Ultimate Guide to Popular Thai Actors

Thai dramas (Lakorns) have a lot in common with the Hallmark Channel. 

What do I mean? Well, let me explain... In the USA, there's a TV channel, Hallmark, that features heartwarming romances and family oriented movies and TV shows. The movies are guilty pleasures and addicting to watch but they can be cringe-worthy at times. There's only so much cheesy dialogue and unrealistic love stories a girl can handle. On this channel, not only will you find multiple movies with similar plots, you'll even find the same actors in all these similar movies.

Lakorns are exactly this. Guilty pleasures that star the same actors repeatedly. It's not uncommon to finish watching an airing Lakorn and afterward see one (or both) of the leads starring in another new show. Want to know which Thai actors and actresses are popular? Just look at how many dramas they've starred in. It usually tells you everything! If the list goes on forever, then you know they're popular. 

See that they starred in dramas released weeks apart? They must be superstars! Today I have created a guide to my favorite popular Thai actors and my favorite shows starring them! 

Note: Some of the shows listed might also feature other actors from this list!  

Push (Puttichai Kasetsin)


DJ Push is the king of romantic comedies! He was the main reason I decided to give Thai dramas a chance. His smile (and body) are just beautiful! 

Best Shows:  

Leh Nangfah

Ugly Duckling Perfect Match (favorite)

Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar

Mark (Prin Suparat)


Prin is a very versatile actor. You'll find him in comedies, dramas, mysteries. Basically, you'll see him everywhere! I love him in comedic roles, but after seeing him in Kleun Cheewit I changed my mind. Lawyer/Cop roles are even better! He also stars in a few shows with his girlfriend Kimberly and they're such a fun pair to watch. 

Best Shows:

Punyachon Kon Krua

Phope Ruk

Kleun Cheewit (favorite)

Mario (Nutthawuth Maurer)


The baby face with a hot body! Sadly, I haven't seen Mario much recently. He appeared in Bunlang Dok Mai this year after a 2-year break from Lakorns. I love how boyish and innocent he looks! This man is filled out and buff but that face just makes you want to pinch his cheeks!

Best Shows:

The Rising Sun Series (favorite)

Song Huajai Nee Puea Tur

Bunlang Dok Mai

Ken (Phupoom Phongpanu)


In Korea, there's Lee Sang Yoon. In Thailand, there's Ken. These guys and their dimples! Whenever he smiles, those dimples appear and he goes from being hot and sexy to cute and adorable. He has great chemistry with his co-stars, which always seems to make me squeal and blush. 

Best Shows:

Sarm Noon Nuer Tong

Raeng Ngao (#2 drama, best revenge show ever!)

Dao Kieng Duen (#1 drama, favorite)

Boy (Pakorn Chatborirak)


Boy is another versatile actor, but he seems to play a lot of police roles. I love watching shows with him and Matt! When they are cast together, you know it's going to be a good show.

Best Shows:

Porn Prom Onlaweng (favorite)

Nai Suan Kwan

Fah Krajang Dao 2013 (part of a series)

Nadech (Nadech Kugimiya)


Nadech is an up and coming actor. Unlike the others on this list, Nadech hasn't been acting long (less than 8 years). Also, he stars alongside his girlfriend, Urassaya, A LOT! I don't know if the producers do that on purpose or if its because she's the jealous type. The world may never know... 

Best Shows: 

Rising Sun Series

Lom Sorn Ruk (favorite)

Tarm Ruk Keun Jai

Golf (Pichaya Nitipaisalkul)


For all Full House fans, this is Golf, Mike's older brother. He and his brother look just alike, I swear I thought they were twins! Golf doesn't act much, but he usually stars in more lighthearted romance shows. His shows are great introductions for Thai drama newbies! 

Best Shows:  

Look Nee Tee Ruk

Devil Lover

Angel Destiny (favorite)

Well, that ends another Thai drama guide. Let me know who your favorite actors are! If you would like to read this post and others, check out my blog: LoveKoreana! 

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    forever_shawol 6 days ago

    Wow this is just what I needed. I like Thai dramas but a lot of them ends up being draggy or cliche and over dramatic I'm glad this sums up some of the best Lakorns

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    mahsuri1284 10 days ago - edited

    About Yaya and Nadech - it's not she's the jealous type or anything like that. I think it has more to do with the Yadech fan base who keep asking (well, 'demanding' would be more like it, I guess, but I don't wish to upset anyone) that they be paired up again and again.

    Btw, I think they should just 'fess up about being a couple.

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      RayaneFontes 8 days ago

      Eles não são um casal ainda? Pq em alguns lugares dizem que sim e em outros não.

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    sugasinner May 22, 2017 - edited

    Thank you for this list! I've always wanted to watch some Thai drama, but didn't know where to start. But, thanks to you, I have a huge list now!

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    kittyflumpin May 18, 2017 - edited

    Is this Golf (and brother Mike) the grown-up version of the boy who was in a one-off J-pop unit with Yamashita Tomohisa called GYM (for Golf Yamashita/Yamapi Mike) in 2004 or 2005 maybe?

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    Serin May 17, 2017 - edited

    Golf? Really? :) Actually Mike and Tao (Phiangphor Sarasathapheng) are way more popular than all these actors but they're not in the list. Interesting.

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      mahsuri1284 10 days ago - edited

      Well, they ARE popular in Thai. To say that Tao is way more popular than they are is not really accurate in my opinion.

      I'd say Tao started to make a name in Kiss Me but got more popular after Princess Hours.

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    couchpotato_md May 17, 2017 - edited

    Love Mark and Kleun Cheewit is by far one of my current most favorite lakorn. Loved mario more for the movie "A little Thing Called Love".
    Love Push best in "Leh Nangfah".
    Nadech and his loveteam partner "Yaya" are cute together but I have yet to really fall in love with a lakorn that features Nadech. They were just okay.

    I also like "Dao Kieng Duen" which featured Ken.

    Funny you should mention Golf and not Mike. Full House Thai was the first lakorn I have ever watched and it holds a special place for me because of this.

    Other thai actors that I liked are "Great" and Toomtam"

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      RayaneFontes 8 days ago

      Meu Deus pensei que fosse a única que não me apaixonava pelos trabalhos que tem o Nadech. A química dele com a yaya pode ser boa, mas ela em Kluen Cheewit com o Mark é insuperável para mim

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      Lisandra Kelly 3 days ago

      eu ainda não assisti nenhum trabalho com eles dois...vc não gostou? tava pensando em assistir um novo que vai sair deles dois, mas talvez, ainda haha Kleun cheewit foi meu primeiro Larkon, assisti um dia desses e estou aqui encantada ainda hdvd a química dela com o Mark é fenomenal. Um par perfeito aaaaa queria tanto que fizessem outro drama juntos logo!!

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    werwiewowas95 May 16, 2017

    this is funny I loved the article but at the end you mention Golf but not his brother Mike only as part of Golf's intro... maybe Golf-Mike together instead? hahaha

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    NewKDramaAddict May 16, 2017

    Good article! With Push dramas, you can expect some serious romance but I love me some Nadech and Boy!! They are definitely the two I've watched the most dramas of. Ken is new to me. Cupid Series is the first drama I've seen of his.

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    OlzDive May 16, 2017

    Yes. Push and Ken were one of my favorite too. Another two of my favorite are Mike and Weir. They also give the handsome bad boy vibes #Imho

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    HwangEunByul May 16, 2017

    Thanx for the eyecandy...! Nice article

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    dorathi May 16, 2017

    Nice article Kia. Got to know so many good actors in thai.

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    Zyrka May 15, 2017

    Duang Jai Akkanee is the first lakorn that gets me into the lakorn world. And thus Yaya and Nadech will always be my fav thai actress and actor.

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    ladymay May 15, 2017

    omooooo <3 i love your article chingu <3 these are some of my favorite thai actors too <3 ♥

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    chibiladychoi May 15, 2017 - edited

    I wanna ask if these Thai actors are pure Thai or they are half? :) Also, would like to say that the best Mario Maurer movie for me was Crazy Little Thing Called Love <3

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      Valier May 15, 2017 - edited

      Mario's father is German, I believe.
      And Nadech was adopted I think. His ancestry is Thai/Austrian?

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      chibiladychoi May 16, 2017


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      mahsuri1284 10 days ago

      Have you seen Mario in his 2015 drama Two Spirits Love ? I love him there!

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    Scroll May 15, 2017

    I needed this list a week ago! Thank you for this. I'm going to check one of each actor. By chance I just saw Wannueng Jaa Pben Superstar with Push and I LOVE HIM! Sweet and hot in a good mix of good acting. The only other Lakorn I've seen is with Mike D'Angelo (full house and Kiss me). So I have LOADS to try out. Kob kun kaa!!

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