Osamah Sami

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Osamah Sami
Native name أسامة سامي
Born (1983-03-10) 10 March 1983 (age 34)
Qom, Iran
Occupation Actor, Writer, Comedian
Notable work

Good Muslim Boy (book)

Ali's Wedding (film)

NSW Premier's Literary Award

Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award

Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award

Osamah Sami (born 10 March 1983 in Qom, Iran) is an award-winning [1][2] Australian actor, writer and stand up comedian of Iraqi origin. He is recognized as a notable Australian Muslim by the Commonwealth of Australia.[3] His critically acclaimed book "Good Muslim Boy", (published by Hardie Grant) was the Winner of the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Award.[4] It was also Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards that same year. [5] He was nominated for a Green Room Award for best male performer in a lead role for his work in Melbourne Theatre Company's I Call My Brothers.[6]

Osamah also co wrote and starred in Australia's first Muslim romantic comedy, Ali's Wedding, which had its world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival.[7] His script was the Winner of an AWGIE Award, taking out the prize in the Best Original Film category.[8]


Osamah was born in Iran to Iraqi parents and was cast in several roles on stage in his childhood hometown of Qom.[9][10]

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.[11][12]

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.[13] He also played the lead role in the award-winning Dee McLachlan comedy feature, "10 Terrorists!".[14] His guest roles include TV shows including East West 101, Rush, Sea Patrol, City Homicide, Jack Irish and a regular role in the TV series Kick.

He is also the co creator of the comedy Web Series Two Refugees & a Blonde, which was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series at the L.A Web Fest.[15] His debut book Good Muslim Boy, a memoir, was published by Hardie Grant in May 2015 to great critical acclaim.[16][17][18][19]

He also co-wrote and starred in Australia's first Muslim Rom-Com, Ali's Wedding,[20] under the helm of Award-winning director Jeffrey Walker and shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Don McAlpine (Mrs Doubtfire, Moulin Rouge, X-Men).

He also writes a poetry blog, with four main categories of: Love, Social Justice, For Dad and War.[21]


Filmography (Actor)[edit]

Feature Films[edit]

  • 2017 – Ali's Wedding
  • 2016 – Journey
  • 2012 – 10 Terrorists!
  • 2009 – Saved
  • 2007 – Lucky Miles

TV Work[edit]


  • 2016 – Tales of a City by the Sea (La Mama Theatre) – remount/ tour
  • 2015 – I Call My Brothers (Melbourne Theatre Company)
  • 2014 – Tales of a City by the Sea (La Mama Theatre)
  • 2014 – The Container (Big West Festival)
  • 2013 – The Two Executioners (La Mama Theatre)
  • 2012 – Transit.Origin.Destination (A.P.E Sydney)
  • 2011 – Black Box 149 (La Mama Theatre)
  • 2010 – Long Day's Dying (La Mama Theatre)
  • 2009 – Baghdad Wedding (Belvoir St. Theatre Company)
  • 2007 – Hombody/ Kabul (Theatre @ Risk)
  • 2007 – Sinners (La Mamma Theatre)
  • 2006 – Trial of Saddam (A.A.G)

Filmography (Writer)[edit]

  • Ali's Wedding (Feature Film)
  • 2 Refugees & a Blonde (Web Series)
  • From Baghdad to the Burbs (TV Series)



  1. ^ http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/2016-multicultural-nsw-award
  2. ^ http://www.greenroom.org.au/tbl_GRA_CM/View-Tbl-GRA-CM.aspx?PassID=POjxKNkSsrNnHOPTgRpSZXlaifHU7jKJmSDCSzrvKcR7fh5GBsO7VnEEEb7p86vVY2LQVvOQjrRZ11pzPTalAuRP0sBXzwexwltdL%2bI%2fPDniIcj6lnAaL46YRPLbsX3d
  3. ^ http://www.crc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/19722/2009_The_Australian_Journey-Muslim_Communities.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/2016-multicultural-nsw-award
  5. ^ http://www.wheelercentre.com/projects/victorian-premier-s-literary-awards-2016
  6. ^ http://www.greenroom.org.au/tbl_GRA_CM/View-Tbl-GRA-CM.aspx?PassID=POjxKNkSsrNnHOPTgRpSZXlaifHU7jKJmSDCSzrvKcR7fh5GBsO7VnEEEb7p86vVY2LQVvOQjrRZ11pzPTalAuRP0sBXzwexwltdL%2bI%2fPDniIcj6lnAaL46YRPLbsX3d
  7. ^ "Ali's Wedding - Adelaide Film Festival". adelaidefilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  8. ^ "AWGIE Awards Winners List" (PDF). 
  9. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (8 February 2009). "You're called what?". Sun Herald. 
  10. ^ Webb, Carolyn (4 April 2009). "Actor Sami aims to turn heads for all the right reasons from now on". The Age. 
  11. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (8 February 2009). "You're called what?". Sun Herald. 
  12. ^ Webb, Carolyn (4 April 2009). "Actor Sami aims to turn heads for all the right reasons from now on". The Age. 
  13. ^ Neill, Rosemary (28 March 2009). "First Impressions: Claudia Karvan". The Australian. 
  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1561759/
  15. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/s/ephiahtzi88zi25/2016%20NOMINATIONS.Mike%20proof1.final4.20.16.pdf?dl=0
  16. ^ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25574366-good-muslim-boy
  17. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/good-muslim-boy-osamah-sami-paints-vivid-picture-of-immigrant-life-20150605-ghgt5y.html
  18. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/sex-death-and-islam-the-issues-in-osamah-samis-good-muslim-boy/story-fn9n8gph-1227453676435
  19. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Good-Muslim-Boy-Osamah-Sami/dp/1742706150
  20. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782692/
  21. ^ https://osamahsami.com/
  22. ^ "Osamah Sami". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  23. ^ (PDF) https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/awgau/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/01094955/FULL-LIST-OF-NOMINEES-FOR-THE-2016-AWGIE-AWARDS.pdf.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/2016-multicultural-nsw-award
  25. ^ http://www.wheelercentre.com/projects/victorian-premier-s-literary-awards-2016
  26. ^ http://www.greenroom.org.au/tbl_GRA_CM/View-Tbl-GRA-CM.aspx?PassID=POjxKNkSsrNnHOPTgRpSZXlaifHU7jKJmSDCSzrvKcR7fh5GBsO7VnEEEb7p86vVY2LQVvOQjrRZ11pzPTalAuRP0sBXzwexwltdL%2bI%2fPDniIcj6lnAaL46YRPLbsX3d
  27. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/s/ephiahtzi88zi25/2016%20NOMINATIONS.Mike%20proof1.final4.20.16.pdf?dl=0

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