by Audrey Zammit

We’re pretty sure you didn’t expect some of these actors to have been born and raised in Aussieland – heck – some have even had us fooled! And if you find this list surprising – brace yourself for another shocker: you can even find many online games featuring these celebs: either as themselves or the characters they’ve played in movies. You just need to be sure to pick the right Australian Casino offering a good selection of titles and themes.

While Australia may be best known for its stunning natural beauty, diverse culture, and deadly animals, it is also home to a wide range of brilliant actors who have gone on to star in some of Hollywood’s biggest box office hits. However, thanks to their spot-on American accents, it’s often hard to tell that these talented actors actually hail from the land down under.

1. Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi catapulted to fame after starring in the HBO television drama Euphoria. His role as Nate, the show’s resident heartthrob, has earned him admirers all over the world and a list of famous flings, from his Kissing Booth co-star Joey King to supermodel Kaia Gerber.

However, it may come as a shock to many that Elordi was actually born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, a place he still considers to be his home base when he isn’t working in the US. Fans can catch the Aussie actor in his upcoming movie Priscilla, where he will take on the role of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

2. Hugh Jackman

Action and Broadway megastar Hugh Jackman has managed to successfully conquer the screen and stage in his decades-long career. From starring as the tortured antihero Wolverine in the X-Men and Wolverine movie franchises to his stellar performance in Boy from Oz, which won him a Tony, Jackman has come a long way from his Australian roots. As his star power continues to grow in Hollywood, the Aussie actor shows no signs of slowing down, returning to his iconic superhero character in the highly anticipated movie Deadpool 3.

3. Margot Robbie

Born and raised in Queensland, Robbie began her acting career on the hit television soap opera Neighbours as schoolgirl Donna Freedman at just 17 years old. Robbie then set her sights on Hollywood, gaining recognition for her role on the short-lived American television series Pan Am’, which led to her starring opposite Leonardo Di Caprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, the Aussie native has become one of the industry’s most in-demand stars, securing roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and most recently Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

4. Nicole Kidman

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman has enjoyed a highly successful career, securing accolades in film as well as television. Her unbeatable American accent is often too convincing, with many fans forgetting Kidman’s Australian heritage. Despite being born in Hawaii, Kidman spent the majority of her childhood in Australia, following a brief stint in America due to her parents’ careers.

Kidman credits her role as the manipulative Suzanne Stone in the 1995 thriller To Die For, a role that won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, for kick-starting her career in Hollywood.

5. Eric Bana

Eric Bana began his acting career as the star of his own 1990s sketch comedy show, ‘The Eric Bana Show’, following a successful stint on ‘Full Frontal’. Bana’s career then took a dramatic turn when he landed the title role in ‘Chopper,’ bringing to life one of Australia’s most notorious serial killers. Since then, Bana has enjoyed success in films like Steven Spielberg’s ‘Munich’, Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk,’ and J.J. Abram’s ‘Star Trek.’

6. Elizabeth Debicki

Actress Elizabeth Debicki has been steadily gaining recognition in Hollywood thanks to her electrifying portrayal of Princess Diana in seasons 5 and 6 of  ‘The Crown.’ Debicki has managed to cultivate an interesting career despite being relatively new on the scene, working with incredible filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, and Baz Luhrmann. Born in Paris and raised in Australia, Debicki manages to bring her diverse background to every role she lands.

7. Dacre Montgomery

Many fans know Dacre Montgomery as Max’s good-looking yet terrifying stepbrother Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things. However, despite his very convincing American accent, Montgomery was born in Perth, Western Australia.

The rising star is only just starting his career in Hollywood, but he has already amassed an impressive filmography, having recently starred in The Broken Hearts Gallery. It has also been recently announced that Montgomery will be joining Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira in the Faces of Death remake.

8. Joel Edgerton

It’s been more than 20 years since Joel Edgerton landed his breakout role as Owen Lars in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Today, Edgerton is recognised as one of the best actors of his generation, having spent years playing supporting roles and honing his craft in his native Australia before finally getting enough recognition to land him a lead role. In addition to his impressive work in front of the camera, Edgerton has also enjoyed success as a writer and director.

9. Rose Byrne

Few fans know that comedic sensation Rose Byrne was actually born and raised in Sydney, Australia. While she enjoyed mild commercial success in the mid-noughties with small parts in ‘Troy’ and ‘28 Weeks Later’, it was not until 2011’s smash hit comedy ‘Bridesmaids’ that Byrne truly became a household name. She has since continued to land lead roles in comedies such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Spy’.

10. Russell Crowe 

A chance school visit to a television studio led Russell Crowe to land his first acting gig at just 11 years old in the Australian soap opera The Young Doctors. Considered to be one of Australia’s most successful expats, Crowe did not land an audition for a lead role until he was 25 years old. He went on to land a lead role in the critically acclaimed film LA Confidential, but it was Ridley Scott’s Gladiator that truly cemented Crowe’s status as a bona fide star.

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