I have a confession to make: I am a major fan of Thai dramas. There’s just something about the swoon-worthy male leads and the captivating storytelling that keeps me coming back for more. And when it comes to male leads, there’s one name that stands out above the rest: Nadech Kugimiya.
For those who aren’t familiar with him, Nadech Kugimiya is a Thai-Austrian actor who has risen to fame in the Thai entertainment industry in recent years. His good looks, natural acting talent, and undeniable charisma have made him one of the most popular actors in Thailand today.
But Nadech’s success didn’t come overnight. In fact, his journey to fame and fortune is a fascinating one. Born in Khon Kaen, Thailand to a Thai mother and a Japanese-Austrian father, Nadech had a decidedly multicultural upbringing. He spent the early years of his life growing up in Khon Kaen before moving to Bangkok as a teenager to attend high school. It was there that he was discovered by a talent scout and offered a job as a model – a decision that would change the course of his life forever.
Early Life and Career
Nadech Kugimiya, born on December 17, 1991, in Khon Kaen, Thailand, is a Thai-Austrian actor and model. He was raised in Thailand by his mother and grandmother, and his father is of Austrian descent. Nadech graduated in communication arts from Rangsit University, Bangkok, and is fluent in Thai, English and Japanese.
Nadech's acting career started when he was discovered by a talent scout while attending high school. He got his first leading role in the Thai drama "Ngao Rak Luang Jai," which aired in 2010. Since then, he has been one of the most popular actors in Thailand, with many acting awards to his name for his roles in various TV dramas and movies.
Rise to Fame
Nadech's breakthrough role came in 2012 when he starred in the romantic comedy "Game Rai Game Rak," opposite his co-star and girlfriend, Yaya Urassaya. The pair's on-screen chemistry was undeniable, and their real-life romance only helped to boost their popularity. The drama received high ratings and was praised for its unique storyline and the fresh and natural performances from the cast.
After the success of "Game Rai Game Rak," Nadech and Yaya starred in several other hit dramas together, including "Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong," "Leh Lub Salub Rang," and "Kluen Cheewit." Their popularity grew both in Thailand and internationally, with fans in many countries around the world.
Notable Roles and Achievements
Nadech's acting skills have been recognized with many awards and nominations over the years. He won the "Most Popular Male Actor" award at the 2018 Nataraja Awards, the "Best Actor in a Leading Role" award at the 2017 TV Gold Awards, and the "Top King of Drama" award at the 2015 Nataraja Awards, among others.
Aside from his acting career, Nadech has also done modeling work for brands like Uniqlo, Dunkin' Donuts and Nutrilite, and has graced the covers of many magazines. He has also ventured into singing, with his first single "Rak Tae Mae Mai Keun" released in 2013.
Personal Life and Philanthropy
Nadech's relationship with Yaya Urassaya has been highly publicized in the media, with many fans rooting for the couple. The pair has been together since 2012 and has talked about their plans for marriage in the future. Nadech is also known for his love of animals, especially dogs, and has been involved in several animal rescue projects.
Moreover, Nadech is an ambassador for many charities and organizations, including the "Free a Child from AIDS" project, "Habitat for Humanity Thailand," and the "Learning for Life" project. He has also used his fame to raise awareness about important issues like HIV/AIDS and blood donation.
Nadech's popularity has extended beyond Thailand, and he has been recognized internationally for his acting work. In 2019, he was named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine in China. He also won the "Best Leading Actor in a Television Drama" award at the 2016 Asian Television Awards for his performance in "The Crown Princess."
Furthermore, Nadech has a sizable fanbase in other Asian countries like China, Taiwan, and Singapore, with many fans praising his good looks and acting skills. His Instagram account, which has over 9.7 million followers, features many of his travels and daily life, and his fans love getting a glimpse into his world.
Future Projects and Plans
Nadech shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and he has many upcoming projects in the works. He is set to star in the Thai movie "The Con-Heartist," which is due for release in August 2020. He is also starring in the historical Thai drama "Sroi Sabunga," which is set to air later this year.
Nadech has also talked about his desire to expand his career internationally, and he has already made appearances on Chinese TV shows like "Keep Running" and "Idol Producer."