Bio (not degradable)
Osamah Sami is an award-winning actor, writer, director, stand up comedian and spoken word artist. He is also a failed cricketer and struggling Muslim. He was born in war torn Iran to Iraqi parents and escaped with his family to Australia as a teen.
Osamah is the star and writer behind the AWGIE-winning film Ali’s Wedding, Australia’s first Muslim romantic comedy, co-written alongside Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner) , shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, Mrs Doubtfire), under the helm of award-winning director Jeffrey Walker (Modern Family, Dance Academy).
His memoir Good Muslim Boy was published by Hardie Grant in 2015 to critical acclaim, winning the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. He also adapted his book for the stage (Malthouse Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company), which will have its season Feb/March 2018.
On screen, he has played several leading roles, including Tony Ayres’ award-winning tele-movie Saved opposite Claudia Karvan, as well as director Mohammad Ghorbankarimi’s expansive tele-movie Journey. Osamah was also one of the leads in Dee McLachlan’s award-winning feature comedy 10 Terrorists!
His latest role is playing the title character in the upcoming Australian feature Ali’s Wedding.
On stage he has performed for Belvoir St. Theatre Company, Big West, La Mama, Melbourne Theatre Company and over two dozen independent theatre houses. His role as Amor in swedish playwright’s Jonas Khmeiri’s gritty show I Call My Brothers at the MTC earned him a Green Room Award nomination for best lead actor.
Osamah was also the recipient of the triennial Golden Phoenix International Award for his contribution to Iraqi culture in diaspora. He is listed as a notable Australian Muslim by the Commonwealth of Australia.