Fall TV sked has been kind to Aussies
Rose Byrne and Alex O'Loughlin making a dent onscreenNicholas Bishop, Rose Byrne and Alex O'Loughlin are only several Australian actors making a dent on the small screen.
Here are eight actors who are going strong on TV:
A decade of consistent work in some quality Australian TV dramas, including "Water Rats" and "White Collar Blue" and indie features followed Bishop's 1996 graduation form the National Institute of Dramatic Art. But it was a recurring role as Detective Peter Baker in the long-running Aussie Soap "Home and Away" that brought him the profile and press which led to his casting in Warner/Fox's short-lived "Past Lives." This season he's starring opposite Dana Delany in NBC's "Body of Proof" as former cop-turned-medical examiner.
Byrne must rate as the busiest Aussie working in Hollywood. She's currently filming "X-Men: First Class," recently completed the Judd Apatow-produced comedy "Bridesmaids" and stars opposite Patrick Wilson in "Insidious," a new thriller from "Saw" creators James Wan and Leigh Whannel that unspooled at the Toronto International Film Festival. That's all while taking a break from her Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Ellen Parsons on Seasons 3 and 4 of the legal thriller "Damages."
Like Russell Crowe, Henderson's a New Zealander that Aussies have been happy to adopt. He's led the nomadic actor's lifestyle moving between New Zealand, Australia, New York, Los Angeles, India and London over 18 years. First appearing in New Zealand's "Strangers" at age 13, work followed in Australia on a series of long-running soaps, and TV was his mainstay until 1999. His role in the medical drama "Off the Map" sees him reunite with Shonda Rhimes with whom he made the pilot "Inside the Box" last year.
Heading home to Sydney to make movies during breaks from his role in HBO's "True Blood" is becoming a habit for Kwanten. That habit has generated three features in the past year, which are opening in the space of two months. After starring in "Griff the Invisible," which had its world premiere this month in Toronto, Kwanten's Aussie accent can be heard in the animated 3D feature "Legends of the Guardian: Owls of Ga'Hoole."
The Melbourne native has said that his breakthrough U.S. role on the final season of "ER," "was a tough learning curve." The self-professed "new kid on the block" graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 2004 and moved quickly into key roles in two local TV shows: The police drama "Blue Heelers," followed by a starring role in Australia's most expensive TV dramas -- coast guard action show "Sea Patrol." Far from fighting pirates and drug runners on the Great Barrier reef, he's now the crime-fighting superhero lead on NBC's "The Cape."
CBS looks to have found a solid vehicle in "Hawaii 5-0" for this Aussie who's had previous runs in primetime with "Moonlight," "Three Rivers" and "The Shield." O'Loughlin was part of the G'Day L.A. trade mission in 2006 and decided to stay on for the TV pilot season. Arriving as casting agents were starting to actively look at Australian performances, the move parlayed into a number of high-profile projects, with the "Hawaii 5-0" reboot his biggest yet.
Passmore could be considered a TV veteran, despite only taking up acting in 2001. Following a stint in the Australian army, he amassed 119 episodes of quality Aussie dramas in six years, including three seasons in the long-running drama "McLeod's Daughters." But it was his turn as clean cut cop Warwick Mobbs in the gritty Australian crime drama "Underbelly" in 2009 that got him noticed. Aussie he may be, but he says he's no crocodile hunter, despite several close encounters while making "The Glades."
It was three years and three seasons of "Chuck" before Sydney-raised Strahovski returned to Australia to make her first Aussie feature, the romantic comedy "I Love You Too." She's just returned from Melbourne again, where she shot action thriller "The Killer Elite," opposite Jason Statham and Clive Owen.