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James Reid
James Reid and Nadine Lustre (cropped).jpg
Reid on 23 May 2016
Robert James Marquinez Reid

(1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 26)
Sydney, Australia
ResidenceMetro Manila, Philippines
NationalityFilipino Australian
  • Actor
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • model
  • endorser
  • producer
Years active2010– Present
AgentStar Magic
Viva Artists Agency
Reid Entertainment
Partner(s)Nadine Lustre
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2011–present
Associated acts
  • Bret Jackson
  • Nadine Lustre

Robert James Marquinez Reid (born 11 May 1993), professionally known as James Reid, is a Filipino-Australian actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and model. He began his professional acting career in the early 2010s after being named as Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010. He then rose to prominence for his leading role in the film Diary ng Panget (2014). Reid has since starred in Philippines movies, such as Talk Back and You're Dead (2014), Para sa Hopeless Romantic (2015), This Time (2016) and Never Not Love You (2018). He also starred in the Philippine TV series Good Vibes (2011), On the Wings of Love (2015–16), and Till I Met You (2016–17).

Reid has released three studio albums: his self-titled debut album James Reid (2013), Reid Alert (2015),[1] and Palm Dreams (2017) as his first self-produced album under his own record label.

Early life[edit]

Reid was born as Robert James Marquinez Reid in Sydney, Australia, on 11 May 1993 to an Australian father and a Filipino mother.[2][3] His parents separated when he was two years old, and Reid lived in Australia until he was fifteen. With his father, Reid moved to the Philippines due to financial issues. Reid has stated before that he found it difficult to adjust to his new life in the Philippines, especially due to the different academic and social skills required, as well as language difficulties.[3] Back in Australia, he was a gymnast and swimmer.[4] He was enrolled in Makati Science High School, but his father enrolled him in Karabar High School Distance Education Centre, an Australian distance-learning center located in Karabar, New South Wales, Australia.[3]


2010: "Pinoy Big Brother"[edit]

Reid was only 17 years old when he entered the Pinoy Big Brother house as one of the 10 Teenternational housemates on 30 April 2010 (Day 22).[5][6] He celebrated his 17th birthday inside the house with his co-teenternational housemates giving him a surprise pool party. Reid was the only teenternational housemate who had Filipino blood. Reid was almost evicted twice during his stay inside the house. The first one occurred on 21 May 2010 (Day 43) when Reid was brought to the hospital due to chest pains, discoloration, and shortness of breath while the second one happened on 1 June 2010 (Day 53), when he was again brought to the hospital for the same health issues but this time together with fellow housemate Angelo Pasco. At first the doctors diagnosed Reid with costrochondritis (muscle pains in the rib/chest area) but during his second visit at the hospital the doctors found a hole in one of his lungs that is causing him difficulties in his breathing. After the complications, Reid was able to return to the Big Brother House, with conditions of having to rest frequently as well as wearing an oxygen tube for 1 week 24/7. One 8 June 2010 (Day 60), Reid was notified by the producers of Big Brother that he was no longer required to use the oxygen tube, he was only required to use it when he is sleeping.[7]

On 26 June 2010 (Day 78), he was crowned as the Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 Big Winner after receiving 179, 294 (19.75%) of the total votes just 1.05% ahead of the total votes received by the 2nd Teen Big Placer, Ryan Bang who got 169, 697 (18.70%) of the total votes, these marks as the closest race ever to become the Big Winner in the history of Pinoy Big Brother. As the Big Winner, Reid won P1,000,000 (plus the same amount to his chosen charity) from Jack n' Jill, a laptop computer from Sony Vaio, a 42-inch flat screen TV from Sony Bravia, an Asian tour package for two care of Von Dutch, P1,500,000 worth of bottled purified water business from Crystal Clear, and a condominium unit worth P3,000,000 courtesy of Globe Asiatique.[8][9][10]

2011—2013: Career beginnings, Solo musical career[edit]

On 24 July 2011, Reid together with Bret Jackson launched their first digital EP entitled We Are Whatever[11][12] on ASAP Rocks. Reid and Jackson featured four original songs including "Can't dance" featuring their co-housemates Ann Li and Fretzie Bercede.[13]

Right after winning PBB, Reid was paired with his co-housemate Devon Seron in some ABS-CBN shows like Shoutout![14][15][16][17] and Good Vibes. He was offered a 2-year Star Magic contract with ABS-CBN.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24] He was also paired with Yen Santos in Pintada.[25][26]

In 2012, Reid left Star Magic and signed with Viva Artists Agency. A year later, he launched his self-titled debut album, with two covers and four original songs, two of which composed by Reid himself.[27][28]

2014: Diary ng Panget and breakthrough success[edit]

In 2014, he starred in his launching movie Diary ng Panget together with Nadine Lustre, Yassi Pressman and Andre Paras.[29][30][31] The movie was released on 2 April 2014 and became a box-office hit earning at least 119.5 million pesos during its 4-week run.[32][33][34][35] He also lent his voice to the official soundtrack of the film.[36]

On 2 June 2014, it was confirmed that he and Lustre would star in another film titled Talk Back and You're Dead together with Yassi Pressman and Joseph Marco. The film is also based on the best-selling book of the same name by Alesana Marie.[37] The movie will be co-produced by Viva Films and Skylight Films. During its 4-week run the movie has grossed 79.8 million pesos according to Box Office Mojo.[38] Just like in his previous film, he also lent his voice to the official soundtrack of the film.[39]

On 22 October 2014, it was announced that he and Lustre will do another movie entitled Para sa Hopeless Romantic together with Julia Barretto, Iñigo Pascual, AJ Muhlach and Shy Carlos. The movie is based on a book written by Marcelo Santos III and will be under Viva Films and Skylight Films.[40][41][42]

On 26 August 2014, Reid signed a two-year contract with ABS-CBN that marked his exclusivity to the network again after two years of freelancing and becoming a talent of Viva Artists Agency, as ABS-CBN gave him popularity.[43][44] As part of the contract, Reid and his onscreen partner Nadine Lustre starred in their first TV series together as a loveteam entitled Wansapanataym Presents: My App #Boyfie which was also based on Wattpad story.[45][46][47][48][49]

2015—2016: Reid Alert, On The Wings of Love, This Time, and Till I Met You[edit]

On 2 January 2015, Reid revealed that he will be releasing his second album within the year.[50] The album will include songs collaborated with Canadian music producer Adam Hurstfield who has written and/or produced for artists such as Ashley Tisdale, Ne-Yo, Aly Michalka, Loverboy, Elise Estrada and many more.[51] On 10 January, Reid's new music video Huwag Ka Nang Humirit composed by Thyro Alfaro and Yumi Lacsamana was premiered in Viva's YouTube channel. After its upload, the music video began trending in social media and went viral in less than a week in the Philippine internet and Blogosphere.[52][53]

On 21 January 2015, the music video of the song entitled "Hanap Hanap" premiered in MTV Pinoy. The song will as his fourth collaboration with Nadine Lustre after "No Erase", "Rocketeer" and "Bahala Na".[54] It will also be used as the themesong of his upcoming movies with Lustre entitled such as 'Diary Ng Panget' 'Talk Back You're Dead' and 'Para sa Hopeless Romantic.[55]

Reid's second album Reid Alert was released on Valentine's Day of 2015 by Viva Records. It debuted at #2 in Philippine iTunes pop music album charts behind Taylor Swift's 1989. On 28 January 2016, he released "Randomantic", the third single from Reid Alert.[56]

On 20 February 2016, Reid and his on-screen and real life partner, Nadine Lustre, had their first major concert titled "JaDine In Love" at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.[57] Due to the clamor of JaDine fans overseas, Reid and Lustre will be holding a JaDine Love World Tour presented by TFC in March. They will visit Doha, Dubai, London and Milan.[58]

In June 2016, it was announced that Reid and Lustre will be making their small screen comeback through the series, Till I Met You. They will be joined by JC Santos, Angel Aquino, Carmina Villaroel, and Zoren Legaspi.[59]

2017—present: Palm Dreams, MTV EMA Awards, Revolution, and other projects[edit]

In March 2017, it was confirmed that Reid's third studio album is entitled Palm Dreams. Reid stated that he wrote the lyrics for most of the tracks alongside long time friend, Paulo Tiongson, who is a rapper and music producer in the Philippines.[60]

James had his first movie, without his onscreen partner Nadine, playing a lead role with Sarah Geromino as his grandmother in a remake of Korean Movie Miss Granny, which was shown in cinemas last August 2018, also starring Xian Lim.

Reid is also set to star in the new Pedro Penduko adaptation under Viva Films. He will be playing a wimpy teen named Peter Harris. The story is based on the re-imagined version written by Regene Estolatan under Epik Studios.[61]But had to withdraw the role due to a spinal injury.

On October 2019, it was announced that Reid and Nancy of Momoland will have their first series together title Soulmate. This will be Nancy's first TV series.[62]

Personal life[edit]

Reid announced in February 2016 that he and his on-screen partner, Nadine Lustre, are in a relationship.[63][64]


Reid is an avid listener of R&B music, he cites Chris Brown as an early influence for him.[27] He also has a taste in the pop rock and alternative pop genres; he listens to Maroon 5 and The Script with some inspired influence as evident for inclination during his live performances.[27]




Year Title Role Notes
2011 On Thin Ice Paul Ruiz Short Film
(De La Salle University)
2014 Diary ng Panget Cross Sandford
Talk Back and You're Dead Timothy "Top" Odelle Pendleton
Relaks, It's Just Pag-Ibig Josh's classmate
The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin Himself Cameo role
2015 Para sa Hopeless Romantic Nikko John Borja
Beauty and the Bestie Tristan Adams
2016 This Time Coby Martinez
2018 Never Not Love You Gio Smith
Miss Granny Jeboy "Jebs" Malabaño Remake of 2014 Korean film


Year Title Role Notes Network
2011 Maynila Alvin Anthology, Episode: Loving Your Own GMA Network
Good Vibes Spencer Ziff ABS-CBN
2012 Pintada Vito
2014 Wansapanataym Joe Anthology, Episode: My App #Boyfie
2015 Maalaala Mo Kaya Marrion "Yong" Gopez Anthology, Episode: Stuffed Toy
2015–2016 On the Wings of Love Clark Medina Lead role with Nadine Lustre
2016–2017 Till I Met You Sebastian "Basti" Valderama
2020 Soulmate Lead role with Momoland's Nancy
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Clash 2010 Housemate / Big Winner
Shoutout! Host / Performer
2014–present ASAP Host / Performer Occasional
#JADINE Himself
2017–present It's Showtime Host Occasional
2019 Idol Philippines Judge

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


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