Admirable Australian Actresses

by nishant_varma | created - 15 Dec 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in ...

2. Rose Byrne

Actress | Spy

Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, Sydney, Australia. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher.

She landed her first role in a movie, Dallas Doll (1994), when she was 15 years old.

Since then, Rose has appeared in a ...

3. Yvonne Strahovski

Actress | Dexter

Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. ...

4. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

5. Emily Browning

Actress | A Series of Unfortunate Events

Australian actress Emily Browning was born in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia, to Shelley and Andrew Browning. She has two younger brothers. Her start in acting came after a classmate's father, involved in the acting business, noticed her "acting all ditsy" in a school play. Emily found an agent and ...

6. Adelaide Clemens

Actress | Silent Hill: Revelation

Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Daughter of a British father. Clemens began working as an actress on Australian television while in high school. She guest-starred in a 2006 episode of Blue Water High as Juliet, and in 2007, she starred in the children's series Pirate Islands: The Lost ...

7. Eliza Taylor

Actress | The 100

Eliza Jane Taylor (born on 24 October 1989 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress who is perhaps best known for her regular role as "Janae Timmins" on the Australian television series Neighbours (1985).

Eliza has just finished the feature film Patrick (2013), alongside Rachel Griffiths, ...

8. Teresa Palmer

Actress | Lights Out

Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was ...

9. Emilie de Ravin

Actress | Remember Me

Emilie was born on 27th December 1981, and grew up in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. When she was 15, she was accepted at the highly selective Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. However, after only a year, she dropped out and undertook acting courses.

Her first starring role was on the ...

10. Adelaide Kane

Actress | The Purge

Born in Western Australia in 1990, Adelaide Kane had been acting since she was 6 and got her first major role, in 2006, when she won the role of "Lolly Allen" on Neighbours (1985). She entered a Dolly Magazine Competition and won the role in late 2006. When she got the role, she and her family had ...

11. Portia de Rossi

Actress | Arrested Development

Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Amanda Rogers, at 15 she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied ...

12. Abbie Cornish

Actress | Candy

Abbie Cornish grew up on her parents' 170 acre farm in the Hunter Valley town of Lochinvar with her 3 brothers and younger sister. Abbie started modeling at age 13. Her first acting job was at age 15 on the Australian Broadcasting Commission series Children's Hospital (1997) playing a quadriplegic.

13. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

14. Rachael Taylor

Actress | Transformers

Rachael Taylor grew up in Tasmania, Australia, with her parents Nigel and Christine Taylor. She began modelling during her teens, working for the Skye-Jilly International agency. She competed for Miss Teen Tasmania, as well as the Miss Universe/Miss World state finals. She moved to Sydney to ...

15. Isabel Lucas

Actress | Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Isabel was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss. When she was age 6, her family moved to Switzerland for a year. They moved back to Melbourne for a while before moving to a very small mining town in the Northern Territory (population 1,000). Along with her ...

16. Phoebe Tonkin

Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began

Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later ...

17. Jessica De Gouw

Actress | Underground

Jessica Elise De Gouw (born c. 1987-1988), sometimes credited as Jess De Gouw, is an Australian actress. She is known for her role as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress in the television series Arrow, as Mina Murray in the NBC TV series Dracula, and as Elizabeth Hawkes in the WGN series Underground.

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18. Radha Mitchell

Actress | Silent Hill

Radha Mitchell (born 12 November 1973) is an Australian actress. She started her career acting in various Australian TV series and movies, and later became known for her appearance in Hollywood films. Mitchell, a native of Melbourne, began acting when she was still in high school and had her ...

19. Poppy Montgomery

Actress | Without a Trace

Poppy Montgomery has found success and prominence by playing the dramatic role of FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular TV series Without a Trace (2002). Her gorgeous image can often be found in many men's magazines.

Montgomery was born Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue in Sydney, ...

20. Alyssa Sutherland

Actress | Vikings

Alyssa Sutherland stars on History's breakout historical drama series, Vikings (2013), as "Princess Aslaug". A native of Brisbane, Australia, Alyssa began modeling at the age 15 and soon after appeared on her first of multiple Vogue Australia covers. Alyssa then moved to New York, where she ...

21. Peta Wilson

Actress | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

With her distinctive voice, ultra-intense eyes and statuesque frame, Peta Wilson probably could have carried her breakout television show, "La Femme Nikita," on looks alone. Such was television in 1997. But when viewers realized that this killer- with-a-killer body could actually act, the show ...

22. Rachel Griffiths

Actress | Muriel's Wedding

Her mother, Anna Griffiths, is an art consultant. Her uncle is a Jesuit priest. Has two older brothers. One brother, Ben, is a ski instructor. Lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland until age five, then moved to Melbourne. Attended Star of the Sea Catholic Girls' College, did well at school and ...

23. Melissa George

Actress | Hunted

The second of four children, Australian actress Melissa George was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1976. The daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker, Melissa initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting. During her childhood, George ...

24. Bella Heathcote

Actress | The Neon Demon

Born Isabella, "Bella" Heathcote is an actress from Australia. Her first roles include playing "Amanda Fowler" on the Australian television soap opera, Neighbours (1985), for which she is best known. She was a recipient of a Heath Ledger Scholarship in May 2010. Tim Burton cast Heathcote as "...

25. Keisha Castle-Hughes

Actress | Whale Rider

Keisha Castle-Hughes was born on March 24, 1990 in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for Whale Rider (2002), The Nativity Story (2006) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). She was previously married to Jonathan Morrison.

26. Miranda Otto

Actress | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Miranda Otto is an Australian actress. Otto is a daughter of actors Barry Otto and Lindsay Otto, and half-sister of actress Gracie Otto. She began her acting career at age 18 in 1986, and has appeared in a variety of independent and major studio films. Otto made her major film debut in Emma's War (...

27. Cassi Thomson

Actress | Left Behind

Cassi Thomson is an Australian-born American actress and singer. She is known for her recurring role as Cara Lynn Walker in the television series Big Love and for her role as Nikki Papagus on the series Switched at Birth.Thomson was born in Queensland, Australia. She lived on a ranch in Vanuatu ...

28. Georgina Haig

Actress | Once Upon a Time

Georgina Haig was born on August 3, 1985 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Georgina Hagg. She is an actress, known for Once Upon a Time (2011), Secret Bridesmaids' Business (2019) and The Crossing (2018). She has been married to Josh Mapleston since June 14, 2014. They have one child.

29. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

30. Caitlin Stasey

Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began

Caitlin Jean Stasey is an Australian actress who is well known for her roles as Francesca Thomas in The Sleepover Club (2003), Rachel Kinski in Neighbours (1985) and Ellie Linton in the film adaptation of John Marsden's best seller 'Tomorrow When the War Began'

Caitlin is from Victoria, Australia, ...

31. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

32. Isla Fisher

Actress | Wedding Crashers

Isla Lang Fisher was born on February 3, 1976 in Muscat, Oman, to Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher, who worked as a banker for the U.N. She spent her early childhood in Bathgate, Scotland, before moving to Perth, Australia with her family in the early 1980s. From a young age, Isla ...

33. Claire Holt

Actress | 47 Meters Down

Claire Rhiannon Holt (born June 11, 1988) portrays the role of "Rebekah Mikaelson" in The Vampire Diaries (2009) and The Originals (2013). Her most notable roles are "Samara Cook" in Pretty Little Liars (2010), "Chastity Meyer" in Mean Girls 2 (2011) and "Emma Gilbert" in H2O: Just Add Water (2006).

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34. Anna Torv

Actress | Fringe

Anna Torv (born 7 June 1979) is an Australian actress known for her role as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on the Fox television series Fringe (2008-2013). Torv was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Susan (née Carmichael) and Hans Torv, also grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland. Her father is of ...

35. Clare Bowen

Actress | Nashville

Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country's iconic television dramas, including Home and Away (1988), the medical drama All Saints (1998), The Cut (2009) and the critically- acclaimed comedy, ...

36. Nicky Whelan

Actress | Hall Pass

Nicky Whelan is an Australian actress and model, best-known for her role as "Pepper Steiger" in the Australian television series, Neighbours (1985). She is the granddaughter of AFL Brownlow Medallist Marcus Whelan.

Whelan has completed work for the movie, Hollywood & Wine (2011), in Los Angeles....

37. Tammin Sursok

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

Tammin Sursok was born on August 19, 1983 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Tammin Pamela Sursok. She is an actress and producer, known for Pretty Little Liars (2010), Rules of Engagement (2007) and Crossing Over (2009). She has been married to Sean McEwen since August 24, 2011. They have two ...

38. Alycia Debnam-Carey

Actress | Into the Storm

Alycia Jasmin Debnam-Carey was born on July 20, 1993. She is an actress from Australia. She grew up in Sydney, and graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2011 where she was a percussionist. In 2010, in partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic, she and around 40 other musicians...

39. Freya Tingley

Actress | Hemlock Grove

Freya Tingley was born in Perth, Australia (the most isolated city in the world) on March 26, 1994. From a very young age, Freya took to performing, where she explored modeling, singing, dancing and the like, but it finally clicked when she enrolled in an acting school. The ability to inhabit other...

40. Yael Stone

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

In 2013, Australian New York City resident Yael Stone portrayed inmate 'Lorna Morello' in Orange Is the New Black.

Yael graduated from NIDA. From a young age, Yael has been lucky enough to work with Australia's premiere storytellers, luminaries of performance and visionaries behind the scenes in ...

41. Daisy Betts

Actress | Shutter

Daisy Betts is an Australian actress. She was born in Sydney, Australia on the 1st of February 1982. She is best known for portraying Sam in the 2010 Australian thriller Caught Inside and Lieutenant Grace Shepard in ABC's 2012 TV series Last Resort. She also starred as Rebecca Jones in Chicago Fire

42. Elizabeth Lackey

Actress | Planet of the Apes

Elizabeth Lackey was born on March 2, 1971 in Sydney, Australia. She is an actress, known for Planet of the Apes (2001), Mulholland Drive (2001) and Kicking & Screaming (2005).

43. Meegan Warner

Actress | TURN

Meegan Warner was born on August 5, 1991. She is an actress, known for TURN: Washington's Spies (2014) and Scare Campaign (2016).

44. Leeanna Walsman

Actress | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Leeanna Walsman was born in Sydney, Australia to Bob and Elaine Walsman. She has an older brother David. She quit school at the age of 16 to become an actress.She has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows . One of the most famous is Star wars Episode II, where she played Bounty Hunter, Zam ...

45. Danielle Cormack

Actress | Wentworth

Danielle Cormack is an award-winning actress who has an extensive career in film, theatre and television. After a vast career in New Zealand, she quickly came to prominence in Australia with her powerhouse performances in television series: Wentworth (2013), Rake (2010) and Underbelly (2008): Razor...

46. Kate Atkinson

Actress | Wentworth

Kate Atkinson is an Australian TV actress who career has also encompassed working in Australian Theatre Company productions as well and many TV movie and movie credits including one for Japanese Story (2003) and The Hard Word (2002). Kate is best known for her roles on Australian drama/comedy ...

47. Nicole da Silva

Actress | Doctor Doctor

Nicole da Silva is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star's AFI award-winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, for which she received critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress ...

48. Kate Jenkinson

Actress | Super Fun Night

Kate is an Australian actress who graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2004. On graduating she was awarded the Nigel Rideout award for excellence.

In 2005 she was nominated for "Best Newcomer" for her performance as Julia in Black Swan Theatre Company's Zastrozzi.

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49. Rachael Carpani

Actress | Against the Wall

Rachael is best known for her role as Jodi Fountain on the much loved Australian series McLeod's Daughters, for which she was nominated at the 2007 TV WEEK Logie Awards for both a 'Silver Logie - Most Popular Actress' and the 'Gold Logie - Most Popular Personality in Television.' Other Australian ...

50. Bridie Carter

Actress | McLeod's Daughters

Bridie Carter was born on December 18th in Melbourne, Australia and is the oldest of three children - she has two younger brothers.

Bridie has been nominated for the TV Week Logie Awards three times. In 2003 she was nominated for a Silver Logie For Most Popular Actress, this award is voted for by ...

51. Lisa Chappell

Actress | McLeod's Daughters

Grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. After playing the spoilt brat, "Chelsea", on the New Zealand TV series, Gloss (1987), she moved to Sydney to complete the Journey. She then won the role of "Claire McLeod" on McLeod's Daughters (2001). After three years, she decided it was time for a change and was...

52. Jessica Napier

Actress | McLeod's Daughters

Jessica Napier was born on April 4, 1979 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for McLeod's Daughters (2001), Ghost Rider (2007) and Cut (2000). She has been married to David Adler since November 28, 2009.

53. Jenna Lind

Actress | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Jenna Lind is an actress, known for Spartacus (2010), :30 Seconds (2009) and Crush (2009).

54. Rachel Blakely

Actress | The Lost World

Australian actress Rachel Blakely is a former model whose career was launched after winning a women's magazine cover competition. She made her TV screen debut in a Nissan commercial, but is best known to television audiences as Gaby Willis in the popular long-running series Neighbours, a role she ...

55. Jennifer O'Dell

Actress | The Lost World

Jennifer O'Dell was born on November 27, 1974 in Ridgecrest, California, USA. She is an actress, known for The Lost World (1999), Modern Family (2009) and Nip/Tuck (2003). She is married to Mark Platzer. They have two children.

56. Samara Weaving

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Samara Weaving was born on February 23, 1992 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, but spent the years after that moving around from Singapore, Fiji, Indonesia, and back to Australia with her family. During that time, she attended grade school in Jakarta, Indonesia, eventually going to Pittwater...



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