Chris Hemsworth was born August 11, 1983, in Christchurch, New Zealand to Leonie and Craig Hemsworth, and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from the age of 6. He later moved to Phillip Island, south of Melbourne, with his family. His older brother Luke and younger brother Liam are also actors and have had recurring roles as Nathan Tyson and Josh Taylor on Neighbours, respectively. Hemsworth attended Heathmont Secondary College in Melbourne.
In 2004, he auditioned for Home and Away, for the part of Robbie Hunter (played by Jason Smith), but failed to get the part. He was subsequently recalled for the part of Kim Hyde. Chris was later successful in gaining the role of Kim Hyde and moved to Sydney to join the cast of Home and Away, appearing in 171 episodes of the series. He left the cast of Home and Away on 3 July 2007. He has received two Logie Award nominations and has won one for Most Popular New Talent at Home and Away back in 2005.
Hemsworth portrayed James T. Kirk’s father, George Kirk, in the opening scenes of J. J. Abrams’ 2009 film Star Trek. He also played the character Kale in the thriller A Perfect Getaway the same year. Chris will star in the upcoming horror film The Cabin in the Woods executive produced by Joss Whedon and will portray Jed Eckert in the upcoming Red Dawn remake.
Hemsworth portrayed Thor in a film adaption of the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. Initially, his brother Liam reached the final four for the role, while Chris failed to make the shortlist, but he won the role after director Kenneth Branagh decided to re-evaluate earlier candidates. Chris Hemsworth received advice from his brother, saying “We’re competitive, but in the best way.” His mother helped him with his audition tape by playing Odin. Hemsworth is also scheduled to reprise his role as Thor in The Avengers, also based on a Marvel comic about a team of superheroes assembled to protect Earth, which is scheduled for release in 2012.
Hemsworth is married to actress Elsa Pataky, whom he met through their mutual representative in early 2010. They made their relationship public at a party held by LACMA in Los Angeles on 25 September 2010 and got married three months later.
• Spent part of his childhood growing up in an Aboriginal community.
• In 2006, competed on Australia’s version of Dancing with the Stars.
• Portrayed Captain Kirk’s father, George, in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009).
• The first major big-screen starring role was the title character in 2011 comic-book adaptation Thor.
• Named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2014.
• 2005, Logie Awards — Most Popular New Male Talent: Winner
• 2017, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Comedy: Nominee
• 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
• 2013, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Star: Winner
• 2016, People’s Choice Awards — Favorite Action Movie Actor: Winner
• Leonie Hemsworth — Mother
• Sasha Hemsworth — Son
• Isabel Lucas — Ex-significant Other
• Liam Hemsworth — Brother
• Craig Hemsworth — Father
• Tristan Hemsworth — Son
• India Rose Hemsworth — Daughter
• Elsa Pataky — Wife
• Luke Hemsworth — Brother
1 “As kids, our experiences shape our opinions of ourselves and the world around us, and that’s who we become as adults.”
2 “The more conflict and contrast you have with a character makes it more interesting.”
3 “I enjoy working on a movie that lets your imagination run wild, it’s great to be a part of and watch.”
4 “As a kid, you run around the house pretending to be a superhero, and now to be doing it as a job, I feel very lucky.”
5 “Growing up, my parents were my heroes, in the way they conducted their lives.”
6 “I’m busier than I’ve ever been, but you can go through the lists of people who are bang up there one minute, and then just disappear.”
7 “I entered the work force cleaning breast pumps at a pharmacy! It was a part-time gig while I was at school… no interview required.”
8 “I feel like I’m ready for any dangerous situation that might come my way, provided I have a hammer on me.”
9 “My daughter and my nieces paint everybody’s nails, so I actually had my nails painted as well around Christmas time.”
10 “It is often difficult to watch yourself onscreen, especially 60-feet high. As an actor, it is an uncomfortable experience.”