Osamah Sami

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Osamah Sami
Born (1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 31)
Qom, Iran

Osamah Sami (born 10 March 1983 in Qom, Iran) is an Australian artist, actor and writer of Iraqi and Persian origin. He is recognized as a notable Australian Muslim by the Commonwealth of Australia. [1]


Osamah was born in Iran to Iraqi parents and was cast in several roles on stage in his childhood hometown of Qom. [2][3]

After immigrating to Australia, he began working with a local theatre group and starred in many productions from then on. His performance in Trial of Saddam, where he played Saddam Hussein, was very successful amongst the Iraqi community in Australia. The play was written by his father. In 2005 he was part of a theatre group that was prevented from entering the United States of America to perform the play.[4][5]

He has since gone on to work regularly in Film, Theatre and Television. He has been cast in several leading roles; one opposite Claudia Karvan, one of Australia's most reputable actresses, in the Tele-Movie "Saved", directed by Award-winning director Tony Ayres.[6] He also played the lead role in the award-winning Dee McLachlan comedy feature, "10 Terrorists!". [7] His guest roles include TV shows including East West 101, Rush, Sea Patrol, City Homicide and a regular role in the TV series Kick.

As writer, he created an 8 espiode Sitcom for SBS (Australian TV Network) with long term creative partner Shahin Shafaei, titled "Baghdad to the Burbs" which was developed into second draft. [8] [9]He has also written a feature film, produced by Matchbox Pictures titled "Ali's Wedding", an Australian-set Romantic-Comedy to be directed by The Sapphires' Wayne Blair in 2015. [10]

His debut book Good Muslim Boy, a memoir will be published by Hardie Grant in May 2015. [11] He also writes a poetry blog, which has four categories: Love, Social Justice, For Dad and War. [12]

Filmography (Actor)[edit]


  • Pure (2013)
  • 10 Terrorists! (2012)
  • The Orchard (2011)
  • Housemates (2010)
  • Saved (2009)
  • 296 Smith Street (2008)
  • Where Are You From? (2008)
  • Shotgun! (2007)
  • Lucky Miles (2007)

TV Work[edit]


  • Tales of a City by the Sea (La Mamma Theatre)
  • The Container (Big West Festival)
  • The Two Executioners (La Mamma Theatre)
  • Black Box 149 (La Mamma Theatre)
  • The Long Day's Dying (La Mamma Theatre)
  • Baghdad Wedding (Belvoir St. Theatre Company)
  • Hombody/ Kabul (Theatre @ Risk)
  • Sinners (La Mamma Theatre)
  • Trial of Saddam (A.A.G)
  • No Truth (A.A.G)

Filmography (Writer)[edit]

  • When the Birds aren't Free to be Buried (Feature Animation)
  • Be Less Beautiful (Feature Film)
  • Soldiers by Mistake (Feature Film)
  • Ali's Wedding (Feature Film)
  • From Baghdad to the Burbs (Series Creator/ 8 episode Sitcom)
  • Trial of Saddam (co-writer/ Musical Comedy)
  • No Truth (playwright)
  • Where Are You From? (Short Feature)
  • The Innocent (Short Feature)

Books/ Other Writing[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.crc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/19722/2009_The_Australian_Journey-Muslim_Communities.pdf
  2. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (8 February 2009). "You're called what?". Sun Herald. 
  3. ^ Webb, Carolyn (4 April 2009). "Actor Sami aims to turn heads for all the right reasons from now on". The Age. 
  4. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (8 February 2009). "You're called what?". Sun Herald. 
  5. ^ Webb, Carolyn (4 April 2009). "Actor Sami aims to turn heads for all the right reasons from now on". The Age. 
  6. ^ Neill, Rosemary (28 March 2009). "First Impressions: Claudia Karvan". The Australian. 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1561759/
  8. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/national/actor-sami-to-turns-heads-for-right-reasons-20090403-9rmp.html
  9. ^ http://shahinshafaei.com/upcoming-projects.html
  10. ^ http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_141014_development.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Good-Muslim-Boy-Osamah-Sami/dp/1742706150
  12. ^ https://halalozzie.com/

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