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Deadlys Nominees 2011: Male Actor of the Year

Aaron Fa’Aoso – East West 101

Aaron Fa’Aoso plays the tough islander cop Sonny Koa in the award-winning TV series East West 101, but he is also a talented director and producer who has his own new series in the pipeline – The Straits.

Aaron began his acting television career in 2006 playing Eddie Gaibui on RAN, a six-part drama, which aired on SBS. In late 2007, he appeared in East West 101 and in 2008, had a guest role in Sea Patrol, which aired on Network Nine.

In 2011, Aaron reprised his role as Sonny Koa in season two of East West 101 and starred in the film Subdivision.

Jack Charles – Jack Charles v The Crown

Uncle Jack Charles is a veteran actor, Koori elder and activist. ‘Jack Charles V The Crown’ is a play about his life – as told by him at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre.

From Stolen Generation to Koori theatre in the ’70s, from film sets to Her Majesty’s prisons, ‘Jack Charles v The Crown’ runs the gamut of a life lived to its utmost.

Jack helped found the first Indigenous theatre company in 1972. His acting career – though thwarted by a cycle of addiction and imprisonment – nevertheless featured appearances in ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ and ‘Blackfellas’, and many other theatrical performances.

Aaron Pedersen – City Homicide

Aaron grew up in Alice Springs and previously was a journalist with ABC2 at Elsternwick studios in Melbourne. His first movie role was in the 1995 mini-series Heartlands which also starred Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo.

Aaron rose to fame in 1995 where he was co-host of the successful Australian game show Gladiators Australia. He has also appeared in feature film Dead Heart, the telemovie The Territorians, then the TV series Wildside, Saturday Night, a two-hander feature film and Water Rats. His other dramatic roles have included MDA (2002), The Secret Life of Us (2005), The Circuit (since 2007) and City Homicide (since 2007).

Dean Daley-Jones – Mad Bastards

At the time Dean was cast as TJ in the film Mad Bastards, he was hoping to get a job on the film as a grip.

Dean recalled difficult times in his own life in order to deliver an authentic performance as TJ. It made the film mentally draining and emotionally challenging for him.

“The film made me want to be a true father to my own son. At times it was tedious being on set, but then I would tell myself that this was the greatest thing I have ever done because I am representing my people,” he says.

Richard Green – Snowtown

Born in Katoomba in 1963, Richard Green is an award-winning actor, poet screenwriter, musician and Dharug language teacher who most recently appeared in the Australian feature film Snowtown, released in 2010.

Other film and acting credits include appearances in The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, Little Fish, Jew Boy, Two Out, The Colony, The First Australians, Revolution, Valhalla, Cairo and Boxing Day, which Richard co-wrote and won a Montreal Film Festival award for.

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