Don Hany (born 18 September 1975 in Sydney) is an Australian award-winning actor. He is best known for his role in the series White Collar Blue, Dr. Chris Havel in Offspring, and the leading role of Zane Malik in the SBS series East West 101. He is also known for starring in the film The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce.

Don Hany
Don Hany at the 2012 AACTA Awards (6795464173).jpg
Don Hany

(1975-09-18) 18 September 1975 (age 44)
Sydney, Australia
Years active1998–present
Known forZane Malik in East West 101
Chris Havel in Offspring
Spiros Georgiades in Tangle
Spouse(s)Alin Sumarwata (2011–)
AwardsAFI (2008, 2009); Logie Award (2008, 2010)

Early lifeEdit

Born to an Iraqi[1] father, Tewfiq and a Hungarian mother, Csilla. His mother is a doctor of economics and his father is a classically-trained pianist and restaurateur. His parents met in Budapest in the 1960s. Csilla rejected the communist doctrine of her native country and Tewfiq spurned the Islamic beliefs of his upbringing. Hany attended high school in the Netherlands for one year as an exchange student, and later completed a degree in Dramatic Arts at the University of Western Sydney Nepean.[2]


In 1998, Hany began his television career, starring in the soapie Breakers. In 2000, he had a small role in Water Rats. In 2002, he had a role in the tele-movie Heroes' Mountain and in the police drama White Collar Blue.[3]

He later moved to Los Angeles to complete shooting for the film Winning the Peace, for which he won Best Actor at Method Fest in 2005.

In 2006, he returned to Australia to work on the film Lucky Miles which went on to win the audience award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival.

In 2007, Hany starred in the mini-series of East West 101 for SBS television, in which he played the lead role of Zane Malik. In 2008, he had a small role in Underbelly as Nik Radev.

In 2009, Hany had a busy year, starring in the mini-series False Witness, ABC1's Dirt Game, and returning to East West 101 for the second season.

In 2010, he joined the main cast of the Foxtel drama Tangle, playing politician Spiros Georgiades. He also joined Channel Ten's drama Offspring, in the role of paediatrician Chris Havel.[3]

In 2011, Hany starred in the third and final season of East West 101. Hany also starred in the Nine Network movie premiere of Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, reprising his role from Underbelly, Nik Radev. In 2012, he was cast in two telemovies, Jack Irish: Bad Debts and Jack Irish: Black Tide, (based on the books Bad Debts and Black Tide by Peter Temple), which aired on the ABC.[4]

In 2013, Don Hany took the lead role of Sam Callaghan in the HBO Asia production Serangoon Road. In 2014, Hany appeared in The Broken Shore, a telemovie which aired on the ABC. He also stars in the mini-series Devil's Playground. He also had the lead role in the film Healing.

In 2016, he played the part of Jesse Shane in the first and only season of the TV Drama Heartbeat.

In 2019, Don Hany plays Australian Prime Minister Ewan Garrety in the second season of the political thriller Secret City.

Personal lifeEdit

Don has a twin, Roger Hany, a London-based musician. They both attended primary school and high school on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Hany married actress Alin Sumarwata in 2011. The couple have two daughters.[5][6]

He is an agnostic atheist.[2]

Film and television appearancesEdit



Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Group Award Film/Show Result
2005 Method Fest Independent Film Festival Best Actor Winning the Peace Won
2008 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor East West 101 Nominated
2008 AFI award Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama East West 101 Nominated
2009 AFI award Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama East West 101 Nominated
2010 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor East West 101 Won
2011 Logie Award Most Popular Actor Tangle and Offspring Nominated
2011 Astra Award Most Outstanding Performance By An Actor: Male Tangle Nominated
2012 AACTA Award Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama East West 101 Nominated
2012 Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor East West 101 Nominated
2012 Equity Award Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series East West 101 Won
2017 AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Ali's Wedding Nominated


  1. ^ Lucky Miles – Cast Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b He’s the go-to guy for ethnic diversity. So who is Don Hany? The Australian. 10 May 2014
  3. ^ a b "Offspring - Don Hany". Network Ten. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Jack Irish goes into production". Encore Magazine. Archived from the original on 22 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  5. ^ The Advertiser 6 December 2011, page 25.
  6. ^ Steves, Ashley (10 April 2018). "'Strike Back' Star Alin Sumarwata on Finding Your Characters Through Yourself (and Vice Versa)". Backstage. Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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