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15 Actors From the Land Down Under

    The Master Thespian
    Cate Blanchett

    Hails From: Melbourne
    Film Cred: Oscar gold for 'The Aviator' and a nod for 'Elizabeth.'
    Why Her: From her award-winning, breakout turn as England's virgin queen to her equally as regal role as Lothlorien's elven queen, Blanchett is always a revelation. Need more proof? See 'Babel.' All hail the queen of Aussie actors!

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    The Triple Threat
    Hugh Jackman

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: Wolverine in the 'X-Men' franchise, 'Van Helsing'
    Why Him: A leading man in the Cary Grant mold, he's compelling in any genre: action, romance ('Kate & Leopold') or drama ('The Prestige'); PLUS he can sing and dance. Make that quintuple threat!

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    The Class Act
    Nicole Kidman

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: She showed versatility in 'Moulin Rouge,' Oscar-winning chops in 'The Hours' and her nude form in, um, like 13 films.
    Why Her: She sings, she dances, she wins awards. And she's just a little more press-friendly than her couch-jumping ex.

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    The Drama King
    Russell Crowe

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: One Oscar win ('Gladiator'), two nominations ('The Insider,' 'A Beautiful Mind'), one snub ('Cinderella Man')
    Why Him: Crowe may have the nastiest temper in Hollywood, but the man can act his arse off. Just don't interview him about it.

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    The Real Thing
    Jacinda Barrett

    Hails From: Brisbane
    Film Cred: She holds her own opposite Zach Braff in 'The Last Kiss' and Billy Bob Thornton in 'School for Scoundrels.'
    Why Her: Turns in a trio of summer flicks proved she's the most talented alum of MTV's 'Real World.' Sorry, Puck.

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    The Oscar Upstart
    Heath Ledger

    Hails From: Perth
    Film Cred: 'Monster's Ball,' Oscar nod for 'Brokeback Mountain'
    Why Him: Instead of taking leading-man roles, Ledger first built up his repertoire in smaller films. Last year, his indirect path finally led him to acclaim and A-list status. Patience is a virtue, Heath.

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    The Melancholy Beauty
    Naomi Watts

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: She wowed us in 'Mulholland Drive,' got an Oscar nod for '21 Grams' and wooed a giant ape in 'King Kong.'
    Why Her: It's hard to believe someone so beautiful could be so tortured, yet she makes us believe time and time again.

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    The Brooder
    Eric Bana

    Hails From: Melbourne
    Film Cred: 'Munich,' 'The Hulk'
    Why Him: Whether he's playing a prince, a scientist or an assassin, Bana specializes in the tortured soul -- the reluctant hero who questions his every move. But he always looks damn good doing it. Even in green.

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    The Sexy & Smart One
    Isla Fisher

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: 'I Heart Huckabees,' 'Wedding Crashers'
    Why Her: To be the breakout comic in a movie starring Vince Vaughn AND Owen Wilson is a feat only Will Ferrell could achieve, until Fisher stole the show. She had us on the beach. And dinner.

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    The Role Player
    Hugo Weaving

    Hails From: Sydney
    Film Cred: Two little trilogies: 'The Matrix' and 'The Lord of the Rings'
    Why Him: Three words catapulted him into epic fandom: "Hello, Mr. Anderson." Need someone to wear funny costumes, nail an inimitable accent or steal scenes with a few lines? He's your man.

    John Stanton, WireImage

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