Hugh Jackman

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

12th October, 1968







Hugh Jackman (born 12.10.1968) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Wolverine in X-Men.

Childhood: Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, Australia. His parents, Grace Watson and Chris Jackman were English and Hugh was the youngest of five siblings. His mother left when Hugh was just eight years old and the children lived with their father, who was a Cambridge University-educated accountant.

Whilst studying at Knox Grammar School, Hugh starred in a production of My Fair Lady. He graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney with a BA in Communications, and a major in journalism.

Using money left to him by his grandmother, Jackman attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He graduated in 1994.

Early Acting Career: Hugh Jackman's earliest film credits were in Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings. His stage work includes performances in Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard. In 1998, his established himself in the UK when he played Curly in the Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!

In 2006, Hugh Jackman was chosen to replace Russell Crowe in Australia, the Baz Luhrmann film that also starred Nicole Kidman.

Big Break: Hugh Jackman's breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Wolverine in the Bryan Singer adaptation of the comic book series, X-Men. He later returned to the role in the two sequels, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.

In 2001, Hugh Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in Kate & Leopold, in which he was the male lead. That year, he also starred in Swordfish, a film that also starred John Travolta and Halle Berry, his X-Men co-star.

In 2004, Jackman took the lead role in the vampire movie Van Helsing.

2005 saw Jackman undertake his most challenging film role to date. In The Fountain, Jackman played three different roles and has stated in interviews that it was both physically and emotionally demanding.

Hugh Jackman's next film appearance was in the 2006 film The Prestige, which featured performances from Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.

2006 also saw Hugh provide voices for two animated movies, Happy Feet and Flushed Away.

Hugh Jackman was cited as a potential James Bond actor, but lost out on the role, to Daniel Craig

Personal Life: In 1996, Hugh Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness. They had met on the set of Correlli, Jackman's first TV acting role. After Furness suffered two miscarriages, the couple adopted two children, Oscar (b.2000) and Eva (b.2005). The family live in Melbourne.

Jamie Oliver And 8 Other Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives In The Name Of Heroism

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 September 2018

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These screen heroes became real life heroes when they put their lives on the line.

It's impressive enough when ordinary civilians put themselves on the front line in a dangerous situation to rescue their friends, familiy and even people they don't know. But when celebrities do it, it completely changes the way people view them. And heroism among the elite is not as uncommon as you might think.

Image caption Hugh Jackman at a photocall for 'The Greatest Showman'

When 'The Greatest Showman' star was just 8-years-old, his mother Grace left him, his two brothers and his father Christopher and moved back to England with his sisters. He even remembers the day that she left, and never really accepted her moving away.

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Hugh Jackman Admits That The Greatest Showman Was A Risk

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 31 December 2017

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He enjoyed getting to do this original musical.

Original movie musicals are rare, so song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman is thrilled that he got a chance to be involved in The Greatest Showman, the story of three-ring circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Of course, there were challenges, but he was more than willing to rise up to them.

Image caption Hugh Jackman in 'The Greatest Showman'

Jackman says that bringing a musical to the big screen "is notoriously one of the hardest things to do in Hollywood. I think just the climate of Hollywood was like, 'There's just too many risks. There's too much to do.' I mean, there's been musicals, obviously: Les Mis, Mamma Mia. But an original movie musical is really hard."

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Ten Surprising Truths About Hugh Jackman

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 December 2017

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Looking back at some crazy times in Hugh Jackman's life.

Best known for playing Wolverine, did you know he was nearly James Bond? Or that Venus Williams was responsible for a parenting milestone in his life? Here are ten weird and wonderful facts about one of Australia's greatest actors that you probably never knew. Here's to Hugh Jackman!

Image caption Hugh Jackman at 'The Greatest Showman' photocall

1. He learnt yoga for a movie role - In order to perfect his role as Tom in the Darren Aronofsky-directed film 'The Fountain', he practised yoga daily for twelve months and learned to perfect a lotus position underwater.

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Hugh Jackman Turned Down Offer To Become James Bond

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 06 December 2017

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The actor decided to stick with 'X-Men' at the time.

Pierce Brosnan is without a doubt one of the most memorable names to take on the role of 007, James Bond, whether or not it's for the right reasons. What many didn't know up until this week however is that a certain Australian actor was being eyed to become his replacement, but turned down the position because of his busy work schedule.

Hugh Jackman could have at one point become 007

Hugh Jackman was that man, and at the time of the offer was already making a big name for himself in the Marvel Universe, taking on Wolverine on the big screen since 2000 and immediately becoming a hit with comic book movie fans.

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Hugh Jackman signs autographs as he arrives at the BBC Radio Two studios to promote his brand new biopic film 'The Greatest Showman' on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. He stars as 19th century businessman P.T. Barnum in the movie, the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus - London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st December 2017

Hugh Jackman Explains Why He Doesn't Mind Wolverine Being Recast

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 25 October 2017

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The actor reveals a personal throwback that set him up to pass the torch.

For the majority of comic book and Marvel fans, Hugh Jackman is the best live-action adaptation of Wolverine that the world has ever seen. Slicing his way through a number of big blockbuster releases, before hanging up his adamantium claws following his last hoorah in this year's 'Logan', he worked his way into the hearts of everybody watching and proved that even a mutant with a usually frosty heart can be open about their emotions.

Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman in the latter's final 'X-Men' film, 'Logan'

Wolverine wasn't a dead-cert role for Jackman, with fellow actor Dougray Scott initially eyed up to take on the character. Delays in production and conflicts with scheduling meant that Scott had to exit the role, but it's not something he was bitter about. Whilst shooting the first 'X-Men' movie, Jackman got some advice from Scott which has now allowed him to be open to the idea of another actor rebooting the role on the big screen in the future.

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The Greatest Showman Trailer

When P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) loses his business when the company goes bankrupt, he's left to search for another job to keep a roof, albeit a leaking one, over his head. He just wants a better life for his wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and children, and one day has the most fantastic idea of open Barnum's American Museum of Curiosity. Soon he puts together a travelling circus, a freak show featuring giants and dwarves, Siamese twins and bearded ladies. But for him it isn't about exploiting people who are different for the entertainment of the general public, it's about encouraging them to be part of a dance and acrobatic show to celebrate what's special about them. To many people today, there really is no difference between the two, but it's safe to say that his unique venture made Barnum the greatest showman who ever lived.

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Hugh Jackman and Debora-Lee Furness Jackman at the David Lynch Foundation event A National Night Of Laughter And Song. Held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington DC, District Of Columbia, United States - Monday 5th June 2017

Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 7th May 2017

Hugh Jackman and Dafne Keen in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th May 2017

Hugh Jackman seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Footloose And Cancer-Free: Mr T, Kylie Minogue And More Who Beat The Big C

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 17 April 2017

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Ten brave stars that lived through cancer.

Cancer is a foul disease that leaves suffering and death in its wake far too often. No amount of money or fame can protect you from it, but very often it can be beaten. When a celebrity overcomes such a hurdle in their lives, it's an inspiration to regular people everywhere.

Here are just a few stars who have been struck and struck back at cancer and survived:

Image caption Hugh Jackman, Eddie Edwards and Taron Egerton hang out at 'Eddie The Eagle' premiere

The comedy biopic saw 'Kingsman' star Taron Egerton in the role of the titular Olympic ski jump legend; a man who became famous not for his exceptional talent on the slopes, but indeed for his distinct lack of such and yet overwhelming determination and perseverance that struck accord with the whole nation at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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'Pan' Bombs At US Box Office, As 'The Martian' Holds Tight

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 11 October 2015

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The retelling of the classic children’s tale has failed to find an audience this weekend at US cinemas.

Pan has failed to take flight at the box office this weekend, debuting with a disappointing estimated $15.5 million total and taking third place. Joe Wright’s retelling of the classic tale stars newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan and Hugh Jackman as Captain Blackbeard.

Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Pan.

Pan was rolled out in more than 3,500 US theatres this weekend, but studio Warner Bros will be hoping it does better when it hits more markets. The film, which cost over $150 million to make, had been scheduled to hit cinemas back in July, but was pushed back earlier this year.

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