Hugh Michael Jackman is born on 12 October 1968 in Sydney, New South Wales, to Grace McNeil (née Greenwood) and Christopher John Jackman. His parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the “Ten Pound Poms” immigration. Thus, in addition to his Australian citizenship, Jackman holds British citizenship by virtue of being born to UK-born parents.
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men film series from 2000 to 2017, a role for which he holds the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero”.
“I was technically unemployed for thirteen seconds”, Jack said on the night of his final Academy graduation performance when he received a phone call offering him a role on Correlli. Correlli, devised by Australian actress Denise Roberts, was a 10-part drama series on ABC, Jackman’s first major professional job, and where he met his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
In 1996, Jackman played Gaston in the local Walt Disney production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. Jackman became known outside Australia in 1998, when he played the leading role of Curly in the Royal National Theatre’s acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London’s West End. The performance earned him an Oliver Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Hugh Jackman is known for portraying the role in various films like Kate& Leopold (2001), the action film Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the film version of Les Miserables (2012), the thriller Prisoners (2013), and the musical The Greatest Showman (2017), for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.