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Samuel Johnson OAM

Samuel Johnson is a Gold Logie Award winning actor and a committed philanthropist, having established the high profile, successful charity Love My Sister, with his sister Connie, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.Charming, witty and personable, Samuel's life story, with its extreme ups and downs, is one that truly demonstrates the power of a positive attitude, extraordinary resilience, and a big picture approach to life.

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Testimonials for Samuel Johnson OAM

Samuel Johnson’s keynote speech was outstanding and the absolute highlight of our International Women’s Day event.  When you engage with the topic of struggle, heart-break and loss you don’t expect to be left with a sense of hope and empowerment.  Yet that’s what Samuel offered us.

Samuel spoke about the profound impact the important women in his life have had on him, in particular his late sister Connie Johnson, and proved that a man can be a successful choice of guest speaker on a day which is focused on the achievements of women.

The respect that Samuel has for Connie, and women in general, was evident as he recounted a number of significant moments they had shared throughout their journey in raising over $7 million for cancer research.  These “clutch moments” (as he described them) gave us an insight into Connie’s incredible strength and wisdom, and the absolute adoration Samuel had for her.

Samuel exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a heartfelt, raw and inspiring speaker.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Melissa Wrenford – Department of Home Affairs

 

In terms of his talk he was an absolute revelation, everyone was talking about it after the fact and I haven’t had that much fun on stage in a long time. He’s welcome on one of my events at any time.

And then he absolutely rocked BEFEST, held the whole thing together like a pro, had a great anecdote to kick if off and then called up a heckler to announce one of the awards. He was the perfect MC for that event.

Alex Hayes – Publisher Mumbrella

 

“I just wanted to pass on our appreciation to Sam for yesterday’s presentations. I have had overwhelmingly positive feedback, and he spoke like the professional, charming, inspiring and entertaining person I expected him to be. He was a pleasure to work with.”

Amanda Searle – Holmesglen Tafe 

 

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how fantastic Sam’s presentation was yesterday. He hit just the right ‘note’ for our audience and told his fundraising story in his own inimitable style with humour, sensitivity and a genuine ‘rawness’ that really cut through. He addressed the issues and learnings (good & bad) with honesty & directness that was  refreshing and very much appreciated

Ruth Appleby – Bombora Publishing

 

Samuel is a wonderful speaker who fully engages his audience, he had people laughing and crying with his stories, he was a hit with everyone in the room. Great guy, great speaker.

Environmental Health Professionals Australia (EHPA)

 

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Samuel Johnson OAM's Biography

Samuel Johnson is a Gold Logie Award winning actor and a committed philanthropist, having established the high profile, successful charity Love My Sister, with his sister Connie, who sadly passed away from cancer in 2017.

Charming, witty and personable, Samuel's life story, with its extreme ups and downs, is one that truly demonstrates the power of a positive attitude, extraordinary resilience, and a big picture approach to life.

Samuel Johnson has always been in the lime light. When he was just 10 years old, he represented Australia as a Youth Ambassador at the Asian Pacific Children's Peace Convention.

Samuel became an actor as a teenager when he was cast in television programs including Home and Away as a love interest for Kate Ritchie's character, Sally. Most notably, he played the role of Evan Wylde in the TV series The Secret Life of Us for which he won the AFI award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature, and Molly Meldrum in Network Seven's recent ratings smash Molly. Over 3 million people watched Molly and Samuel won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for his role.

Other appearances include playing Leon Broznic in Rush, Toby Kirby in After the Deluge and Jack Smith in Underbelly. Proving his flexibility as a performer, Sam featured on Thank God You're Here and The Panel as well as the ABC documentary The Sum of Sam; documenting his personal struggles and work with Open Family Australia, a youth outreach program co-founded by South Melbourne parish priest Fr Bob Maguire. He won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Television of 2017.

But Samuel is now better known for his work outside the entertainment business. Some years ago, when his sister Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, he decided to do something about it. Samuel and Connie established the charity Love Your Sister and Samuel kicked off the fund-raising effort with a unicycle ride around Australia, which raised $1.75 million. Over $7 million has been raised since, towards "cancer vanquishment".

Samuel's autobiography, Love Your Sister was nominated for Best Biography in 2016, alongside Julia Gillard and Molly Meldrum at the ABIA awards. His organisation Love Your Sister is GQ's Social Force of the Year, Samuel is Research Australia's Advocate of the Year and his efforts have been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia at Government House, a rare honour for someone his age. He was appointed the 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year. Year,

Samuel Johnson is one of our country's most determined advocates and an inspirational keynote speaker who will uncover your audiences' empathy and drive their motivation and action to seek change for the better.

2019 sees Sam starring in the new season of Network Ten's 'Dancing with the Stars.