Ten Hottest Aussie Actors/Actresses

Well, by now most of you have probably seen Avatar, and judging from the search terms people used to find my — and others’ — blog, one could deduce that Sam Worthington’s celebrity has pretty much ‘arrived.’ Ever since that flick came out, roughly 99% of the search terms listed on my blog dashboard is about the Aussie actor. It’s quite amusing that a lot of them revolves around his skinny paralyzed legs and whether that’s the actual condition the actor suffers. Seriously, Avatar is a movie where out-of-this world special effects abounds to create a make-believe world and all they’re curious about is an actor’s legs?? That’s got to be the easiest SFX to create out of the whole thing.

At any rate, what I’m getting at is that Worthington is now joining a slew of great Australian actors in Hollywood. From the moment he showed up on my radar in the from of a trailer — Terminator Salvation‘s to be exact — I immediately took notice and been championing for him ever since. I guess I always have a penchant for the Brits and Aussies for as long as I can remember. Anyway, as with any list, this is simply my pick of the ten hottest actors working today from the land down under.

  1. Russell Crowe
    He’s not just the best among fellow Aussie actors, but the whole lot of them in the movie biz today. Very few actors can really disappear into any role. Even when his personal shenanigans make him a tabloid fodder, once Crowe is on screen, we watch the character he’s portraying, not the actor. Gladiator remains one of my all-time faves mostly on account of Crowe’s brilliant performance.
  2. Cate Blanchett
    Crowe’s co-star in next year’s Robin Hood is pretty much his female counterpart when it comes to acting prowess. I’ve watched Cate in the tiniest indie flicks all the way to giant blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings and she always wows me. Whether playing a passionate journalist (Charlotte Grey), English queen (Elizabeth), or a Hollywood screen queen (as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), she consistently delivers a believable performance. She will remain my favorite actress for years to come.
  3. Sam Worthington
    Though he’s considered a newbie to American moviegoers, the actor has made a name for himself back in his native land. Per IMDb, his film with Abbie Cornish, Somersault, won a record of 13 Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards, including Best Male Actor. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I’m sure that accolades will continue to pour in for him in the future.
  4. Hugh Jackman
    I’m in the camp that thinks Jackman is more than the Mr. Wolverine, as Elisabeth Rappe over at Cinematical pointed out just as I’m writing this. If anything, this guy is ever so versatile, being able to pull off such a macho, bad-ass role whilst singing and dancing away on Broadway AND host the Oscar. I agree though he hasn’t been in a decent flick of late, but I definitely won’t write off this talented actor quite yet. Not even close.
  5. Naomi Watts
    She might not be as well known as her BFF Nicole Kidman, but some might say she’s the better actress. Already rated as the ‘most bankable’ by Forbes magazine (for every $1 Watts was paid, her films earned an average of $44), she’s also earned a plethora of accolades, including a Best Actress Oscar nomination. She constantly impresses me in a variety of roles, most notably in 21 Grams, King Kong and The Painted Veil.
  6. Eric Bana
    The first time I laid eyes on Mr. Bana was in the Greek swords & sandal flick Troy. As the honorable Hector, he’s definitely the saving grace of that movie, in spite of the bronzed drag that was Brad Pitt’s Achilles. He’s also the best thing in Ang Lee’s Hulk and his soulful performance totally won me over in Spielberg’s Munich. It doesn’t hurt that this guy is sooo easy on the eye. At 6’3″ he’s the quintessential talk, dark and handsome image that could very well be the inspiration of those Harlequin romance book covers.
  7. Hugo Weaving
    Known for his trade-mark deep voice (“Hello, Mr. Anderson”), the 49-year-old actor has been in two massively successful trilogy: The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings. The two movies couldn’t be more different from each other, but Weaving shone in both, a testament to his amazing versatility. Before the major Hollywood stuff, Weaving truly impressed me in this tiny indie Proof playing a blind photographer alongside a very young Russell Crowe. He also delivered an Oscar-worthy performance as a Cate Blanchett’s drug-addicted father in Little Fish.
  8. Toni Collette
    At first I thought Collette was English when I saw her in Emma (in which she practically outshone Gwyneth Paltrow), but then she managed to pull off a myriad of American roles (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine, among others). I guess the Sydney native has a knack for pulling off all kinds of accents. Not only that, she’s also quite the shape shifter by gaining 40 pounds for her role in Muriel’s Wedding and currently puts her chameleon-like performances to good use as a woman with multiple personalities in Showtimes’ The United States of Tara.
  9. Abbie Cornish
    The blond beauty proves to be more than a pretty face. Her performance in this year’s Bright Star is gaining rave reviews and she will be seen next in the fantasy action thriller Sucker Punch — billed as Alice in Wonderland with machine guns — by visionary director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen). Looks like she and former Somersault co-star Worthington are the hottest Aussie imports right now and perhaps for years to come.
  10. Guy Pearce
    I first saw Pearce in L.A. Confidential, going toe-to-toe against Russell Crowe. But it’s his performance in Christoper Nolan’s Memento that blew me away. The low-profile actor is also known for taking acting risk with his eccentric role as Andy Warhol in Factory Girl and the cannibalism-themed Ravenous.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Mel Gibson
  • Geoffrey Rush
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Simon Baker
  • Alex O’Loughlin

What do you think folks? Any one on this list that particularly stands out to you?

17 thoughts on “Ten Hottest Aussie Actors/Actresses

  1. Great list, a lot of thought has obviously went into this post and I very much enjoyed reading it. I totally love Hugh Jackman he is just wow in so many different ways.

    I see Cate Blanchett as one of my favorite actresses as she really can just do any role which is thrown at her.

    Eric Bana is also an actor I have enjoyed watching over the years and think hes just brilliant, with loads more to come from him.

  2. mr c

    Hugh Jackman is one of the best actors working today. His performance in The Fountain was nothing less than superb. I hope he’ll pick again a demanding role like that one and put aside for a while the action flicks (in which his great btw). Jackman is easily my number 1 Aussie actor.

  3. Not a big name like some on the list but I would suggest Melissa George who was in Triangle, a brilliant little film that came out relatively unnoticed a couple of months ago.

    As for the other Australian actors, you would be amazed how many aren’t actually Australian born. I set a quiz on the subject on Flixster last year.

    Guy Pearce, Naomi Watts and Sam Worthington were all born in England.
    Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman in America.
    Hugo Weaving in Nigeria
    Russell Crowe in New Zealand

    1. I haven’t seen Triangle, but now I remember reading your review on your blog, Fandango. I realize that most of these actors weren’t born in Australia, but I think having grown up there count as the actors themselves consider themselves Aussies. I have several friends who were born in a different country, but since they spend a large part of their lives in Indonesia, they consider themselves Indonesians.

    1. Hello Alex O’Loughlin fans, thanks for your comments. I like Alex and was a fan of Moonlight when it came on (even wished for it to come back: http://wp.me/pxXPC-Cm ). But his movie career has just begun so don’t kill me for saying this but he doesn’t belong on this list… YET. He deserves an honorable mention however, and he does look pretty good in The Back-Up trailer, though I’m generally not a huge fan of rom-coms. So yeah, he’s definitely one to watch and though his two shows didn’t fare well, I hope he’d have a thriving career in the movie biz.

  4. Shamrock317

    Alex O’Loughlin should be more than an *honorable mention*. He absolutely sizzles on screen (small and large). Plus he’s a sweetheart in real life 🙂

  5. Ms Blaylock

    Not a bad list, but I do feel duty bound to point out that Somersault won all those AFIs in one of the worst years for local film in Australian history. It had zero competition. Really. And though Worthington has talent, I’ve yet to see him stretch it. Abbie Cornish tries way too hard. Watch her alongside Heath Ledger in Candy and see the difference between being and ‘acting’. Other impressive talents still on the rise include Sophie Lowe, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Luke Ford and, of course, Mia Wasikowska.

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