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10 Stunning Australian Actresses You Should Know

If you don’t know by now, D’Marge comes from a land down under. That means the best weather, sportsmen, and animals that can kill you. This great land of ours is also well known for some of the world’s best looking women, and would you believe these women are also some of the biggest actresses in Hollywood? Yes, indeed.

Australian Actress #1 – Jessica Marais

Originally from South Africa, Jessica Marais lived in Canada and New Zealand before relocating to Perth at the age of nine. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2007 and went on to co-star as Rachel Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. Currently she is filming Magic City, a US drama. Jessica is just an all round nice blonde Aussie (sort of) girl-next-door kind of woman who every bloke dreams of waking up next to.

Australian Actress #2 – Bella Heathcote
Bella Heathcote hails from Melbourne, where she scored her breakout role as Amanda Fowler on Neighbors. She received a Heath Ledger Scholarship in May 2010 and was cast in her first major film role by Tim Burton, as Victoria Winters and Josette du Pres for his 2012 adaption of Dark Shadows. To be honest we had never heard of Bella before one of my best mates Jimmy (aka The Printer) mentioned that she was his step-sister. He’s now called ‘Jimmy the Almost Famous Printer’.

Australian Actress #3 – Rose Byrne
The beautiful Rose Byrne may be making waves in Hollywood now, but she is originally a native of Balmain, a suburb of Sydney. She earned two Golden Globe and two Emmy noms for her role as Ellen Parsons in Damages, and had roles in hits like Insidious, X-Men: First Class, and Bridesmaids. We think it was her unhinged role in Bridesmaids which really did it for us. Nothing says ‘come to me’ like an unhinged lush.

Australian Actress #4 – Isla Fisher
Spunky redhead Isla Fisher grew up in Perth and describes her laid-back attitude to life as “very Australian.” She got her start at a young age in commercials and children’s television shows, before going on to star in big productions like Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Unfortunately she’s now Mrs. Sascha Baren Borat Ali G Dictator Bruno Cohen …. so unless you’re jewish, you’ve got bupkas chance of landing her. Oy gavult!

Australian Actress #5 – Abbie Cornish
Abbie Cornish, born in Lochinvar, New South Wales, began her career at the age of thirteen. She has received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the FCCA and IF Awards, as well as Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival. One downside to Abbie is she’s a vegetarian, which means no cooking you a steak dinner any time soon.

Australian Actress #6 – Rachael Taylor
Rachael Taylor is an actress and model from Launceston, Tasmania. She was nominated for a Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2006, and now divides her time between Australian and American productions. She currently stars in 666 Park Avenue. Any girl who spends time with Punchy Newton and lives to tell the tale is worthy of inclusion in this list.

Australian Actress #7 – Phoebe Tonkin
Phoebe Tonkin is a Sydney-born actress and model best known for portraying Cleo Sertori in H2O: Just Add Water, Fiona Maxwell in Tomorrow, When the War Began, Faye Chamberlain in The Secret Circle, and Hayley in The Vampire Diaries. Is it just me or does there seem to be something in our water which makes for good vampires?

Australian Actress #8 – Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas, a Melbourne native, first rose to fame for her Logie-winning role as Tasha Andrews on Home and Away. She moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and has been featured in film and television projects including Transformers: Revenge of the FallenImmortalsThe Pacific and Daybreakers. If you’re a vegan whale-watching sea shepherd with a penchant for hemp, then she’s just the girl you’ve been looking for.

Australian Actress #9 – Sharni Vinson
Sydney’s Sharni Vinson began studying with the Australian Theatre for Young People at the tender age of four and enrolled in the Brent Street School of performing Arts when she was twelve. She played Cassie Turner on Home and Away and has acted in films like Step Up 3D and No Man’s Land. Sharni is touted by many as a ‘flaming bogan’ but we like her because she sleeps with vampires. What? Vampires are not real? Get out.

Australian Actress #10 – Teresa Palmer
Adelaide-born Teresa Palmer has starred alongside major names like Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Sandler, Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, and Topher Grace since debuting in the drama 2:37. She can next be seen in the 2013 zombie love story Warm Bodies opposite Nicholas Hoult. Let’s be honest, Australia’s not a big country, so if I’m going to put someone in this list in the final spot they at least have to be blonde. And how!

19 Nov, 2012

Luc Wiesman

Founder and Managing Editor