Jimi Bani is a 2007 graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Before attending drama school, Jimi played a regular role in the SBS series R.A.N (Remote Area Nurse) shooting in northern Australia and since graduating Jimi has had many leading roles across theatre and television.
Theatrical plays include the lead role in Jandamarra (dir: Tom Gutteridge) for Black Swan Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet (dir: Wayne Blair) for Sydney Theatre Company, Peter Pan (dir: Ralph Myers) and Yibiyung (dir: Wesley Enoch) for Belvoir Theatre, The Dragon (dir: Marion Potts) for Malthouse Theatre and Krakouer! (dir: Marcelle Schmitz) for Deckchair Theatre. He has also performed in the theatrical production of The Sapphires, for both Black Swan Theatre Company (dir: Wesley Enoch) and for Belvoir St Theatre (dir: Neil Armfield). Belvoir went on to tour the show to both London and Korea which Jimi was a part of. Jimi performed the role of Edmund for Malthouse Theatre’s Shadow King, playing seasons across Australia and at the Barbican Theatre in London. In 2016 he was busy, performing in Title and Deed (Belvoir St Theatre), Storm Boy (STC) and Half & Half (Jute Theatre Co). Most recently he played Ejlert Lovborg in Hedda (QUT).
In television, Jimi played a leading role in the ABC television series The Straits (dirs: Peter Andrikidis, Rowan Woods and Rachel Ward) for Matchbox Pictures. He then went on to play the title role in the telefeature Mabo (dir: Rachel Perkins) which also screened on the ABC as well as having a special screening at the Sydney Film Festival in 2012. Most recently he has appeared in Blue Water Empire, Black Comedy (series 2), Ready for This, and Redfern Now.
Jimi received the 2013 Equity Ensemble Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television or Miniseries (Mabo) and the 2012 Deadly Award for Actor of the Year (Mabo & The Straits); and the 2012 BOFA Award for Best Actor (Mabo & The Straits). Jimi also has 5 acting nominations to his name – a 2014 Helpmann Award Nominee for Best Male Actor (Shadow King); 2012 Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor in a Television Drama (Mabo); a 2012 AACTA nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (Mabo); a 2009 Helpmann Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Yibiyung) and a 2008 WA Equity Foundation Nomination for Best Newcomer (Jandamarra).
BLUE WATER EMPIRE
Role: Kebisu, Dupa and WIlliam Baira. Lonestar Productions/ABC
Series 2 Role: Regg (Angry Wife) & Uncle Jimmy (Talking Guys) Scarlett Pictures/ ABC
READY FOR THIS
Role: Nat Brockman. Dir: Daina Reid. Big Chance Films
THE PEOPLE SPEAK
Contributing Speaker. WTFN television.
(Raymond) – role: Peter Gibson. Dir: Wayne Blair. Blackfella Films 2012
Role: Koiki “Eddie” Mabo. Dir: Rachel Perkins. Blackfella Films.
Role: Marou–main cast. Dir: Peter Andrikidis/Rowan Woods/Rachel Ward. Bala Pictures/ABC
R.A.N (Remote Area Nurses)
Role: Solomon Gaibui /Dir: David Caesar/Catriona McKenzie / SBS
Role: Ejlert Lovborg. Dir: Paige Rattray. Queensland Theatre 2018
MY NAME IS JIMI
Role: Jimi. Dir: Jason Klarwein. Queensland Theatre Company
TITLE AND DEED
Role: Man. Dir: Jada Alberts. Company B. 2016
Role: Edmund. Dir: Michael Kantor. Barbican Theatre London 2016
Role: Fingerbone Bill. Dir: John Sheedy. Sydney Theatre Company
Role; Edmund. Dir: Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre. 2013
Role: Lancelot. Dir: Marion Potts. Malthouse Theatre. 2013
HALF & HALF
Role: Co-Lead. Dir: Suellen Maunder. Co-produced by Jute Theatre Co & Lone Star Productions.
Roles: John & Pirate. Dir: Ralph Myers. Company B. 2012/2013
Remount & a London Tour. Role: Jimmy. Dir. Neil Armfield. Company B 2011
Tour to Korea: Role: Jimmy. Dir: Wesley Enoch. Black Swan Theatre Co. 2010
Role: Jimmy. Dir: Wesley Enoch. Black Swan Theatre Company. 2010
Role: Jimmy Krakouer. Dir: Marchelle Schmitz / Deckchair Theatre Co. WA. 2010
Role: Smiley. Dir: Wesley Enoch /Company B & Malthouse. 2008
Roles: Various. National Script Workshop, Canberra, 2008.
ROMEO AND JULIET
Role: Tybalt & Friar. Dir: Wayne Blair / Sydney Theatre / ED program 2008
Nomination -BEST NEWCOMER Award,WA equity Foundation 2008. Role: Jandamarra (Lead). Dir: Tom Gutteridge / Black Swan Theatre Company 2008.
Role: Mannie. Dir: Andrew Lewis / WAAPA
LOVE & HUMAN REMAINS
Role: Robert. Dir: John Sheedy / WAAPA
THE COUNTRY REMAINS
Role: Mr Sparkish. Dir: Chris Edmund / WAAPA
THE WINTERS TALE
Role: Florizel. Dir: Leith McPherson / WAAPA
STORIES FROM SUBURBAN ROAD
Role: Tom. Dir: David Ryding / WAAPA
Role: Chebutykin. Dir: Rhys McConnochie / WAAPA
Role: Poet. Dir: Lisa Scott-Murphy / WAAPA
A THIN BLACK LINE (Virtual Reality)
Role: Voice. Frog Hollow VR Pty Ltd
THE NATIONAL DREAMTIME AWARDS – Best Male Actor – nominee, 2017
HELPMAN AWARDS – Best Male Actor in a supporting role (Shadow King) – nominee, 2014
EQUITY ENSEMBLE AWARDS – Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a telemovie or mini-series (Mabo) – Recipient, 2013
AACTA AWARDS (Australian Academy of Cinema & Television) Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama (Mabo) – nominee, 2012
BOFA AWARDS – Best Actor (Mabo & The Straits) – recipient, 2012
DEADLY AWARDS – Male Actor of the Year (Mabo & The Straits) – award, 2012
HELPMAN AWARDS – Best Supporting Actor – nominee, 2009
WA EQUITY FOUNDATION – Best Newcomer – nominee, 2008
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Drama course (WAAPA) – Graduated 2007