Actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded the coveted 2012 Australian of the Year for his contribution to the arts, at a ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra.
Known for his work across a range of mediums, Rush is already in the rare position of owning an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.
In recent years, Rush has starred in The Pirates Of The Caribbean films, Eugene Ionesco’s play Exit The King and the film The King’s Speech.
Rush won an Oscar for his role in the 1996 film Shine and a Tony for his performance in Exit The King at Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre in 2009.
Geoffrey Rush lives in Melbourne (the home of The Drama Teacher) and regularly performs on stage for The Melbourne Theatre Company.