Famous Australian Film & Theater Personalities

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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.
Vote for Your Favourite Australian Film & Theater Personalities
 1 
Chris Hemsworth
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Portrayal of 'Thor' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films)
Chris Hemsworth
19
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
(Australian Actress Known for Her Roles in Both Blockbusters and Independent Films)
Margot Robbie
35
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.

 3 
Liam Hemsworth
(Australian Actor Known for His Role in 'The Hunger Games' Film Series and 'Independence Day: Resurgence')
Liam Hemsworth
18
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.

Recommended Lists:
 4 
Cate Blanchett
(One of the Finest and Most Versatile Actresses of Her Generation)
Cate Blanchett
17
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.

 5 
Isla Fisher
(Australian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Wedding Crashers’, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’)
Isla Fisher
23
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 
Heath Ledger
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘The Joker’ in the Film ‘The Dark Knight’)
Heath Ledger
20
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.

Recommended Lists:
 7 
Nicole Kidman
(One of the Most Influential and Highest-Grossing Actresses of Hollywood)
Nicole Kidman
40
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.

 8 
Hugh Jackman
(Australian Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Logan / Wolverine’ in the ‘X-Men’ Film Series)
Hugh Jackman
17
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.

 9 
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.

 10 
Toni Collette
(Actress)
Toni Collette
13
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.

Recommended Lists:
 11 
Paul Hogan
(Famous For His Role as Michael 'Crocodile' Dundee From the 'Crocodile Dundee' Film Series)
Paul Hogan
6
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.

 12 
Guy Pearce
(Actor)
Guy Pearce
4
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.
 13 
Steve Irwin
(Television Celebrity & Wildlife Conservationist Who Died After Getting Stung by a Stingray Barb)
Steve Irwin
4
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 14 
Ben Mendelsohn
4
Birthdate: April 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, 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.
 15 
Eric Bana
(Actor and Comedian)
Eric Bana
9
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.

 16 
Jacob Elordi
8
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.

 17 
Sam Worthington
(He is best known for playing Jake Sully in Avatar)
Sam Worthington
7
Birthdate: August 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey, England, United Kingdom
 18 
Katherine Langford
13
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. 

 19 
Luke Hemsworth
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Nathan Tyson’ in the TV Series ‘Neighbours’)
Luke Hemsworth
5
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.

 20 
Errol Flynn
(Best Known for His Romantic Swashbuckler Roles in the Golden Age of Hollywood)
Errol Flynn
4
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.

 21 
Mia Wasikowska
14
Birthdate: October 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
 22 
Teresa Palmer
(Actress, Model and Film Producer)
Teresa Palmer
10
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.
 23 
Yvonne Strahovski
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Chuck’ and 'The Handmaid's Tale')
Yvonne Strahovski
11
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.

 24 
Travis Fimmel
(Actor and Former Model Best Known for His Role as ‘Ragnar Lothbrok’ in the TV Series ‘Vikings’)
Travis Fimmel
4
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!

 25 
Dacre Montgomery
(Known for His Role as 'Billy Hargrove' in the Netflix Series 'Stranger Things' )
Dacre Montgomery
5
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.
 26 
Jai Courtney
4
Birthdate: March 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 27 
Joel Edgerton
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role of 'Owen Lars' in the 'Star Wars' Films and Series)
Joel Edgerton
4
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.
 28 
Samara Weaving
(Actress and Model Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'Home and Away' and 'SMILF')
Samara Weaving
14
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.

 29 
Geoffrey Rush
4
Birthdate: July 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia
 30 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
4
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.

 31 
Simon Baker
(Actor known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist)
Simon Baker
4
Birthdate: July 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia
 32 
Troye Sivan
(Australian Singer-Songwriter, Actor and YouTuber)
Troye Sivan
4
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.
 33 
Rebel Wilson
(Actress)
Rebel Wilson
18
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.

 34 
Josephine Langford
11
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 
Emily Browning
12
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.
 36 
Angela White
(Actress)
Angela White
51
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
 37 
Phoebe Tonkin
(Actress)
Phoebe Tonkin
15
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. 
 38 
Radha Mitchell
(Actress, Producer)
Radha Mitchell
8
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.

 39 
Brenton Thwaites
4
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.

 40 
Eliza Taylor
(Actress)
Eliza Taylor
10
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 
Miranda Otto
11
Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane
 42 
Alex O'Loughlin
(Best Known as Lieutenant Commander 'Steve McGarrett' on The TV series 'Hawaii Five-0')
Alex O'Loughlin
4
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.

 43 
Natalie Imbruglia
(Singer & Actress)
Natalie Imbruglia
4
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.

 44 
Alycia Debnam-Carey
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Lexa’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
Alycia Debnam-Carey
9
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.
 45 
Miriam Margolyes
15
Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England
 46 
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
4
Birthdate: February 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallasey, England, United Kingdom
 47 
Claire Holt
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'H2O: Just Add Water')
Claire Holt
7
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. 

 48 
Jacinda Barrett
(Actress, Model)
Jacinda Barrett
12
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.
 49 
Jesse Spencer
(Actor role in Neighbours (1994–2000, 2005)House (2004–2012), Chicago Fire (2012–2021))
Jesse Spencer
4
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.

 50 
Elle Macpherson
(Host and Executive Producer of ‘Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model’)
Elle Macpherson
9
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.