Samuel Johnson OAM

Samuel Johnson OAM

Samuel Johnson OAM has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as an actor, radio presenter, voiceover artist and philanthropist. Until recently, he was best known for his role in the cult hit The Secret Life Of Us, for which he won the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series. More recently he has become known for his portrayal of Ian Meldrum in Seven’s ratings smash Molly for which he won the 2017 Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television, Silver Logie Award for Best Actor and the 2016 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor. In 2019 Samuel competed and won the 16th season of Dancing with the Stars and raised $50,000 in prize money for his charity Love Your Sister.

Other television credits include The Secret River, Paper Giants 2 Magazine Wars, Small Time Gangsters, Underbelly II, Rush, the HBO mini-series The Pacific, Wilfred and After the Deluge which earned him his second AFI nomination, this time for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Samuel has also appeared in several popular Australian films, including the lead role of Dave in Crackerjack. Samuel is currently shooting Eden, an eight-part Stan Original series coming soon.

As an accomplished voiceover artist, has narrated talking books including Tim Winton’s Scission, numerous television series and has voiced several commercial campaigns for various products, companies and organisations.

In 2001 Samuel was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, for his services to Australian society and Australian film production. He has held the title for GQ Magazine’s Social Force of the Year, received the 2015 Research Australia Advocacy Award which he shares with his sister Connie and in 2016 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to cancer research.

An accomplished voiceover artist, his voice featured in the stop-motion animated feature film $9.99 with Geoffrey Rush & Joel Edgerton. As one of the most in-demand voiceover artists in Australia, Samuel has voiced several commercial campaigns for various products, companies and organisations.

In 2009, Samuel co-founded Straightjacket Productions, a production company aimed at touring theatre to regional Australia. In 2013, Samuel took the play The Hunting of Daniel Gartrell on the road and toured it to 15 regional towns over a 2-month period.

In addition to acting, 2003 saw Samuel ride his unicycle 1003.4 kilometres between Sydney and Melbourne to raise $500,000 for CanTeen and initiated a film making program for ‘at risk’ teens through Open Family, as featured in ABC’s Australian Story.

In 2013, Samuel decided to ride the unicycle again. This time he would ride around the whole of Australia, raising money for cancer research, setting a new Guinness World Record for most distance travelled on a unicycle and more importantly, keeping his promise to his sister Connie that he would complete the ride and spread her message of breast cancer awareness.

In October 2014, Samuel, along with his sister Connie, became a published author releasing their first book titled Love Your Sister with the book going on to be nominated for Best Biography at the ABIA Awards. In 2018, Samuel gathered together a collection of letters to Santa from some of Australia’s most notorious and best-loved grown-ups for the bestseller Dear Santa, with every copy sold contributing to cancer research. He followed it up in 2019 with Dear Dad, a book of letters from some of Australia’s most notable notables to their fathers.

Years after hopping off the unicycle for the second time, the Love Your Sister organisation is going strong. Samuel won’t stop raising awareness until cancer is vanquished. www.loveyoursister.org

Samuel Johnson OAM

Awards


DANCING WITH THE STARS Winner, Season 16 (2019)
AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Victorian Candidate for cancer support work (2018)
GOLD LOGIE AWARD Winner for Most Popular Personality on Television, Molly (2017)
LOGIE Award Winner for Best Actor, Molly (2017)
AACTA Award Winner Best Actor in a Drama, Molly (2016)
MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (OAM) for service to cancer research support organisations, and to the performing arts (2016)
AACTA Award Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama series, The Secret Life of Us (2001)

 

Television


EDEN
Role Detective Ezra Katz. Dir: John Curran &  Mirrah Foulkes, Every Cloud Productions Pty Ltd
THE ALL NEW MONTY: GUYS AND GALS
Himself. 7 Network 2020
PARAMEDICS (Series 2)
Narrator. Nine Network 2020
DANCING WITH THE STARS
Contestant. Network TEN 2019
PARAMEDICS
Narrator. Nine Network 2018
ANH’S BRUSH WITH FAME (Series 2)
Guest. Screentime 2017
MOLLY (TV Miniseries)
Role: Molly Meldrum. Dir: Kevin Carlin, 7 Network 2016
THE WIZARDS OF AUS
Role: Terry (Voice). Dir: Michael Shanks, Latenite Films 2016
HIPSTERS (TV Documentary)
Host. Dir: Seth Larney, Yesterday’s Gone 2015
THE SECRET RIVER (TV Miniseries)
Role: Saggity. Dir. Daina Reid, Ruby Entertainment 2015
SWEATSHOP (Telemovie)
Role: Esmerelda. Dir: Alistair Marks, Marks Brothers Production 2015
LOVE YOUR SISTER TV SPECIAL (TV Documentary)
Himself. Dir: Stuart Liddell & Alistair Marks, Straightjacket Productions 2014
THIS WEEK LIVE
Guest. Network TEN 2013
ADAM HILLS TONIGHT (Series 3)
Guest. Dir: Jon Olb, ABC TV 2013
PAPER GIANTS 2: MAGAZINE WARS (TV Miniseries)
Role: Paul Cavanagh. Dir: Daina Reid, Southern Star 2013
RUSH (Series 4)
Role: Leon Broznic. Dir: Various, Southern Star 2011
SMALL TIME GANGSTER
Role: Gary. Dir: Jeffrey Walker, Boilermaker-Burberry Entertainment 2011
THE TROPHY ROOM
Guest. Dir: Mark FitzGerald, ABC TV 2010
GOOD NEWS WEEK (Series 9)
Guest. Dir: Martin Coombes, GNW TV Productions 2010
RUSH (Series 3)
Role: Leon Broznic. Dir: Various, Southern Star 2010
WILFRED (Series 2)
Role: Sam. Dir: Tony Rogers, Renegade Films 2010
THE PACIFIC (TV Miniseries)
Role: Adam. Dir: Jeremy Podeswa, Playtone 2010
SLEUTH 101
Role: Cache. Dir: Jon Olb, Hoodlum Entertainment 2010
TALKIN’ ‘BOUT YOUR GENERATION (Series 1)
Guest. Dir: Jon Olb, Network TEN 2009
PAPER DOLLS: AUSTRALIAN PINUPS OF WORLD WAR 2 (TV Documentary)
Narrator (Voice). Dir: Angela Buckingham, Marina Films 2009
RUSH (Series 2)
Role: Leon Broznic. Dir: Various, Southern Star 2009
UNDERBELLY (Series 2)
Role: Jack Smith. Dir: Various, AFFC / Film Victoria 2009
RUSH (Series 1)
Role: Leon Broznic. Dir: Various, Southern Star 2008
SPICKS & SPECKS (Series 3)
Guest. Dir: John Smith, ABC TV 2007
THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE (Series 3)
Guest. Dir: Peter Ots & Rob Sitch, Working Dog Productions 2007
AUSTRALIA’S BRAINIEST KID
Guest. Dir: Jon Olb, Crackerjack Productions 2006
THE SECRET LIFE OF US (Series 4)
Role: Evan Wylde. Dir: Various, Network TEN 2004
ROVE LIVE (Series 4)
Guest. Roving Enterprises 2003
THE PANEL (Series 6)
Guest. Network TEN 2003
AFTER THE DELUGE (Telemovie)
Role: Toby Kirby. Dir: Brendan Maher, CoxKnight Productions 2003
THE SECRET LIFE OF US (Series 3)
Role: Evan Wylde. Dir: Various, Network TEN 2003
THE RALPH LITTLE SHOW
Guest. 2002
THE SECRET LIFE OF ‘THE SECRET LIFE OF US’ (TV Documentary)
Guest / Interviewer. Dir: James Armstrong, 2002
THE SECRET LIFE OF US (Series 2)
Role: Evan Wylde. Dir: Various, Network TEN 2002
THE BIG SHMOOZE (Series 2)
Guest. Dir: Peter Ots, Artist Services 2001
THE SECRET LIFE OF US (Series 1)
Role: Evan Wylde. Dir: Various, Network TEN 2001
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OCEAN GIRL
Role: Prince Jobah (Voice). AFFC / Media World Features 2000
SOMETHING IN THE AIR
Role: Dermot Yates. Dir: Various, ABC TV 2000
HALIFAX F.P.
Role: Jamie Callen. Dir: Peter Andrikidis, Simpson Le Mesurier Films 1999
WILDSIDE
Role: Troy Cunningham. Dir: Peter Andrikidis, ABC TV 1999
THUNDERSTONE
Role: Duane. Dir: Mark Defriest.  Jonathan M Shiff Productions 1999
STINGERS (Series 1)
Role: Murray Best. Dir: David Cameron, Beyond Simpson Le Mesurier 1998
GOOD GUYS BAD GUYS (Series 2)
Role: Dermot Maginnis. Dir: Various, Beyond International 1998
GOOD GUYS BAD GUYS (Series 1)
Role: Dermot Maginnis. Dir: Various, Beyond International 1997
ONE WAY TICKET (Telemovie)
Role: Jimmie. Dir: Richard Franklin, Grundy Television Productions 1997
RAW FM
Role: Adams. Dir: Aleksi Vellis, Crawford Productions 1997
THE LAST OF THE RYANS (Telemovie)
Role: Young Journalist. Dir: George Ogilvie, Crawfords Australia 1997
BLUE HEELERS (Series 4)
Role: Glen Rigby. Dir: Grant Brown, Southern Star 1997
OCEAN GIRL (Series 2)
Role: Rocky. Dir: Various / Jonathan. M. Shiff Productions 1995
BLUE HEELERS (Series 2)
Role: Dennis Cole. Dir: Mark Piper, Southern Star 1995
HOME AND AWAY (Series 1)
Role: Gus Bishop. Dir: Various, 7 Network 1995
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Series 4)
Guest. Hat Trick Productions 1992

 

Film

AUDITIONING FANNY (Short)
Role: Brian the Casting Director. Dir: Mia Kate Russell, Make Trouble Films 2012
CRAWLSPACE
Role: Matthews. Dir: Justin Dix, Crawlspace 2012
ALPHAMUM01 (Short)
Role: Tom. Dir: Marissa Cooke, Face Five Productions 2012
THE REPUBLIC OF SIMON (Short)
Role: Simon. Dir: Eddy Bell, 2011
THE TEA PARTY (Short)
Role: Indy (Voice). Dir: Cameron McCulloch, 2011
BLIND COMPANY
Role: Theatre Director. Dir: Alkinos Tsilimidos, Valarc Films 2009
$9.99
Role: Dave Peck (Voice). Dir: Tatia Rosenthal, Lama Films 2008
SHOTGUN! [AN OPENING SEQUENCE] (Short)
Role: Billy. Dir: Alistair Marks, Fractured Productions 2007
HOLE IN THE WALL (Short)
Role: Ben. Dir: Peter Hegedus, VivPoets 2006
DEAD RAIN (Short)
Role: Josh. Dir: James Morgan, JSS Productions 2006
TEN FEET TALL (Short)
Role: Tim. Dir: Aaron Wilson, Viper Productions 2005
THE ILLUSTRATED FAMILY DOCTOR
Role: Gary Kelp. Dir: Kriv Stenders, Pod Film 2005
THE HOUSE OF NAMES (Short)
Role: Cleveland. Dir: Charlotte George, 2003
CRACKERJACK
Role: Dave Jackson. Dir: Paul Moloney, A Million Monkeys 2002
NEW SKIN
Role: Sten. Dir: Anthony Hayes, Rogue Star Productions 2002
SPARKY D COMES TO TOWN (Short)
Role: Stretch. Dir: Maciek Wszelaki, Westside Film & Television 2001
ICQ (Short)
Role: Eric. Dir: Greg McLean, The Phoenix Project 2001
RETURN TRIP (Short)
Role: Tram Driver. Dir: Phillip Donnellon, Phillip Donnellon Films 1999
TAKEN (Short)
Role: Jason. Dir: Hayley Cloake. Cinemedia 1999
STRANGERS FITS OF PASSION
Role: Josh. Dir: Elise McCredie, ABC 1999
SKUD (Short)
Role: Matt. Dir: Donna Swan, 1997
THE INNER SANCTUARY
Role: Carl. Dir: Chris Clarke, 1996
ANGEL BABY
Role: Check-Out Cashier. Dir: Michael Rymer, Astral Films 1995

 

Theatre

THE HAUNTING OF DANIEL GARTRELL
Role: Craig Castevich. Dir: Lucy Freeman, Straightjacket Productions
MEN
Role: Guy #1. Dir: Sarah Hallam, Straightjacket Productions @ 45 Downstairs
SECRET BRIDESMAID BUSINESS
Role: Groom. Dir: Sioban Tuke, Tinderbox Theatre
WEARY: THE STORY OF SIR EDWARD DUNLOP
Role: Weary. Dir: Roger Hodgman, McPherson Ink.
LOVE LETTERS
Role: Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Dir: John Clarke, Les Currie.
HOTEL SORRENTO
Role: The Son. Dir: David Latham, Hit Productions / Playbox Theatre.
THE PRESENT
Role: Danny Rule. La Mama
THE SNAKE PIT
Role: Harry. Theatre In The Raw / Playbox Theatre
MAD WOMAN’S FOUNTAIN
Role: Harry. Theatre In The Raw / Playbox Theatre
LIFE DURING WAR TIME
Role: Howard. Soup Kitchen Theatre Company

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