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List of famous film actors and actresses from Australia, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Australia has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Australian screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Australia and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

List features film actors like Noel Tovey and Warren Coleman.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Australian actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Australia?"

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 51, Credits: Batman Forever, Moulin Rouge! & Eyes Wide Shut

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Australia

Nicole Mary Kidman (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian-American actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five ...more

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 49, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Catherine Elise Blanchett (; born 14 May 1969) is an Australian-American actress and theatre director. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe ...more

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 47, Credits: X-Men, X-Men: First Class & X-Men: The Last Stand

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2018, a role for which he ...more

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008), Credits: The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain & The Patriot

Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the ...more

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Ben Mendelsohn is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 49, Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, Knowing & The Place Beyond the Pines

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Paul Benjamin "Ben" Mendelsohn (born April 3, 1969) is an Australian actor known for his work in the films Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly, The Place Beyond ...more

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Dec. at 50 (1909-1959), Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cinema Paradiso & Captain Blood

Birthplace: Hobart, Australia

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia

Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, he ...more

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Russell Crowe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 54, Credits: Gladiator, Man of Steel & A Beautiful Mind

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Nationality: Australia, New Zealand

Russell Ira Crowe (born 7 April 1964) is an actor, film producer and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He came to international attention for ...more

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Anthony LaPaglia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Anthony LaPaglia Age 60, Credits: Road to Perdition, Happy Feet & Empire Records

Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Anthony M. LaPaglia (, Italian pronunciation: [laˈpaʎʎa]; born 31 January 1959) is an Australian-American actor. He played the role of Joe in the coming-of-age comedy Empire Records and John in ...more

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Sam Worthington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 42, Credits: Avatar, Clash of the Titans & Terminator Salvation

Birthplace: Godalming, England

Nationality: Australia

Samuel Henry John Worthington (born August 2, 1976) is an Australian actor and writer. He portrayed Jake Sully in the 2009 film Avatar, Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation, and Perseus in ...more

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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 58, Credits: The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King & The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia, Nigeria

Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is an English-Australian film and stage actor. He is best known for playing Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy (1999–2003), Elrond in The Lord of the ...more

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 47, Credits: King Kong, The Ring & Mulholland Drive

Birthplace: Shoreham, United Kingdom

Nationality: Australia, England

Naomi Ellen Watts (born 28 September 1968) is a British actress and film producer. She made her film debut in the Australian drama For Love Alone (1986) and then appeared in the Australian ...more

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Geoffrey Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 67, Credits: Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl & The King's Speech

Birthplace: Toowoomba, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor. Rush is amongst 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. He has ...more

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 43, Credits: Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby & Rango

Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Nationality: Australia

Isla Lang Fisher (; born 3 February 1976) is a Scottish-Australian actress, voice actress, and author who began her career on Australian television. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved ...more

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Guy Pearce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 51, Credits: Iron Man 3, Memento & The King's Speech

Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, Australia, England

Guy Edward Pearce (born 5 October 1967) is an Australian actor. He is known for having starred in the role of Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours and in films such as The ...more

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Miriam Margolyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 77, Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets & Mulan

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Miriam Margolyes, (; born 18 May 1941) is a British-Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a ...more
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Toni Collette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 46, Credits: The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine & The Hours

Birthplace: Blacktown, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Toni Collett (born 1 November 1972), credited professionally as Toni Collette, is an Australian actress and musician, known for her acting work on stage, television, and film, as well as a ...more

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Eric Bana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 50, Credits: Finding Nemo, Star Trek & Black Hawk Down

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Eric Banadinović, (born 9 August 1968), known professionally as Eric Bana (), is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining ...more

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Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 59, Credits: The Player, The Red Violin & Emma

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Nationality: Italy, Australia

Greta Scacchi (Italian pronunciation: [ˌɡrɛːta ˈskakːi]; born 18 February 1960) is an Italian Australian actress best known for her roles in the films White Mischief (1987), Presumed Innocent ...more

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Rose Byrne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 39, Credits: X-Men: First Class, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones & Bridesmaids

Birthplace: Balmain, Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Mary Rose Byrne (born 24 July 1979) is an Australian actress. She made her screen debut in the film Dallas Doll (1994), and continued to act in Australian film and television throughout the ...more

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Radha Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 45, Credits: Man on Fire, Pitch Black & Finding Neverland

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Radha Rani Amber Indigo Ananda Mitchell (born 12 November 1973) is an Australian actress. She started her career acting in various Australian television series and films, and later appeared in ...more

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Chris Hemsworth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 35, Credits: The Avengers, Thor & Star Trek

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian TV series Home and Away (2004–07) before leaving to begin a film ...more

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Costas Mandylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 53, Credits: The Doors, Saw III & Beowulf

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Costas Mandylor (born Constantinos "Costas" Theodosopoulos, Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Θεοδοσόπουλος, September 3, 1965) is a Greek Australian actor. He is best known for ...more
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Bryan Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 71, Credits: Cocktail, Gorillas in the Mist & F/X

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Bryan Neathway Brown, AM (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor. He has performed in over eighty film and television projects since the late 1970s, both in his native Australia and abroad. ...more
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Judith Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Dec. at 95 (1897-1992), Credits: The Ten Commandments, Rebecca & Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Dame Frances Margaret Anderson, (10 February 1897 – 3 January 1992), known professionally as Judith Anderson, was an Australian-born British actress who had a successful career in stage, film ...more

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Aunty Jack is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Australia
Age 75, Credits: Homesdale and Man on a Green Bike

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Grahame John Bond AM is an Australian actor, writer, director, musician and composer, known primarily for his role as Aunty Jack.