Born October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia, Jackman was born the youngest of five children to parents who, before his birth, had moved from the U.K. to Australia.
Today, the actor, singer, showman and film heartthrob is probably best known for his film role as Wolverine in X-Men, and with theater audiences for his bravura performance on Broadway in The Boy from Oz. Named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2008, a year later he took the international stage as host of the 2009 Oscar Awards.
A naturally gifted performer who would persue an acting career throughout his teens, Jackman later majored in journalism at the the University of Technology, Sydney.
Soon after graduation, his dream of a show business career continued to tug at Jackman, who decided to return to acting and enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Graduating in 1994, at age 20 Jackman had his first leading role in the Australian television prison drama, Corelli in 1995, where he met is future wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.
in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
roles followed, including stage work as Gaston in the Australian
production of Beauty and the Beast and as Curly in the
London production of Oklahoma! demonstrating his talent as a singer
as well as an actor.
big break finally came in 2000 when he was a last-minute addition
to X-Men, the hit action movie based on Marvel Comic series, as
the hero Wolverine. His Hollywood career was launched, leading
to starring roles in Someone Like You opposite Ashley Judd, as
a computer hacker in Swordfish
alongside John Travolta and Halle
Berry, and as a 19th century duke transported to 21st century
New York in the romantic comedy, Kate & Leopold, opposite
In 2003, Jackman
became Broadway's biggest star with his Tony award-winning performance
as Australian singer Peter Allen in The
Boy from Oz. He also has appeared on the silver screen to
lukewarm reviews in the lead role of the vampire hunter, Van
U.S. appearance on American television as host at the annual 2005
Awards in New York garnered the actor an Emmy
Award for Best Individual Performance in 2005.
In 2007, Jackman
began his first foray into American television co-starring with
Ripley Holden and Melanie Griffith in the pilot for Viva
Laughlin, a musical version of a popular UK series, Viva Blackpool!
The show met with almost universal disdain by TV critics and was
cancelled after a short two-week run.
Next up, the
Aussie actor appeared in The
Tourist starring with Ewan McGregor; in the historical screen
Kidman; and in a new installment in the X-Men
franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which opened in 2009.
Jackman's most notable screen credits include the starring role of Jean Valjean in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the Broadway hit, Les Misérables which premiered in 2012 to rave reviews and earned Jackman an Oscar nod for Best Actor.