Russell, along with Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, and Nicole Kidman have been named the 2009 Australia Post Australian Legends. All four will be featured on a series of eight stamps, with each having one portrait stamp and one stamp featuring a character for which they won, or were nominated for, an Academy Award.
"These four outstanding individuals have been honoured with this years Australian Legends award as representatives of the nations incredibly talented acting and theatrical community,'' said Australia Post managing director Graeme John who instigated the award in 1997.
"Cate, Russell, Nicole and Geoffrey are tremendous ambassadors for Australia on the world stage.
"They have touched people across Australia and around the world with their talent, their commitment to the arts and award-winning performances.''
Congratulations to all four!