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Osamah Sami


Osamah Sami is a failed cricketer and a struggling Muslim. As a writer, he has completed two feature films (Ali’s Wedding – a Muslim romantic comedy based on his book Good Muslim Boy, and Be Less Beautiful, filming in 2016). He has also written a vague number of plays; co‐created a developed eight episode sitcom Baghdad to the Burbs; co‐created the web series 2 Refugees & a Blonde and keeps an unpopular blog, Halal Aussie Daily.

On stage he has performed for Belvoir St Theatre, Big West, La Mamma, Melbourne Theatre Company, Theatre@Risk and over two dozen other independent shows. Osamah also played the title role in Saddam the Musical, which got him deported from the US – having been mistaken for a terrorist. In fairness, he does barrack for the Essendon Bombers.

Born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents – and escaping to call Australia home – have moulded him into a confused soul.

His choice to forge a career as an artist (actor–writer–comedian) has caused his loved ones terrible anxiety. His mother would love nothing more than for him to get real employment at the local IGA (if it was good enough for Anh Do, it’s good enough for her son).

On screen, he played lead roles in films Saved (dir: Tony Ayres) opposite Claudia Karvan, and in Dee McLachlan’s award winning 10 Terrorists! Contrary to popular belief, he has played a terrorist only twice.

Osamah is listed as a ‘notable Australian Muslim’ by the Commonwealth of Australia. He is currently investigating how this could have occurred. He is also working on being a better father to his two beautiful daughters. 

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