Bront Palarae

Nasrul Suhaimin bin Saifuddin (born 27 September 1978), known professionally as Bront Palarae, is a Malaysian actor, screenwriter, director and producer.[1]

Bront Palarae
Nasrul Suhaimin bin Saifuddin[1]

(1978-09-27) 27 September 1978 (age 42)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active2000–present
Rozi Izma
(m. 2013)
ChildrenAdeena Imani

Early life and educationEdit

Palarae was born in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. He is of Malay, Punjabi-Pakistani and Thai ancestry. In 2005, he received a scholarship from the Italian government to attend a short course in Language & Culture at the University for Foreigners Perugia, Italy. He overstayed and toured the country for the next four months.


2000–2008: Early yearsEdit

Palarae made his acting debut on television in 2000, his first feature film Lang Buana (2003) but he first gained fame by portraying two characters in Cinta Tsunami, a television series in 2005.

In 2008, with the release of his biggest commercial success, SinDarEla (Cinderella), he rose to prominence in a lead role, Hussin on the hit television series with Sharifah Amani and Remy Ishak, followed by another television series, Rona Roni Makaroni in the same year, again with Sharifah Amani.

2009–2015: Breaking into filmEdit

Uncomfortable with his career direction, the media-shy actor turned his focus to film roles. Since then, he started attracting a variety of roles in films including Anak Halal (2005), Man Laksa (2005) and Bilut (2005).[2] His first major role was in V3: Samseng Jalanan, starring alongside his good friend, Farid Kamil who also directed the movie. V3:Samseng Jalanan grossed over RM4.1 million at the box office.

In 2009, Palarae starred in Belukar alongside Daphne Iking, directed by Jason Chong.[3] Though the movie did not do well at the box office, his acting was praised among critics and audiences alike. He won the Best Actor award at the 23rd Malaysia Film Festival[4][5] and also the Anugerah Skrin 2010 for his performance in Belukar.[6]

In 2010, Palarae co-founded Otto Films and through the company, he co-produced, co-written & co-directed Kolumpo,[7] a feature film released in 2013. He also served Camwerk Studios as Creative Consultant to help developed The Kidnap Case of Ammar Affendi and secured a co-production deal with RexMedia (US) at the Marche Du Film at Festival De Cannes at the same year. He was later appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Edwin Denim Malaysia[8] and also the face of local fashion designer Fairuz Ramdhan.[9]

2016–present: Going regionalEdit

In 2016, Palarae starred in a Malaysian sports football film Ola Bola,[10] Chiu Keng Guan's latest film after the record-breaking The Journey. Not only that the film made RM15.85 million and became the 5th highest-grossing Malaysian film of all time, Bront also won the Kuala Lumpur Critics' Choice Award 2016[11] in the Best Supporting category, for his role in the film.[12]

After winning the Best Actor award for Terbaik Dari Langit at the Asean International Film Festivals (AIFFA) 2015,[13][14] he was roped in for HBO Asia's original series titled Halfworlds directed by Indonesian filmmaker, Joko Anwar.[15] He later joined the Mo Brothers on their latest film titled Headshot, starring Iko Uwais.[16] In 2016, Palarae joined the cast of comedy film My Stupid Boss as a collaboration with another Indonesian filmmaker, Upi Avianto.[17]

At the recent 2016 Asian Television Award, Palarae was nominated for his role in the telemovie Eropah, Here I am through the "Best Actor In A Leading Role" category.[18]

Bront recently appeared on Pengabdi Setan[19] (Satan's Slave), a remake of classic Indonesian horror film by Joko Anwar. This would be his second collaboration with Joko after HBO Asia's Halfworlds series. Pengabdi Setan became the highest-grossing film in Indonesia for 2017 and being distributed in 26 countries under CJ Entertainment (Korea).

Palarae is currently preparing his role on his latest project titled What Comes Around, to be directed by Zahir Omar. Palarae is also working on a film called The Intern, which is to be his directorial debut.[20]

Humanitarian workEdit

In 2012, Palarae joined the AQSA2Gaza11 Emergency Relief trip to Gaza[21] organised by Aqsa Syarif, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation that focuses on helping the people of Palestine affected by the Gaza-Israel conflicts occurring that year.

He was the goodwill ambassadors for the UNICEF's My Promise To Children campaign[22] to emphasise children's rights in Malaysia.


  Denotes film/dramas that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Director Notes
2000 Lips to Lips Amir Muhammad Production manager
2003 Lang Buana Perdana Mamat Khalid
2006 Man Laksa Mat Topoi Special appearance
Castello Abang Calita Bade Hj. Azmi Guest appearance
Bilut Rosli
Tipah Tertipu The Movie Bad Guy Ahmad Idham
2007 1957: Hati Malaya Muzaffar Shuhaimi Baba
Anak Halal Danny Osman Ali
Apa Khabar Orang Kampung (Village People Radio Show) Radio Actor Amir Muhammad
2008 Akhirat Ramon S. Baldev Singh Special appearance
Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang Mahinder Singh Mamat Khalid
Antoo Fighter: Amukan Drakulat Rambo Azizi `Chunk` Adnan
2009 Setem Abu Bakar / 'Burn' Kabir Bhatia
15Malaysia Pedophile Man Nam Ron Episode: "Lolipop", short film anthology
2010 V3 Samseng Jalanan Brett Farid Kamil
Belukar Nik Jason Chong
2011 Jalan Pintas Nam Ron
Quattro Hongkong 2 Ho Yuhang Segment: "Open Verdict" [23]
Kongsi Kempedu Farid Kamil
Sekali Lagi Haris Hashim Rejab
Ombak Rindu Ismail Osman Ali
2012 Bunohan Deng Dain Iskandar Said
Jiwa Taiko Pinto Osman Ali
Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katerina Hisyam Sharad Sharan
2013 Juvana Warden Encik Raja Faisal Ishak Cameo appearance
Bikers Kental Ponthaliwat Helmi Yusof
Psiko: Si Pencuri Hati O. Sidi Nam Ron
Kolumpo Himself
2014 Sejoli: Misi Cantas Cinta Jo Osman Ali
Lagenda Budak Setan 3: Kasyah Hisyam Sharad Sharan
Anak Jantan Somchai Faizul A. Rashid
Dollah Superstar Himself Kabir Bhatia Cameo appearance
Terbaik Dari Langit (Nova) Berg Nik Amir Mustapha
2015 Redemption Night[24] Rahman Takatoi Hosoi
Jwanita Farhan Osman Ali
Girlfriend Kontrak Zain Virginia Kennedy
2016 Ola Bola Rahman Chiu Keng Guan
My Stupid Boss Adrian Upi Avianto
Headshot Interpol Agent Ali Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto Indonesian movie
Hanyut Sayed Rashid U-Wei Haji Saari
2017 Kau Takdirku Harris Jason Chong
Pengabdi Setan Bahri Suwono Joko Anwar Indonesian movie
Ayat-Ayat Cinta 2 Baruch Guntur Soehardjanto
2018 Dukun Shah Dain Iskandar Said
One Two Jaga Inspector Rayyan Nam Ron Also producer
2019 Bikers Kental 2 Pornthaliwat Helmi Yusof Special appearance
Fly by Night Inspector Kamal Zahir Omar
KL Vampires Himself Devan R. Opening voice over
Wira Colenal Izzar Adrian Teh Cameo appearance
Gundala Pengkor Joko Anwar Indonesian movie
Love is a Bird Darma Richard Oh Indonesian movie
2020 Motel Acacia Bront Bradley Liew Philippines movie
Tyickoouns Izan Hailmey Mokhtar
Zombitopia Dr. Rahman Woo Ming Jin Post-production
TBA Rajah   Pengiran Indera Mahkota Michael Haussman Filming
 The Lies I Tell   Iskandar Himself Post-production
Proksi   Sam Zulkarnain Azhar Post-production
Safari Mall   Himself Jordan Suleiman Post-production
Dawn Raid: The Hands That Rattled The Queen   Desa Pachi Himself In-development[25] [26][27]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role TV channel Notes
2003 Dengan Nama Cinta ntv7
2004 Rumah itu Duniaku TV1
Garisan Takdir Mediacorp Suria
Cinta Tsunami Rangsit TV3
2007 Cinta Secangkir Kopi Ammar TV9
2008 Sindarella Tengku Hussein@ Sein TV3
Rona Roni Makaroni Roni Astro Ria
2009 Tower 13 Adam Baktihar / Johan Ariff TV3
Tangkal Besi Astro Citra
2010 Ibn Battuta: The Animated Series TV2
2011 Juvana Warden Encik Raja TV3
Hajar Aswad Asrul Aswad TV9
2012 Pulau Azri
Projek Pop 8TV Special appearance
I Eat KL HyppTV
2015 Halfworlds Gusti HBO Season 1
2018 Doors: A Philippines Horror Anthology Boo Episode: "Daddy's Home"
Folklore MP HBO Episode: "Toyol"
2018—present The Bridge Megat Jamil HBO/Viu


Year Title Role TV channel
2000 Mat Nor Kusyairi and the Velvetboys ntv7
2003 Neon Ringgo's Friend III VCD
2009 Senandung Malam Astro Prima
2010 Bunga Rampai Musim Tengkujuh Jamal TV1
2012 Kasih Bumi Bumi TV9
2013 New York Cinta Seth Astro First Exclusive
2014 Sebenarnya Khaliff TV3
2015 3 Nota Atoi Astro Prima
2016 Eropah, Here I AM Bukhary Astro Citra
2018 Janji Zehan-Lahzeya Bi Payan Faizal Astro First Exclusive


Year Title Role TV channel
2003 Beat TV Host Astro Ria

TV commercialsEdit

Year Title
2006 Hotlink Maxis Prepaid
2008 Visit Singapore


Music videoEdit

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2017 "Kembali" Kaka Azraff

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated works Result
2010 14th Anugerah Skrin Best Male Actor Belukar Won
23rd Malaysia Film Festival Best Male Actor Won
Best Male Supporting Actor V3: Samseng Jalanan Nominated
24th Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian Most Popular Male Film Actor Bront Palarae Nominated
2011 25th Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian Most Popular Male Film Actor Nominated
2012 16th Anugerah Skrin Best Male Supporting Film Actor Jiwa Taiko Nominated
25th Malaysia Film Festival Best Male Supporting Actor Nominated
The Kuala Lumpur Film Critics' Circle Award Best Male Supporting Actor Nominated
26th Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian Most Popular Male Actor Bront Palarae Nominated
Most Popular Villain in Film or Drama Nominated
2013 Anugerah Blokbuster 2 Best Villain Award Jiwa Taiko Nominated
2014 Anugerah Stail EH! Most Stylish Male Celebity Bront Palarae Nominated
Most Sexy Male Celebrity Nominated
Anugerah Lawak Warna 2 Best Male Comedy Actor (Film) Sejoli Won
26th Malaysia Film Festival Best Male Actor Psiko Pencuri Hati Nominated
18th Anugerah Skrin Best Male Film Actor Won
The Kuala Lumpur Film Critics' Circle Award Best Male Actor Nominated
2015 Anugerah MeleTOP Era 2 Bintang Filem MeleTOP Bront Palarae Nominated
27th Malaysia Film Festival Best Male Actor Terbaik dari Langit Nominated
ASEAN International Film Festival Best Male Actor Terbaik dari Langit Won
2016 The Kuala Lumpur Film Critics' Circle Award Best Male Actor Ola Bola Won
Anugerah Melodi 2016 Personaliti Filem Melodi Bront Palarae Nominated
Asian Television Award 2016 Best Actor Eropah Here I Am Nominated
2017 Festival Filem Tempo 2017 (Indonesia) Best Supporting Actor Pengabdi Setan Nominated
2018 IBOMA Awards 2018 (Indonesia) Best Actor Pengabdi Setan Nominated
2019 7th QCinema International Film Festival (Philippines) Best Actor Fly by Night Nominated
Festival Filem Tempo 2019 (Indonesia) Best Supporting Actor Gundala Nominated
2020 IBOMA Awards 2019 (Indonesia) Best Supporting Actor Gundala Nominated


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