Australia is known as the “Land Down Under” but they certainly come up on top when it comes to the Hollywood A-list. Some of the stars who are home-grown here have taken leading roles, worked with the best international directors, received numerous awards, and recognized by the world over.
Who are the richest Australian actors in Hollywood? What movies have you (or maybe, not yet) seen them in?
1. Nicole Kidman
After her learning her craft at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicole Kidman took her first steps to fame in Hollywood when she starred in Days of Thunder and Far Away – both movies with her future then ex husband, Tom Cruise. But her big break was her role in the thriller Dead Calm. After several strings of movies, her acting prowess was recognized by the Academy Awards and she was nominated for Best Actress for Moulin Rouge! She finally won her first Oscar after her portrayal of the iconic poet and writer Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
2. Hugh Jackman
Most people prefer to call him Logan or Wolverine instead of his real name. His biggest and most iconic role to date is playing Wolverine in all the X-men movies since its inception. If you’ve lost count, he’s done all seven movies as the adamantium-clawed superhero. Aside from receiving praise for his film work, he’s also an acclaimed Tony award winning Broadway actor. His singing ability landed him the role of Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables and was nominated for Best Actor for this part.
3. Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher plays as an American all too often and all too well in most of her movies so it’s a pleasant surprise when this versatile actress speaks in her natural Aussie accent. Her crazy albeit memorable character in the comedy Wedding Crashers made the audience take notice of her. She played the lead in the film adaptation of the popular young adult novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic as Rebecca Bloomwood. Since then, her other film credits include The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me.
4. Cate Blanchett
Before winning her Best Actress award for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Melbourne native Cate Blanchett had already starred in many successful and critically-acclaimed Hollywood movies. She is known for portraying the real life icons such as Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth and Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator. Her fictional roles include Galadriel in the epic trilogy Lord of the Rings, Lady Marian in Robin Hood, and Daisy Fuller in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
5. Russell Crowe
After doing numerous movies since 1990, it was in 2000’s Gladiator that Russell Crowe came into worldwide attention. With an Academy Award for Best Actor under his belt for his role in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, his career continued to skyrocket with movies like A Beautiful Mind, in which he was up for another Best Actor nomination, Robin Hood, and Les Miserables with fellow Aussie and A-Lister Hugh Jackman. One blockbuster movie after the next, he followed up with Man of Steel and Noah.
6. Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush has been in a lot of movies since the 80’s. He got his first of many string of awards in later years for his work in the 1996 movie, Shine. His most notable films to date are his involvement in Elizabeth, the Pirates of the Carribbean movies, and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. His portrayal of Lionel Logue for The King’s Speech, alongside director Tom Hooper and actor Colin Firth, earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a nomination at the Academy Awards.