Famous Australian Film & Theater Personalities

It wasn’t long before Australia was merely a collection of British colonies. Only after the country gained its independence that it came up with its indigenous mix of culture and traditions. Just like the other art forms, Australian theatre in the early days was merely an extension of the traditions of English literature and British and Irish theatre. With time, Australian theatre did evolve as large number of theatre artists gained international recognition, most notable of them includes Sir Robert Helpmann, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Humphries, David Williamson and so on. Similar to theatre, Australian film industry is also relatively modern, its earliest ever feature film being produced in 1906. Having said that, Australian cinematic industry deserves tremendous applause and recognition for it has in the short span gained quite a reputation for itself. The Australian world of motion pictures has come up with some of the most talented bunch of actors and actresses that the world today looks up to. Nicole Kidman, Rod Taylor, Errol Flynn, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Sam Worthington are some of the priced Australian entertainers. With this section, explore in details about the life and works of Australian film and theatre personalities.

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 1 Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie.
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Famous As: Actress
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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 3 Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 4 Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, 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.

 5 Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 6 Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Balmain, Sydney, 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.

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 7 Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger.
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Famous As: Actor, Photographer
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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 8 Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman.
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Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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.

 9 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Honolulu

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.

 10 Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan.
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Famous As: Comedian
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.

 11 Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 12 Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria
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.

 13 Eric Bana

Eric Bana.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 14 Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington
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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Godalming

 15 Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canberra

 16 Hugo Weaving

Hugo Weaving.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ibadan, Federation of Nigeria

Hugo Weaving is a British actor best known for playing the roles of suave villains, such as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy. Apart from being an actor, Weaving is also an animal rights activist; he serves as an ambassador for a non-profit animal protection charity called Voiceless. Over the years, he has played an important role in popularizing Voiceless.

 17 Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland

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.

 18 Katherine Langford

Katherine Langford.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth

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. 

 19 Luke Hemsworth

Luke Hemsworth.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 5, 1981
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.

 20 Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hobart
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.

 21 Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Werrington Downs, New South Wales, 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.

 22 Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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.

 23 Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, South 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.

 24 Jai Courtney

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

 25 Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lockington, Victoria, 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!

 26 Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 27 Dacre Montgomery

Dacre Montgomery.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perth
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.

 28 Geoffrey Rush

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

 29 Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
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.

 30 Simon Baker

Simon Baker
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Famous As: Actor, Television director
Birthdate: July 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Launceston

 31 Emily Browning

Emily Browning.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 32 Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 33 Samara Weaving

Samara Weaving
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 34 Josephine Langford

Josephine Langford.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 35 Phoebe Tonkin

Phoebe Tonkin.
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 36 Alex O Loughlin

Alex O Loughlin.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 37 Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell.
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Famous As: Actress, Producer
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.

 38 Brenton Thwaites

Brenton Thwaites.
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Famous As: Film Actor
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.

 39 Miranda Otto

Miranda Otto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane

 40 Eliza Taylor

Eliza Taylor.
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Famous As: Actress
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.   

 41 Jacinda Barrett

Jacinda Barrett.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
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.

 42 Angela White

Angela White
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 43 Alycia Debnam-Carey

Alycia Debnam-Carey.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney
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.

 44 Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian
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. 

 45 Melissa George

Melissa George.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Western 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.

 46 Claire Holt

Claire Holt.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland

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. 

 47 Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blacktown, Sydney, 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.

 48 Nathalie Kelley

Nathalie Kelley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima

 49 Deborra-Lee Furness

Deborra-Lee Furness.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 50 Toni Collette

Toni Collette.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, 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.