Henry Golding

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Henry Golding
Golding in 2017
Henry Ewan Golding

(1987-02-05) 5 February 1987 (age 36)
  • Actor
  • television host
Years active2009–present
Liv Lo
(m. 2016)

Henry Ewan Golding (born 5 February 1987) is a Malaysian-born British actor.[1][2] Golding has been a presenter on BBC's The Travel Show since 2014.[3] He is known for his film work, playing the role of Nick Young in Crazy Rich Asians (2018), the title character in the action-adventure Snake Eyes (2021), Sean Townsend in the thriller A Simple Favor (2018), and Tom in the romantic comedy Last Christmas (2019), the latter two directed by Paul Feig.

Early life[edit]

Golding was born in Sarawak in the district of Betong, Malaysia. His mother, Margaret Likan Golding[4] is a native-born Sarawakian of indigenous Dayak Iban ancestry. His father, Clive Golding is English. The family lived for almost five years in Terengganu, before moving to Surrey, England, when Henry was eight years old. There he went to The Warwick School, Redhill.[5][non-primary source needed] He moved to Kuala Lumpur when he was 21 to pursue on-camera roles after working as a hairdresser on Sloane Street in London for a couple of years.[6]


Henry Golding's autograph

In March 2017, after a global casting call, it was announced that Golding would star in the film Crazy Rich Asians[7] alongside Constance Wu. He was first brought to director Jon M. Chu's attention by accountant Lisa-Kim Ling Kuan, and Golding's charm and personality quickly won him his first acting role.[8][non-primary source needed][9] Crazy Rich Asians was released in the United States and Canada on 15 August 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures and was met with high critical praise, becoming the number one movie in U.S. and Canadian theatres over its opening weekend.[10] A month later, Golding appeared in Paul Feig's thriller A Simple Favor, co-starring Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick, playing Sean, the husband of Lively's character.[11] Following the success of Crazy Rich Asians, and, to a lesser extent, A Simple Favor, Golding was cast opposite Emilia Clarke in the romantic comedy Last Christmas, directed by Feig (in their second collaboration).[12] Filming commenced on 26 November 2018 and continued until February 2019,[13] and the film was released on 8 November 2019.[14]

Henry Golding in Singapore for the Milken Institute Asia Summit 2022

Golding starred alongside Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, and Michelle Dockery in The Gentlemen, a 2019 crime film directed by Guy Ritchie.[15] Golding went on to star in Monsoon, a Hong Khaou film, as Kit, a man who travels from London to his birth country of Vietnam to scatter his parents' ashes.[16]

In August 2019, Golding was cast in the title role of Snake Eyes, a spin-off from the G.I. Joe movie franchise, which was released in July 2021.[17][18][19] Filming for Snakes Eyes began in October 2019 in Vancouver, and wrapped in February 2020 in Tokyo.[20][21][non-primary source needed]

Upcoming projects[edit]

On 29 April 2019, CNBC reported that Golding is to reprise his role as Nick Young in the back-to-back filming of two sequels to Crazy Rich Asians, which are currently in pre-production.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Golding met Liv Lo, a Taiwanese television presenter and yoga instructor, on New Year's Day 2011.[23][24][25] They became engaged in 2015 and married in August 2016 in Sarawak.[26] They live in Venice Beach, California with their two daughters, born in 2021 and 2023.[27][28]

Before his marriage, Golding completed his bejalai—the Iban rite of passage into manhood—in the wilderness of Borneo, filming the experience over two months (and carrying the camera equipment himself) for the documentary series Surviving Borneo on Discovery Channel Asia.[29] His journey ended in him receiving a traditional hand-tapped bejalai tattoo by Ernesto Kalum of Borneoheadhunters Tattoo in Kuching, Sarawak. The tattoo on his right thigh is a fig tree that wraps around other trees and takes their form to become the tree itself.[30]

When interviewed by Michele Manelis of The New Zealand Herald, Golding said of his surname, "Golding is really darn Jewish, isn't it? My grandfather during the war was in London and as the story goes, he was possibly adopted by a Jewish family by that name. Out of respect he took on their name and it was passed down. So, I'm proud to be an honorary Jew."[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Pisau Cukur Iskandar Tan Sri Murad end credits listed him as "special appearance" (i.e. cameo)
2013 The Borneo Incident Henry
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Nick Young
A Simple Favor Sean Townsend
2019 Monsoon Kit
Last Christmas Tom Webster
The Gentlemen Dry Eye
2021 Snake Eyes Snake Eyes
2022 Persuasion Mr. Elliot
2023 Assassin Club Morgan Gaines
Downtown Owl Vance Druid Post-production
2024 The Tiger's Apprentice Mr. Hu Voice role; in-production
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare TBA Post-production
TBA The Old Guard 2 TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007–2010 The 8TV Quickie Himself Host
2009 Goda Hariz
2010–2012 Football Crazy Himself Host
2012 Welcome to the Railworld Malaysia Himself Host
2014–present The Travel Show Himself Co-presenter[3]
2015 Welcome to the Railworld Japan Himself Host[32]
2017 Surviving Borneo Himself Host[29]
2021 Star Wars: Visions Tsubaki (voice) Short film: Akakiri: English language dub[33]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 2nd Shout! Awards Favorite TV Personality Award The 8TV Quickie Nominated
Hot Guy Award Himself Won
2012 3rd Shout! Awards Favorite TV Personality Award Welcome to the Railworld Malaysia Nominated
Hot Guy Award Himself Nominated
2013 4th Shout! Awards Hot Guy Award Himself Nominated
2018 Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screen Couple Crazy Rich Asians Nominated [34]
2019 9th The Asian Awards Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Won [35]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy Movie Actor Nominated
Screen Actor Guild Awards Outstanding Ensemble Cast – Motion Picture Nominated


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (26 July 2017). "Henry Golding Signs for 'Simple Favor' Opposite Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick". Variety. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Henry Golding to star alongside Blake Lively". Star2.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "The Travel Show – Henry Golding – BBC World News". BBC. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "What is Henry's Golding's Race and Ethnicity?". 2018. Archived from the original on 21 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Henry Golding – Found this lurking on one of my hard..." 20 December 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2019 – via Facebook.
  6. ^ "There's Something About Henry". 2018. Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  7. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan. "A Hollywood Newcomer Has Been Cast Opposite Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians". Vulture. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ Golding, Henry [@henrygolding] (16 August 2018). "So this ladies and gentlemen is THE Lisa-Kim I mentioned on @fallontonight ... We had met at an event that I was hosting in Kuala Lumpur, 5..." Retrieved 21 August 2018 – via Instagram.
  9. ^ Jung, E. Alex. "There's Something About Henry". Vulture. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ Lee, Yen Nee (20 August 2018). "'Crazy Rich Asians' is No. 1 movie in US and Canada over the weekend". CNBC. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (26 July 2017). "'Crazy Rich Asians' Star Henry Golding Joins Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick's 'A Simple Favor'". Variety. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding to Star in 'Last Christmas' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 18 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Emma Thompson/Paul Feig's Universal Holiday Comedy 'Last Christmas' Shoots November–February in London". 5 September 2018.
  14. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (19 April 2019). "Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding Romantic Comedy 'Last Christmas' Gets Release Date Shift – Update".
  15. ^ Kroll, Justin (10 October 2018). "Matthew McConaughey to Star in Guy Ritchie's 'Toff Guys' With Kate Beckinsale, Henry Golding".
  16. ^ "'Crazy Rich Asians' Actor Henry Golding to Star in 'Monsoon' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Henry Golding to Star in G.I. Joe Spinoff Snake Eyes". The Hollywood Reporter. 14 August 2019.
  18. ^ "'Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins' Production Begins in Japan with a Special Ceremony". /Film. 10 January 2020.
  19. ^ "Hasbro Posts Quarterly Loss as Pandemic Hits eOne". The Hollywood Reporter. 27 July 2020.
  20. ^ "G.I. Joe spinoff movie, Snake Eyes, to shoot in Vancouver in autumn 2019". The Georgia Straight. 15 July 2019.
  21. ^ Golding, Henry [@henrygolding] (25 February 2020). "...and THAT, is a principal wrap on Snake Eyes lady's and gents ❤️🐍 What a crew we had, Vancouver + Japan, you were unstoppable. Thank you..." – via Instagram.
  22. ^ Gilchrist, Karen (29 April 2019). "Growing up different helped me do my job better, says 'Crazy Rich Asians' star Harry Shum Jr". CNBC.
  23. ^ "Henry Golding Fast Facts You Must Know (Singapore)". Guidesify Opinion. 20 June 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  24. ^ Heggeness, Greta (14 June 2019). "Henry Golding Is Married!? Every Single Thing We Know About His Relationship with Liv Lo". PureWow. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  25. ^ "5 reasons why Crazy Rich Asians' Henry Golding and wife Liv Lo are total couple goals". Her World. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  26. ^ Jamaluddin, Lira (26 August 2016). "Henry Golding Weds Liv Lo". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Inside Actor Henry Golding's Minimalist, Japanese Inspired Backyard". aspire design and home. 12 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  28. ^ "Henry Golding and Wife Liv Lo Welcome Their Second Baby Together". people.com. 10 October 2023. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  29. ^ a b "Surviving Borneo". Discovery Channel Asia. 2017. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  30. ^ Jung, E. Alex. "There's Something About Henry". Vulture. Archived from the original on 26 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Why Crazy Rich Asians is a Hollywood gamechanger." Manelis, Michele. The New Zealand Herald. Published 23 August 2018 Accessed 14 November 2018.
  32. ^ Zaidi Mohamad (12 January 2015). "Kembara Henry Golding di Jepun menerusi Welcome to the Railworld Japan" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  33. ^ "Stunning New Star Wars: Visions Trailer Debuts". StarWars.com. 17 August 2021. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  34. ^ Neglia, Matt (11 December 2018). "The 2018 Women Film Critics Circle (WFCC) Winners". Next Best Picture. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  35. ^ "Outstanding Achievement in Cinema – CRAZY RICH ASIANS". The Asian Awards. Retrieved 28 October 2019.

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