The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Australian Actors of all time. This list of famous Australian Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Australian Actors.
With an HPI of 75.70, George Lazenby is the most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 45 different languages on wikipedia.
George Robert Lazenby (; born 5 September 1939) is an Australian actor and former model. He was the second actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions film series, playing the character in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Having appeared in only one film, Lazenby's tenure as Bond was the shortest among the actors in the series. He was also the youngest actor cast as Bond, at age 29, and the only one born outside of the British Isles. Beginning his professional career as a model, Lazenby had only acted in commercials when he was cast to replace original Bond actor Sean Connery. He declined to return in subsequent Bond films and instead pursued roles in films throughout the 1970s that included Universal Soldier, Who Saw Her Die?, Stoner, The Man from Hong Kong and The Kentucky Fried Movie. After his career stalled during this period, he moved into business and invested in real estate. Lazenby later appeared in roles that parodied the James Bond character. In 2017, a Hulu docudrama film, Becoming Bond, featured Lazenby recounting his life story and portrayal as Bond.
With an HPI of 75.69, Geoffrey Rush is the 2nd most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 69 different languages.
Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and narrator. He is among 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award for film, a Primetime Emmy Award for television, and a Tony Award for theatre. In film, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Shine (1996), and was nominated again for his performances in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love (1998), the period drama Quills (2000), and historical drama The King's Speech (2010). He is particularly known for his role as Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (2003-2017), and has appeared in films including the historical film Elizabeth (1998), the film adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables (1998) opposite Liam Neeson, the biographical film Frida (2001) starring Salma Hayek, Steven Spielberg's historical action thriller Munich (2005), and the war drama The Book Thief (2013) based on the 2005 novel by Markus Zusak. Rush got his start in the Australian stage before making his Broadway debut in Exit the King in 2009, where he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. He is also known for his work in television playing Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) on HBO, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, and as Albert Einstein in Genius (2017) on National Geographic.Over his career he has won an Academy Award, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.
With an HPI of 74.71, Paul Hogan is the 3rd most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.
Paul Hogan, (born 8 October 1939), is an Australian actor, comedian, film producer, television presenter and writer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance as outback adventurer Michael "Crocodile" Dundee in Crocodile Dundee (1986), the first in the Crocodile Dundee film series.
With an HPI of 74.64, Errol Flynn is the 4th most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 71 different languages.
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-American actor. Considered the natural successor to Douglas Fairbanks, he achieved worldwide fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles, frequent partnerships with Olivia de Havilland, and reputation for his womanising and hedonistic personal life. His most notable roles include the eponymous hero in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), which was later named by the American Film Institute as the 18th greatest hero in American film history, the lead role in Captain Blood (1935), Major Geoffrey Vickers in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and the hero in a number of Westerns such as Dodge City (1939), Santa Fe Trail (1940), and San Antonio (1945).
With an HPI of 73.23, Heath Ledger is the 5th most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 93 different languages.
Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After playing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger moved to the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career. His work consisted of twenty films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Candy (2006), I'm Not There (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases. He also produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director.For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute; he was the first actor to win the latter award posthumously. He was nominated for the BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the eighth-youngest nominee in the category at that time. Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, and the casting director for the film I'm Not There, which was inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona.Ledger died on 22 January 2008 as a result of an accidental overdose of medications. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. At the time of his death, The Dark Knight was in post-production, and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was in the midst of filming, in which he was playing his last role as Tony. His death affected the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. His performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight earned him universal acclaim and popularity from fans and critics alike. Ledger also received numerous posthumous awards for his work on The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.
With an HPI of 72.89, Cate Blanchett is the 6th most famous Australian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 101 different languages.
Catherine Elise Blanchett (; born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress, producer, and theatre director. Regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation, she is noted for her versatile roles in blockbusters, independent films, and stage work in various theatre productions. Blanchett is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Blanchett began her acting career on the Australian stage, taking on roles in Electra in 1992 and Hamlet in 1994. She came to international attention for portraying Elizabeth I in the drama film Elizabeth (1998), for which she won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and received her first of seven Academy Award nominations. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004) won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a neurotic former socialite in Woody Allen's comedy-drama Blue Jasmine (2013). Blanchett's highest-grossing films include Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Cinderella (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Ocean's 8 (2018). Blanchett has performed in over 20 theatre productions. From 2008 to 2013, she and her husband, Andrew Upton, served as the artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. Some of her stage roles during this period were in revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya and The Maids. She made her Broadway debut in 2017 with The Present, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. The Australian government awarded Blanchett the Centenary Medal in 2001 and she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2017. In 2012, she was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. Blanchett has been presented with honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from the University of New South Wales, University of Sydney and Macquarie University. In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship. Time magazine named Blanchett one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007, and in 2018, she was ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses.
With an HPI of 72.79, Chris Hemsworth is the 7th most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 72 different languages.
Christopher Hemsworth (born 11 August 1983) is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence playing Kim Hyde in the Australian television series Home and Away (2004–2007) before beginning a film career in Hollywood. Hemsworth is best known for playing Thor in eight Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with Thor (2011) and appearing most recently in Avengers: Endgame (2019), which established him among the world's highest-paid actors.Hemsworth's other film roles include the action films Star Trek (2009), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Red Dawn (2012), Blackhat (2015), Men in Black: International (2019), Extraction (2020), the thriller A Perfect Getaway (2009) and the comedy Ghostbusters (2016). His most critically acclaimed films include the comedy horror The Cabin in the Woods (2012) and the biographical sports film Rush (2013) in which he portrayed James Hunt.
With an HPI of 71.89, Hugh Jackman is the 8th most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 88 different languages.
Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor and singer. He landed his breakthrough role as Wolverine / Logan in the X-Men film series (2000–2017), a tenure that earned him the Guinness World Record for "longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero". Jackman has headlined several films during his career, including the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action horror Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the animated film Flushed Away (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the epic musical Les Misérables (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), the thriller Prisoners (2013), Missing Link (2019), and the musical The Greatest Showman (2017). For the lattermost, he received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. As Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Jackman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In Broadway theatre, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards, he won an Emmy Award for hosting the 2005 ceremony. He also hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. Jackman was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to performing arts and to the global community.
With an HPI of 70.84, Margot Robbie is the 9th most famous Australian Actor. Her biography has been translated into 69 different languages.
Margot Elise Robbie ( MAR-goh ROB-ee; born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress. She has received several accolades throughout her career, including nominations for two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, five British Academy Film Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 and she was ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses by Forbes in 2019. Born and raised in Queensland, Robbie began her career in independent films and on the television series Neighbours (2008–2011) and Pan Am (2011–2012). Her breakthrough came in 2013 with the black comedy film The Wolf of Wall Street. She went on to achieve wider recognition with starring roles as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe media franchise, which includes the superhero films Suicide Squad (2016), Birds of Prey (2020) and The Suicide Squad (2021). Robbie garnered critical acclaim and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the biopic I, Tonya (2017). This acclaim continued with her roles as Queen Elizabeth I in the period drama Mary Queen of Scots (2018), Sharon Tate in the comedy-drama Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), and a fictional Fox News employee in the drama Bombshell (2019); she received BAFTA Award nominations for all three and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the last. Robbie is married to British filmmaker Tom Ackerley. They are co-founders of the production company LuckyChap Entertainment, under which they have produced several Academy Award-nominated films, as well as the television series Dollface.
With an HPI of 68.73, Lionel Logue is the 10th most famous Australian Actor. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Lionel George Logue, CVO (26 February 1880 – 12 April 1953), was an Australian speech and language therapist and amateur stage actor who helped King George VI manage his stammer.
Pantheon has 142 people classified as actors born between 1858 and 2002. Of these 142, 130 (91.55%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include George Lazenby, Geoffrey Rush, and Paul Hogan. The most famous deceased actors include Errol Flynn, Heath Ledger, and Lionel Logue. As of October 2020, 18 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Mae Busch, Damon Herriman, and Cody Fern.
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