Who is Hugh Jackman?
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor, popularly known for his portrayal of the Marvel superhero, Wolverine, a role that has earned him the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a live-action Marvel character until the record was surpassed in 2021 by Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe following the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Hugh Jackman’s full name is Hugh Michael Jackman. He was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to his parents: Grace McNeil (mother) and Christopher John Jackman (father). As of 2022, Hugh Jackman is 54 years old.
About Hugh Jackman’s parents
Hugh Jackman’s parents: Christopher John Jackman (father) and Grace McNeil (mother) were English. They relocated to Australia in 1967. His father, Christopher John Jackman was a Cambridge-educated accountant. He passed away on September 5, 2021. Christopher John Jackman died peacefully in his sleep and was 84 years old at the time of his death.
Hugh Jackman’s mother, Grace McNeil left the family when Hugh Jackman was just eight years old. She returned to England with two of her daughters, Sonya and Zoe Jackman.
About his parents’ separation, Hugh Jackman said:
“My anger didn’t really surface until I was 12 or 13. It was triggered because my parents were going to get reconciled and didn’t. All those years, I’d been holding out hope that they would.”
Jackman later discovered that the cause of his mother, Grace McNeil leaving the family was because she was suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression. Jackman and his mother have reconciled and they now have a good relationship. Mother and son have been photographed attending premieres and red carpet events together in recent years.
About Hugh Jackman’s siblings
Hugh Jackman has five siblings, four direct siblings from his parents and one step-sibling from Grace McNeil’s second marriage. Hugh Jackman’s sister, Sonya Jackman was taken back to England by Grace McNeil when Hugh Jackman was eight years old. She now works as an accountant, just like her father.
Ian Jackman is Hugh Jackman’s brother. He grew up in Australia with Hugh Jackman and Ralph Jackman. Ian Jackman currently works as a senior counsel and resides in Melbourne.
Ralph Jackman is Hugh Jackman’s other brother. Not much is currently known about him. Zoe Jackman is Hugh Jackman’s sister and she prefers to keep out of the spotlight.
The identity of Hugh Jackman’s other sibling from his mother’s second marriage is unknown.
About Hugh Jackman’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article, Hugh Jackman is married to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Jackman and Furness got married in 1996 and they have been together for 26 years.
Hugh Jackman’s past girlfriends
Interestingly, Hugh Jackman’s most notable relationship to date is the one he has with his wife of 26 years and counting. Other women Jackman has dated in the past (if any) are not known.
About Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness’ marriage
Deborra-Lee Furness is an Australian actress and movie producer. She was born on November 30, 1955, in Annandale, New South Wales, Australia. She is currently 66 years old. According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Furness and Jackman met in 1995 while on the set of the Australian TV show, Correlli. Two weeks after their initial meeting, Hugh Jackman said he was already in love.
The actor said:
“I knew, two weeks into meeting Deb that we were going to be together for the rest of our lives.”
While they were friends at the time, four weeks later, Jackman reportedly confessed his feelings to Deborra-Lee Furness. In an interview, Jackman said that he had invited about 20 people to a dinner party and Deborra-Lee Furness was among the invited guests. Once Jackman was alone with Furness, he admitted that he had a crush on her and Furness said that she had a crush on him too.
Jackman later discovered that Furness passed up an outing with the legendary Mick Jagger to attend the dinner party. Afterwards, they started dating. Three weeks into their relationship, Deborra-Lee Furness who is thirteen years older than Hugh Jackman started to have second thoughts. However, Hugh persevered and Furness eventually decided to stay.
After four months of dating, Hugh Jackman proposed to Deborra-Lee Furness with a ring that he designed himself. Furness said accepting Jackman’s proposal was a no-brainer. They tied the knot on April 11, 1996, at St. John’s in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. At the time of their marriage, Deborra-Lee Furness was 40 years old and Jackman was 27.
After the wedding ceremony, Jackman and Furness tried to have children biologically, however, this was not a smooth ride. Furness suffered from miscarriages. The couple tried IVF (in vitro fertilization) but it was also unsuccessful. Jackman said that the miscarriages were particularly hard on Furness. Finally, the two decided to adopt. In the year 2000, the couple welcomed their son, Oscar Jackman. Furness and Jackman were in the delivery room when Oscar was born. It was Jackman who cut the umbilical cord. In 2005, Jackman and Furness welcomed their daughter, Ava Jackman, also via adoption. In April 2022, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary.
About Hugh Jackman’s children
As of September 2022, Hugh Jackman and his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, have two children together, both via adoption.
List of Hugh Jackman’s children:
- Oscar Jackman
- Ava Jackman
a. Oscar Jackman
Oscar Maximilian Jackman is Hugh Jackman’s first child. He was born on May 15, 2000, to Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness via adoption. He has a sister, Ava Jackman. Oscar Jackman prefers to keep out of the limelight despite his parents’ celebrity status. He is currently 22 years old.
b. Ava Jackman
Ava Eliot Jackman is Hugh Jackman’s second child. She was born on July 10, 2005, to Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness via adoption. She is an aspiring ballet dancer and is often seen going on walks with her parents. Ava Jackman is 17 years old.