Adrian Pang Yeow Soon (born 8 January 1966) is a Malaysian-born Singapore former actor, host, and contracted artiste under FLY Entertainment and prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1990 to 2010. He first came to prominence in Singaporean television by acting in some English-language and Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp and SPH MediaWorks in the 1990s. Since then, he has diversified into hosting and theatre production. More recently, he had a small role in the Hollywood cybercrime movie Blackhat (2015), starring Chris Hemsworth and Wang Lee Hom. In 2010, Pang announced that after his current artiste contract with Mediacorp expires in March, he will experimentally leave Mediacorp.
Early life and career
Pang was born in Malacca, Malaysia. He was educated at Anglo-Chinese School and Anglo-Chinese Junior College. Although he graduated with a law degree from Keele University in Britain, he did not practice, he trained at the ARTTS International in Bubwith instead. He worked for a number of years in British theatre and television before returning to Singapore. While he was based in Britain, he would occasionally return to Singapore for stage work where he first caught the eye of Singaporeans when he starred in the Singaporean comedy film Forever Fever (1998).
Upon returning home, Pang joined Mediacorp. Pang later switched to SPH MediaWorks as a producer-presenter when the new company was established in 2001. It was around this time in 2001 that he moved back permanently to Singapore with his family. He quickly established himself as a household name through his work on SPH MediaWorks Channel i. A versatile talent, he excelled in hosting as well as acting, such as in the comedy Durian King and the main actor in the channel's final production, Six Weeks, before its impending merger with Mediacorp in 2005. An original idea of his, Pang co-wrote Six Weeks and was part of the creative process from start to finish.
Re-employed by Mediacorp after the merger, he went on to appear in Chinese dramas on Mediacorp Channel 8, such as the blockbuster drama Portrait of Home (同心圆) in 2005. His portrayal of the eccentric Dadi earned him a Best Actor nomination in Star Awards 2005. He achieved this accolade despite the fact that he is much more comfortable speaking in English than in Mandarin (something many English-speaking Singaporeans can relate to). Indeed, he admitted he had much difficulty acting in the show. He even describes himself as a 'kentang', a Malay term, to describe someone who is very Westernised.
He also starred in Jack Neo's romantic comedy I Do I Do (2005) with Sharon Au. He also appeared on Makan King on Channel U, Nine Lives on Arts Central and Maggi & Me on Mediacorp Channel 5. In March 2007, he clinched the coveted Best Actor award at the national Life! Theater Awards for 2006.
He has also appeared in various theatrical performances such as Forbidden City: Portrait of An Empress (2002), A Twist of Fate (2005), The Dresser, The Odd Couple and many others.
Pang's humour makes him one of the more sought-after hosts in Singaporean media. He was the host for The Arena and Deal or No Deal aired on Mediacorp Channel 5. He has also helped to host the National Day Parade Celebrations in Singapore as well as Miss Singapore Universe.
He also played the male lead in the series Parental Guidance opposite Hong Kong actress, Jessica Hsuen. That was also the first time Pang played a legal professional on television.
In 2008, he filmed a Chinese drama serial, Nanny Daddy, which was telecast on Channel 8 in September that year.
In 2009, he snared a leading role as a "blind" lawyer named Alex Sung bent on revenge in the Channel 5 blockbuster drama Red Thread and clinched the "Best Actor" award at the 14th Asian Television Awards (ATA).
In 2010, Pang announced that after his current artiste contract with Mediacorp expires in March, he will "experimentally" leave the entertainment industry, and establish a drama company with his wife, to be called "PANGDEMONiUM!". According to Pang, the "experimental" leave was made possible via a prior arrangement with Mediacorp executives, and that he is open to returning to Mediacorp, or act in Mediacorp projects, in the future. At this time he did not appear for the last few episodes in New City Beat and acted in Channel 8 drama series With You.
PANGDEMONiUM!'s inaugural production was The Full Monty held in June 2010, based on The Full Monty. Their next production, Closer showed from February to March 2011. Their third play, Dealer's Choice was played from 29 September to 12 October 2011. They went on to produce Spring Awakening in February 2012 and Swimming with Sharks in September 2012.
In 2012, Pang starred in the Mediacorp Raintree Pictures movie Dance Dance Dragon (龙众舞) alongside Kym Ng and Dennis Chew. The movie was aired in all local cinemas during the Lunar New Year period.
In late 2012, Pang starred in the Singapore Repertory Theatre's production of God of Carnage. The next year, he went on to star in a stage adaptation of Rabbit Hole opposite popular actress Janice Koh.
In 2014, Pang wrote his first book for children, Hansel and Girl Girl. The children's picture book, illustrated by Cultural Medallion winner Milenko Prvacki, transplants the traditional Hansel and Gretel fairy tale to a Singapore setting. Published by Epigram Books, part of the proceeds went to charity.
Pang is married to Tracie Howitt. They have two sons, Zack and Xander.
|2019||I See You
|Zhong Zhi Wen
|2012||The Kitchen Musical||Bryan S||
|2011||Code of Law||Dennis Tang Teng Soon (Cameo ep 1)||
|The Pupil Season 2||Dennis Tang Teng Soon||
|2010||With You 我在你左右||Zhou Wen An 周文安||
|The Pupil Season 1||Dennis Tang Teng Soon||
|2009||Red Thread||Alex Sung||
|Polo Boys||Gregory Koh||
|2008||Nanny Daddy 奶爸百分百||Liu Zhuolun 刘卓伦||
|2007||Do Not Disturb : Lunch Hour||
|2007–2008||Parental Guidance||James Seto||
|2006–2008||Maggi & Me 我爱鬼妹||Johnny Tan||
|2005||Portrait of Home II 同心圆2||Zhou Dadi 周大地||
|Portrait of Home 同心圆||
|2012–2013||Chasing Happiness||Channel NewsAsia programme|
|2009||New City Beat 城人新杂志||Co-hosted with Gurmit Singh, Bryan Wong and Kym Ng|
|Don't Forget the Lyrics! (Singapore)||English edition, Comic Mayhem episode|
|2007–2008||Deal or No Deal|
|2007||Miss Singapore Universe finals|
|Phua Chu Kang Wrap Party||End of series wrap-up|
|Code Red 爱上小红点|
|The Arena I|
|2006||Miss Singapore Universe finals|
|2005–2006||Makan King 好吃王|
|2005||Singapore National Day Parade|
|2004||Top 10 十不相瞒|
|2002||Singapore National Day Parade (pre-parade)|
|Singapore Film Festival|
|2015||The Faith of Anna Waters||Father Matthew Tan|
|2014||Unlucky Plaza||Sky / Terence Chia|
|2013||Judgement Day||Prime Minister|
|2013||Sex.Violence.FamilyValues (short film)||The Director|
|2012||Dance Dance Dragon 龙众舞||Eric Tan|
|2009||The Blue Mansion||Wee Teck Meng|
|2008||The Carrot Cake Conversations||Matthew|
|2007||Gone Shopping||Valentine Tan|
|2005||I Do I Do 爱都爱都||Lee Ah Peng 李亚鹏|
|1995||Night Watch||Korean technician|
|2019||Late Company||Bill||Victoria Theatre, Singapore|
|2015||Chinglish||Minister Cai Guoliang||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2015||Circle Mirror Transformation||Shultz||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2014||The Rise and Fall of Little Voice||Raysay||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2013||Next to Normal||Dan||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2013||Rabbit Hole||Howie Corbett||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2012||Spring Awakening||Headmaster Knochenbruch||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2012||Swimming with Sharks||Buddy Ackerman||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2012||God of Carnage||Michael||Atlantis Production / Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2011||Dealer's Choice||Stephen||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2011||Into the Woods||Actor||Singapore|
|2010||The Full Monty||Jerry||Pangdemonium, Singapore|
|2009||Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2007, 2008||The Pillowman||Tupolski||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2006||The Dresser||Norman||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2005||A Twist of Fate||Uncle Albert||VizPro Entertainment / Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2004||The Odd Couple||Felix Ungar, Oscar Madison||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|2001||Barefoot in the Park||Paul||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1999, 2000||They're Playing Our Song||Vernon||Singapore Repertory Theater, Manila, Philippines|
|1998||Take Away||Damien||Mu-Lan Theatre Company, London|
|1997||New Territories||Wong, Monkey||Yellow Earth Theatre, London|
|1997||Hamlet||Prince Hamlet||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1996||The Magic Fundoshi||The Servant, The Wife, The Acolyte||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1996||The Glass Menagerie||Tom Wingfield||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1995||Little Shop of Horrors||Seymour||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1995||Privates on Parade||Ming||Greenwich Theatre, UK|
|1994||Into the Woods||Jack||Singapore Repertory Theater, Singapore|
|1993||Hair||Tribe||The Old Vic, UK|
|1993||The Magic Fundoshi||The Servant, The Wife, The Acolyte||Mu-Lan Theatre Company, London|
|2008||Pulua Hantu||Damian Lee||
Awards and nominations
|Star Awards – Acting Awards|
|2005||12th Star Awards Ceremony||Best Actor||Portrait of Home||Template:Nom|
|12th Star Awards Ceremony||Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Template:N/A||Template:Nom|
|2006||13th Star Awards Ceremony||Best Actor||Portrait of Home II||Template:Nom|
|13th Star Awards Ceremony||Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Template:N/A||Template:Nom|
|2007||14th Star Awards Ceremony||Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Template:N/A||Template:Nom|
|2009||15th Star Awards Ceremony||Best Actor||Nanny Daddy||Template:Nom|
|15th Star Awards Ceremony||Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes||Template:N/A||Template:Nom|
Asian Television Awards
|2003||Asian Television Awards, Best Comedy Actor||Ah Girl II||Template:Nom|
|2007||Asian Television Awards, Best Comedy Actor||Maggi & Me||Template:Nom|
|2009||Asian Television Awards,Best Actor||Red Thread||Template:Won|
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9. Adrian Pang's sons did not believe he was in a movie with Chris Hemsworth http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/movies/story/adrian-pang-movie-thor-20150114