Hugh Jackman

People we love… Hugh Jackman

He acts, sings, dances, owns his own production company, is a devoted family man, and is generous to charity… you’re our hero, Hugh!

Our very own boy from Oz Hugh Jackman is perhaps best known for his long-standing role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, but he’s acted in many Hollywood films, including Kate and Leopold, for which he received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia.

Jackman has had a long string of successful stage productions, too, including The Boy from Oz, Les Miserables, and his own show, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway. He and wife Deborra Lee-Furness are also instrumental in running Seed Productions, a production company associated with 20th Century Fox.

Jackman narrowly missed out on securing the role of James Bond in Casino Royale in 2006, but went on to perform beside his Bond rival Daniel Craig in the Broadway production A Steady Rain in 2009. The two received accolades for their extensive and successful efforts to raise funds for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organisation with curtain call appeals after each performance of A Steady Rain.

Jackman’s involvement in other charitable causes is almost too extensive to list – he’s even famously used his Twitter account as a vehicle for donating to charity. Jackman is supportive of Lee-Furness’ most passionate cause, adoption, and was recently at Kirribilli House with PM Tony Abbott lending weight to the Australian government’s proposed new adoption taskforce, which aims to cut red tape and make the adoption process easier. 

Jackman and Lee-Furness have been married since 1996, and have been vocal about their unsuccessful attempts to have biological children and subsequent adoption of son Oscar and daughter Ava. Family comes first for the couple, though somehow in his downtime Jackman manages to find time for sport, yoga, piano, and transcendental meditation.

We don’t know how he does it, but we’re glad he does! Let’s hear it for Hugh!

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