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Chandrawinata was born in Hannover, Germany. His father is Indonesian and his mother is German. He has two siblings: twin identical brother Mischa, who also an actor, and elder sister Nadine Chandrawinata, an actress and beauty queen. His family later moved to Indonesia after his birth.
Chandrawinata is a Catholic. He attended 'Ora et Labora Elementary School' and 'Tirta Martha BPK Penabur Protestant High School'. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies at Pelita Harapan University, majoring in Industrial Engineering.
Chandrawinata started his career as a teen model before turning his attention to acting. He had appeared in several Indonesian movies including Catatan Akhir Sekolah (2005), Alexandria (2006), Summer Breeze (2008), Air Terjun Pengantin (2009) and Pupus (2011).
He also starred in soap operas such as "Cowok Impian", "Selamat Jalan Natasya", "Mawar", "Alisa", "Air Mata Cinta" and "Rama dan Ramona"..
- "Marcel Chandrawinata Akhirnya Ngerti Trik Jadi MC". Tempo Interactif (in Indonesian). Jakarta. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.