Bront Palarae

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Bront Palarae
Born Nasrul Suhaimin Bin Saifuddin[1]
(1978-09-27) 27 September 1978 (age 38)
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Rozi Isma (m. 2013)

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

Early life and education[edit]

Palarae was born Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. He is of Malay, Punjabi/Pakistani and Siamese 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 years[edit]

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 film[edit]

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 regional[edit]

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 is currently working 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.

Humanitarian work[edit]

In 2012, Palarae joined the AQSA2Gaza11 Emergency Relief trip to Gaza[20] 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[21] to emphasise children’s rights in Malaysia.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Lang Buana
2006 Man Laksa
Castello Abang Calita
Bilut Rosli
Tipah Tertipu
2007 Dukun
1957: Hati Malaya Muzaffar
Anak Halal Danny
Apa Khabar Orang Kampung (Village People Radio Show)
2008 Akhirat
Kala Malam Bulan Mengambang Mahinder Singh
2009 Setem Abu Bakar / 'Burn'
15Malaysia short film anthology
2010 Remp-it V3
Belukar Nik
2011 Open Verdict [22]
Kongsi - Lu Langsi Lu Mati Kempedu
Sekali Lagi
Ombak Rindu Ismail
2012 Bunohan Deng
Jiwa Taiko Pinto
Jalan Pintas
Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katrina Hisyam
2013 Bikerz Kental Ponthaliwat
Psiko: Si Pencuri Hati O. Sidi
Kolumpo As director and producer
2014 Sejoli Jo
Lagenda Budak Setan 3 Hisyam
Anak Jantan Somchai
Terbaik Dari Langit (Nova) Berg
2015 Redemption Night[23] Rahman
Jwanita Farhan
Girlfriend Kontrak Zain
Hanyut Sayed Rashid
TyIcKoUnS Completed
Antara Satu Completed
2016 Ola Bola Rahman
Headshot Interpol Agent Ali
My Stupid Boss Adrian
Fly By Night Under development
TBA One Two Jaga: Police And Thief in post-production, as producer
Sabotage in pre-production, as director
Dawn Raid: The Hands That Rattled The Queen Khalid Ibrahim[24] also as director and producer[25][26]


Year Title Channel Role Notes
2000 Mat Nor Kusyairi and the Velveboys NTV7
2003 Dengan Nama Cinta NTV7
Beat TV Astro Ria
2004 Rumah itu Duniaku TV1
Garisan Takdir Mediacorp Suria
Cinta Tsunami TV3
2007 Cinta Secangkir Kopi Channel 9
2008 SinDarEla TV3
Rona Roni Makaroni Astro Ria
2009 Senandung Malam Astro Prima
Tower 13 TV3
Tangkal Besi Astro Citra
Ibn Battuta: The Animated Series TV2
2010 Bunga Rampai Musim Tengkujuh RTM
2011 Juvana TV3
Hajar Aswad TV9
2012 Pulau TV9
Projek Pop 8TV special appearance
Kasih Bumi TV9
Darah Daging Astro Prima
I Eat KL HyppTV
2013 NY Cinta Astro First Telemovie
2014 Sebenarnya TV3 Telemovie
2015 Halfworlds HBO Asia Gusti
2016 Eropah, Here I AM Astro Citra

TV commercials[edit]

  • Hotlink Maxis Prepaid (2006)
  • Visit Singapore (2008)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated works Result
2010 14th Anugerah Skrin Best Male Actor Belukar Won
23th 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
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


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