There are two types of male dramatic leads in Thai films: brooders and pretty boys. Pretty much the same principle applies to the “soap operas” or lakorn – the miniseries that air on TV every night at 8.30pm.
Ananda Everingham (อนันดา เอเวอริ่งแฮม), aged 28, is half Lao, half Australian. He starred in the excellent Thai horror film Shutter and is a frequent lead in ghost movies. Recognisable for his male model looks and beauty spot under his right eye. Often sports a moustance and goattee, he’s a regular in cosmetics commercials on TV.
Recent film roles include Happy Birthday (แฮปปี้เบิร์ธเดย์, 2008), a weepie about a man who takes care of a girl in a persistant vegetative state, Eternity (ชั่วฟ้าดินสลาย, 2010), a period melodrama about adultery, and The Red Eagle (อินทรีเเดง, 2010) a Hollywood-style, tongue-in-cheek superhero action film.
Recent film roles include Body 19 (บอดี้..ศพ#19, 2007), a typical example of the beautifully made Thai horror genre, Slice (เฉือน ฆาตกรรมรำลึก, 2009), a messy, stylized crime thriller, and Sudkhet Salet Pet (สุดเขต สเลดเป็ด, 2011), a surprisingly successful studio comedy.
Chakrit Yamnarm (ชาคริต แย้มนาม) is a regular for the tough handsome man role in both lakorn and action movies. Despite being a venerable 32 and sporting a world-weary, baggy-eyed look, he’s sufficiently pale-skinned to merit the phra ek (พระเอก) role in the slightly more mature lakorn in which the female lead (nang ek or นางเอก) is beyond school age.
Recent film roles include Valentine (2008), a gender-bending identity swap comedy, A Moment in June (ณ ขณะรัก, 2009), a romantic drama that I haven’t seen; and the 2008 Hollywood remark of the Pang brothers Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicholas Cage.
More actors to be added soon.
For full-on comedian actors, please see the separate guide to Thai comic entertainers.
This is part of our Beginner’s Guide to Thai Cinema.