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

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essendon
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

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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.

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 3 Dannii Minogue

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

 4 Anusha Dandekar

Anusha Dandekar.
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Famous As: VJ, Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

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.

 5 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin.
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Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
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.

 6 Ellyse Perry

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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
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.
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 7 Malcolm Turnbull

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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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

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 8 Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris.
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: March 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bassendean
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. 

 9 Ricky Ponting

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

 10 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.

 11 Kym Johnson

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

 12 Aden Young

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

 13 Brianna Keilar

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Famous As: Journalist
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.

 14 Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smithton, Tasmania, Australia

 15 Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

 16 Karl Stefanovic

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

 17 Adriano Zumbo

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

 18 Jennifer Hawkins

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

 19 Penelope Mitchell

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
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.

 20 Alan Jones

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Famous As: radio personality, rugby union coach
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne

 21 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.

 22 Antonia Kidman

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

 23 Sonia Kruger

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toowoomba

 24 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.

 25 Allan Border

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

 26 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.

 27 Carrie Bickmore

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

 28 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

 29 Kyle Sandilands

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

 30 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. 

 31 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.

 32 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

 33 Richie Benaud

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Famous As: Cricketer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Penrith
Died: April 10, 2015

 34 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.

 35 Jackie O

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Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

 36 Andrew Bolt

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

 37 Daniel MacPherson

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

 38 Rob Mills

Rob Mills
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Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 39 David Koch

David Koch
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Famous As: television presenter
Birthdate: March 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide

 40 Mick Molloy

Mick Molloy
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Birthdate: July 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Canberra

 41 Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie
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Famous As: Landscape architect
Birthdate: June 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manly

 42 Ed Kavalee

Ed Kavalee
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Australia

 43 Zoe Naylor

Zoe Naylor
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: July 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney

 44 Red Symons

Red Symons
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton

 45 Erin McNaught

Erin McNaught
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant, Music critic
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canberra

 46 Richard Wilkins

Richard Wilkins
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Famous As: television presenter
Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland

 47 Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy
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Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camberwell

 48 Georgie Gardner

Georgie Gardner
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Famous As: Australian journalist
Birthdate: June 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth

 49 Tracy Grimshaw

Tracy Grimshaw
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 50 James Brayshaw

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Famous As: Cricketer, Television presenter, Radio personality
Birthdate: May 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Subiaco