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Osamah Sami

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Social Issues, Storyteller

Osamah Sami is an award winning actor, author, screenwriter, director and comedian. He is also a struggling Muslim and a failed cricketer.

Where were you born?

I was born in Iran, to Iraqi parents. Basically, I have been at war with myself for a long, long time.

What other jobs have you had?

Too many to list, but I did peddle illegal fireworks as a teenager in Iran.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Identity. Belonging. Family. Social Justice. War & Peace. Bombers (the footy team, not…)

What have been the highlights of your career?

The highlight in my career as a son, was traveling with my beautiful dad to Iran, over a decade since our last visit. He passed away in the trip and I was able to bring his body back to Australia despite the Kafkaesque nightmare which had ensued. As a storyteller, I’m proud to have written and starred in Ali’s Wedding, Australia’s first Muslim romantic comedy. Another highlight is being the first Muslim of Iraqi heritage to win both a major literary and screenwriting award. PS I also pashed Claudia Karvan in a movie.

What are you passionate about?

Social justice, human rights and access to free hummus.

Haven’t I seen you before?

If you watch TV, or films, then there’s a chance my mug’s been on your screen, yes.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am the eldest son of Melbourne’s former lead Muslim Shiite cleric. I come from a family of seven siblings and have two girls of my own – so two more and we’ll have a cricket team to take on PM’s XI.

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