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13 Authentic Aussie Actors Who Epitomise Australia's Multicultural Identity

We adore the Hemsworth brothers, but there are alternatives.

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We love our Aussie actors making it big on the world's stage. The Hemsworth brothers are adored by fans and even more so by the media. What's not to adore, right?

Chris Hemsworth's dimple goodness.

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Liam Hemsworth's wink wink goodness.

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But, they are also, what I would call, the stereotypical Australian leading men. The local and international media's tendency to put a lot of focus on Anglo-Australian actors, like the Hemsworth, has created a skewed view of how Australian men look.

The reality is, Australia is a multicultural country. There are many actors from diverse ethnic backgrounds who are as authentically Australian as the Hemsworth. This list is a non-exhaustive list of Aussie actors who epitomise Australia's multicultural identity.

1. Aaron Pedersen

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Aaron Pedersen is an Australian actor of Indigenous descent. With an acting career spanning over a decade, Pedersen has been on many TV series in Australia including East West 101, The Secret Life of Us and, more recently, The Code. In the 2013 film Mystery Road, Pedersen plays a detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl in a small town in the Outback. Mystery Road received an approval rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

2. Hussain Sadiqi

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Hussain Sadiqi is a Hazara Australian actor and a martial artist. He grew up in Afghanistan, but left after the Taliban took control of the country. He arrived in Australia by boat before being officially recognised as a refugee. Sadiqi is very accomplished in the field of Shaolin Chinese kung fu. He won an award for the best fight scene for the Australian made action movie Among Dead Men at the International Film Festival in Pasadena, California in 2008.

3. Firass Dirani

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Firass Dirani is a Lebanese Australian film and television actor. He's known for his role as John Ibrahim, Sydney's 'major organised-crime' figure, in the 2010 series Underbelly: The Golden Mile. He was named the 2010 Cleo Bachelor of the Year.

4. Remy Hii

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Remy Hii starred in the critically acclaimed mini-series, Better Man in 2013. He plays a real-life character of an Australian who was charged on drug-trafficking offences and executed in Singapore. The role led to Hii receiving the Most Outstanding Newcomer accolade at the 2014 Logie Awards, Australia's version of the Emmy's.

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Hii is currently on Netflix's series, Marco Polo.

5. James Stewart

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James Stewart is best known for his appearance in the hit TV series, Packed to the Rafters. He recently plays a Chinese-Australian sniper in a war drama series, Gallipoli. Stewart is one of the more known asian faces in Australia.

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Ashwin Gore is an Australian actor with Indian/South Asian heritage. Gore starred in the award-winning short film You Can't Curry Love, in which he plays Vikas, an East Indian from London who travels to India and falls for a local guy while discovering a country he thought he knew.

7. Don Hany

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Born to an Iraqi father and a Hungarian mother, Don Hany has graced the Australian television with his acting versatility for many years. Hany starred in the mini-series East West 101, in which he played the lead role of a muslim detective who struggles to gain respect from his Anglo-Australian colleague. Arguably, Hany is more known for his role as Dr Chris Havel in the hugely successful Aussie rom-com series, Offspring.

8. Daniel Okoduwa

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Daniel Okoduwa is an accomplished Sydney based Nigerian/Australian filmmaker. In 2012, Okoduwa wrote and produced Gossip Nation, a film that revolves around the African immigrants and refugees community in Blacktown, Sydney. Okoduwa won the prestigious SPAA (Screen Producers Association of Australia) Awards for best upcoming film producer in Australia and New Zealand.

9. Nicholas Sopelario

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Nicholas Sopelario grew up in Melbourne and trained in dance at a young age. In 2014, Sopelario made his musical theatre debut in The King and I.

10. Matt Okine

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Matt Okine is an actor, a comedian, presenter and musician with Ghanian heritage. He's currently the host of the comedy entertainment series How Not to Behave.

11. James Reid

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James Reid has starred on a plethora of TV shows and films, featured on magazine covers, a thriving singing career, clothing and fragrance lines and close to a million followers on instagram. Born to an Australian father and a Filipino mother, Reid is big in the Philippines but unknown in Australia's mainstream entertainment market.

12. Brandon Walters

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Brandon Walters is an Indigenous Australian child actor known for his performance as Nullah in the 2008 film Australia.

13. David Gulpilil

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The legendary David Gulpilil, 62, started acting at the age of 16. He played a principal role in the internationally acclaimed motion picture Walkabout. The film premiered in competition at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival. Over 40 years later, in May 2014, Gulpilil won the Best Actor award at the Festival for his performance in Charlie's Country.

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