Aside from being one of the richest countries in the world in terms of flora and fauna, Australia is also known for delivering impeccable talent to the world. Whatever field of entertainment it may be, chances are, there’s at least one Aussie there that’s turning heads. That said, here are five Australian acts who are making a global impact:
Amethyst Amelia Kelly, popularly known as Iggy Azalea, successfully made a name for herself through her chart-topping hit Fancy back in 2014. The swag-drenched hip hop/pop song hit number one on the U.S. “Billboard Hot 100” — making her the fourth solo female rapper to ever land the spot. In that same week, Ariana Grande’s song Problem, which features the rapper, also hit number two. This made her the only other musical act to bag the number one and two spots simultaneously, aside from The Beatles.
The 30-year-old rapper, songwriter and former model was born in Sydney and spent most of her youth in New South Wales, Australia.
As Australia’s biggest drag export in decades, Courtney Act is exceptional in going above and beyond at everything she does. In addition to her being a stunning drag queen, she’s also a successful singer and television personality who sheds light on some of today’s most pressing issues. She goes on tours and shares her personal stories about gender fluidity and sexuality.
She can also be seen participating in interviews and discussions that touch on a variety of social problems such as diversity and division.
Oscar winner Russell Crowe may not have been born and raised in Australia (he’s technically from New Zealand), but he certainly calls it his home — especially as he’s spent most of his life in Australia. As one of the most accomplished Aussie actors, Crowe has won multiple awards throughout his career. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Gladiator.” He was also a winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for his unforgettable role in the drama “A Beautiful Mind.”
But before these big and exciting roles, and yes, even before his days as a rock singer and guitarist, Foxy Bingo claims that Crowe actually used to work as a bingo caller on Slipper Island, off the coast of Auckland. With a penchant for jokes and strong opinions, Crowe actually got the sack for being rude and for inventing offensive bingo calls.
More often than not, comedians resort to self-deprecating jokes to make a living — but not Hannah Gadsby. Her award-winning stage-show-turned-Netflix-special, “Nanette,” discusses how women and queer people are often dismissed and silenced in the most comedic and yet thought-provoking ways possible.
After zooming in on feminist humor, Gadsby followed up “Nanette” with another brilliant show, “Douglas,” just last year. The show touches on the Australian comedian’s very own experiences with autism, and aims to help others understand that those on the spectrum can speak for themselves and, ultimately, have confidence and pride in their identity.
When people speak of the most sought-after Australian talents, one of the figures that would most definitely make it on the list is Nicole Kidman. Like Crowe, the famed actress and producer has also been honored with multiple accolades throughout her career. She has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and a BAFTA Award. She’s also the first Australian to win the Academy Award for Best Actress back in 2003.
However, it was actually Kidman’s numerous charitable acts that have made her a talent Australia should be really proud of. Aside from being a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she supports foundations and charities that raise awareness about breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, genetic disorders, and environmental issues.