10 big names you never knew were Queenslanders

Our acting and music talents are punching above their weight internationally.

  1. George Miller

    Known for his original direction of Happy Feet and the international success of his debut film, Mad Max, this Chinchilla-born director has been the talk of the town for more than 20 years. Now in his 70's, Miller continues to be a staple on the awards scene, winning both an AACTA and Critics’ Choice accolade for Best Director for the latest instalment of Mad Max.
  2. Savage Garden (Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones)

    Brisbane-based alt-rock band Savage Garden are remembered for their international success and radio hits such as 'To The Moon and Back' and 'Truly Madly Deeply'. A testament to their time, the duo was known for their progression of the Australian music industry and the introduction of a different sound after years of Britney Spears and N*Sync. After dissolving the band, both Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones now reside in the United States, having given up music to pursue acting and real estate careers.
  3. The Veronicas (Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso)

    Nabbing an ARIA nomination last year for their song 'You Ruin Me', both Lisa and Jessica Origliasso have much to boast about in their home suburb of Albany Creek, on Brisbane’s northside. After releasing consistent hits, many are pleasantly surprised when they learn the musical duo have made Brisbane their permanent home. The sisters now live together in a loft-style apartment located in bustling Fortitude Valley, while striving to make an even bigger name for themselves in the Australian music industry.
  4. Bernard Fanning

    Brisbane-born Fanning is no stranger to penning musical tributes to his old Queensland haunts. After splitting with former band Powderfinger 12 years ago, Fanning continues to play big name shows. Hitting the stage with indie-pop band, 'Boy and Bear', at Triple J’s One Night Stand early this month, the singer is continuing to fan the flames of his success well into his 40's.
  5. Lincoln Lewis

    It’s not easy being the son of a King, but Lewis makes it look like a cakewalk. Born in Brisbane to iconic Queensland footballer, Wally Lewis, he is no stranger to the limelight. Featuring on Home and Away and the star-studded film adaptation of Tomorrow When The War Began, Lincoln has made bounds in forging a name for himself as a successful Australian actor. He continues his long-running role in the Channel Nine drama, House Husbands.
  6. Brenton Thwaites

    After starring alongside the likes of Meryl Streep in the blockbuster film The Giver, it’s not hard to believe that Thwaites was a natural-born performer growing up in his hometown of Cairns. Inspired by his initial comedic prowess in the classroom, Thwaites eventually pursued a professional acting career, beginning as a series-regular on Home and Away. He also scored a role in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  7. Miranda Otto

    From humble beginnings, this Brisbane-born actor is best known for her performance as Eowyn in the film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Currently starring in a recurring role in the psychological drama, Homeland, Otto continues to expand her range as a stage performer while maintaining her status as a TV and film icon.
  8. Alyssa Sutherland

    Beginning her career as a model at 15, Sutherland has made waves overseas as an actor in both film and TV. With a lead role on the historical drama, Vikings, she has been a central character for almost four seasons. Successfully maintaining a name for herself in the mainstream entertainment community, Sutherland still regularly visits her home town of Brisbane, spending time Down Under during the festive seasons.
  9. Geoffrey Rush

    The Australian actor and member of the University of Queensland alumni, Rush has been featured in various Hollywood blockbusters since his breakout role in the 1998 film adaptation of Les Miserables. His acting range includes stage, screen and television roles that have continued to accelerate his career and Hollywood status. Currently featuring as Barbossa in the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, the Toowoomba-born actor was recently in his home state to finalise his part in the production of the film.
  10. Margot Robbie

    Like many of her Queensland counterparts, Dalby-born Robbie began her acting career in a long-running Australian drama series. Now known for more than her role as Donna from Neighbours, Robbie has starred alongside Academy Award-winning actor, Leonardo DiCaprio and worked with famed director Martin Scorsese. She won a BAFTA for her role in Wolf of Wall Street and starred in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. Robbie displays a quality of range rarely seen in today’s actors. It is no surprise that she is making waves in Hollywood, with all eyes waiting to see what role she’ll take on next.