Anh Do

Anh Do is an accomplished author, actor, producer and comedian, a man who went from being a starving refugee at the age of three to one of Australia's best-loved entertainers, an incredible story detailed in his multi award-winning and enormously popular memoir The Happiest Refugee

After bagging all the comedy awards around town, including the Sydney Comedian of the Year, and appearing on all the TV shows that feature comedians, including “Thank God You’re Here” and “Rove Live”, Anh finally realized that those regular gigs at Rooty Hill bikers club would one day get him killed, so he has since supplemented the income with acting, film producing and writing.

2006 saw the release of “Footy Legends” in which Anh was the star along-side Claudia Karvan and Matthew Johns. In 2003 Anh co-produced the film “The Finished People” (Post 75 Productions). It was described by Margaret Pomeranz as ‘one of the best Australian films of the year’ .

Even though he is a terrible dancer, Anh got to the grand final of “Dancing with the Stars”, being a huge favourite with the voting home audience. This success saw him offered his own TV show “Made in China with Anh Do” – an Olympics special which rated through the roof. Anh has since gone on to produce the hugely successful Anh Does series with Channel 7.

Anh completed degrees in Business and Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, but declined offers from several law firms in favour of what he knew to be his true passion: comedy. Playing to sell out crowds at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and The Sydney Opera House, and appearing on Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Thank God You're Here, Dancing with the Stars and The Footy Show, Anh Do turned his hand to acting, film producing, writing and the speaking world, where he has proven an incredibly popular MC, motivational keynote speaker and corporate entertainer.

The Happiest Refugee: A memoir was published in 2010, winning numerous awards including 2011 Australian Book of the Year, Biography of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, as well as 2011 Indie Book of the Year and Non-fiction Indie Book, and being shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the Community Relations Commission Award. It describes how his entire family came close to losing their lives at sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat, facing murderous pirates and the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease and dehydration, to Anh's current status as one of Australia's best-loved personalities.

And right at the end of the biography (cos its something he doesn’t like to admit), in 1999 Anh completed a Bachelor of Business and was 6 months away from completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology, Sydney. The threat of having to go back to finish his law degree ensures that Anh works hard at his acting and comedy career. So far he is doing superbly.

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