Hugh Michael Jackman AC is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing WolverineLogan in the X-Men film series. In Broadway theatre, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Boy from Oz. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to performing arts and to the global community.
About Hugh Jackman in brief
Hugh Michael Jackman AC is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing WolverineLogan in the X-Men film series. Jackman is also recognised for his lead roles in films such as the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold and the action film Van Helsing. In Broadway theatre, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards, he won an Emmy Award for hosting the 2005 ceremony. He also hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to performing arts and to the global community. His parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the ‘Ten Pound Poms’ immigration. He has four older siblings and was the second of his parents’ children to be born in Australia. He holds British citizenship by virtue of being born to UK-born parents. One of his paternal great-grandfathers, Nicholas Isidor Bellas, was Greek, from the Ottoman Empire. His mother moved back to England with Jackman’s two sisters when he was eight years old. He spent a gap year in 1987 working at Uppingham School in England as a Physical Education teacher. On his return, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating in 1991 with a BA in Communications. He turned down a role on popular soap opera Neighbours to attend the Western Australian Performing Arts of Edan Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, which he graduated in 1994.
He said he loved acting but when he started at school was like the class of the class: ‘Everyone seemed more natural at it and everyone seemed more likely to succeed, everyone was cooler than me’ He has a younger half-sister, from his mother’s remarriage. He wanted to see the world, saying, ‘I decided I wanted to be a chef on a plane. I thought that would be an ideal job. I think it is good to come from behind as an actor and be good at my gig’ He is married to Australian actress Emma Watson and has a son, Logan, and a daughter, Emilia, with whom he has two children. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Emma Watson, and their son Logan, who was born in 2011. He lives in Sydney with his parents, Grace McNeil, and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-educated accountant, and his two daughters, Emma and Emilia. His father and two sisters moved to Australia when Jackman was eight and he had two older brothers, while his mother lived in England with his two sisters. He used to spend much time at the beach and on camping trips and school holidays all over Australia. In his final year of university, he took a drama course to make up additional credits. He later commented, ‘In that week I felt more at home with those people than I did in the entire three years’ The class did Václav Havel’s The Memorandum.