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You might not recognise Hazem Shammas.
The actor is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Safe Harbour, a powerful thriller on SBS, a role which on Sunday night won him the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor.
While his name might not be as recognisable as many others illuminated on television screens across the country, what Shammas brought to the awards ceremony was like a refreshing splash of water to the face.
In the midst of glitz and glamour and slightly cringe-worthy skits, Shammas used his acceptance speech to speak candidly about his life as a dad.
“This is overwhelming. I’m sorry I’ve got to confess I’m slightly distracted this evening,” Shammas began.
“I want to take a quick moment to just send a thank you to my beautiful family. We’ve just welcomed a brand new baby boy into the world. He’s about nine weeks premature and while my heart is there, I wanted to send my thank yous to the amazing nurses at the NICU ward at the royal women’s hospital in Randwick. You guys are the real heroes, thank you.”
— TV WEEK (@TVWEEKmag) July 1, 2018