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Leading man Alastair Osment on acting and truth
Whenever seasoned directors are asked about household name Alastair Osment, their eyes light up with enthusiasm and immediately heap praise on the accomplished actor.

Director Kim Farrant, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film festival who also helmed the award-winning "Strangerland" with Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman, "Shakespeare in Love" actor Joseph Fiennes and "Lord of the Rings" star Hugo Weaving, is especially complimentary.

Aware of his work because of his high-profile in the Australian entertainment industry, Kim praises Alastair's craft. "Out of all the actors I have coached and worked with Alastair stood out to me because of his willingness and passion for the work and his fearless pursuit in accessing emotional truth. He is a formidable talent, raw, with a depth of emotion and honesty I find to be extremely rare. He is classic leading role material."

This is but one of many enthusiastic descriptions of Alastair's incredible acting talent that our editors heard about when preparing this profile on the experienced performer. In investigating the root of his success in an industry where so many actors are unemployed on any given day, it's clear that Alastair's pursuit of truth, and his desire to be the best actor he can be – not the most famous or highly-paid – is what has built his integrity and attracts fellow artists to hire him in lead roles.

Also known for playing Melvyn in "Deadline Gallipoli," a role that has been characterized by critics and audiences alike as indisputably important to the show because of a moving scene of grief when his best friend dies in his arms, Alastair sat down with us to discuss his role in the hugely popular show "Rake." The Australian legal dramedy was recently heralded by Rolling Stone Magazine as a must-watch. Also available to 300 million international Netflix subscribers around the world, "Rake" follows criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene as he deals with his demanding clients and challenging personal life.

In a show-defining plot line that brought praise for throwing its protagonist seriously outside their comfort zone, Cleaver is disbarred and is forced to become a real estate agent. Alastair, in the role of Alan, is Cleaver's first prospective home-buyer.

The fact that Alastair represented the apex of Cleaver's most significant obstacle in all four seasons of the show is a testament to how critical Alastair is to the success of the production, and specifically to a season which earned award wins and nominations.  

Furthermore, the fact Alastair played the husband of Grace Huang, award-winning actress who appears in "Independence Day: Resurgence," "The Man with the Iron Fists", and who is the face for prestigious jewellery brand Kailis, is further proof of the incredible standing Alastair has earned within the Australian entertainment industry. Despite the professional pedigree associated with his career, Alastair is clearly more concerned with using his exceptional acting skills for a greater purpose. "I believe that as artists we can evoke social change," Alastair explains. "Through narrative we can pose questions to the greater community and ask society to question where it's heading."

Alastair, who has also acted opposite "Wonderland" star Anna Bamford and "Love Child" actress Charlotte Hazzard, clearly enjoyed simply had fun on "Rake." He tells us the show "gave me a lot of opportunity to explore both comedy and drama, a difficult balance but a good challenge for any actor." 

The latter is precisely the reason for why Alastair continues to challenge himself as an actor in different mediums, working across film and theatre as well as television. In addition to his role as Tom Lindsey in 'Shellshock', where he was directed by Australia's most prolific theatre director Wayne Harrison AM at the world-renowned Riverside Theatres in Sydney, Alastair also played the leading role of Danny in Anna Houston's production of "Eight." Each performance earned this "Home and Away" star acclaim in more ways than one.    

Ultimately though, Alastair brings grit and truth to all the parts he plays in a range of eminent projects. Expertly summed up by Kim Farrant again, "Alastair has a very unique masculine quality, he possesses both strength and sensitivity. Alastair has a wonderful physical strength and power that covers absolute fragility and vulnerability. This counterpoint I believe to be essential for any great actor. He is a powerhouse actor, loaded with sex appeal and has a commanding screen presence. Most of all he is hungry for the work and curious to grow and develop further into the Artist he aspires to be."

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