James Assarasakorn (Thai: เจมส์ อัศรัสกร; born July 3, 1993),[2] known professionally as James Ma, is a Thai actor and model. He made an acting debut in 2013 in Gentlemen of Jutathep Series as M.R. Ronapee Jutathep. He is currently working under Channel 3.

James Ma
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Born
James Assarasakorn

(1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 28)
Bangkok, Thailand
Other namesAr Tee Noi[1]
EducationAssumption University
Occupation
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2013–present
AgentChannel 3 (2013–present)
Notable work
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
WebsiteCH3 Proile

Early life and educationEdit

Ma was born in Bangkok to a Thai Chinese father and a Hong Kong mother. He has one younger sister.[3][4] Ma first attended NIST International School, but at the age of 8, his family moved to Hong Kong, where he resumed studying in Quarry Bay School. He then excelled 2 years past his usual studying year group and attended South Island School of Hong Kong. In late 2011, he was discovered by Supachai Srivijit, who then became his manager in the entertainment industry, and Ma returned to Thailand to study in Harrow International School, Bangkok. He received a bachelor’s degree of Arts in Business English and a master’s degree of Business Administration in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Assumption University.[5] Before Ma decided to be an actor, he thought about being a pro golfer.[6] He won a gold medal in the ISSFHK Golf Pairs Championship 2008 in Hong Kong and many other awards against other schools. In 2008, he auditioned for The Star (season 7), a Thai reality show and singing competition, but didn't pass through the final audition.

CareerEdit

Ma made his acting debut at the age of 20 with a lead role in a special period drama Gentlemen of Jutathep Series in 2013. This special series made to celebrate ThaiTV3's 43rd anniversary, which assigned five top producers to each make a period drama about the five Jutathep brothers: Khun Chai Taratorn, Khun Chai Pawornruj, Khun Chai Phuttipat, Khun Chai Rachanon and Khun Chai Ronapee. His main series which is Khun Chai Ronapee is directed by Chatchai Plengpanich and he was acted with Chalida Vijitvongthong as female lead. This period drama is an adaptation from the novel of the same name. Before the drama aired, Ma was harshly criticized by netizen, saying that he lacked the looks and talent[7] but he proved to everyone his talent when the drama aired.

Ma then starred in the short film titled Thai Niyom: Prince Pom in 2014. He plays as Prince Pom. This was his first performance in short film after debuting. On the same year, Ma participated in Give Me 5 Concert alongside Mario Maurer, Sukollawat Kanarot, Nadech Kugimiya and Phupoom Pongpanu. During his concert, he invited Tata Young and Boy Peacemaker as his special guest.

In 2015, Ma returned to TV screens, after a two-year absence, with a romance action drama The King's Servant directed by Atthaporn Teemakorn. This story takes place in the era of Rama III, the third king of Siam under the House of Chakri. The story sets around the period when Britain (known as Wilat at that time) enters into a commercial partnership role with Siam. He was paired opposite Peranee Kongthai in the series.[8]

In the same year, Ma was cast as a lead role in Just a Man, Not a Magician with Kimberley Anne Woltemas. This drama is a remake of 2001 Samee Ngern Phon, and was produced by Ann Thongprasom and directed by Kritsada Techanilobon.

In late 2015, Ma made his movie debut as a lead role alongside South Korean actress Hahm Eun-jung in a sci-fi romance movie Microlove. This movie was directed by Sathanapong Limwongthong. It revolves around an outgoing and wealthy Thai man, who works in a Korean software company that privately develops a software and catches the interest of the president’s daughter.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Thai Niyom: Prince Pom Prince Pom Short film
2016 Rong Tao Kaang Sut Tai Sattawat Short film
2017 Microlove Pat Lead role with South Korea actress Ham Eun-jung

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Native title Role Network Notes
2013 Khun Chai Taratorn คุณชายธราธร M.R., Flg.Off. Ronapee Jutathep / Khun Chai Pee Channel 3 Main Cast
The series Suphapburut Juthathep
(สุภาพบุรุษจุฑาเทพ)
Khun Chai Pawornruj คุณชายปวรรุจ
Khun Chai Puttipat คุณชายพุฒิภัทร
Khun Chai Rachanon คุณชายรัชชานนท์
Khun Chai Ronapee คุณชายรณพีร์
2015 Ka Badin ข้าบดินทร์ Luang Surabodin (Haym) Main Role
2016 Piang Chai Kon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wised เพียงชายคนนี้ไม่ใช่ผู้วิเศษ Dr. Satawat Winwiwat / Wat
2017 Akom อาคม Songklod PritchametSakul (Klom) / Kim
Sai Tarn Hua Jai สายธารหัวใจ Narang Jongsawad / Na
2018 Duang Jai Nai Fai Nhao ดวงใจในไฟหนาว Yiamyuth
Chaat Seur Pan Mungkorn ชาติเสือพันธุ์มังกร Chao Pho Lim Bun Hou / Taeng Tiger / Songward
2019 Klin Kasalong กลิ่นกาสะลอง Pratsawin (Future) / Tin Krit (Present) / Doctor Sap (past)
2021 Song Sanaeha สองเสน่หา Warit
Duang Ta Tee Sam ดวงตาที่สาม Treekarn
TBA Pror Rak (Because of Love) เพราะรัก Singh

ConcertsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013
11th Seventeen Choice Awards
Male Rising Star Gentlemen of Jutathep Series Won
8th OK! Awards
Nominated
Weekend Magazine Awards
Top 10 Stars N/A Won
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Male Rising Star Gentlemen of Jutathep Series Won
2014
SeeSan Bunterng Awards
Popular Actor of the Year Nominated
Rising Male Star of the Year Nominated
Fantasy Couple of the Year with Chalida Vijitvongthong Nominated
3rd Daradaily The Great Awards
Male Rising Star of the Year Nominated
11th Kom Chad Luek Awards
Popular Actor Award Nominated
8th Kazz Awards
Nominated
2015
SeeSan Bunterng Awards
Best Actor The King's Servant Won
TV3 Fanclub Awards
Most Popular Actor Nominated
2016
5th Daradaily The Great Awards
Best Drama Actor of the Year Nominated
6th Mthai Top-Talk Awards
Top-Talk About Actor Nominated
30th TV Gold Awards
Outstanding Actor Nominated
13th Kom Chad Luek Awards
Best Actor Nominated
Popular Actor Award Nominated
2nd TrueLife Awards
Leading Actor of the Year Nominated
7th Nataraja Awards
Best Leading Actor Nominated
Maya Awards
Excellent Actor (Drama) Nominated
Charming Star (Male) N/A Nominated
11th OK! Awards
Female Heartthrob N/A Won
2017
6th Daradaily The Great Awards
Best Drama Actor of the Year Just a Man, Not a Magician Won
Cool Guy of the Year N/A Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shareice".
  2. ^ "เกณฑ์ทหารปีนี้คึกคัก 'ดารา-ลูกนักการเมือง' ถึงคิวรับใช้ชาติ" (in Thai). Thairath. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ "วิธีคิดของ"เจมส์ มาร์" ต้องพยายามใหม่" (in Thai). Matichon Online. June 25, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "โล่งอก! "เจมส์ มาร์" หลุดจากข้อครหา "ลูกครึ่งเก๊"" (in Thai). sanook!. June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. ^ "ประวัติ เจมส์ มาร์ พระเอก คุณชายรณพีร์" (in Thai). K@POOK!. April 9, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "เจมส์ มาร์ กับชีวิตนอกวงการบันเทิง" (in Thai). sanook!. June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "ชาวเน็ตวิจารณ์ เจมส์ มาร์ ไม่เหมาะบท คุณชายรณพีร์" (in Thai). K@POOK!. July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  8. ^ ""เจมส์-แมท"ย้อนยุค ละครพีเรียด"ข้าบดินทร์"" (in Thai). Khaosod. June 6, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2015.

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