If you're an avid lover of cinema, then you can probably name a handful of Australian actors off the top of your head. Would you be able to guess who the highest paid are, though?
Some of the names might surprise you! Many Australian actors who initially found success in their home country have also become Hollywood sensations, starring in some of the most successful film, television, and theater productions in recent memory.
Keep reading to discover the surprising net worths of some of the most famous Down Under Wonders!
Liam Hemsworth is famous for many things--his acting career, his marriage to pop superstar Miley Cyrus, and his status as the tenth highest paid Australian actor in terms of net worth!
Hemsworth received a lot of his earnings from roles in popular Hollywood productions like the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Last Song, and of course, his role in The Hunger Games films as Gale Hawthorne. He has also starred in a number of Australian productions, including the famous soap opera, Neighbours, which helped to jump-start his career in show business. Hemsworth comes from a famous family--his brothers Luke and Chris are also actors!
Tolkien fans will definitely recognize Hugo Weaving, who played Elrond in The Lord of the Rings series. His roles in popular series make him a sought-after actor, which definitely contributes to his net worth!
Weaving also starred in The Matrix trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger, and has also provided voice-over work for the Oscar-winning Happy Feet and its sequel film. He received an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for his supporting role in the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, which also saw much acclaim at the 2017 Academy Awards. While not born in Australia, Weaving identifies as English and Australian.
You may remember Geoffrey Rush for his role as Captain Hector Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean series of films. However, when he wasn't up to terrorizing Jack Sparrow, Rush has accomplished way more in the film industry than you might have realized!
Rush is one of only a handful that has won the "Triple Crown" of acting awards. He took home an Academy Award for Shine, a Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Exit the King, and an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Rush has been acting for nearly forty years and continues to take roles on the stage and screen to this day.
Like many actors on this list, Eric Bana had much success in his home country before he struck it big in Hollywood. He starred in popular Australian films like The Castle and Chopper before catching American attention in Black Hawk Down and Hulk.
Bana is especially notable for his ability to adapt - he has acted in both low and high budget films and has transcended different genres like action, thriller, and romantic comedy. He has also worked with famous directors like Stephen Spielberg and Ridley Scott!
It's no wonder that Simon Baker appeared on this list--as the star of the CBS drama The Mentalist, he raked in around $350,000 per episode. However, in 2010, CBS offered him a new contract that extended his salary to around $30 million.
Though the long-running drama may have brought most of his success in the industry, he has also starred in well-known films like The Devil Wears Prada and The Ring Two. In addition, Baker has also appeared in a number of ad campaigns for Longines, Samsung, Givenchy, and ANZ Bank.
Cate Blanchett was recently ranked as one of the highest paid actresses in the world by Forbes in 2018, and she was the only Australian to top the list. That's an amazing feat and one that has been accomplished by her many successful performances over her long, varied career!
Blanchett is the only Australian actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for the same role in two different films, for her take on Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She has also won two Oscars for her performances in period drama The Aviator and the Woody Allen dark comedy Blue Jasmine. Blanchett has also lent her talents to a host of other commercially successful films like The Talented Mr. Ripley, Thor: Ragnarok, and Ocean's 8.
Chris Hemsworth, brother of Liam Hemsworth, has definitely hit his peak popularity in recent years! His portrayals of Thor in the lucrative and massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe have helped push his career to new heights, along with other roles in acclaimed Hollywood productions.
In addition to his tenure as Thor, you may also recognize him in Star Trek, The Cabin in the Woods, and the 2012 remake of Red Dawn. Hemsworth has also been announced as a star in the Men in Black spinoff Men in Black: International set to premiere in 2019!
Russell Crowe is one of the most celebrated Australian actors in recent history. His abilities have led to critical acclaim, awards, and quite a sizable net worth!
Crowe initially found success on the screen and stage in Australia before trying to replicate his efforts in North America. His performances in The Insider, A Beautiful Mind, and Gladiator saw three consecutive Academy Award nominations, with the latter netting Crowe the prize for his portrayal of Maximus Decimus Meridius in the latter.
In addition to his many awards for his acting, Crowe is also musically gifted, releasing a single in the mid-80s before starting the group Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts with his friend Bily Dean Cochran years later. He has also collaborated with Alan Doyle of Canadian act Great Big Sea, and they have put out a slew of albums and sold out concert dates across the world!
There is a reason that Nicole Kidman is sought-after in Hollywood! Not only does she add credibility to films with her amazing resume--she is also award-winning and owns her own production company Blossom Films.
Kidman may have launched her career in the Australian film industry, but she flourished in American-made productions, working with the likes of Stanley Kubrick (Eyes Wide Shut), Baz Luhrmann (Australia), and Gus Van Sant (To Die For). Kidman was nominated for two Academy Awards for Moulin Rouge! and The Hours, the latter of which she won.
Kidman has multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and was even cited as the highest paid actress in the film industry in 2006. It doesn't look like much has changed!
The multi-talented Hugh Jackman is the greatest showman. Or, rather, the highest paid Australian actor in Hollywood!
Jackman is notable for his multi-faceted career and his ability to play iconic roles like Wolverine in the X-Men series. In addition to action-packed films, Jackman shines in romantic comedies, dramas, and even musicals. He has also taken home a Grammy and a Golden Globe for his work in Les Miserables, a Tony for The Boy From Oz, and an Emmy for hosting the Tony Awards.
Jackman has been nominated for more awards than we can list, and his many performances definitely demand the high collective net worth he has accumulated from his showbiz career.