Famous Australian Actresses

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Find out more about the greatest Australian Actresses, including Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Phoebe Tonkin and Anusha Dandekar.
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Margot Robbie
(Australian Actress Known for Her Roles in Both Blockbusters and Independent Films)
Margot Robbie
39
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dalby, Australia

With strong performances in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad and I, Tonya, Australian actress Margot Robbie has become one of the most famous actresses of her generation and also one of the world's highest-paid actresses. In her short career till now, she has won numerous award nominations and has become a significant name in the advertising world.

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Cate Blanchett
(One of the Finest and Most Versatile Actresses of Her Generation)
Cate Blanchett
22
Birthdate: May 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia

Cate Blanchett is one of the most celebrated actresses of her times. She attained fame with the drama film, Elizabeth, in 1998. The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, Notes on a Scandal, Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley, Babel and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are some of her other acclaimed and successful films. She has won two Academy awards so far.

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Isla Fisher
(Australian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Wedding Crashers’, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’)
Isla Fisher
27
Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Australian actress Isla Fisher attained widespread fame in 2005 when she starred in the commercially successful Hollywood film Wedding Crashers. Some of her other notable films are The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, I Heart Huckabees, Bachelorette, Rango and Rise of the Guardians. She has also acted in television series and is an author of children’s books.

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 4 
Rose Byrne
(Australian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘The Goddess of 1967’, ‘Get Him to the Greek’ and ‘Bridesmaids’)
Rose Byrne
15
Birthdate: July 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Balmain, Australia

Rose Byrne is one of the most popular actresses from Australia. In addition to appearing in dramas and thrillers, she has also established herself as a comedic actress. A supporter of UNICEF Australia, she is also the ambassador for Young Actors Studio, which is part of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

 5 
Nicole Kidman
(One of the Most Influential and Highest-Grossing Actresses of Hollywood)
Nicole Kidman
61
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Australian actress and producer Nicole Kidman is one of the world's highest-paid actresses. She is the founder of the production company Blossom Films. She was twice named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Besides acting, she has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.

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Toni Collette
(Actress)
Toni Collette
18
Birthdate: November 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

Toni Collette is an Australian actress, singer, producer, and songwriter. A critically acclaimed actress, Collette is known for her work in feature films as well as in independent films. Collette has won several prestigious awards, such as a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics' Choice Awards. Collette also supports many charitable organizations like Feeding America and Amnesty International.

 7 
Katherine Langford
18
Birthdate: April 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Australian actress, Katherine Langford, gained international fame with her role in the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why. She developed an early interest in acting despite not having any family connection to the field. Active in the entertainment industry since 2015, she has been nominated for many awards, including a Golden Globe. 

 8 
Mia Wasikowska
20
Birthdate: October 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
 9 
Teresa Palmer
(Actress, Model and Film Producer)
Teresa Palmer
14
Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Teresa Palmer is best known for her roles in movies such as The Choice, Lights Out, I Am Number Four, and The Grudge 2. She worked in malls and wished to work in animal welfare, before being scouted by an agent. Her first full-fledged film, 2:37, was featured at Cannes.
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Yvonne Strahovski
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Chuck’ and 'The Handmaid's Tale')
Yvonne Strahovski
16
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Werrington Downs, Australia

The quintessential action heroine of Australia, Yvonne Strahovski is popular for playing roles that require her to perform dangerous stunts. In 2011, she was adjudged the Fun Fearless Female of the Year by Cosmopolitan magazine. Also known for her good looks, Yvonne Strahovski was named in Maxim Hot 100 list in 2012.

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Samara Weaving
(Actress and Model Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'Home and Away' and 'SMILF')
Samara Weaving
16
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Born to a filmmaker/lecturer father and an art therapist mother in Australia, Samara Weaving grew up in places such as Fiji and Singapore. Initially known for her roles in series such as Out of the Blue and Home and Away, she gained international fame with films such as Ready or Not.

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Rebel Wilson
(Actress)
Rebel Wilson
20
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, started her acting career with television in Australia and then gained wider recognition after appearing in Hollywood films. Struck by Lightning, Bachelorette, Isn't It Romantic, The Hustle, Cats and Jojo Rabbit are some of the notable films she has acted in. She received critical appreciation for the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect, and subsequently acted in its two sequels.

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Radha Mitchell
(Actress, Producer)
Radha Mitchell
9
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian actress Radha Mitchell has been active in the show business for more than three decades. She started acting as a teenager, first appearing in a TV show. In the ensuing years, she acted in many other TV shows and films, building a successful career. She is the winner of one Antipodes Film Festival Award.

 14 
Josephine Langford
14
Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth

Josephine Langford is an Australian actress who started her career at a young age. Initially interested in music, Langford was classified as a talented composer in her secondary school. Following in the footsteps of her older sister Katherine Langford, she took acting classes at the age 13. Her success story serves as an inspiration to many young Australian talents.

 15 
Emily Browning
13
Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Emily Browning is best known for her award-winning performance as Violet Baudelaire in the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some of her other notable films are The Uninvited, Sucker Punch, and Sleeping Beauty. She is also known as Laura Moon from the series American Gods.
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Miranda Otto
13
Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Miriam Margolyes
16
Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England
 18 
Phoebe Tonkin
(Actress)
Phoebe Tonkin
19
Birthdate: July 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Phoebe Tonkin is best known as Hayley Marshall from The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals. Her role as Cleo in the series H2O: Just Add Water earned her an AFI Award nomination. A seasoned model, she has also been featured on the Maxim Hot 100 list. 
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Eliza Taylor
(Actress)
Eliza Taylor
15
Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Eliza Taylor is an Australian actress who gained recognition for her performance as Janae Timmins in the TV series Neighbours. Although she wanted to establish a career as a marine biologist, Taylor chose to pursue acting after landing a lead role in Pirate Islands. Also a humanitarian, Taylor established a non-profit school named Koh Tao International Primary in Thailand.   

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Alycia Debnam-Carey
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Lexa’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
Alycia Debnam-Carey
10
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Alycia Debnam-Carey is best known as Lexa from the sci-fi series The 100. She initially gained fame with the reality show Next Stop Hollywood. Fans also loved her in the films Into the Storm and Friend Request and in the series McLeod's Daughters and Fear the Walking Dead.
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Bindi Irwin
(Winner of Season 21 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ & Daughter of Zookeeper & Conservationist 'Steve Irwin')
Bindi Irwin
26
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia

Daughter of legendary Australian wildlife expert The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps and is now a renowned conservationist and TV personality. Her stint on Bindi the Jungle Girl made her the youngest Daytime Emmy winner. She is also associated with the Australia Zoo.

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Angela White
(Actress)
Angela White
12
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Claire Holt
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'H2O: Just Add Water')
Claire Holt
9
Birthdate: June 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Star of the horror film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow and 47 Meters Down, Claire Holt is a Brisbane-born American actress and model, who appeared on the Buddy TV list of top 100 sexiest women in 2011. She is also known for acting in the Australian television series H2O: Just Add Water. Married to Andrew Joblon, she has two children. 

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Abbie Cornish
(Actress)
Abbie Cornish
12
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lochinvar, Australia

Australian actress and rapper, Abbie Cornish is best known for her role in the film Bright Star. She developed a fascination for acting early in her life and began her career when she was a teenager. At the beginning of her acting career, she also ventured into music. She is an ambassador for the Australian animal rights group, Voiceless.

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Melissa George
(Actress and Entrepreneur Best Known for Her Role as ‘Angel Parrish’ on the TV Show ‘Home and Away’)
Melissa George
9
Birthdate: August 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Melissa George is an Australian actress and former national rollerskating champion. One of the few sportswomen to make a serious impact as an actress, Melissa George received a Golden Globe Award nomination for playing Laura Hill on the popular American drama television series, In Treatment. She is also credited with inventing a fashion device called Style Snaps.

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Elle Macpherson
(Host and Executive Producer of ‘Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model’)
Elle Macpherson
6
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killara, Australia

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, television host, and businesswoman. Best known for her record five appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Macpherson went on to found a series of business ventures, such as The Body and Elle Macpherson Intimates. Also known for her philanthropic work, Macpherson serves as an ambassador for organizations like UNICEF.

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Greta Scacchi
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Nola Johns’ in the TV Miniseries ‘Broken Trail’)
Greta Scacchi
7
Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Greta Scacchi is best known for her Emmy-winning role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. She also earned a BAFTA nomination for her role in Heat and Dust and an Emmy nomination for Broken Trail. She is also a seasoned theater actor and has worked toward prevention of overfishing.
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Natalie Imbruglia
(Singer & Actress)
Natalie Imbruglia
11
Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress Natalie Imbruglia aspired for a career in the show business since her youth. Beginning her career with minor roles in commercials, she worked hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She has acted in many hit films and is also active as a singer with many records to her credit.

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Jacinda Barrett
(Actress, Model)
Jacinda Barrett
15
Birthdate: August 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland
Jacinda Barrett is best known as Diana Rayburn from the series Bloodline. A former model, she was one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. She has also been part of the films Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Poseidon, and the series The Real World: London.
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Adelaide Kane
(Known for Her Roles in the TV Series 'Neighbours', 'Reign' and 'Once Upon a Time')
Adelaide Kane
10
Birthdate: August 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Claremont, Australia

Australian actress Adelaide Kane started performing at the age of three and was working professionally in some print ads at age six. Her big break came with a contract on iconic soap opera Neighbours. She further gained acclaim for her performance in Reign, Power Rangers RPM and Once Upon a Time.

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Maia Mitchell
(Actress, Singer)
Maia Mitchell
9
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lismore, Australia

Australian actor Maia Mitchell is known as Brittany from the series Mortified and as Natasha from Trapped. She is also popular as Callie Adams Foster from The Fosters and its sequel, Good Trouble, and as McKenzie from the Teen Beach film franchise. She has also collaborated on the song Magic.

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Angourie Rice
(Actress)
Angourie Rice
6
Birthdate: January 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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Dannii Minogue
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Hit Songs ‘Love and Kisses’ and ‘Jump to the Beat')
Dannii Minogue
9
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

The younger sister of Australian popstar Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue had begun her career on Australian TV as a child actor. Known for her award-winning role of Emma Jackson in the soap Home and Away, she later also launched a music career, appeared in movies and plays, and introduced a clothing line.

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Essie Davis
(Actress)
Essie Davis
9
Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hobart, Tasmania

Essie Davis is an Australian singer and actress best known for playing Phryne Fisher in the drama television series, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Over the years, Davis has enjoyed considerable success in the Australian entertainment industry. She has received several prestigious awards, such as the Australian Film Institute Award and AACTA Award.

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Elizabeth Debicki
(Actress Known for her Role in The Great Gatsby (2013))
Elizabeth Debicki
23
Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
9
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, US
Died: August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John's breathy voice and stunning beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s. She charmed generations of movie viewers in the blockbuster film Grease. Following a string of country and soft-rock hits, Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in the 1978  blockbuster Grease, considered as one the most popular movie musicals of all time.

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Emilie de Ravin
(Actress who played Claire on ABC's TV award-winning series Lost and appeared in The Hills Have Eyes)
Emilie de Ravin
7
Birthdate: December 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia
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Nathalie Kelley
17
Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima
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Jacki Weaver
(Actress)
Jacki Weaver
7
Birthdate: May 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Sarah Snook
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Shiv Roy’ in the TV Series ‘Succession’)
Sarah Snook
8
Birthdate: December 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Australian actor Sarah Snook is best known for her AACTA Award-winning roles in Predestination and Sisters of War. She was also appreciated for her Emmy-nominated role of Siobhan "Shiv" Roy in the series Succession. Also a renowned stage actor, she has performed in productions of King Lear and Macbeth.
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Ruby Rose
(Australian Model, Actress, and Television Presenter)
Ruby Rose
15
Birthdate: March 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Ruby Rose is an Australian actress, model, and TV presenter. After coming out as a lesbian at the age of 12, Ruby faced many difficulties and has experienced suicidal thoughts throughout her life. Despite struggling with mental health issues, Ruby has gone on to establish herself in the field of entertainment, thereby serving as an inspiration to many across the world.

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Cassandra Harris
7
Birthdate: December 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 28, 1991
Australian actor Cassandra Harris is remembered for her role in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Her third husband, Pierce Brosnan, met the director Albert R. Broccoli during the filming of the movie, eventually bagging James Bond’s role later. Harris died of ovarian cancer at 43.
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Deborra-Lee Furness
11
Birthdate: November 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Australia

Deborra-Lee Furness is an Australian actress and wife of actor Hugh Jackman. Furness, who has adopted two children, has touched the lives of many other orphans by streamlining international adoptions and creating National Adoption Awareness Week to help make adoption procedures easier. Her work in adoption campaigning earned her the New South Wales Australian of the Year title in 2014.

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Isabel Lucas
(Actor, Model)
Isabel Lucas
4
Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

Best known for her award-winning role of Tasha Andrews in the Australian series Home and Away, model-actor Isabel Lucas later gained international fame as Alice from the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. She is an environmental activist, too, and has also represented causes such as breast cancer awareness.

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Rachel Ward
(Actress and Director)
Rachel Ward
5
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom

English-born Australian actress, director, and screenwriter, Rachel Ward, has been active in the entertainment industry for over 40 years. She attended the Byam Shaw School of Art in London for some time but quit midway to start her career as a model. Following a successful stint as a model, she began acting and screenwriting.

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Anna Torv
(Actress)
Anna Torv
7
Birthdate: June 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Claudia Black
(Actress)
Claudia Black
8
Birthdate: October 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney
Australian actor Claudia Black is best known as Aeryn Sun from the series Farscape and the subsequent miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, winning a Saturn Award for the latter. She also gained fame with the series Stargate SG-1 and the film Pitch Black, and has voice-acted for several video games.
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Rachel Griffiths
(Actress who portrayed masseuse Brenda Chenowith in the HBO series Six Feet Under, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2002)
Rachel Griffiths
5
Birthdate: December 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Judy Davis
(Actor)
Judy Davis
10
Birthdate: April 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
 50 
Rachael Taylor
(Actress, Model)
Rachael Taylor
7
Birthdate: July 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia

Rachael Taylor is an Australian actress and model who played Dr. Lucy Fields in the TV series Grey's Anatomy. She aspired to be an actress from childhood and participated in many school plays. She began her career as a model and soon transitioned into acting. She appears in both TV shows and feature films.