 

 

 

41. Keiynan Lonsdale

 

Keiynan Lonsdale

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 19, 1991
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut Film Razzle Dazzle

 

Keiynan Lonsdale is not only an actor but he is also a dancer, singer, and songwriter who made his acting debut in a motion picture, titled Razzle Dazzle, in 2007.

 

The actor is best known for his roles in television shows such as Dance Academy, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash.

 

Also, one can find him playing a part in feature films such as Love, Simon, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Finest Hours, to mention a few.

 

 

 

40. Alex O'Loughlin

 

Alex O'Loughlin

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 24, 1976
Place of Birth Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show White Collar Blue

 

Alex O'Loughlin, who was born Alexander O'Lachlan, is an actor, writer, director, and producer who is best known for playing the role of Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett on CBS' remake of the television series Hawaii Five-0.

 

Given the fact that the actor lived quite close to the beach growing up in Canberra, it is understandable why he would want to play the part that he did in the aforementioned show.

 

Alex has headlined motion pictures such as Oyster Farmer and The Back-up Plan.

 

 

 

39. Devon Terrell

 

Devon Terrell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 23, 1992
Place of Birth Long Beach, California, United States of America
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2016
Debut Film Barry

 

Devon Terrell is an American-Australian actor who made his professional acting debut in the 2016 feature film, titled Barry.

 

He was seen playing the role of a young Barack Obama in the biopic. Also known for portraying Arthur in the Netflix original series Cursed, Terrell was first supposed to be seen in an episode of Steve McQueen's HBO miniseries Codes of Conduct.

 

However, the show was canceled after the pilot was filmed. The actor is said to have worked on his dialect and seen a lot of Barack Obama speeches in order to do justice to the former president's persona on celluloid.

 

 

38. Alexander Andrew Russell

 

Alexander Andrew Russell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 11, 1987
Place of Birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2010
Debut Film Wasted on the Young

 

Alexander Andrew Russell, who is best known as Alex Russell, made his acting debut in the 2010 feature film, titled Wasted on the Young.

 

Among the Australian masses today, he is best known for playing a part in motion pictures such as Chronicle and Believe Me.

 

The actor, who can be seen enacting Jim Street in the crime action-drama reboot S. W. A. T. since 2017, has also managed to feature in short movies such as The Best Man and Halloween Knight, respectively.

 

 

37. Xavier Samuel

 

Xavier Samuel

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 10, 1983
Place of Birth Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show McLeod's Daughters

 

Xavier Samuel was first seen playing a part in a television series, titled McLeod's Daughters, in 2003. The actor can be seen playing crucial roles in feature films such as Adore, September, Further, We Search, Newcastle, The Loved Ones, Frankenstein, A Few Best Men, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Spin Out.

 

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was Samuel's first taste of bonafide mainstream success. The following year, he was nominated and won an award at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

 

 

36. Ryan Christian Kwanten

 

Ryan Christian Kwanten

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 28, 1976
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 177 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut TV Show A Country Practice

 

Ryan Christian Kwanten is an actor and producer who was first seen participating in the 1992 show, titled A Country Practice.

 

The actor, who can also be portraying Vinnie Patterson in the Australian soap opera Home and Away, was seen in the teen drama series Summerland soon after.

 

Kwanten continued to add to his list of television credits by being a part of television shows such as True Blood, The Oath, and Them, to mention a few.

 

 

35. Dacre Kayd Montgomery-Harvey

 

Dacre Kayd Montgomery-Harvey

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 22, 1994
Place of Birth Perth, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 2016
Debut Film Better Watch Out

 

Dacre Kayd Montgomery-Harvey, who is best known as Dacre Montgomery, made his acting debut in a feature film, titled Better Watch Out, in 2016.

 

He is best known for playing the role of Billy Hargrove in the Netflix series Stranger Things and Jason Scott in the 2017 feature Power Rangers.

 

The actor has also been a part of music videos. Furthermore, he launched his own podcast, titled "DKMH", which featured his own poetry in 2019.

 

 

34. Jacob Elordi

 

Jacob Elordi

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 26, 1997
Place of Birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 196 centimeters
Debut Year 2018
Debut Film Swinging Safari

 

Jacob Elordi may be relatively new to the movie scene but he has already been a part of Netflix's The Kissing Booth teen franchise; a series that is credited with bringing him a fair amount of fame online.

 

The actor, who is also known for his character projection of Nate Jacobs in the HBO series Euphoria, first experienced the environment of a Hollywood set when he worked as an extra in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

 

Furthermore, Elordi can be seen playing a part in the anthology horror film, titled The Mortuary Collection, which was written and helmed by Ryan Spindell.

 

 

33. Brendan Cowell

 

Brendan Cowell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 16, 1976
Place of Birth Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 1999
Debut Film Kick

 

Brendan Cowell is an actor, playwright, and director who was first seen making an appearance in the 1999 feature film, titled Kick.

 

The actor played a role in the Australian cable TV's Love My Way; a show whose certain episodes were also penned by him.

 

In 2017, Cowell was seen playing the character of Harrag - an Ironborn sea captain who teams up with Theon Greyjoy - in the smash-hit HBO series Game of Thrones.

 

 

32. Brenton Thwaites

 

Brenton Thwaites

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 10, 1989
Place of Birth Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 2010
Debut Film Charge Over You

 

After having played a starring role in the series Slide, Brenton Thwaites was seen making his presence felt in the soap opera Home and Away.

 

The actor, who made his feature film debut with Charge Over You in 2010, had significant roles to play in motion pictures such as Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, Oculus, The Giver, Gods of Egypt, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, among others.

 

The year 2018 saw Thwaites playing the part of Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing in another show, titled Titans.

 

 

31. Charles William Tingwell AM

 

Charles William Tingwell AM

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 3, 1923
Place of Birth Coogee, New South Wales, Australia
Height 177 centimeters
Debut Year 1939
Debut Film Come Up Smiling

 

Charles William Tingwell, who was first seen playing an uncredited role in the 1939 feature film Come Up Smiling, was not only a film actor but he was also a television, theatre, and radio personality.

 

One of Australia's most popular cinema veterans, he made his first credited screen appearance in 1946. Soon after, he became a consistent performer and went on to feature in more than 100 films and numerous TV programs both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

 

30. Colin Friels

 

Colin Friels

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 25, 1952
Place of Birth Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film Hoodwink

 

Colin Friels is a Scottish-born Australian actor who launched his acting career in the theater and on television first.

 

The actor made his maiden motion picture appearance in a film called Hoodwink; a title in which he shared the screen space with his future wife Judy Davis.

 

Friels won the AFI Award for Best Actor for his performance in the Australian cult comedy flick, titled Malcolm, in 1986.

 

Furthermore, his character projection in the television series Water Rats also ended up fetching him the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor at the 1997 awards.

 

 

29. Paul Hogan AM

 

Paul Hogan AM

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 8, 1939
Place of Birth Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 1971
Debut TV Show New Faces

 

Paul Hogan is an actor, comedian, film producer, and writer who was first seen on Australian television back in the early 1970s.

 

He wrote and produced his own comedy sketch program, titled The Paul Hogan Show, which was quite popular in both the United Kingdom and South Africa.

 

Even though he may not be seen in a ton of mainstream motion pictures, Hogan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his character play of Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in the first installment of the Crocodile Dundee film franchise.

 

 

28. Luke David Mitchell

 

Luke David Mitchell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 17, 1985
Place of Birth Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut Film Performance Anxiety

 

This Australian actor and model initially wished to be a professional Tennis player. However, after having made his acting debut in 2008, there was no looking back.

 

Best known for appearing in shows such as Neighbours, H2O: Just Add Water, and Home and Away, he won the Most Popular New Male Talent trophy at the Logie Awards ceremony in 2010.

 

That being said, the actor joined the cast of Marvel's Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. in 2015.

 

 

27. Luke Hemsworth

 

Luke Hemsworth

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 5, 1980
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show The Saddle Club

 

Luke Hemsworth, who made his acting debut in 2003 on the television show The Saddle Club, is yet another Hemsworth to make it to our list.

 

The older brother of popular Australian actors Chris and Liam Hemsworth, Luke is best known for having appeared in television shows such as Neighbours and Westworld.

 

The actor got his acting training at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and was appointed the newest face of Tourism Australia in 2018.

 

 

26. Vince Colosimo

 

Vince Colosimo

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 6, 1966
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1983
Debut Film Moving Out

 

Vincenzo Colosimo may be of Italian descent but he has become one of the most recognized Australian actors over the years.

 

Not only has he been a competent stage performer but he has made an impact both in the movies and on television as well.

 

He has worked in Australian and United States productions such as Chopper, Body of Lies, The Great Gatsby, and Daybreakers, among others.

 

Colosimo is also known to have featured in television shows such as Something in the Air and We Can Be Heroes.

 

 

25. Noah George Taylor

 

Noah George Taylor

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 4, 1969
Place of Birth London, England, United Kingdom
Height 173 centimeters
Debut Year 1986
Debut Film Dogs in Space

 

Noah George Taylor, who made his acting debut by featuring in the 1986 motion picture Dogs in Space, has been seen in several renowned television shows and movies.

 

The actor, who played the character of Adolf Hitler in both the American television series Preacher and the 2002 film Max, has been seen in other well-known shows such as Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders.

 

When it comes to feature films, Taylor can be seen in titles such as Shine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, to mention a few.

 

 

24. Bryan Neathway Brown AM

 

Bryan Neathway Brown AM

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 23, 1947
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1975
Debut Film Scobie Malone

 

Bryan Neathaway Brown had been actively participating in feature films since the mid-1970s. He featured in over 80 movies and television shows both in Australia and abroad throughout the course of his wonderful cinematic voyage.

 

The actor, who rose to prominence after having played a role in 1980's Breaker Morant, could also be seen in notable titles such as Give My Regards to Broad Street, F/X, Tai-Pan, Cocktail, Gorillas in the Mist, F/X2, Along Came Polly, Australia, Kill Me Three Times, and Gods of Egypt.

 

For his character play in the television miniseries The Thorn Birds, Brown was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award, respectively.

 

 

23. Jai Stephen Courtney

 

Jai Stephen Courtney

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 15, 1986
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut TV Show All Saints

 

Jai Stephen Courtney, who was first seen on the television show All Saints in 2008, had started his acting career by playing small roles in feature films and on TV.

 

He first gained prominence being cast as Charlie in the action motion picture, titled Jack Reacher. Soon after, he was also seen in popular flicks such as A Good Day to Die Hard, I, Frankenstein, The Exception, Suicide Squad, Divergent, and The Suicide Squad, respectively.

 

That being said, one can even catch Courtney playing a part in the popular television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

 

 

22. Richard Roxburgh

 

Richard Roxburgh

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 23, 1962
Place of Birth Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut TV Show Frontier

 

Richard Roxburgh is an actor, writer, producer, and director who first gained prominence courtesy of his performances on the stage.

 

The actor, who made his mainstream acting debut on the television show Frontier in 1987, went on to participate in Australian feature films and television shows such as Moulin Rouge!, Rake, and Blue Murder, among others.

 

Roxburgh was then seen gaining further fame by playing significant roles in motion pictures such as Mission: Impossible 2, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Van Helsing, to name a few.

 

His maiden outing as a director, Romulus, My Father, starred another popular Australian actor Eric Bana in the main lead.

 

 

21. Liam Hemsworth

 

Liam Hemsworth

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 13, 1990
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 192 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut TV Show Home and Away

 

Liam Hemsworth, who made his acting debut on the television show Home and Away in 2007, first gained prominence as an actor after appearing in the soap opera Neighbours and the children's television series The Elephant Princess.

 

The actor decided to follow in his elder brothers' footsteps in high school as he started featuring in plays.

 

Soon enough, Liam could be seen making his presence felt in motion pictures such as The Last Song, The Dressmaker, Triangle, Independence Day: Resurgence, and The Hunger Games series.

 

 

20. Anthony LaPaglia

 

Anthony LaPaglia

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 31, 1959
Place of Birth Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Television Film Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember

 

First seen in the television feature Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember, Anthony LaPaglia is an Australian actor who is best known for playing the role of Jack Malone in the television drama Without a Trace.

 

For his performance in the aforementioned show, he won a Golden Globe Award in 2004. That being said, LaPaglia also bagged the Primetime Emmy Award for his character projection of Simon Moon in the television sitcom Frasier.

 

He can be seen in feature films such as Annabelle: Creation, Betsy's Wedding, Autumn in New York, and Nitram, among others.

 

 

19. Simon Lucas Baker

 

Simon Lucas Baker

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 30, 1969
Place of Birth Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Height 176 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut TV Show E Street

 

Simon Baker had already made a name for himself by appearing in several television shows in Australia before Hollywood came knocking on his door.

 

The actor was seen playing a significant part in shows such as E Street, A Country Practice, and Home and Away, to mention a few.

 

However, after having played a seedy role in the cult classic motion picture L. A. Confidential, Baker started to feature in quite a few mainstream projects.

 

Today, the actor is best known for his amazing character projection in TV's The Mentalist. The role he plays in the show has now become his best-known performance to date.

 

 

18. Rodney Sturt Taylor

 

Rodney Sturt Taylor

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 11, 1930
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1954
Debut Film King of the Coral Sea

 

Rodney Sturt Taylor, who was known to the film world as Rod Taylor, appeared in more than 50 projects throughout the course of his career.

 

The Australian actor was seen featuring in popular motion pictures such as The Time Machine, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Inglourious Basterds, and The Birds at the peak of his cinematic journey.

 

Taylor, who began taking art classes in high school, decided to become an actor after having gotten inspired by the iconic Laurence Olivier.

 

 

17. Jason Clarke

 

Jason Clarke

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 17, 1969
Place of Birth Winton, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut TV Show Halifax f.p.

 

Jason Clarke made his acting debut by appearing in an episode of a television show, titled Halifax f.p., during the mid-1990s.

 

Even though he has gone on to feature in many shows ever since he made his debut in 1995, he is best known for playing Tommy Caffee on the television series Brotherhood.

 

When it comes to the movies, Clarke can be seen making an impact in popular feature films such as Zero Dark Thirty, White House Down, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Terminator Genisys, Everest, Mudbound, First Man, and Pet Sematary, to mention a few.

 

 

16. Graham Cyril Kennedy AO

 

Graham Cyril Kennedy AO

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 15, 1934
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1966
Debut Film They're a Weird Mob

 

Hailed as the undisputed 'King of Television' in Australia during his heyday, Graham Cyril Kennedy was more of an all-encompassing entertainer rather than a film star.

 

However, he did make his dynamic presence felt in quite a few movies as well. The entertainer, who was honored as an officer of the Order of Australia, had been a six-time recipient of the Gold Logie; this included his win of the Logie Hall of Fame award and the Star of the Year Award in 1959, respectively.

 

Arguably the most awarded performer in the history of Australian television, Kennedy was seen playing both brief and leading roles in the few motion pictures that he had been a part of.

 

 

15. Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch

 

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 28, 1916
Place of Birth South Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 1938
Debut Film The Farmer Goes to Town

 

Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch, who was popularly known as Peter Finch, was one of the finest actors of his generation.

 

Even though he was born in London, he moved to Australia for good at a very young age. Besides his several fine performances on screen, the actor will also be remembered for being a hard drinker and someone who really enjoyed the company of women.

 

Admirers of this English-born Australian actor can never forget his performance in the 1976 movie Network. His character projection of an eccentric television anchorman in the aforementioned project won him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor.

 

Not only that but he even received his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes for the same.

 

 

14. David Wenham

 

David Wenham

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 21, 1965
Place of Birth Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut TV Show Sons and Daughters

 

David Wenham is known to have appeared in film, television, and theatre. He made his acting debut on the television show, titled Sons and Daughters, in 1987.

 

The actor gained prominence after having featured in some hugely popular Hollywood productions such as The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Van Helsing, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Public Enemies, and 300 and its sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, respectively.

 

Wenham can also be seen in television shows such as Top of the Lake and Killing Time as well.

 

 

13. Jack Thompson AM

 

Jack Thompson AM

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 31, 1940
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1968
Debut TV Show Motel

 

Jack Thompson, who was born John Hadley Payne, has been one of the most distinguished figures of the Australian New Wave.

 

The actor started his acting career after having graduated from the University of Queensland. An honorary member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, he is best known for playing a significant role in classic motion pictures such as The Club, Sunday Too Far Away, The Man from Snowy River, and Petersen, to mention a few.

 

The recipient of a Living Legend Award at 2005 Inside Film Awards, Thompson had become a major film star in Australia after having played the titular role in Petersen.

 

 

12. Eric Bana

 

Eric Bana

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 9, 1968
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 189 centimeters
Debut Year 1996
Debut Television Film Eric

 

Eric Banadinović, who is known professionally as Eric Bana, was first seen playing various characters in the 1996 television feature, titled Eric.

 

Also a comedian, he was first noticed after having played a role in feature films such as Chopper and The Castle during the early stages of his career.

 

Bana soon started making his undeniable presence felt in famous Hollywood productions such as Hulk, Black Hawk Down, Troy, Munich, Lone Survivor, and Star Trek, to name a few.

 

 

11. Geoffrey Roy Rush AC

 

Geoffrey Roy Rush AC

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 6, 1951
Place of Birth Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut TV Show Menotti

 

Geoffrey Roy Rush, who made his acting debut on the television show Menotti in 1980, is one of the few respected actors in the world to have won the Triple Crown of Acting.

 

He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 1996's Shine and has been a part of well-regarded mainstream projects such as Quills, The King's Speech, Elizabeth, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

 

Rush is also known to have appeared in television shows such as Genius and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

 

He is a recipient of an Academy Award, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, respectively.

 

 

10. Hugo Wallace Weaving AO

 

Hugo Wallace Weaving AO

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 4, 1960
Place of Birth Ibadan, Nigeria
Height 190 centimeters
Debut Year 1980
Debut Film ...Maybe This Time

 

Hugo Wallace Weaving is an English actor who was born in Colonial Nigeria to English parents. However, he has stayed in Australia for almost the entirety of his acting career.

 

First seen in the 1980 feature film ... Maybe This Time, he is the recipient of six Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA).

 

Furthermore, Weaving has also been acknowledged as an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia. He can be seen in motion pictures such as Proof, the first three The Matrix films, and The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, respectively.

 

 

9. Samuel Henry John Worthington

 

Samuel Henry John Worthington

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 2, 1976
Place of Birth Godalming, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 2000
Debut TV Show JAG

 

Samuel Henry John Worthington, who is known to the cinematic world as Sam Worthington, was first seen on the television show, titled JAG, in 2000.

 

The Australian actor shot to global fame after playing the role of Jake Sully in the mammoth box office blockbuster Avatar.

 

Worthington has earned Australia's highest film award for his character projection in a feature film, titled Somersault. He can also be seen in well-known motion pictures such as Terminator Salvation, Wrath of the Titans, Clash of the Titans, Hacksaw Ridge, Fractured, and Everest, among others.

 

 

8. Joel Edgerton

 

Joel Edgerton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 23, 1974
Place of Birth Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut TV Show Police Rescue

 

Joel Edgerton has been a prominent Australian actor ever since he made his screen debut in the mid-1990s. The actor, who can be seen playing the character of Owen Lars in the Star Wars films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, reprised his role in the Disney+ series, titled Obi-Wan Kenobi, in 2022.

 

Edgerton has been a part of some popular and acclaimed mainstream projects such as King Arthur, The Great Gatsby, Red Sparrow, Black Mass, and Loving, to name a few.

 

For his performance in the drama series The Secret Life of Us, he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama.

 

 

7. Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn

 

Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 3, 1969
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut TV Show Special Squad

 

Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn, who is best known as Ben Mendelsohn, is a popular character actor who can be seen playing criminals and villains in several Hollywood productions.

 

After having shot to fame by playing a significant part in 1987's The Year My Voice Broke, the actor could be seen portraying noteworthy characters in feature films such as Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, Starred Up, Mississippi Grind, Rogue One, Darkest Hour, and Ready Player One.

 

The year 2017 saw Mendelsohn making his debut in the coveted Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He was seen playing Talos in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

 

 

6. Guy Edward Pearce

 

Guy Edward Pearce

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 5, 1967
Place of Birth Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1986
Debut TV Show Neighbours

 

This English-born Australian actor started his acting career by playing the role of Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours.

 

After gaining fame with the release of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, he was seen headlining popular titles such as L. A. Confidential, The Time Machine, and Memento.

 

Pearce, who was recently seen in the critically acclaimed show Mare of Easttown alongside fellow superstar Kate Winslet, won a Primetime Emmy Award for his character projection in Mildred Pierce.

 

 

5. Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn

 

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 20, 1909
Place of Birth Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Height 186 centimeters
Debut Year 1933
Debut Film In the Wake of the Bounty

 

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn, who was popularly known as Errol Flynn, achieved enormous fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 

The actor was mostly seen playing swashbuckling romantic roles and liked to team up with fellow actor Olivia de Havilland for film projects.

 

Some of Flynn's most prominent roles came in motion pictures such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Dodge City, and Santa Fe Trail.

 

Flynn found stardom by mostly playing characters that allowed him to be a freedom-loving rebel who goes on to win the hearts of his leading ladies.

 

He was best known for his string of adventure movies.

 

 

4. Heath Andrew Ledger

 

Heath Andrew Ledger

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 4, 1979
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut Film Clowning Around

 

There is no die-hard film fan in the world who is not aware of actor Heath Ledger and his on-screen histrionics as the Joker.

 

The critically acclaimed actor, who passed away in 2008, truly became immortal after having played the character of the Joker in filmmaker Christopher Nolan's blockbuster feature film, titled The Dark Knight.

 

Also a music video director and photographer, Ledger could be seen delivering praiseworthy performances in movies such as Brokeback Mountain, Monster's Ball, and 10 Things I Hate About You, to mention a few.

 

 

3. Christopher Hemsworth AM

 

Christopher Hemsworth AM

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 11, 1983
Place of Birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 191 centimeters
Debut Year 2002
Debut TV Show Guinevere Jones

 

Chris Hemsworth, who was first seen playing a role in the television show Guinevere Jones, shot to fame after portraying Kim Hyde in the Australian television series, titled Home and Away.

 

Best known for playing "Thor" in The Avengers and Thor series of blockbuster feature films, he is among the highest-paid movie stars in the world today.

 

Aside from the aforementioned film franchises, popular Australian star can be seen in motion pictures such as Star Trek, Men in Black: International, Rush, The Cabin in the Woods, Extraction, and A Perfect Getaway, among others.

 

 

2. Russell Ira Crowe

 

Russell Ira Crowe

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 7, 1964
Place of Birth Wellington, New Zealand
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 1972
Debut TV Show Spyforce

 

Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, director, and singer who was first seen playing a minor role on the television show Spyforce in 1972.

 

Even though he was born in New Zealand, he spent about 10 years of his precious childhood in Australia.

 

Soon after, he moved there permanently. Crowe became a household name globally after having played the character of Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the epic historical blockbuster feature film, titled Gladiator.

 

For his performance in the same, he won an Academy Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, Empire Award, and London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Leading Actor, respectively.

 

Crowe can be seen in acclaimed motion pictures such as The Insider, L. A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, Robin Hood, The Nice Guys, and 3:10 to Yuma, to mention a few.

 

 

1. Hugh Michael Jackman AC

 

Hugh Michael Jackman AC

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 12, 1968
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1994
Debut TV Show Law of the Land

 

Hugh Jackman is a true-blue superstar of the cinematic world. The actor began his career in theatre and television as he made his acting debut on the show Law of the Land in 1994.

 

Not long after, Jackman stunned the world with his effortless portrayal of James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine in the popular X-Men series of feature films.

 

He has been a recipient of two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award, respectively.

 

One can find Hugh Jackman performing in projects such as Logan, Kate & Leopold, Prisoners, The Prestige, Les Misérables, and The Greatest Showman, to name a few.

 

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