Paula Taylor: Thai-British Actress


Paula Taylor is a popular half-Thai actress, model and presenter born in January 1983. Her real name is Punlapa Margaret Taylor but in the entertainment industry she is known as ‘Paula Taylor’. Her father is of British descent and her mother is Thai-Chinese.

Paula Taylor

Paula Taylor, Thai-British actress*

Paula Taylor, Thai-British actress*

She was born in Bangkok but then her family moved back to Australia where she grew up in Perth until the age of nine. Eventually her parents divorced and thus Paula moved to Brisbane. She is very comfortable and happy with being a luk kreung because she claims to have had the best of both worlds.

In her teens, Paula went to visit her family in Thailand. That was when she got into contact with the Thai entertainment industry. At the beginning of her career, she did some modelling, appeared in TV commercials and acted in small Thai movies.

Paula Taylor*

Paula Taylor: Thai-British actress, model and presenter*

After being discovered by TV producer Tanawat Wansom and becoming a media personality, she also starred in the Thai romance comedy film ‘Ruk Jung’ The Memory (2006) in the role of Jaa. Thus, she became well-known not only as a TV hostess but also as an actress.

Hence, in 2011 Paula had her Hollywood debut in the Thai-American supernatural thriller ‘Hellgate’. She had the role of Som Mathews starring next to William Hurt and Cary Elwes. What is more, she was also in a number of music videos like for instance ‘Mark mai’ by Bie the Star.

Before this Hollywood movie, she participated in ‘The Amazing Race Asia 2’ thus gaining more popularity in other Southeast Asian countries. Thus, for instance she has also appeared on the Philippine TV Sunday variety show. In addition, today she also produces videos giving some make up tips for a daily look, for example.

Paula lives in Thailand now and still does Thai TV commercials and television guest appearances. In 2010 she got married to Edward Buttery who is of Anglo-Chinese descent. She has two children, a daughter born in 2011 named Lyla Jane Buttery and a son called Luca Christopher Buttery born in 2015.

Paula Taylor and her daugther Lyla Jane*

Paula Taylor and her daugther Lyla Jane*

Hence, Paula has also done a few videos with her daughter. Like this charming video, where she prepares cupcakes with the little ones. It really seems fun and Paula is enjoying herself in the role of a mother. What is more, today she also runs a clothing line for children called ‘Paula and Baby’.

Finally, I think that Paula Taylor is an admirable, successful half-Thai actress who is also a devoted mother. What more could one want? 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*all photos in this post, credit: Paula Taylor FB page)

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4 Responses

  1. Siamerican says:

    Paula was the first famous Luk Kreung I fell in love – became infatuated – with back in the day. I first saw her in a cute lil’ Thai romantic movie, Sex Phone, in which she co-starred with Dan D2B (remember that fad band?!). Also to add, she was a presenter for Lays Potato chips before she had her kid… I didn’t realize we were the same age, nor did I know she has a son now. Good stuff, Sirinya!

    • Sirinya says:

      Thank you very much for your nice reply! Before I started writing the blog, I actually did not know anything about all the popular luk kreung actors and singers in Thailand. However, now I really enjoy getting to know and researching about them. I think this is because I can relate to them somehow 🙂

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