Ice Sarunyu: The Prince of Smiles

Saranyu Winaipanit is a talented young singer who was born in September 1984 in Chainat, Thailand. He is also an actor, DJ and model. His love for entertaining has brought him the nickname ‘The Prince of Smiles’ and of course, he is known as Ice Sarunyu.

Ice Sarunyu - The Prince of Smiles*

Ice Sarunyu – The Prince of Smiles*

The Story of Ice Sarunyu

His parents are Thai teachers and when Ice was young, he was kind of an academic kid indulging in his studies. However, he has always loved to entertain people. Hence, at school he engaged in activities like being a reporter, presenter or announcer. In school he liked social studies and history in particular.

Ice has also always loved movies and became interested in acting, thus taking the role of other characters and understanding their intentions. Hence, he has been in some Thai lakorns and movies. For instance, he was in the movie Superstar Stawberry: Movie on TV (2010) and in the TV dramas Duay Rang Hang Ruk (CH 7 2006) and Gong Jak Lai Dok Bua (CH 3 2007).

By the way, if he could chose one actor or actress to work with it would be Thai-Swedish actress and princess of Thai entertainment Ann Thongprasom. Ice himself studied at Sinakarinwirot University, Faculty of fine arts and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Acting and Directing.

Ice Sarunyu*

Ice Sarunyu Winaipanit *

In 2003 he won a competition at the first stage project show and that is how he got into the music business. He performed with many different Thai singers like Palitchoke Ayanaphutra (Peck) and Pongsak Rattanaphong (Aof). They have released an album called ‘Together’ and were in the ‘We R One’ Concert (2008).

Thai singer Ice Sarunyu*

Thai singer Ice Sarunyu*

Ice sees himself primarily as a singer. He loves to sing in every mood and in every situation of his life if happy or sad. However, ‘professionally’ his songs are mostly feel-good pop music. Thus, in 2006 his debut album called ‘ICE’ was released along with the single “Kon Jai Ngai” under the label Thai GMM Grammy.

What is more, he released a Japanese version of the song named “Koi Nanja Nai”. In 2007, his second album ‘Party on Ice’ followed and in 2008 ‘ICE Kool Hits’ were released. This album comprises all songs from his two previous albums. Afterwards, Ice also toured through the USA where he performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Hence, his most recent albums are ‘ICE Festa’ (2010) and Rak Kan Na (รักกันนะ) (2012).

Finally, we may say that Ice Sarunyu is a young man of many talents and and amazing singer. Charmingly, he also likes collecting everything that has to do with the Thai buffalo (Kwaai). He thinks that the buffalo is a beautiful and sweet animal.

Yours, Sirinya

(*all pictures in this post, credit: Ice Sarunyu FB page)

Kimberly Ann Voltemas – Thai-German Actress

Kimberly Ann Tiamsiri Voltemas, born in 1992, is a popular half-Thai actress and model. She has a Thai mother who is from Chiang Mai and a German father. She is the youngest of four siblings, her sister is called Jennifer and her brothers are Thomas and Daniel. She is nicknamed Kimmy Kimberly which is also her stage name.

Kimmy Kimberly

Kimberly Ann Voltemas*

Kimberly Ann Voltemas*

Kimberly entered the Thai entertainment industry as a teenager in 2009. At first, she did some modelling and was featured in several music videos. As an actress, she debuted in Channel 3’s most popular TV series called ‘4 Huajai Haeng Koon Kao’ (4 Hearts of the Mountains).

Kimmy Kimberly*

Kimmy Kimberly*

This TV series was aired in 2010 and Kim played the role of Nam or Thipthara who is a warmhearted and compassionate doctor. In this movie, she acted alongside other well-known young luk kreung actors like Nadech Kugimiya and Urassaya Sperbund.

Acting in the role of Nam is this series has gained Kim many fans in Thailand and all over Asia. In addition, she has been constantly improving her acting skills, thus becoming an accomplished actress. Kim’s manager is Noom Piyachart and together they have succeeded in establishing her a fine reputation in the entertainment business.

In 2012, Kim acted alongside Prin ‘Mark’ Suparat in the roles as Cha-Aim and Khun Tam in the remake of Punya Chon Kon Krua 2012. Hence, both actors became very popular as an onscreen couple (‘koo jin’). Since then they have frequently been paired in series and modelling 🙂


In fact, Kim has been much praised by her fellow actors. Hence, she may be regarded as a young actress in high demand. Even acclaimed actress Ann Thongprasom thinks highly of Kimberly and her talents. Ann is of the opinion that Kim might one day replace her as a princess of Thai entertainment. Furthermore, she finds that Kim very much resembles herself and thus can even identify with her. Consequently, Ann also holds the view that Kim might reach same level of success as herself. Great compliment! 🙂

Hence, Kim has already starred in the series ‘Ab Ruk Online’ in which actress Ann Thongprasom is also in. Further, this TV series features her partner Prin ‘Mark’ Suparat and acclaimed actor Peter Corp Dyrendal. In fact, up until now Kim is the first and only younger generation actress who has been in three out of five lakorns produced by Ann Thongprasom. These are ‘Punya Chon Kon Krua 2012’, ‘Ab Ruk Online’ and ‘Piang Chai Kon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised’.


Furthermore, Kim has been the cover-girl of several magazines and has also featured in a lot of TV commercials like this one for United Almond, for instance.

Summing up, we may claim that Kimmy Kimberly is one of the most aspiring and promising actresses of the younger generation in Thai entertainment industry. She is not only popular with her fans but also with her fellow actors 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*photo credit: Kimmy Kimberly, Official FB page)

Ann Thongprasom – The Popular Thai-Swedish Actress

Ann Thongprasom, born 1976 in Bangkok, is a well-known luk kreung actress in Thailand. She was born to a Thai mother and a Swedish father. Since her father died early, Ann grew up with her grandmother in Thailand. Her mother raised Ann’s two brothers and sent some money for her education now and then. Even though Ann missed her parents, she lived happily with her grandma and they took care of each other.

Ann Thongprasom

Ann Thongprasom (photo credit: sugar-daily.com)

Ann Thongprasom (photo credit: sugar-daily.com)

Today, Ann is considered the ‘Princess of Thai Entertainment’. Starting her acting career in the early 1990s, she was the leading actress in numerous Thai TV series in the 2000s. Apart from acting, she has also been a hostess, producer and engaged in some charity projects. For example, she has been appointed as Youth Ambassador for UNICEF Thailand since 2009.

As a young teenager, Ann came into the entertainment industry. A friend of her mother, who was a makeup artist for RS Promotion, once invited her for a music video test. Hence, at the age of 13 Ann featured in her first music video for the singer Pisoot Supwijit.

However, it took a few years until she became a renowned actress. The Lakorn ‘Song Naree’ (Two Women) brought her some popularity and she was awarded the TV Gold award for the Best Leading Actress. In this film, Ann acted out the personalities of the opposing twins Neung and Song. These were demanding and also ambitious roles for the young actress. However, it was also her great chance to become successful.

A lovely actress (photo credit: Ann Thongprasom, FB page)

A lovely actress (photo credit: Ann Thongprasom, FB page)

Since then, she has been a very accomplished and experienced actress winning several awards. For instance, she got another TV Gold Award for Best Leading Actress in Jaosao ‘Prisanna’ and a Top Award in 2001 for her role in ‘Samee Tetra’. In addition, Ann also received the Star Entertainment Award from ‘Raeng Gnao’. What is more, she got 6 awards for her performance in the romantic melodrama ‘The Letter, Jod Mai Rak’ (2004) starring alongside leading actor Num Attaporn. Hence, her great achievements speak for themselves.

Ann also presented a popular TV Show called ‘English on Tour’ on Channel 3. The show focussed on teaching children a variety of English words everyday for one minute. For ‘English on Tour’ she travelled to different places and the show was a great success although it only aired for 60 seconds. In addition, she was also approved another show for children called ‘Sanam Dek Len – Playground’.

The romantic comedy lakorn ‘Om Ruk’, in which Ann starred alongside Ken Theeradeth, became a hit all over Thailand. It is about a kind of love-hate relationship between the aspiring model Napat (Ann) and the photographer Chen (Ken). The country was in an “Oum Ruk Fever” and it lasted on even when this lakorn finally ended. Since the series was a huge success, Channel 3 produced a VCD and DVD box set for ‘Om Ruk’. Furthermore, Ann was awarded ‘Best Actress in a Lakorn’.

In fact, Ann has been in numerous popular series and films so far. Most recently, she starred alongside Thai-Danish actor and singer Peter Corp Dyrendal in ‘Ab Ruk Online’ (2015). What is more, she has also been in a number of commercials, for instance for L’Oreal. In addition, she is not only famous but legendary. Thus, I met her once at Madame Tussauds’ in Bangkok 😉

Ann as wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok (photo taken by myself)

Ann as wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Bangkok (photo taken by myself)

Summing up, we can say that Ann Thongprasom has been an extraordinary and admirable actress in Thai series and movies for more than 20 years and she is still going strong 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

Peter Corp Dyrendal – Thai-Danish Singer, Model & Actor

Peter Corp Dyrendal was born on 1.January 1976 in Ishøj, Denmark where he was raised. Being half-Thai, he often went to Thailand as a kid where he would stay with his aunt in Bangkok. He went there almost every year during vacations. When Peter was 17 years old, his aunt pushed him to go for a camera test with a modeling agency. The following year, Peter was back in Bangkok and did some modelling jobs which were at that time mostly for fun.

Peter Corp Dyrendal

Peter Corp Dyrendal (photo credit: Peter Corp FB page)

Peter Corp Dyrendal*

However, when he was 19 he got a promising offer by a Thai advertising agency. On this occasion, he was also discovered as a singer and an artist: Peter was on a modelling job on a beach in Thailand playing the guitar. That was when one of the team members became aware of Peter’s potential as a musician. Hence, he was invited to the Thai record company GMM Grammy for a test.

Thus, Peter was encouraged to try a career as a singer and began taking sinning lessons. A few months later, he signed his contract with GMM Grammy and his debut album ‘Hin Pha Ga Darb’ (1998) became a great success and made him a famous ‘luk kreung’ singer in Thailand. However, the following albums were not so successful. For this reason, he went behind the scenes and worked for the production company Nebula.

Peter also went into acting in Thai TV series (Lakorn). Up until now he starred in five TV dramas. For instance, in 2002 he acted alongside Marsha Vadhanapanich in ‘Sai Lom Kub Saeng Dao’ (Wind and Starlight). In this drama, he played the role of a water sport instructor of Thai-New Zealand descent. I think the following clip is from this film 🙂

In 2012 he was in ‘Noom Baan Rai Khub Whan Jai Hiso’ (Farmer boy and High-society sweetheart) with Thai-British actress Araya A. Hargate. What is more, he also starred in the 2011 Thai movie Fabulous 30.

Lovely picture of Peter with his cat (photo credit: Peter Corp, FB page)

Lovely picture of Peter with his cat*

There is also the drama ‘Narng Rai Sai Lub’ (Villain’s spy) with Rasri Balenciaga and finally ‘Ab Ruk Online’ (Secret love online) with the renowned Thai-Swedish actress Ann Thongprasom. Here is a song from the latter drama ‘Ab Ruk Online’ featuring Peter.

Today, Peter is still an actor and married to Ployphan Taweerat since 2013. They have a little son called Panther, his name is thus a mix of the parent’s names. A next son is expected soon who should be called Puma. Hence, it seems that Peter and his wife keep the ‘P’s and stick to the feline theme as well 😉

Peter, Ploy & son Panther (photo credit: asianfuse.net)

Peter, Ploy & son Panther (photo credit: asianfuse.net)

By the way, Peter is the older brother of Michael Corp Dyrendal who is an entrepreneur and who also has experience in the Thai entertainment industry.

Summing up, we may say that even though Peter Corp Dyrendal has been working for about 20 years in the entertainment business, he is still going strong and we are curious to know what he will come up with next.

Yours, Sirinya

*photo credit: Peter Corp FB page