Samuel Johnson has had a long and varied career, but where did it all begin?
Johnson’s first foray into television started with small roles in various shows in the 90’s, including the role of Prince Jobah in The New Adventures Of Ocean Girl, as Sally Fletcher’s first boyfriend, Gus Bishop, in Home & Away, and in other bit-parts including Blue Heelers, Halifax f.p., Stingers and Something In The Air.
In 2001, he was chosen for the role of scruffy, womanising writer Evan Wylde in the Australian drama series The Secret Life Of Us. The role saw Sam win his first AFI for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series, as well as a few Logie nominations for Most Popular and Outstanding Actor, but was unsuccessful. In 2002, Johnson starred in the Australian film Crackerjack opposite Mick Molloy.
During 2003, he starred in the mini-series After The Deluge, which followed the story of the Kirby family, dealing with their father Cliff in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, and reliving his disturbing memories of the war and his first love, as part of his experiences of the present. His three estranged sons Alex (David Wenham), Marty (Hugo Weaving), and Toby (Johnson) are thrown together to care for their father whilst struggling with their own lives and relationships. His role as Toby scored him an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama or Comedy.
Upon leaving The Secret Life Of Us in 2004, Johnson went on to star in the dark, black comedy The Illustrated Family Doctor as Gary Kelp, a man condensing ‘The Illustrated Family Doctor’ medical guide.
In 2008, he starred in the Australian drama series Rush, which followed the lives of the members of the prestigious Tactical Response Team (TR). Johnson played Intelligence Officer Leon Broznic for the series’ four-season run.
Following Rush’s axing, Sam went on to star in the miniseries Small Time Gangster in 2011 and appeared in the ABC telemovie Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo in 2013.
In 2013, Sam began riding 15,000km on a unicycle in the year-long attempt to break the Guinness World Record and raise $1 million for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to find a cure for breast cancer. His stated mission is to remind every Australian woman about the need to be ‘breast aware’ in an effort to promote early detection and improve survival rates, via his charitable foundation, Love Your Sister.
On 14 February 2014, Johnson returned to the starting point of his journey, Melbourne’s Federation Square, having traveled 15,955km by unicycle, broken the world record for longest unicycle journey, and raising $1,477,630.
Sam made his return to acting in 2015 with a role in the ABC miniseries The Secret River. Last year, he gave a mesmerising performance as Molly Meldrum in Seven’s Molly, which saw him pick up the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama.
On Sunday, Sam has a shot at his first Gold Logie, as well as Best Actor and Most Outstanding Actor for his role as Molly.