His career may have catapulted him to fame in the US, but actor and singer Hugh Jackman remains an “immensely proud Australian”.
The star of Les Miserables, and X-Men is among a number of high-profile recipients in the honours list, being awarded Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication”.
Jackman is a global adviser to the Global Poverty Project, is a World Vision ambassador and launched the Laughing man Coffee Company in 2011.
The star also has ties to the WA Academy of Performing Arts, having graduated from there in 1994 and in 2014 returned with his wife Deborra-lee Furness to launch the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Currently on his 2019 world tour doing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and The Boy from Oz, Jackman said he was grateful for the chances he had received being raised in Australia.
“As the youngest son of parents who made the decision to migrate to Australia the year before I was born, this honour is especially emotional and humbling to me,” he said.
“The countless teachers, mentors, institutions who have supported me along the way are immeasurable, and I will always be in my country’s debt.
“And to my family, thank you . . . From Deb, Oscar, Ava, my parents, siblings and my closest friends. I am also keenly aware that without their love and support I would never have been in the position I am.”