As Detective Sonny Koa

Aaron Fa'aoso

Born into the Kheodal (Crocodile) and Samu (Emu) clans, Aaron’s family originally came from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait. But in 1947 a water shortage caused the Islanders to move to the Mainland. Aaron grew up in Bamaga, in the Cape York Community, and later in Cairns.

He was working as a Health Worker when he heard about the auditions for R.A.N. which were taking place on near by Thursday island. He grabbed a mate’s dingy, rowed out, did the audition, and the rest is history. He won the part of Eddie Gaibai.

Since coming to Sydney he has been in theatre in such works as ‘Back Home’ produced by Urban Theatre and ‘Howard the Rookie’, directed by Leah Purcell. In EAST WEST 101 Aaron plays the part of Detective Sonny Koa, Malik’s partner. Koa is the wise, sometimes humorous, side kick. ‘Because of their ethnic background both Koa and Malik can build a better rapport with the community.’

Aaron relates to the character of Detective Sonny Koa. ‘I grew up with strong Islander values and culture. Koa and Malik relate to a world that is not black and white, but grey. Even Crowley is not who you think he is at the start and you come to like him. The scripts take you on a journey. I feel honoured and privileged to play the part of Koa and think it’s great that we have two ethnics playing the hero detectives. Ten years ago that wouldn’t have happened.’

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East West 101, Season 3 ‐ The Heroes' Journey wins the AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series.

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East West 101, Season 3 (DVD)

East West 101, Season 3 (DVD)

Det. Malik and the MCS handle a major robbery with possible links to acts of terror.

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Tough and compelling drama with Det. Malik and the Major Crime Squad.

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