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5 Little-Known Facts About Birthday Boy Ananda Everingham

Happy 32nd birthday to Ananda Everingham, one of the most popular Thai actors today! Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the veteran star, who continues to shine after more than 15 years in the business.

Birthday boy Ananda Everingham

Ananda is of Australian-Laotian descent.

Ananda’s father is John Everingham, a Bangkok-based Australian photojournalist, and his mother, Keo Sirisomphone, is Lao. His parent’s love story was loosely dramatized in the 1983 NBC television movie, “Love Is Forever.” Born in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 31, 1982, Ananda holds Australian citizenship and also was educated there for a bit.

Ananda with his family, including brother Chester, half-brother Zen, father John, and mother Keo

Ananda is best known for his leading role in the 2004 horror movie ‘Shutter.’

The film led Ananda to many other leading roles. He won Best Actor at the 2009 Thailand National Film Association Awards for his role as a photographer in the movie “Happy Birthday.”

Ananda in a scene from ‘Shutter’

Watch a trailer for “Happy Birthday” below:

Ananda is a popular star in countries outside Thailand, including Singapore and Laos.

Although Ananda is best known for his Thai films, he also starred in Singaporean films such as “The Leap Years” in 2005 and “Pleasure Factory” in 2007. Released in 2008, “Sabaidee Luang Prabang” was the first Thai/Lao commercial film shot since 1975.

Ananda with his Laotian co-star Khamly Philavong in ‘Sabaidee Luang Prabang’

Ananda means ‘bliss’ or ‘happiness’ in Sanskrit, a classical language of India. 

Ananda is one of the principal disciples and a devout attendant of the Buddha. It is a popular Buddhist and Hindu name, as well as a popular name among Muslims in Indonesia.

Ananda written in the Sanskrit language

Before becoming an actor, Ananda worked part-time in his family’s Indian restaurant. 

At age 14, he was discovered there by a representative of GMM Grammy, Thailand’s largest entertainment company. He soon started acting in films and lakorns (otherwise known as dramas).

Ananda’s heart-melting gaze

Keep an eye out for this international rising star. What did you find the most interesting about this hot star?

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