Australia Day Deserves A Celebration Of Aussie Talent


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…


  • kendra

    Hugh Jackman hands down..I thank the Aussies everytime I see that man’s beautiful face.. ;)

  • kendra

    Oh..And this is kind of random, but for fans of Heath Ledger, you should check out the song Brother by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros..Alex wrote it when he found out Heath had passed away..You really should check it out anyways..It’s a great song.. :)

  • Potzo

    Hmmmm I think a tie between Elle McPherson and Hugh Jackson to be honest. I would love to meet both of them! They are true Australians and love to call Australia “HOME”

  • Haylee

    What about Keith Urban!?

  • Dennis

    Personally for me its Kylie Minogue. She has touched my life like no other star and for that I say thanks Min!

  • Jake

    Yvonne Strahovski of Chuck fame, is personally my favorite Aussie to look at. Any day of the week.

  • Caitlin

    How about Geoffrey Rush? He was just named one of the Aussies of the year! I think he’s fantastic. And lets not forget the Hemsworth boys, just for their wonderful shirtless scenes. Always makes me proud to be an Aussie, haha!

  • georgie

    YES! Geoffrey Rush! (who, coincidentally lives right around the corner from me…) he is amazing and so deserving as the Australian of the Year award for everything he does for the arts.
    And might I note – i love the new addition of Melissa.. keep the aussie pride going, girl! :)

    • Caitlin

      Yes! Go the Aussie girls!