15 Nadech Kugimiya Top Dramas [with English Subtitles]

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Nadech Kugimiya, nicknamed Barry, is a Thai actor, model, and singer. He was born on December 17, 1991, in Thailand and is of Thai-Austrian descent, but was adopted by his biological aunt.

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Nadech started modeling at age 17 and debuted as an actor in 2010 with a leading role in the lakorn Ngao Rak Luang Jai. His popularity increased significantly after his role in Duangjai Akkanee.

He has since starred in many popular dramas, including Game Rai Game Rak, The Crown Princess, and Koo Gum.

Nadech is one of the most popular actors in Thailand, and his work has earned him numerous awards and accolades, including being dubbed the “King of Presenters.”

If you’re a fan of Thai dramas or lakorns, then you’re sure to have seen at least one of Nadech’s many popular works.

Here are Nadech Kugimiya’s top dramas you can watch with English subtitles.

Nadech Kugimiya Top Dramas

1. Raeng Pradtanaha (Heated Desires) 2013

Quick facts: 15 episodes | Romance, Drama, Hate to Love | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech plays Pittaya, an adopted son who works for the family company. Thae, the spoiled rich daughter demands a lot from Pittaya because she only sees him as a lowly servant.

Pittaya is tired of her spoiled and bullying ways and doesn’t give in easily when she demands things from him, which enrages Thae even more.

However, out of respect for his adopted father, he obeys Thae. But Pittaya would much rather hang out with his girlfriend, Ravee, who is sweet and kind.

When Pittaya refuses to marry Thae because he is dating Ravee, she becomes very angry and takes revenge on Ravee by pretending to be closer to him than actuality.

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2. Lom Sorn Ruk (Wind’s Heated Love) 2015

Quick facts: 14 episodes | Romance, Drama, Twins, Medical | Watch on MyAsianTV

Depicting twins, Nadech plays the role of both Pran and Pranon (Non). Pran is the business mind behind the medical technology company while Non is taking care of patients in the rural country.

The story focuses mainly on Non who falls in love with Patarin when she returns home from a broken heart. Non offers to marry her if she would help him deceive his family and he will offer her a check to pay off the debts her ex accrued.

3. Tarm Ruk Keun Jai (Finding Love) 2015

Quick facts: 14 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Action, Family | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech plays Singh, a farm owner in Northern Thailand. He receives an application from Noona to work for him,

In truth, Noona is a young and rich girl from the city who moved up north to find her estranged father.

As Noona continues her search for her father, she and Singh start to fall for each other.

4. Likit Ruk Karm Duang Dao (My Love from Another Star) 2019

Quick facts: 16 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Fantasy | Watch on MyAsianTV

Adapted from the Korean version, Nadech plays Achira, an alien who came to earth for research but became stranded for 300 years after saving a woman.

With only 3 months left on his wait to return home, he meets Farada, the woman he saved 300 years ago. Will Achira make the decision to leave or stay with Farada?

5. Mon Ruk Nong Pak Ka Yan (To Me, It’s Simply You) 2021

Quick facts: 13 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Countryside, Family | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech’s role is Kiew, an Isaan villager who moved to the big city of Bangkok for work. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, Kiew decides to move back home.

He wants to sell his grandmother’s land, but Chompoo currently occupies the land and refuses to let him sell it. As Kiew and Chompoo farm together, Kiew starts to realize the worth of taking care of the land.

Will their love also grow from this?

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Nadech and Yaya Top Dramas

6. Duang Jai Akkanee (Akkanee’s Heart) 2010

Quick facts: 10 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Family, Enemies to Lovers | Part 2 of a Series: 4 Hearts of the Mountain | Watch on MyAsianTV

Part 2 of the Addisuan Family series, Nadech is Fai, who has a quick temper and acts rashly but loves taking care of the family farm. Next door, Jeed also has a heart for agriculture and is put in charge of their family farm.

However the 2 families do not get along due to their parent’s history, so naturally, Fai and Jeed are enemies.

When Fai and Jeed have a personal misunderstanding and their family issues start rising, both of them will have to work together to save the farms.

Note: Nadech has a support role in the other 3 parts of the 4 Hearts of the Mountain series, but Duang Jai Akkanee is his story.

7. Game Rai Game Rak (Evil Game, Love Game) 2011

Quick facts: 21 episodes | Romance, Drama, Slap Kiss | Watch on MyAsianTV, Watch on Youtube

Nadech plays Saichon, an islander on Min Island, who finds an unconscious Fahlada on the beach. When she awakes, Fahlada realizes that she doesn’t remember who she is or where she came from.

Saichon renames her Nang Fah, meaning Angel, and they both fall in love with each other.

When Fahlada’s sister, Chompooprae, sees her picture in a magazine, she goes to take Fahlada back so that she can continue building her empire. In the midst of the chaos, Saichon gets shot and Fahlada loses her memories of her island life.

As the years pass, Saichon comes back from abroad to partner with Chompooprae. He meets her sister and realizes that it’s Fahlada, but she doesn’t remember who he is.

Possessive, angry, and hurt, Saichon tortures Fahlada.

8. Torranee Ni Nee Krai Krong (Who Does the Land Belong To) 2012

Quick facts: 17 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Family, Farm Life | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech plays Athit who went to school for agriculture and was sent by his father to work at his grandmother Daeng’s farm.

Grandma Daeng doesn’t have any descendants who are interested in agriculture save for Athit, so she willingly accepts him to work her farm. Proving himself as a hard-working farmer, he soon becomes Grandma Daeng’s favorite grandchild.

As Athit works, he also deals with Darunee, an adopted child of Grandma Daeng. Fearing that Athit will steal all of Grandma Daeng’s love, Darunee doesn’t like Athit very much.

As they continue growing and working together, Darunee finally understands the hard work that comes with farming. Will these 2 be able to run the farm together?

9. Roy Fun Tawan Duerd (Part 2: The Rising Sun) 2014

Quick facts: 12 episodes | Romance, Drama, Action | Watch on MyAsianTV

In part 2 of the series, Nadech plays Ryu who was arranged to marry a very young Mayumi. Though he loved her, believed that her age would be a weakness in the future.

Mayumi grew up to be a strong and independent woman who was unaware of Ryu’s feelings for her since they had been apart for many years.

As Mayumi gains the attention of multiple men, Ryu begins to fear that he may lose her for good. As villains start to arise, Ryu and Mayumi must work together.

Note: Nadech does play a support role in the first part of The Rising Sun series, but part 2 is Ryu’s story.

10. Leh Lub Salub Rarng (A Secret Trick While Bodies Switch) 2017

Quick facts: 10 episodes | Romance, Comedy, Action, Fantasy | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech and Yaya both portray flawed humans in this Thai lakorn. Ramin is a playboy officer who does his job well but treats women poorly. Even though he has a girlfriend, he still flirts and sleeps with other women.

Petra is a beautiful superstar whom everyone adores, but she is actually arrogant and self-absorbed. When the heavens want to punish these two, Ramin and Petra switch bodies.

In the development of their characters, both Ramin and Petra start to understand each other, and eventually, love grows.

11. Likit Rak (The Crown Princess) 2018

Quick facts: 12 episodes | Action, Romance, Drama | Watch on MyAsianTV

The Crown Princess was a very popular Thai lakorn and increased Nadech’s ratings even more. He plays Lieutenant Davin, a navy officer based in Thailand.

When Princess Alice is in danger of losing her life and jumps out to sea, Davin saves her and protects her from the people wanting to kill her for her crown.

As her country is unaware of who wants her dead, they plot to have Princess Alice marry Davin and live the commoner life in Thailand while the investigation occurs.

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Nadech Kugimiya Top Movies

12. Koo Gum (Sunset at Chaopraya) 2013

Quick facts: 120 minutes | Romance, Drama, War, Historical | Watch on MyAsianTV

Set during World War II, Nadech plays Japanese soldier Kobori. He is stationed at a base camp in Thailand near the mouth of the Chaopraya river where he meets and falls in love with Angsumalin, a Thai citizen.

Angsumalin hates all the Japanese for taking over her little neighborhood. Though set acts cold towards Kobori, he still shows her warmth and love.

When rumors start flying that they are involved, the government asks them to get married for the sake of the countries coming together.

As Kobori and Angsumalin navigate war, hatred, and interracial marriage, will their love overcome?

Note: This film has many adaptions from the novel including 2 series. My personal favorite is the 1988 version, where I first watched the Sunset at Chaopraya plotline.

13. Nakee 2 (The Serpent Queen 2) 2018

Quick facts: 92 minutes | Supernatural, Thriller, Mystery | Watch on KissAsian

Nakee 2 is the sequel to the lakorn series (trailer) following Nadech’s character Pongprap and Yaya’s character Sroi.

Sroi lives in the Don Phai village and has always had faith in Jao Mae Nakee, the Serpent Queen. When deaths start piling up in her village, Pongprap is called to investigate.

He doesn’t believe in the supernatural, but coincidences keep pointing back to Sroi as Nakee’s medium. Pongprap and Sroi will continue their investigation into the villager’s deaths.

14. Aii Con Lor Luang (The Con-Heartist) 2020

Quick facts: 127 minutes | Romance, Comedy | Watch on MyAsianTV

Nadech plays cunning con artist Tower, who is hired by Ina to con her cheating ex-boyfriend.

When Tower tries to con Ina, she catches him in the act. Instead of turning him into the police, Ina decides she’d like to hire Tower. Her ex-boyfriend had left her in debt and Ina wants to take revenge on him.

Nadech Kugimiya Top Dramas [No English Subtitles]

15. Ngao Rak Luang Jai (Love in the Shadow) 2010

Quick facts: 13 episodes | Love Triangle, Drama, Family | Watch No Eng Subs on MyAsianTV

In his debut film, Nadech’s role is Nawa, a rich, sweet, and kind gentleman. His cousin, Techit, is also rich but the complete opposite in personality: cold, arrogant, and prideful.

Nawa was sent to Ban Tor Fah to recover from a fencing accident where he meets Khaohom. She starts taking care of him and they start developing feelings for one another.

At the same time, Techit’s father pushes him to continue building a resort in the same area where Nawa’s father had previously refused to do, Ban Tor Fah. When Techit arrives, he tells Nawa that his father got into an accident, sending Nawa back home.

Techit starts working with Khaohom and treating her badly in hopes that she will leave Ban Tor Fah so he can build his father’s resort. As Techit continues, he realizes he’s starting to like her.

A love triangle forms and Khaohom will have to decide who she will marry, Nawa or Techit?

Final Thoughts: Nadech Kugimiya Top Dramas

Have you seen any of these top Thai dramas featuring Nadech Kugimiya? He’s starred in some great ones and I’m sure you have a favorite.

If not, maybe one of these will be your new obsession! Let us know in the comments which is your favorite drama starring Nadech.

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