Henry Golding: Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas actor’s Surrey links including school

Henry Golding is an actor known for his roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas whose name adds to the list of Hollywood celebrities raised in Surrey.

When Golding was eight years old, he moved to Surrey from Malaysia with his family. He attended The Warwick School in Redhill, which is to become Carrington School in September.

The actor, 34, moved to Kuala Lumpur when he was 21 so he could gain some experience with on-camera roles.

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This was after working in London for some time as a hairdresser, after Golding decided he didn’t want to go to university.

He started out in presenting, with his first big break being on ESPN where he hosted a weekly football show.

He then became a presenter for BBC’s The Travel Show, hosting a Malaysian travel show.

Golding married his wife, Liv Lo, in 2016 and the couple welcomed a baby girl in March 2021.



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In terms of movies, Golding’s first big break came when he successfully auditioned as part of a global casting call for romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which also starred Constance Wu.

He also starred opposite Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favour.

Golding was then cast alongside former Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke to star in Last Christmas, co-written by Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise.

Now, Golding is taking on the role of Snake Eyes in the new superhero film. The character is a tenacious loner, welcomed into the ancient Japanese Arashikage clan after he saves the life of their heir apparent.

There, the character is taught how to become a ninja warrior. Golding’s experience in boxing and muay thai helped but the actor admitted learning swordplay was different.



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Speaking to PA, he said: “To learn the katana work, to learn the swordplay, and that type of choreography, is very, very different. Especially close combat, hand to hand.

“We had some amazing stunt crew and trainers who were with us for a good two months, and then all the way up until we finished the production.

“It’s a never-ending process. You’re always learning on the go. But it gets easier. The first week is like boot camp; you’re taken through your paces until your body kind of catches up, ‘Alright, so we’re going to be doing this for quite a long time. I better get that’. So your body adapts.”

Golding’s casting is a departure from previous actors who have portrayed the character, who originally has blue eyes and blonde hair in the GI Joe comics.

Still, Golding made it clear this does not change the key element of the story.

Golding said: “At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter. You have two cultures: Snake Eyes is from the States, Ursula Corbero (who plays villain the Baroness) from Japan. It’s like saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to take an American and drop him off in Lithuania because they’re white, they’ll get along’. Not the case.

“We live in a very globalised world, so for me, it was like, ‘Yeah, it’s a no brainer’, somebody jumping into any type of other culture makes sense.

“Back in the day, you had to spell it out. It had to be the ‘Oh, this white guy goes over to this Asian country’. Fantastic. We don’t need to spell it out anymore, the audience isn’t as dumb as people presumed back in the day.

“I think in the sense of globalisation, for me it wasn’t even a question of, ‘Oh, yeah, it’s a diverse choice’. It really wasn’t. If we can have an islander play Aquaman, who was notoriously white and blonde haired, we’re in a good place.

“And if we can have a half Asian and half white guy play Snake Eyes, it’s like, ‘Who cares?’. As long as the story being told is brilliant, and the action is there just blowing people away, let’s have fun with them.”

Snake Eyes is released in UK cinemas on August 18.

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