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: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian
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 John Torode

John Torode
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, British
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.
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 3 Brianna Keilar

Brianna Keilar
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

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.

 4 Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 5 Penelope Mitchell

Penelope Mitchell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian
Cousin of actor Radha Mitchell, Penelope Mitchell was born to a French mother and an Australian father and grew up in Melbourne. Best known for her roles in Hemlock Grove and The Vampire Diaries, Penelope is a trained ballerina. She was academically brilliant and had plans of becoming a lawyer.

 6 Bec Hewitt

Bec Hewitt
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian
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 7 Julia Zemiro

Julia Zemiro
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

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.

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 8 Jackie O

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Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 9 Jo Beth Taylor

Jo Beth Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 10 Erika Heynatz

Erika Heynatz
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

 11 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin
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Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian
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.

 12 Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: March 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian
Australian singer, painter, and TV personality Rolf Harris is remembered for songs such as Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport and Two Little Boys, and for inventing the wobble board. He was a champion swimmer in his adolescence. He also spent almost 3 years in prison for assaulting underage girls. 

 13 Julian Assange

Julian Assange
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, Ecuadorian

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.

 14 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 15 Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 16 Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian

 17 Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian, Italian

 18 Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 19 Anusha Dandekar

Anusha Dandekar
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Famous As: VJ, Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian

Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian VJ, actress, and singer. She is popularly known for hosting many TV shows. Beginning her career as a TV anchor and VJ, she branched out into acting as well, making her film debut with a role in the Bollywood film Mumbai Matinee. Since then, she has appeared in a few other movies.

 20 Antonia Kidman

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

 21 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.

 22 Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian, British

 23 Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 24 Aden Young

Aden Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian, Canadian

 25 Daniel MacPherson

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

 26 Karl Stefanovic

Karl Stefanovic
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 27 Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: December 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 28 Rove McManus

Rove McManus
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 29 Alan Jones

Alan Jones
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Famous As: radio personality, rugby union coach
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian

 30 Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

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.           

 31 Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Australian

 32 Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian
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.

 33 Sonia Kruger

Sonia Kruger
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 34 Samantha Armytage

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

 35 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 36 John Pilger

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

 37 Ernie Dingo

Ernie Dingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 38 Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 39 Brady Haran

Brady Haran
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Famous As: Video Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Podcaster
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

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.

 40 Keith Murdoch

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

 41 Paul Khoury

Paul Khoury
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: September 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

Paul Khoury is an Australian TV personality known for hosting shows like Coffee Lovers’ Guide to Italy. Also known for his captivating voice, Khoury has been anchoring ESPN's Asia Pacific Poker Tour. From 2010 to 2015, Paul Khoury hosted The Aussie Millions, one of the world's richest poker events. 

 42 Kyle Sandilands

Kyle Sandilands
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 43 John Meillon

John Meillon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 11, 1989

 44 Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud
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Famous As: Cricketer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian
Died: April 10, 2015

 45 Lisa Sthalekar

Lisa Sthalekar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian

 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. 

 46 Peter FitzSimons

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

 47 Andrew Bolt

Andrew Bolt
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Famous As: Journalist, Columnist
Birthdate: September 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 48 Rob Mills

Rob Mills
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Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian

 49 Ed Kavalee

Ed Kavalee
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 50 Mick Molloy

Mick Molloy
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Birthdate: July 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian