Aussies in the US

Jessica Marais is about to leave Packed to the Rafters to pursue a US career. And why wouldn’t she? Take a look at this incomplete list of the current crop of Aussie actors kicking big goals on TV and the big screen.

Darren McMullen

Originally born in Scotland, McMullen rose to prominence on MTV before making the jump to Channel Nine where he hosted Commercial Breakdown, and then to Channel Seven where he hosted Minute to Win It (the Australian version). He is now hosting NBC’s new reality show Love in the Wild.

Simon Baker

Currently starring in the very successful CBS show, The Mentalist, which is currently in its 3rd Season. There’s also this little story which states that Baker is guaranteed more than $30 million, adding one more year to his six-year contract.

Matt Passmore

The lead actor in A&E drama The Glades, which has been renewed for a second season.

Yvonne Strahovski

Actress in Chuck, which has developed a strong cult following. It is now in its fourth season, and a fifth season is a probably a coin-toss away.

Emilie de Ravin

Has starred in Lost and the movie, Remember Me.



Rose Byrne

Currently popping up all over the place in movies such as Get Him to the Greek, Knowing, Sunshine, 28 Weeks Later and the upcoming blockbusters Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class. She is also starring in the 101 Network’s Damages, which is soon to have its fourth season premiere.

Emily Browning

Shot to fame with her role in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events in 2004, with roles in Sleeping Beauty and Sucker Punch in 2011.

Rachael Carpani

Former star of Mcleod’s Daughters, she has had a few small roles in NCIS: Los Angeles and the failed Cane, however, will soon be seen in Against the Wall, an upcoming family drama.

Tammin Sursok

The former Home and Away star has been making a name for herself in various teen-aimed shows such as Hannah Montana Forever, Flicka 2 and Sleepaway Camp Reunion. She has also starred in CW show Pretty Little Liars in a smaller role. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her 273 episode stint on the Young and the Restless.

Josh Lawson

Has starred in the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose with Alyssa Milano, which was cancelled.

More promisingly, he has just had a show picked up by Showtime, House of Lies, which also stars Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle.

Brett Tucker

Former star of McLeods Daughters and Neighbours, he has recently been cast in the US remake of Wonder Woman.

Jesse Spencer

Former star of Neighbours, he now stars in the Fox series House.

Ryan Kwanten

Rose to fame after starring in the US series Summerland, and has now gone on to star in the very popular True Blood on HBO.

And of course, there’s the old guard in Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Alan Dale, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Eric Bana, Toni Collette (United States of Tara will have its third season premiere in 2011), most in the peak of their careers.


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