Famous Australian Media Personalities

Influential, vibrant and dynamic – media personalities are all of those and much more. After all, who else do you think could strike a national conversation or influence a general opinion that the nation would follow? Call them entertainer or informers, media personalities take up a dominant place in our virtual world and take up the responsibility of making us aware of our real world. They are omnipresent and have made their worth count everywhere, right from television to newspapers, radio to internet, magazines to periodicals and so on. What’s more, media personalities are not limited to just television presenters. They could be journalists, actors, radio jockeys and video presenters. Just like every other country in the world, Australia too has a long list of media personalities who have garnered quite a name or their work and exerted influence over the lives of Australians. They are equally distributed between commercial, national and non-profit public broadcasters. Australian media personalities are known for their witty sense, acute knowledge and strong acumen for news. With this write-up, find out in details about the life and works of Australian media personalities.

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 1 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin
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Famous As: Zookeeper, Conservationist
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.

 2 Julian Assange

Julian Assange
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

 3 Shane Warne

Shane Warne
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Famous As: Australian cricketer. Widely considered one of the greatest leg spin bowlers in cricket history.
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: March 4, 2022

Shane Warne was a former Australian cricket player, best known for his leg-break bowling. Widely regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, Warne was the second-highest wicket-taker in test cricket. He was also one of the most controversial cricketers. In 2013, Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

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 4 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin
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Famous As: TV personality
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.

 5 Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue
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Famous As: Singer and actress
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.

 6 Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Ricky Ponting is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his abilities as a batsman, fielder, and captain. Widely regarded as one of the modern-time greats, Ponting is the leading run-scorer for Australia in Test and ODI cricket. Ponting captained the Australian Test team between 2004 and 2011 and is considered one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.

 7 Adam Hills

Adam Hills
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Famous As: Television presenter, Comedian
Birthdate: July 10, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 8 Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch
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Famous As: Media Tycoon
Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.

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 9 Brianna Keilar

Brianna Keilar
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Brianna Keilar is a journalist who previously worked as a general assignment correspondent, Congressional correspondent, and White House correspondent for CNN. She is currently working as CNN's senior political correspondent. In 2019, Keilar, a military spouse, started writing a column titled Home Front, which continues to play an important role in bridging the civilian-military divide.

 10 Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia

Adriano Zumbo is an Australian television presenter and pastry chef. He is known for appearing as a guest on the TV show MasterChef Australia. He also hosts his own baking competition show Zumbo's Just Desserts and appears as a judge on Netflix's baking reality television series Sugar Rush. Thanks to his popularity, Zumbo has garnered several nicknames including Sweet Assassin.

 11 John Torode

John Torode
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur John Torode initially worked at the U.K.-based Conran Group's restaurants. He is also known for his appearances on shows such as This Morning and the revival of MasterChef in 2005. He owned the Luxe and Smiths of Smithfield and has also authored several cookbooks.

 12 Clive James

Clive James
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist, Literary critic
Birthdate: October 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kogarah, Australia
Died: November 24, 2019

Clive James was an Australian critic, journalist, and writer who worked mainly in the United Kingdom. He had a difficult life as a young man and faced many challenges on his way to building a successful career. He began his career as a TV critic and proceeded to establish himself as a writer and poet as well. 

 13 Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)

Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)
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Famous As: Journalist, Media executive
Birthdate: August 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 2012 AD

Elisabeth Murdoch is an Australian-born media executive best known for founding the UK-based TV production company Shine Group in 2001. She is also known as the daughter of popular multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In 2013, Elisabeth Murdoch was named UK’s fifth most powerful woman by Woman's Hour.

 14 Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby soared to fame with the stand-up comedy contest Raw Comedy and the Netflix live comedy show Nanette. She has often spoken about her battle with ADHD and autism. She had also once worked odd jobs and been homeless. Openly lesbian, she is married to partner Jenney Shamash.

 15 Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holmesville, Australia

Jennifer Hawkins first soared to fame after winning both the Miss Australia and the Miss Universe pageants in 2004. Initially a Newcastle Knights cheerleader, she was named the second-most-sexiest woman in the world by FHM and later gained international recognition with Seven Network travel show The Great Outdoors.

 16 Derek Muller

Derek Muller
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Famous As: Science communicator, filmmaker, television personality and inventor, who is best known for his YouTube channel Veritasium
Birthdate: November 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Traralgon, Australia

 17 Alan Jones

Alan Jones
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Famous As: Former radio broadcaster, Rugby union coaches
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oakey, Queensland, Australia

 18 Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange
Died: February 5, 1941

Remembered for the legendary poems Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was an Australian bush poet who depicted rural life through his works. Initially a law clerk and a journalist, he later adopted the pseudonym Banjo, which was his favorite horse’s name.

 19 Antonia Kidman

Antonia Kidman
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

The younger sister of Australian actor Nicole Kidman, Antonia Kidman was initially a journalist and later gained fame with the series The Little Things. She has also penned books on parenting, such as Feeding Fussy Kids. She is a mother of six and joined law school after the birth of her sixth child.

 20 Sonia Kruger

Sonia Kruger
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Famous As: Co-hosting the popular Australian version of Dancing with the Stars
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia

A prominent Australian media figure, Sonia Kruger has gained fame hosting shows such as Big Brother Australia and Dancing with the Stars. She is also known for appearing in the award-winning film Strictly Ballroom. After several miscarriages, she gave birth to her first child through IVF at age 49.

 21 Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia

Kym Johnson began training in dance at age 3 and graduated to ballroom dance at age 13. She soared to fame after winning season 2 of the Australian reality show Dancing with the Stars. Once part of competitive ballroom dancing, she is now also famous for her fitness DVDs.

 22 Aden Young

Aden Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-Australian actor Aden Young is best known to fans as Daniel Holden from Rectify. Born to a CBC broadcaster father, he participated in theater even as a child. He later also gained fame with films such as I, Frankenstein and The Unseen. He is married to Australian singer Loene Carmen.

 23 Daniel MacPherson

Daniel MacPherson
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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

Best known for his roles in series such as Neighbours and movies such as Infini, Daniel MacPherson has also had a 6-year stint as a co-host of Dancing with the Stars. Initially a sportsperson, he was discovered by an agent at a triathlete event. He was also a Mensa member.

 24 Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

Gold Logie-winning Australian talk show host and radio presenter Carrie Bickmore is best known as the host of The Project. She has also been a UNICEF ambassador and has worked for causes such as brain-cancer and maternal tetanus awareness. She created a stir after accidentally flashing her bottom at the 2021 AACTA Awards.

 25 Brady Haran

Brady Haran
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Famous As: Video Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Podcaster
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

UK-based video journalist Brady Haran is known for his popular YouTube math channel Numberphile. Fans also love his other channels, such as the chemistry-oriented Periodic Videos and the physics-oriented Sixty Symbols, and his podcasts Hello Internet and The Unmade Podcast. He also has inactive channels on language, food, and culture.

 26 John Meillon

John Meillon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mosman, Australia
Died: August 11, 1989

 27 Angry Anderson

Angry Anderson
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Famous As: He has been the lead vocalist with the hard rock band Rose Tattoo
Birthdate: August 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 28 Osher Günsberg

Osher Günsberg
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Famous As: He is known for his hosting roles on Channel [V], Australian Idol, Live to Dance
Birthdate: March 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

Born in London, Osher Günsberg moved with his family to Australia as a toddler. He initially soared to fame as Spidey on the Brisbane radio station B105. Starting his TV career as a VJ, he later co-hosted Australian Idol. He once admitted to having suffered from mental illness.

 29 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

Legendary Australian cricketer Allan Border, also popularly known as AB, remains to be regarded as one of the best batsmen the game has ever had. Under his captaincy, Australia didn’t just win a World Cup but also brought back the Ashes in 1989. He is also one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

 30 John Pilger

John Pilger
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Famous As: War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Multiple BAFTA award-winning Australian journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger had begun his career working for media houses such as Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He is vocal about social issues, such as the treatment of the indigenous community in Australia and the US and UK foreign policies.

 31 Karl Stefanovic

Karl Stefanovic
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Nine Network presenter and journalist Karl Stefanovic is best known for hosting shows such as Today and 60 Minutes. In his reporting career, spanning over 2 decades, the Gold Logie-winning journalist has covered many major events, such as the Christchurch earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.

 32 Mark Waugh

Mark Waugh
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Famous As: Cricket Commentator, Former International Cricketer
Birthdate: June 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Campsie, Australia

 33 Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Broadmeadows Vic

Eddie McGuire is an Australian TV presenter, radio presenter, and sports commentator for Fox Footy. A famous name in Australian Football League, McGuire was honored with the Australian Sports Medal in 2001. For his achievements in entertainment, media, and community-based activities, Eddie McGuire was awarded an honorary doctorate by RMIT University on 17 May 2013.           

 34 Keith Murdoch

Keith Murdoch
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Famous As: War correspondent
Birthdate: August 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: October 5, 1952

Apart from being the father of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Keith Murdoch was a talented journalist in his own right, who gained fame as a political correspondent for the Sydney Sun. He is also known for carrying the controversial Gallipoli letter to London. He later led The Herald and Weekly Times.

 35 Rove McManus

Rove McManus
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

Australian TV and radio host Rove McManus soared to fame with the show Rove and now also co-owns the TV production company Roving Enterprises. He is also a kangaroo breeder and co-owns a steakhouse too. Fans also know him for the catchphrase “Say hi to your mom for me.”

 36 Kyle Sandilands

Kyle Sandilands
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 37 Bec Hewitt

Bec Hewitt
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian actor/singer Bec Hewitt began her career at age 5, working in commercials, and later soared to fame as Hayley Smith Lawson from Home and Away. A talented dancer, too, she also won Dancing with the Stars. She has also released chart-busting singles such as All Seats Taken.

 38 Lisa Sthalekar

Lisa Sthalekar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India

 Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar, was once the captain of Australia's international women's cricket team. Born in India and adopted by parents who lived in USA, she was introduced to cricket by her father. She started playing professionally as a young woman and went on to have an exemplary career. She retired in 2013. 

 39 Julia Zemiro

Julia Zemiro
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence

Best known as the host of RocKwiz, French-Australian presenter Julia Zemiro is a trained theater actor, too, who has worked with the likes of the Bell Shakespeare Company. She has hosted her own interview show, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, and has been on shows such as Thank God You’re Here.

 40 Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: December 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney

At 21, Lisa Wilkinson was the youngest editor of the Australian teen magazine Dolly. She grew up to be a renowned journalist and presenter and is now known for her shows such as The Project. She has also appeared in movies such as Broadcast Battleground and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

 41 Sam Pang

Sam Pang
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Famous As: Radio personality, Television presenter
Birthdate: November 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) Victoria, Australia

 42 Storm Keating

Storm Keating
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Famous As: Fashion Designer, Producer, Director
Birthdate: October 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Childers, Queensland, Australia

Born to a cattleman father, Storm Keating spent her early years on her family farms. Initially a TV producer, she has been part of shows such as The Apprentice Australia and The Voice UK. Now a luxury fashion designer, she also maintains a fashion blog. She is married to singer Ronan Keating.

 43 Samantha Armytage

Samantha Armytage
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Famous As: Journalist, News presenter
Birthdate: September 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo

Samantha Armytage is an Australian TV presenter and journalist best known for co-hosting a popular breakfast show called Sunrise from 2013 to 2021. Samantha Armytage has also hosted other shows, such as Bringing Sexy Back and Seven 4.30 News. In 2021, she launched her own podcast titled Something to Talk About with Samantha Armytage.

 44 Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt
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Famous As: Journalist, Columnist
Birthdate: September 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide

 45 Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie
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Famous As: Landscape architect
Birthdate: June 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Apart from being an award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer, Jamie Durie has also proved himself to be a skilled TV host. He also owns the architecture company Patio, later renamed Durie Design, and has gained fame for his shows such as The Outdoor Room and HGTV Showdown.

 46 Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin
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Famous As: Television presenter, radio presenter and journalist, best known for her association with the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) network
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

Apart from being a SBS newsreader for 3 decades, Lee Lin Chin has also presented comedy segments and a comedy cooking show. Born to Chinese parents in Indonesia, she began her journalism career in Singapore and moved to Australia later. She has also done voice-over and appeared in films such as Resistance.

 47 Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Biographer
Birthdate: June 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wahroonga

Bestselling Australian author Peter FitzSimons has had an illustrious career as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald for over three decades. Apart from penning biographies, he has written books such as Burke and Wills. He has also played national-level rugby for the Wallabies.

 48 Friendlyjordies

Friendlyjordies
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Famous As: Political commentator, Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: August 19, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia

 49 Ed Kavalee

Ed Kavalee
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Famous As: Recurring panelist on Network 10's Have You Been Paying Attention?
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 50 Ernie Dingo

Ernie Dingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Western Australia

Indigenous Australian actor Ernie Dingo initially gained fame with his award-winning performance in the series Tudawali. He was also a talented basketball player before he stepped into films. An Australian National Living Treasure, he is known for films such as Crocodile Dundee II and also starred with Cate Blanchett in Heartland.