Yesterday, 26 January was Australia Day, the day Australians commemorate the anniversary of England’s First Fleet arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788 and starting the colony. It’s a bitter sweet day, because for many Aussies this is also the day that the Aboriginal population, that had been on the land for centuries, were side stepped and their land taken away. That sad note aside, this is also a day for Aussies living in the U.S. to celebrate the contribution that Australia has made to the celebrity world. As one patriotic Aussie girl, I am proud of our exports… who do you think is the biggest Australian talent to have taken over Hollywood?
While we ate meat pies, drank beer and reminisced about the beach and BBQs, we came up with a list of our favorite home-grown talent. For an island continent down under, 24 hours from the rest of civilization, we have bred some serious stars…
Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Olivia Newton-John, Nicole Kidman, Sam Worthington, Eric Bana, Isla Fisher, Simon Baker, Portia De Rossi, Abbie Cornish, Miranda Kerr, Elle Macpherson, Hugo Weaving, Russell Crowe (OK, he is a New Zealander but we have adopted him as an Aussie) and Heath Ledger… and there’s more.
Some of these Aussie stars have moved to the U.S, married Americans, even adopted slight American accents, but when it comes down to it, these stars are all proud to be Australians, and have made great contributions to the film, music, theater, and pop culture world.
Which Aussie star do you think has made the biggest contribution?
Check out our Aussie talent gallery…