Celebrate Australia Day With 11 Actors You Forgot Were Australian
by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 26th 2011 4:45PM
Today is Australia Day, which means millions of Aussies around the world are celebrating the discovery of their homeland in 1788. At TV Squad, we're celebrating by watching clips of 'Summer Heights High' and thinking about our favorite Australian TV actors.
Believe it or not, many of our biggest small screen stars aren't actually Americans -- they just play ones on TV. Take, for example, Portia De Rossi, hilarious actress and successful memoir author (not to mention wife of Ellen DeGeneres). Betcha forgot she comes from the land Down Under. Same with Ryan Kwanten, shirtless 'True Blood' star and all-around charming guy. Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning 'United States of Tara' star Toni Collette? Yep, a true-blue Sydneysider.
Also born-and-bred Australians you might not have known about: Gruff Noo Yawk–accent master Anthony LaPaglia and his former 'Without a Trace' co-star Poppy Montgomery, 'Damages' beauty Rose Byrne, butt-kicking 'Chuck' star Yvonne Strahovski, and Julian McMahon, son of a former prime minister and 'Nip/Tuck''s womanizing plastic surgeon.
Then there's 'The Mentalist' himself, Simon Baker, 'Fringe' FBI agent Anna Torv, and 'Brothers & Sisters' family member Rachel Griffiths.
Any familiar faces we left out? Share your Australian love in the comments.