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. However 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.
Samuel has held the title for GQ Magazine’s Social Force of the Year, and 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, a rare honour for someone his age.
In 2003 Samuel rode 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'.
Ten years later, Samuel decided to ride the unicycle again. This time he would ride around the whole of Australia, raising close to $2 million dollars 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. Through the Love Your Sister organisation, he has achieved all these goals, and many, many more.
Samuel had consulted all the experts, took none of their advice and set off on the challenge of a lifetime. He made a promise and was determined to keep it!
Since completing his journey, Samuel has taken to the stage providing keynote addresses about his journey and his sister's plight. Together with his sister Connie, Samuel became a published author, with their book titled Love Your Sister going on to be nominated for Best Biography at the ABIA Awards.
Samuel has also become a popular MC for corporate and charity events.
Four years after hopping off the unicycle for the second time, the Love Your Sister organisation is going strong. Having achieved all the goals they set out to achieve and so many more, Samuel continues to raise the bar and has set himself another challenge – to raise $10million for research. He is now well on his way, having already raised over $7million dollars. Samuel won’t stop raising awareness until cancer is vanquished.
Samuel was awarded Victoria's Australian of the Year in late 2017.