Dichen Lachman’s Journey From Himalayan Peaks To Hollywood Seems Surreal

Being born in mixed-cultural family gave her different perspectives in acting.

Los Angeles, California: Born in the lap of the Himalayas in Kathmandu, Nepal, to her parents, Tashi and Chris Lachman, Dichen Lachman was raised in a mixed-cultural family.

Key Takeaways

  • Dichen Lachman stayed in Kathmandu till she was seven. Then, she migrated to Australia for better opportunities.
  • Her father, Chris Lachman, was in Nepal for trekking in the Annapurna region, where he met Dichen’s mother, Tashi Lachman.
  • They quickly fell in love and had Dichen. Her mother now works as a managing director in a travel agency.

Mother Tashi was a Tibetan refugee born and raised in a small town in India. Later, she went to Nepal and stayed with her family, where she met her future husband.

After marrying her Australian husband, she emigrated to Australia and started working at an agency in 1988.

In fact, she is the managing director at Thor World Travel, working there for the last 36 years.

Interestingly, her parents were among the 200 passengers stuck onboard the Ocean Explorer in September 2023.

They were traveling to explore the remote Arctic, searching for the northern lights. Nonetheless, the ship was freed, and they returned safely.

Family Is An Important Part Of The Actress

Dichen Lachman profoundly loves her family and is close to her parents, especially her mother.

Dichen Lachman Sharing Family Photo On Her Story On Mother’s Day (Source: Dichen Lachman Daily)

Her father, a Sydney native, met her mother during his trekking trip through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas.

At that time, Mrs. Lachman worked at her family’s restaurant, a backpacker/tourist destination.

The moment Chris saw her, he told a friend, “I’m gonna marry that woman.”

And he eventually did. The couple gave birth to Dichen in 1982, and she stayed in Nepal for the next seven years before migrating to Australia.

According to Dichen, “My father thought I’d have more opportunities if we were in Australia, so we moved to Adelaide.”

After moving, she attended West Lakes Shore Primary School and later Gilles Street Primary.

Moreover, Dichen continued her education and studied at Norwood Morialta High School, Annesley College, and the University of Adelaide.

Talking about her experience with her mother’s family, she said,

I shared a room with my parents until I was 7, and I lived with my uncles and aunts, my cousins, and my grandfather, so the house was always full of people. When I went to move to Australia, it was just me and my two parents for a long time until some of my family came over to live and study there.”

Some Lesser Known Facts

  • The Australian actress is married to American actor Maximilian Osinski. They wedded in January 2015 and are parents to one daughter, Mathilda Osinski (born in May 2015).
  • The actress got her start from an advertisement for Wanadoo, but her professional acting journey began in 2005 after joining the cast of the Australian soap opera Katya Kinski, “Neighbours.”
  • In 2009, Dichen was declared one of the “100 hottest women on-screen” by the lesbian site AfrerEllen.


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