Meet Hugh Jackman’s Daughter Ava Eliot Jackman: Was She Adopted?


Ava Eliot Jackman is the youngest daughter of the X-Men film series actor, Hugh Jackman and his lovely wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. Ava Eliot’s parents have a huge age difference of 13 years and a marriage of 26 years.

But did you know that the couple has no children of their own? Correct. Hugh and Deborra have two adopted children – Oscar Maximilian is their oldest son and Ava Eliot is their daughter. Despite the adoption barrier, 17-year-old Ava has a charming relationship with both of her parents. However, did you know that Hugh Jackman is prohibited from attending his daughter’s ballet recitals? Well, he is, and we’ll soon find out why.

Therefore, at the end of this article, we will have looked deep into the life of Hugh Jackman’s daughter Ava Eliot Jackman. Who is she other than being the daughter of two great Australian actors? Let’s discover it together!

Ava Eliot Jackman is the adopted daughter of 2 famous Australian actors

The beautiful Ava was born on July 10, 2005. Immediately after her birth, she was adopted by actor Hugh Jackman and his actress wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. However, she is not the only child of her loving parents.

Ava Eliot has an older brother who is also adopted. Oscar Maximilian Jackman is the 22-year-old son of Hugh and Deborra. Like his sister, Oscar’s parents took him just a few days after his birth on May 15, 2000.

Young Ava Eliot Jackman with her parents and sibling
Ava Eliot Jackman with her family at Disneyland. Source: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

As of 2022, Ava Eliot will be 17 years old. In 2019, she enrolled in high school, but little is known about where she actually goes to school. Furthermore, few sources confirm that it is in New York, where Ava Eliot lives with her parents.

Ava Eliot is of Mexican-German descent

Hugh Jackman and his film-producing wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, are both Australian and white. In addition, Hugh has English ancestry with parts of Scottish and Greek heritage. However, the couple wanted mixed race children when they decided to adopt.

So Ava Eliot has a descent of half Mexican and half German. Not only she, but her brother, Oscar, comes from multiple mixed-race lines, including African American, Caucasian, Hawaiian, and Cherokee.

Was there a good reason why Hugh and Deborra adopted mixed-race children? There was. In an interview with Peoplethe famous Wolverine actor opened up about the reason for his mixed-racial children. As it turned out, Hugh and Deborra thought it was necessary to adopt children of mixed ethnicities, as they are the ones most ignored. Therefore, the couple specifically requested bi-racial babies at the time of adoption.

Ava Eliot Jackman’s Parents Are Married For 26 Years

Her parents, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, are both actors and met on the set of the Australian TV series, Corelli in 1995. 53-year-old Hugh immediately fell in love with his future wife upon their first meeting. Despite a 13-year age difference between the lovebirds, Ava’s parents hit it off from the very first meeting.

After a few weeks of dating, Hugh Jackman knew Deborra was the one for him. In an interviewhe said,

“I knew two weeks after I met Deb that we would be together for the rest of our lives.”

Talk about meant to be!

Ava Eliot's Mom and Dad Hugh and Deborra Have a 26-Year Marriage
The wedding photo of Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. Source: Instagram/Hugh Jackman

However, this was not the case for Deborra-Lee Furness in the beginning. She was quite skeptical about dating a man 13 years her junior. But the charming personality of the future father of her children won her over. The lovely couple then got engaged just 4 months after dating.

After the engagement, on April 11, 1996, Hugh and Deborra married. The ceremony took place at St. John’s in Toorak, Victoria. The power couple shared special rings with a phrase engraved in Sanskrit at their wedding. It says, “om paramar mainamar”, which translates to “we dedicate our union to a greater resource”.

The adoption of Ava Eliot and her older brother, Oscar Maximilian

Ava Eliot Jackman’s parents have a very happy relationship. The bond that Hugh and Deborra share can even be idealized to some extent. However, they faced many hardships while trying to start a family of their own.

Deborra was already in her 40s when the couple decided to tie the knot and start a family together. The risks of getting pregnant at an older age led her to even have two miscarriages. In addition, fertility treatments and IVF were not easy for the couple. So, pushing away any hardships, Hugh and his wife decided to adopt.

After this, the couple adopted their son in 2000 and their daughter in 2005. Hugh and Deborra love their children, despite adopting them. Moreover, Ava and Oscar must also have a great relationship with their famous parents.

Ava Eliot has banned her father from attending her dance recitals

Don’t get us wrong, Ava has a very good relationship with her father, Hugh Jackman. However, she has banned him from attending her dance recitals and there is a clear reason for this.

When she was only 14 years old, Ava’s Emmy Award-winning father attended one of her recitals. He became the center of attention on the program. That’s why she doesn’t like Hugh attending any of her school programs and has forbidden him to do so as well.

Other than this, Ava and Hugh have a normal and beautiful father-daughter relationship. We can even say that he is the real superhero dad to his daughter.

Once, while on vacation to Australia, Ava Eliot and her brother got into high waves on Bondi Beach. Hugh Jackman looked at his troubled children and rushed to pull Oscar and Ava out of the water, as well as helping others make it safely to shore. He is certainly the protective father every child needs.

Ava Jackman loves to dance; Will she follow in the footsteps of her star parents?

By now you can guess that Ava Eliot Jackman really likes dancing. She has even participated in ballet classes and also regularly performs in dance recitals. The only question here is, will she follow her parents to stardom?

Ava Eliot is the youngest daughter of Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman’s 2nd adopted child, Ava Eliot Jackman. Source: Getty Images

We don’t know that very well yet. Both of Ava Eliot’s parents are successful Australian actors. Her mother, Deborra-Lee Furness, is an actress and producer. She is known for her roles in Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Shame.

On the other hand, Ava’s father, Hugh Jackman, is hugely known for his role as the… Wolverine in the X-Men movie series. He has even been awarded the Guinness World Record for his role in this series. In addition, he is a versatile actor with various roles in films, TV series and theater.

It will be years before Ava Eliot makes her showbiz debut like her parents; she would also be unable to make any input at all. Anyway, we wish her all the best for what’s to come in the future.

Is Ava Eliot Jackman Dating a Boyfriend?

Ava Eliot is not in a relationship as of 2022. She is just a 17-year-old who survived high school and is concentrating on going to college. This may be the reason she is inactive on social media platforms. Ava also lives a quiet lifestyle away from the hassle of the internet.

In the future, however, she can get out of this bubble and talk freely about her love life, among other things. Until then, we just have to be patient.

Ava Eliot has an expensive way of life

Both of Ava’s parents are famous celebrities in Australia and Hollywood. So it’s pretty obvious that Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness must have some pretty heavy net worth. Deborra has a huge net worth of $5 million dollars and her Grammy Award-winning husband, Hugh Jackman, has a whopping $180 million dollars.

Emmy Award winner, Hugh Jackman with his youngest daughter
Hugh Jackman loves his daughter, Ava Eliot!

The fame and fortune are more than enough for Ava Eliot to live a fulfilling and fulfilling life. She really must have a lavish and luxurious lifestyle.


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