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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He graduated from Westerdals Oslo ACT - Campus Vaterland as a film director. His graduation film «Sard» was screened at Cinemateket on 11th June 2015 and the premiere was opened by Hadia Tajik, Member of Parliament.
His theatre play called «Kaffetår» which means Sip of coffee premiered on 27th February 2020. The play is about the first Pakistanis who came to Norway 50 years ago. It is a historical and political comment with humorous undertones on a 50 year journey and shows how Oslo as a city and Pakistanis as a community have changed over time.
Currently he is working on a theatre project called «Hundre %» which means a hundred percent.
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