Australia is home, or the birth country, to many famous people, including the actresses Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Portia de Rossi and actors Hugh Jackman, Geoffrey Rush, Liam Helmsworth, Chris Hemsworth and Eric Bana. Famous Australian musicians include Keith Urban; members of the rock bands AC/DC, INXS and Midnight Oil; Kylie Minogue; Nick Cave and Iggy Azalea.
Additional Australian actors and actresses include Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Paul Hogan, Rachel Griffiths and Toni Collette, in addition to the late Heath Ledger.
Famous Australian sports figures include the Olympic gold medal swimmer Ian Thorpe; gold medalist runner Cathy Freeman; and tennis stars Rod Laver, Pat Cash and Margaret Court.
Some prominent authors from Australia are Geraldine Brooks, Germaine Greer, Colleen McCullough and Thomas Keneally. Australia also claims Nobel Prize winner Patrick White and two-time Man Booker Prize winner Peter Carey.
Australian politicians include prime ministers Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Malcolm Fraser, Kevin Rudd and Paul Keating.
Some other famous Australians are Baz Lurhmann, the film director; aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith; engineers John Bradfield and Sir John Monash; folk heroes Ned Kelly and Ben Hall; and singer/songwriter Peter Allen.
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is also from Australia, as was the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. His daughter, Bindi Irwin, has come to prominence from taking on his conservation work and appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" on U.S. television.