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Is Nicole Kidman Australian?


Nicole Kidman on receiving her Academy Award in 2003

Nicole Kidman on receiving her Academy Award in 2003

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Question: Is Nicole Kidman Australian?
  • Nicole Kidman had made no secret of her wanting to give birth to a child, and in early January 2008, her publicist, Wendy Day, confirmed that the actress and her husband, award-winning country singer Keith Urban, were expecting a baby.

    Nicole Kidman's first biological child, Sunday Rose, was born on July 7, 2008, in the United States.

    In January 2011, the Urbans announced they were proud parents to a second daughter, born of a surrogate. The baby girl, Faith Margaret, was born on December 28, 2010, in Nashville.

    Kidman had had an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage during her 10-year relationship with actor Tom Cruise and had told Vanity Fair in October 2007 she was "yearning" to give birth: "I think I would be very sad if I wasn't able to have a baby."

Is she really Australian? Yes, she is.

Although Nicole Mary Kidman (her full birth name) was born on June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Kidman family then moved immediatley to Washington DC where they stayed for three years, she was born to Australian parents Anthony and Janelle.

The family then returned to Australia where the young Nicole grew up in Sydney.

Acting awards

At age 16, Nicole landed her first movie role in the 1983 film Bush Christmas, followed by a lead role in BMX Bandits the same year.

In 1986, Nicole Kidman won her first Australian Film Institute acting award for her role in the television miniseries Vietnam. This was to be followed by a number of other awards including the Golden Globe for her work in To Die For (1995) and Moulin Rouge (2001). She received both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for The Hours (2002).

Cruise marriage and divorce

Nicole Kidman was married to Tom Cruise in 1990. They separated in 2001, reportedly due to career conflicts, and divorce soon followed.

Marriage to Urban

Although she has lived overseas through several periods in her life, Nicole Kidman has always been identified as Australian and calls Australia home.

She returned to Australia in June 2006 for her marriage to singer Keith Urban. Together they issued a joint statement: "We are very happy to be back in Australia. We have come home to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends."

The Nicole Kidman-Keith Urban wedding took place on June 25, 2006, in the beachside Sydney suburb of Manly.

Order of Australia

Nicole Kidman received her country's greatest honor when she received her Order of Australia medal on April 13, 2007.

She had been named a Companion of the Order of Australia at the 2007 Australia Day Honors but had been unable to receive her award at the time.

She received the award for her service to the performing arts as an acclaimed motion picture performer as well as for her charity work with women, children and cancer research.

She received her award from Governor General Michael Jefferey at a ceremony in Canberra.

The Companion of the Order of Australia is currently the highest-ranked Australian honor.

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