Toni Usman has his acting training from Asha Chandra in Bombay, India. He started his professional acting career in Scandinavia in 1987. He is known for his wide range of character interpretations in TV, radio and theatres in Norway. Some of his television serials, which became very popular, are «Pilen Flyttebyrå», «Fedrelandet», «Asylet», the sitcom series «Bot og bedring» and the action series «Fox Grønland».
His stage performances include prominent theatre plays such as «Pakkis», «Patakha», «Pakkis 92», Henrik Ibsen’s «A doll’s house», Lars Saabye Christensen’s «Mekka», Saadat Hassan Manto’s «Toba Tek Singh», Salman Rushdie’s «Haroun and the Sea of Stories» and Henning Mankell’s «Mørketid». He has worked with well known Norwegian directors such as Svein Scharffenberg, Jarl Emsell Larsen, Morten Kolstad, Nils Gaup, Mathias Calmeyer and Pål Øverland.
He was appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture as a board member for the Fund for Performing Artists for the period November 2006 until the end of 2010.
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Toni Usman is a member of the election committee for the Norwegian Actors’ Equity Association.
He's graduated as Film Director from Westerdals Oslo ACT - Campus Vaterland. His graduation film «Sard» was screened at Cinemateket, Film House on 11th June, and the premiere was opened by Hadia Tajik, Member of Parliament.
Currently he is translating the theatre play «Time of Darkness» by Swedish author, Henning Mankell into Urdu. The project is supported by Arts Council Norway and the Fritt Ord Foundation, a private non-profit foundation.
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