We can appreciate Australia for many things: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kylie Minogue, kangaroos, Vegemite, Steve Irwin, Men At Work, and some darn good Shiraz. Arguably, though, perhaps the finest export from the land Down Under is the phalanx of hunky actors that have crossed the Pacific to our shores. In conjunction with the Australians in Film organization, Fandango polled some 2,000 moviegoers to rank the 10 hottest Aussies in film and TV. And the results are...
This Wolverine has been crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive, but he’s not just a pretty face. Besides having made a name for himself with the X-Men series, the talented actor is a stage performer and singer, plays piano, is a devoted dad and supports numerous charities. Rrrow!
The 34-year-old Aussie guy (yes he was born in England but spent most of his life in Australia) broke out with two huge action movies in 2009 (Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and is set to play Perseus in next year’s Clash of the Titans. That’s making some splash, for this former bricklayer.
Most recently seen in this summer’s monster hit Star Trek as the villainous Romulan Nero, Bana was inspired to get into showbiz by fellow Aussie Mel Gibson’s Mad Max and even tried stand-up comedy. His first foray into American comedy was with Judd Apatow’s recent Funny People, but nobody’s laughing at this guy’s impressive career.
A hunk in every sense of the word, Simon Baker grew up competitive-surfing and appearing in music videos before trying his hand at acting: a small part in 1997’s L.A. Confidential put him on Hollywood’s radar. He’s since starred in many movies, but has found the most success on TV, having won an Emmy for his hit show about a telepathic detective on The Mentalist.
Face and abs don't ring a bell? Give the guy a crew cut, pack him in a starfleet uniform, and voila, you've got Captain Kirk's dad. While his screen time was rather scant in J.J. Abrams' re-imagining of the Trek universe, look for lots more Hemsworth in the coming years, as he's already landed the coveted role of mighty superhero Thor in the big screen project co-starring Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins, and due out May 20, 2011.
This picture should look familiar to all the countless fans of HBO's hit vampire show "True Blood." Dumb as rock, but still somehow imminently likeable, Jason Stackhouse - brother to main character Sookie - is played by Aussi-rific up-and-comer Ryan Kwanten. Besides two upcoming indie films and the highly anticipated Season 3 of "TB", look for Ryan next in Zack Snyder's Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
Calling Dr. Spencer...this fresh-faced Aussie takes up residency on the medical drama "House" trading professional advice and quips with the unorthodox title character Gregory House (Hugh Laurie). Thankfully, Spencer can depend on his siblings in real life to keep him up to date with the latest scientific discoveries. His two brothers and sister are all part of the medical profession.
As Dr. Christian Troy on FX’s steamy show Nip/Tuck, McMahon broke hearts on and off the TV screen. Is it any surprise this hunk got bored of studying law and went into modeling instead? TV has so far been his bread and butter, although he found movie success playing Dr. Doom in both Fantastic Four movies. There’s nothing we don’t like about you, Dr. Troy…
Fans of "The Shield" and the cult vampire show "Moonlight" still fawn after Alex O'Loughlin. Before RPatz and Taylor Lautner, O'Loughlin was generating heat and bloodlust as private eye and vampire Mick St. John. Look for him next opposite J-Lo. in the romantic comedy The Backup Plan.
Garcia's been making waves in Hollywood for a decade plus, but while many swooned over him in Coyote Ugly and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, we give him props for his role as "The Obnoxious Australian" on a recent episode of "Flight of the Concords." G'day, indeed, mate!