10 Australian Actors Who Have Made It Big In Hollywood

If you want to come across ‘raw’ acting talent – just watch Australian actors! I am not sure how the Aussies do it – but by far they are able to easily create legions of fans across the globe. But what separates these Aussies actors from a Hollywood star is their modesty even at the glitzy heights of success. Probably that is why there are many Australian actors who have made it big in Hollywood. Today we are going to look at some of the Aussies giving a run for their money to traditional American actors.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Mel was the first Australian actor that I came across and became a huge fan of this talent powerhouse. What is so endearing about Mel Gibson is his cocky attitude with natural acting abilities – which has won him millions of die hard fans across the globe. He is so talented that he won an Oscar for Best Director for the movie Braveheart! A truly amazing feat for any actor. The first Mel Gibson’s movie that I watched was the ‘Lethal Weapon’ series and it was simply bombastic! Some of the other ‘must see’ movies of Mel Gibson are Ransom, The Patriot, What Women Want, Payback and The Passion of Christ. (Image Source)

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

There was a time I absolutely hated Tom Cruise and the reason was simple – he was married to Nicole Kidman! I will not hide it from you – I had this huge teenage crush on this petite beauty with real brains. Nicole gets so immersed in her characters that you completely forget about ‘Nicole the Hollywood star’.  From ‘Dead Calm’ to ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and to ‘The Hours’ – Nicole has shown has such diverse facets of her acting abilities – that we cannot help but admire the immense talent this Aussie actor has. Some of her notable movies are – Batman Forever, Far and Away, To Die For, Eyes Wide Shut, The Others. (Image Source)

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

He is THE WOLVERINE! I mean even if he had just acted in this one movie “X-Men” and had played just the Wolverine – I still would have been is ardent fan for life. This ‘Greek God’ has such a towering personality that he literally hijacks every movie scene that he appears in. Hugh is just not limited to doing action roles – as he has equally performed in romantic movies like ‘Kate & Leopold’ or drama like “Prisoners”. For the movie ‘Les Misérables‘ Hugh has been nominated as the Best Actor at the Oscars. Some of his awesome movies are – Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, Real Steel. (Image Source)

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

The first time I saw this talented Aussie actor was as Queen Elizabeth in the widely acclaimed movie – ‘Elizabeth’ – for which she even earned an Academy Award nomination. She also gained world wide recognition among fans for her portrayal of ‘Galadriel‘ in the movies series – Lord of the Rings! Cate is equally at ease in portraying a wide range of emotions on screen. Some of her notable movies are – Babel, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hanna, Robin Hood and The Talented Mr. Ripley. (Image Source)

Eric Bana 

Eric Bana

This spectacularly good looking actor will always be the ‘Hector’ from the movie ‘Troy’ for me! But Eric’s showcase of movies has many gems like – Munich, Hulk, Star Trek and Chopper. Eric surprisingly has started his career as a comedian in the popular television series ‘Full Frontal’ – before gaining global acclaim for his portrayal of gangster Mark Read in the movie ‘Chopper’. There is a very wide spectrum of his work for small budget to huge global production houses. Eric comfortably slips into very character he plays. (Image Source)

Sam Worthington

Sam Worthington

In a very short span of time this Australian actor has made a major mark in the Hollywood film industry – with some major blockbuster roles.  Some of the legendary roles that he has played are in the big budget movies like Avatar, Terminator Salvation, and Wrath of the Titans. He was actually living in his car and auditioning for roles – when lady luck smiled on him and gave the iconic role of Jake Sully in Avatar. Some of his upcoming movies are – Paper Planes and Thunder Run. I am sure that in coming years Sam is going to come in awesome movies. (Image Source)

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts

No one could have played the ‘damsel in distress’ better than Naomi in the movie Kingkong for sure. This acting power house has given some very memorable roles in the recent past. Her first break through role with the movie  Mulholland Drive and from there on she hasn’t looked back. Some of her best movies are – The Ring, I Heart Huckabees, Fair Game and J.Edgar. She is very active in social welfare programs and is the goodwill ambassador for Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. (Image Source)

Rose Byrnes

Rose Byrnes

This extraordinarily beautiful Australian actor has given some memorable performances in movies like Insidious, X-Men, I Give It a Year, Get Him To The Greek, Troy and Bridesmaids. She has also been named the Most Beautiful People of 2007 by the Who Magazine. I have absolutely loved her performance as a ‘Googler’ in the comedy movie – The Internship.  Rose has won many prestigious awards for her performances like – Golden Globe Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Venice Film Festival. (Image Source)

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

No one could have portrayed the dashing Greek God Thor then Chris Hemsworth – and correctly so – he is one of the most good looking actors we have in Hollywood today. This Hollywood hearthtrob has also appeared in the movies like – A Perfect Getaway, The Cabin in the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Dawn and Rush. But he is not just an eye candy and has been praised universally for portraying the role of formula race driver James Hunt in the movie Rush. (Image Source)

Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth

Liam is an upcoming Australian actor to watch out for in coning years. With his acting prowess and drop dead gorgeous looks – he simply seems to be unstoppable. Liam is the younger brother of Chris ‘THOR’ Hemsworth – I guess dashing looks runs in the family. In recent times Liam has got notice in the Hunger Games film series. Liam has been in relationship with the Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus. (Image Source)

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