Famous Australian Actors

Find out more about the greatest Australian Actors, including Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger, Liam Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and Rose Byrne.

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Chris Hemsworth
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Birthdate: August 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, shot to superstardom after playing Thor, the crown prince of Asgard in the Thor and The Avengers film series. Before embarking on his Hollywood journey, he had already established himself in Australia with drama series Home and Away. The handsome actor has also won praise for films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Ghostbusters.

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Liam Hemsworth
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Birthdate: January 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Liam Hemsworth is an Australian actor and has starred in Hollywood films like The Last Song, Independence Day: Resurgence, Empire State, The Hunger Games, Isn't It Romantic and Killerman. He has been in the news for his relationship with singer and songwriter, Miley Cyrus. Luke and Chris, his older brothers, are also actors.

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Heath Ledger
(Actor, Photographer)

Heath Ledger
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Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008

An Australian actor, Heath Ledger grabbed limelight in America with the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. However, it was role in Brokeback Mountain that made him a star and earned him comparisons with greats actors like Marlon Brando. The brilliant actor gave his last performance as Joker in The Dark Knight which became a massive success.

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Hugh Jackman
(Actor, Producer)

Hugh Jackman
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Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian actor Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut in the film X-Men made him a transatlantic actor and he went on to do the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018. Some of his other prominent films are Kate & Leopold, Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, The Prestige and Australia. He is also a singer, songwriter and a dancer.

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Paul Hogan
(Famous For His Role as Michael 'Crocodile' Dundee From the 'Crocodile Dundee' Film Series)

Paul Hogan
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Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Paul Hogan is an Australian actor and television presenter. He is credited with popularizing the Crocodile Dundee film series with his award-winning portrayal of Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in the movie series. Such is his popularity in Australia that Hogan was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to entertainment and tourism.

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Guy Pearce
(Actor)

Guy Pearce
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Birthdate: October 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England
Guy Pearce is best known as Mike Young from the series Neighbours. Fans loved his Emmy-winning performance in the miniseries Mildred Pierce. He won a Saturn Award for his role in Memento and a SAG Award for his performance in The King’s Speech. Guy is also involved in animal welfare.

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Ben Mendelsohn
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Birthdate: April 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Ben Mendelsohn is best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Danny Rayburn in the series Bloodline and for his AACTA Award-winning performance in Animal Kingdom. He has also mesmerized audiences with his roles in The Dark Knight Rises and The Outsider. He has appeared as Talos in two Marvel movies.
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Eric Bana
(Actor)

Eric Bana
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Birthdate: August 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Eric Bana, better known as Nero from Star Trek, initially gained fame with the series Full Frontal. The Australian actor made a mark in Hollywood with movies such as Hulk, Troy, and Munich. He loves racing and donates to charities related to causes such as mental-illness awareness and animal welfare.

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Sam Worthington
(He is best known for playing Jake Sully in Avatar)

Sam Worthington
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Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey, England, United Kingdom

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Errol Flynn
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Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Battery Point, Australia
Died: October 14, 1959

Regarded as the successor to Douglas Fairbanks, Errol Flynn was an Australian-born actor who gained recognition in the Golden Age of Hollywood mainly because of his romantic swashbuckler roles. He also achieved fame for his reputation as a womanizer and party animal in personal life. His career and life inspired several films, such as My Wicked, Wicked Ways and Flynn.

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Jacob Elordi
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Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Australian heartthrob Jacob Elordi was a film buff since an early age and wanted to become an actor like his idol, Heath Ledger. Following a debut in a musical and few more acting assignments, he ultimately hit it big with Netflix teen film The Kissing Booth and HBO series Euphoria. Jacob Elordi is also a budding young activist and has spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Luke Hemsworth
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Birthdate: November 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

The oldest of the famous Hemsworth brothers, Luke Hemsworth is also an actor like his younger siblings. A famous TV actor in Australia, Luke Hemsworth has also appeared in American films, such as Hickok, Encounter, and Crypto. A popular figure in Australia, Luke was chosen as the newest face of Tourism Australia in 2018.

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Jai Courtney
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Birthdate: March 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Travis Fimmel
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Birthdate: July 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Echuca, Australia

Travis Fimmel never thought about becoming a model or actor before he was spotted working out at a gym by a talent scout's flatmate. In fact, he wouldn't even have been working out at that gym had he not broken his leg before making his debut for the St Kilda Football Club. Well, Australian football’s loss is film industry’s gain!

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Troye Sivan
(Singer-songwriter)

Troye Sivan
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Birthdate: June 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Singer, actor, and YouTuber Troye Sivan is best known for his Golden Globe-nominated song Revelation from the movie Boy Erased. He played the younger Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the titular role in the Spud movie franchise. His YouTube video The Boyfriend Tag won him a Teen Choice Award.

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Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')

Michael Hutchence
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Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22, 1997

Michael Hutchence, co-founder of the Australian rock band INXS, was known for his wild lifestyle, his affairs with celebrities, and his history of drug abuse. He was named to News.com’s list of the 15 greatest Australian singers of all time but unfortunately died by suicide in a Sydney hotel room.

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Dacre Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Australian actor Dacre Montgomery is best known for his roles of Jason Scott/Red Ranger in the movie Power Rangers and Billy Hargrove in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He was also seen as Mike in A Few Less Men. In 2019, he launched his podcast DLKM, which showcased his poetry.

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Simon Baker
(Actor known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist)

Simon Baker
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Birthdate: July 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia

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Geoffrey Rush
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Birthdate: July 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia

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Brenton Thwaites
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Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cairns, Australia

Australian actor Brenton Thwaites is best known for his appearance in the soap opera Home and Away. Even though his initial plans involved becoming a policeman or a firefighter, destiny had other plans for him. He started acting in plays as a teenager and moved to TV shows. He has since migrated to US where his career continues to thrive.

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Alex O'Loughlin
(Best Known as Lieutenant Commander 'Steve McGarrett' on The TV series 'Hawaii Five-0')

Alex O'Loughlin
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Birthdate: August 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Alex O'Loughlin is an Australian actor, director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his work in the popular police procedural TV series, Hawaii Five-0. Apart from being associated with the film and TV industry, Alex O'Loughlin also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Donate Life America for which he is the current ambassador.

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Joel Edgerton
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Birthdate: June 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blacktown, Australia
Joel Edgerton is best known for his AACTA-winning performances in The Secret Life of Us and Animal Kingdom. His other notable films include Star Wars Episodes II and III, The Great Gatsby, and Loving. He was also appreciated for his directorial debut, The Gift. He works actively for eye-restoration projects.

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Dominic Purcell
(Actor best known for his portrayals of Lincoln Burrows in Fox's Prison Break (2005–2009; 2017) and Mick Rory / Heat Wave in The CW's The Flash (2014–2016))

Dominic Purcell
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Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallasey, England, United Kingdom

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Jesse Spencer
(Actor role in Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005)House (2004–2012), Chicago Fire (2012–2021))

Jesse Spencer
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Birthdate: February 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian actor and singer Jesse Spencer is best known to fans as Dr. Robert Chase from House and as Billy Kennedy from Neighbours. Though born into a family of medical professionals, Spencer showed an early interest in music, excelling in the violin, and often plays at charity events these days.

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Luke Bracey
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Birthdate: April 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Luke Bracey is an Australian actor whose sheer hard work and determination landed him prominent roles in popular films, such as The November Man, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Hacksaw Ridge. Luke Bracey is often cited as an inspiration for young and aspiring Australian actors and actresses.

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Jason Clarke
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Birthdate: July 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Winton

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Bob Morley
(Actor)

Bob Morley
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Birthdate: December 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyneton, Australia
Bob Morley is best known for his Teen Choice Award-nominated performance as Bellamy Blake in The 100 and his Logie Award-nominated role as Drew Curtis in Home and Away. He has also participated in the Australian singing contest It Takes Two and has appeared in films such as Blinder.

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Paul Hogan
(Actor)

Paul Hogan
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Birthdate: April 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Australia

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Peter Finch
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Birthdate: September 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, England
Died: January 14, 1977
English-Australian actor Peter Finch is best known as Howard Beale from the movie Network, a role that won him a posthumous Academy Award. Fans also loved his BAFTA-winning role of Daniel Hirsh in Sunday Bloody Sunday. He was also nominated for an Emmy for the TV film Raid on Entebbe.

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Keiynan Lonsdale
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Birthdate: December 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Australian actor, dancer and singer-songwriter Keiynan Lonsdale is best-known for playing Wally West/Kid Flash in The CW series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Other on-screen portrayals of Lonsdale includes Oliver Lloyd in the series Dance Academy and Uriah Pedrad in film The Divergent Series: Insurgent. He has also released the studio-album Rainbow Boy and worked as an MTV VJ.  

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Rod Taylor
(Actor)

Rod Taylor
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Birthdate: January 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lidcombe, Australia
Died: January 7, 2015
Australian actor Rod Taylor is best remembered for his roles in films such as Time Machine, The Birds, and Zabriskie Point. He also voiced Pongo in the 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmatians and appeared on stage, too. His final film role was as Winston Churchill in Inglourious Basterds

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Jim Jefferies
(Stand-up comedian)

Jim Jefferies
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Birthdate: February 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Jim Jefferies is an Australian-American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer best known as the creator of the FX sitcom Legit and the Comedy Central late-night show The Jim Jefferies Show. He trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before beginning his career. Besides his TV shows, he has also appeared in films and performed at festivals. 

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George Lazenby
(Actor and Former Model, he played the classic James Bond in the 1969 movie)

George Lazenby
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Birthdate: September 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goulburn, Australia

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Tim Minchin
(Comedian Best Known For His Musical Comedy)

Tim Minchin
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Birthdate: October 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Northampton, England

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, comedian, writer, actor, and songwriter. He is best known for combining music and comedy in his shows, which have been received well by the audience. Tim Minchin is also known for writing lyrics and composing the critically acclaimed show, Matilda the Musical, which won several awards including Tony Award and an Olivier Award.

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David Wenham
(Stage actor, Film actor)

David Wenham
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Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marrickville

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Nathan Jones
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Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

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Anthony LaPaglia
(Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama)

Anthony LaPaglia
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Birthdate: January 31, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

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John Noble
(Actor)

John Noble
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Birthdate: August 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Port Pirie, Australia

Australian actor, John Noble, is best known for his role in the Fox action-horror series Sleepy Hollow. He has also appeared in many films and played a high-profile role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is the winner of one Saturn Award. Besides acting, he has a deep interest in theoretical physics and enjoys painting.

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Julian McMahon
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Birthdate: July 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Known for playing prominent roles in Australian series such as The Power, the Passion and Home and Away, Julian McMahon is also popular as Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four franchise. The son of Sir William McMahon, former prime minister of Australia, Julian had initially dabbled in modeling.

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Robert Taylor
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Birthdate: July 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

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Sullivan Stapleton
(Known for Playing ‘Sgt. Damien Scott’ in Action Drama ‘Strike Back')

Sullivan Stapleton
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Birthdate: June 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Jonathan Hyde
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Birthdate: May 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

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Bryan Brown
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Birthdate: June 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney

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Ryan Kwanten
(Actor, Producer)

Ryan Kwanten
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Birthdate: November 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Noah Taylor
(He is best known for his appearance as Locke in the HBO series Game of Thrones)

Noah Taylor
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Birthdate: September 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

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Cody Fern
(Actor)

Cody Fern
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Birthdate: July 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southern Cross, Australia

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Kodi Smit-McPhee
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Birthdate: June 13, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide

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Barry Humphries
(Comedian, Actor)

Barry Humphries
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Birthdate: February 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kew, Australia
Australian comedian and satirist Barry Humphries is best known for his stage/TV alter egos Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage. He has also written plays for London's West End and also published an award-winning autobiography. Known for his Dadaist humor, he is also a skilled landscape painter.

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Richard Roxburgh
(Actor Known for his Roles in 'Van Helsing' and 'Mission: Impossible 2')

Richard Roxburgh
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Birthdate: January 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albury, Australia

Australian actor Richard Roxburgh has gained immense popularity with his roles of Moriarty in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hugh Stamp in Mission Impossible II, and Count Dracula in Van Helsing. He was nominated for an AACTA award for Moulin Rouge! and won the Logie Award for the series Rake.

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Jason Donovan
(Actor, Singer)

Jason Donovan
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Birthdate: June 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malvern, Australia