Nadech Kugimiya: Thai-Austrian Actor


For some years now, half-Thai actor and model Nadech Kugimiya has been a popular face in Thai media and the entertainment industry. Hence, he is famous on Channel 3. I think there is hardly any Thai teenager who does not know him. As a devoted reader of my blog, you may know that I have dealt with him shortly in my article about Nadech & Yaya. Nonetheless, there is of course a lot more to say about him seen individually 🙂

Nadech Kugimiya

Nadech (photo credit: Nadech Kugimiya FC, FB page)

Nadech (photo credit: Nadech Kugimiya FC, FB page)

Nadech, nicknamed Barry, was born 1991 in Khonkaen and his original name was Chonlathit Yodprathum. He is considered to be of Thai-Chinese and Austrian descent. At the beginning of his career there was some confusion about his origins and background because people generally assumed that he must be part-Japanese because of his last name ‘Kugimiya’. What is more, he also has the appearance of a Japanese manga character with his light complexion, thick eyebrows and doe eyes 🙂

However, Barry was brought up by his aunt Sundarat and her husband, the Japanese Yoshio Kugimiya. Nadech adores his Japanese foster father and this is the reason why he himself claims to be half-Japanese, even though he is not. However, Nadech does not know Japanese but speaks fluently in Thai and Isan dialect.

Barry (photo credit:

‘Barry’ Nadech Kugimiya (photo credit:

Barry was discovered at the age of 16 and has been working as a model, actor and singer since then. Up until today, he has been in numerous Thai commercials and on magazine covers. For example, he was in commercials like Trident chewing gum with actress Pachrapa Chaichua, Shokubutsu shower cream for Men, Samsung Monte 3G, Yamaha Fino, Baoji shoes and Lays with Thai-Norwegian actress ‘Yaya’ Urassaya Sperbund.

What is more, he was the first brand ambassador and brand presenter for Thai Air Asia. He was also a surprise guest flight attendant serving snacks to the delighted passengers in 2014 🙂

Nevertheless, Barry is not only a ‘pretty face’ – he has been studying Communication Arts at Rangsit University. Hence, most recently he has presented his short film ‘Mr. Peter’s Project’ which is a work to complete his B.A. at Rangsit. The film is concerned with the Nan’s forest conservation. Hence, Barry’s aim is to raise an awareness of deforestation. Here is the film, though only available in Thai.

Nadech has been in numerous TV series and films since 2010 when he debuted in Ngaorak Luangjai.  Furthermore, he gained  popularity with his work in the series 4 Hua Jai Haeng Khun Khao (Duang Jai Akkanee or Akkanee’s Heart). He played the character of Fai Akkanee Adisuan starring alongside Urassaya Sperbund.

Nadech & Yaya in Akkannee's Heart (photo credit:

Nadech & Yaya in Akkanee’s Heart (photo credit:

What is more, he was in Gamerai Gamerak or Love Game Evil Game as “Saichon/Charles Makovich” and in The Rising Sun series also starring alongside Yaya Urassaya. He had a very popular role in Sunset at Chaophraya (Khu Kam, 2013) playing the Japanese engineering officer Kobori who falls in love with a nationalistic Thai beauty called Angsumalin. He also sang the song to this movie.

Hence, it does not come as a surprise that he also won Best Actor from Starpics Thai Film Award for his role of Kobori in Sunset at Chaophraya. This is really well-deserved!

Finally, we may say that Nadech Kugimiya is certainly one of the hottest luk kreung actors in Thailand at the moment. With good reason, he can be called Mr. Everywhere because he is frequently spotted on magazine covers, in television commercials, billboards and soap operas. You cannot escape Barry, thus you must love him 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

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8 Responses

  1. NOEYA says:

    Hello sirinya..i’am indonesian..nice to meet you at name is Noeya..swade kha..khobkun khab to posted this post..about thailand i like so much about nadech kugimiya..i like his eyes is so sparkling..i also like thai’s delicious for me is TomYam so yummy..this week my fried will go to Thailand get study..waow i hope i can visit to bangkok…

    • Sirinya says:

      Hello Noeya, thank you so much for your kind words and for liking my blog! I really appreciate that 🙂 Hope you can visit Bangkok and have a good time there. Cheers, Sirinya

  2. Jimi Rani says:

    I love Nadech and Yaya.. though I didn’t know that much about Thailand ; I am an Indian you see. But since I met these two Nadech and Yaya I meant I started learning about Thai culture as much as I can. And now my wish list is filled up with two more wishes- one is to meet #Nadech and #Yaya one day and Second is to get myself a ride on #Tuk_Tuk. I heard that it’s the best of Thailand. I won’t skip to visit that floating market of Thailand also.??

  3. Lei Ram says:

    Hi, I started appreciating how good Nadech as an actor when I first watched his TV drama series Duang Jai Akkanee. From then on I watched his every drama that has english translation. I hope he can do more films with english translation for us who can’t understand Thai dialect. He is a great actor and wish he can be enter the international film industry. Hope to read more about Nadech on your blogs. :)Thank you .

  4. ttf says:

    Is Nadech orphan? Where’s his real parents?

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