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Hugh Jackman: all news and scoops!

  • Profession: actor
  • Real name: Hugh Michael Jackman
  • Sign: Scale
  • Date of birth: Saturday 12 October 1968 (age: 52)
  • Country: Australia

Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney on 12 October 1968. The youngest child in the family, his parents divorced when he was 8 years old. His mother left home to return to England, his native country. The little boy and his four siblings grow up in Australia with their father. All the siblings go to the theatre after school, encouraged by their father who is an accountant. Hugh Jackman developed a taste for acting, but chose to study journalism, graduating from Sydney University of Technology.

With his journalism degree in hand, he finally caught up with his desire to act and turned to drama school. He enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, from which he graduated in 1994. To gain his independence, he worked odd jobs and the following year he got a role in an Australian television series, Correlli. This series immediately brought him a certain notoriety. In 1999, he took to the stage on a London stage for the play Oklahoma. His theatrical performance was noticed by American producers. He landed his first feature film role in 1999 in Paperback Hero. Shortly after, he auditioned for X-Men and landed the role of Wolverine after Dougray Scott withdrew from the show. Hugh Jackman was the revelation of the film and launched his international career. In 2003, he reprised the costume of the wolf man in the second part of the saga, X-Men 2 by Bryan Singer.

Hugh Jackman unveiled other facets of his acting career in 2003 when he starred in a musical, The Boy from Oz. He proves that he can do everything on stage; acting, singing and dancing. For two years, he appeared on the Broadway stage as Peter Allen, an Australian gay icon who became famous in the United States. His performance was critically acclaimed. In 2006, he performed twice as Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen’s Scoop and Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. Then, it is with his compatriot Nicole Kidman that he shot the romantic comedy Australia (2008) in his native country. In 2008, he became Hollywood’s new sex symbol when People magazine named him Sexiest Man of the Year. At the same time, the actor regularly returns as the superhero Wolverine in the X-men series in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

In 2012, he once again demonstrated his talents as a dancer and singer in the role of Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. In 2013, the Australian actor is among the three highest paid actors in Hollywood. He varies the registers and shoots a thriller Prisoners by Denis Villeneuve (2013), a comedy Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Pharaohs (2014), and plays the dreaded Blackbeard in Pan by Joe Wright (2015). In 2016, the prolific actor stars in Eddie the eagle and shoots a new X-Men opus, The Wolverine 3.

On the personal side, Hugh Jackman met Deborra-Lee Furness, an Australian actress 13 years his senior, on the set of the series Correlli in 1995. They married in April 1996 and adopted two children; Oscar Maximilian (born May 15, 2000) and Ava Eliot (born July 10, 2005). In November 2013, he revealed on social networks that he had basal cell carcinoma, a benign form of skin cancer.

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