‘All of Australia has a public holiday, she has no idea’: Hugh Jackman Was Irked Queen Elizabeth Didn’t Know His Country Celebrated Her Birthday, Had To Explain it To Her

'All of Australia has a public holiday, she has no idea': Hugh Jackman Was Irked Queen Elizabeth Didn't Know His Country Celebrated Her Birthday, Had To Explain it To Her
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Hugh Jackman is a big name in Hollywood. The Australian actor is popularly known for his role in the X-Men franchise. However, he has shared that acting has been his passion since he was just a five-year-old child. Jackman’s first-ever acting job was playing King Arthur at the age of five. After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, he landed a role in the Australian show, Correlli. While working on the show, he also met his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

The Pan star has also done incredible work in theatres. After starring in Sunset Boulevard’s musical adaptation, he landed a role in Oklahoma! (1998). It was during Oklahoma! he got the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth II. 

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Hugh Jackman Recounted Meeting Queen Elizabeth After a Performance

It is self-explanatory that there is a strict protocol in order to meet a member of the royal family. And when it comes to the late Queen Elizabeth II, not everyone had the opportunity to meet her. So, when Hugh Jackman was told he would be meeting the Queen, he knew he had to be at his best. 

The Real Steel star shared that he had the honor to meet the Queen while he was working in Oklahoma! Recalling the meeting, he said he did not expect to meet her as the Queen was not invited to the premiere. 

“It was one of those Royal Command Performances. … And I was doing a stage show, [called] Oklahoma! So I sang, and she came backstage. She eventually came around to me.”

Hugh Jackman met Queen Elizabeth
Hugh Jackman meeting Queen Elizabeth

The Fountain star further said that he was introduced as an Australian. Jackman then shared with the Queen that Australia has a public holiday for her birthday, and the whole country celebrates it. 

In fact, ma’am, today in Australia, we celebrate your birthday,’ he said. The Deception star then told her that it was her birthday in Australia and wished her a “Happy birthday on behalf of Australia.” Jackman revealed that the Queen was surprised by the fact and even confirmed it with her aides.  

After his debut as Wolverine, Jackman became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. He once again had the opportunity to meet Queen Elizabeth.  


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Hugh Jackman Was Nervous to Meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace

Hugh Jackman made a grand debut with Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men. Following his debut, The Wolverine star also did some romantic and comedy films, making sure that he is not here to typecast. After working for more than ten years in the industry, he was invited to Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth met several Australian celebrities before she visited Australia in 2011. The Scoop star was among these Australian celebrities. Sharing his experience, Jackman said that he was slightly nervous about visiting the palace and meeting the queen.

Queen Elizabeth meeting Australian celebrities
Queen Elizabeth meeting Australian celebrities

Celebrities like Elle Macpherson, Craig Revel Horwood, Jason Donovan, Tom Hooper, and John Torode also visited the royal palace. The Front Runner star said he wanted to ask her if she was stopping off.

However, he hesitated as he did not know if he was allowed to do so. “As an Aussie, it feels weird—I’m just waiting to get thrown out,” he joked. The Chappie star did not say anything about their first meeting. And one can only wonder whether Queen Elizabeth remembers it.

He is all set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming threequel of Deadpool. Deadpool 3 will also mark the MCU debut of Hugh For now, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. is busy with his upcoming film, The Son. 


The Son is set to release on 25 November 2022.

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