Australian actors gain international recognition because the training they receive is world class, as Hugh Jackman, the patron of the Actors Centre in Sydney states on the website of this organisation.
There are many acting courses that are offered at universities, independent schools or community programs throughout the country. No wonder that Australian actors make it to Hollywood, Broadway or other prominent stages across the world.
Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana are two of the famous Australians who have made it to the top. Below is a brief overview of their achievements.
Wolverine - Photo courtesy of Chesi
Hugh Jackman is a versatile actor, singer and dancer and, to top it all, he is a producer too.
He graced the stage of the 2009 Oscars by hosting the event and presenting the awards.
As a teenager he was part of his high school's production of the musical "My Fair Lady" but he didn't go for an acting career immediately. He did a degree in communications before enrolling to a one year program at the Actors Centre in Sydney, and then graduating from the Academy of Performing Arts in Perth.
He went on to play in various musicals in Melbourne, televisions series and a couple of films. This early stage of his career was rewarded with a nomination for best actor from the Australian Film Institute and an award from the Film Critics Circle of Australia for his role in "Erskinville Kings".
Hugh Jackman's international career started with theatre in London. His performance in the musical "Oklahoma" won him an Olivier award nomination in 1998.
Two years later he took on the Wolverine role in "X-Men" and rose to celebrity status. He continued with this role in several sequels in 2003, 2006 and 2009.
In 2001 Hugh Jackman received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in the movie "Kate and Leopold".
His love for music and the stage won him a Tony Award for his performance in the "Boy from Oz" on Broadway in 2004.
Among the many other movies that followed, a controversial one was "Australia", where he starred next to actress Nicole Kidman. Despite the big budget and high publicity, the film did not meet all the expectations of the box office and the reviews were rather cold.
His 2012 movies include Butter and Les Miserables.
Opening night of Star Trek in Sydney - Photo courtesy of Penny B. Dreadful
Eric Bana tried his hand at acting to entertain customers while he was working as a barman in a Melbourne pub.
Then he went on to write and perform for television shows impersonating various celebrities like Tom Cruise or Arnold Schwarzenegger and ended up having his own "Eric Bana Show", for a short time. While the show did not get enough audience to continue, the actor won a Loggie award for most popular comedy personality in 1997.
His first movie was "The Castle" in 1998, followed by "Chopper" in 2000, where he played the role of a criminal. His performance earned him a best actor award of the Australian Film Institute and the attention of international film industry.
Director Ridley Scott cast Eric in "Black Hawk Down" in 2001.
Three movies later, he played next to Brad Pitt in "Troy" and then next to Daniel Craig in "Munich", directed by Steven Spielberg.
His performance in the 2007 film, "Romulus, My Father" was acknowledged by Australian Film Institute with another best actor award.
Bana's career goes from strength to strength with roles in "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), "Star Trek", "The Time Traveler's Wife", "Funny People" (2009). "Hanna" (2011), "Deadfall" (2012).