After graduating from Keele University with a degree in Law and Psychology, Adrian did the natural thing and spent the next eight years working as an actor in the UK, where his theatre credits include Hair at the West End’s Old Vic Theatre; as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy Of Errors; The Magic Fundoshi (Best Comedy at the London Fringe Theatre Awards); The Mens Womb; A Christmas Carol; Tormented; The Circles of Paradise; One For The Road; Sleeping Beauty; New Territories; Take Away; Leaving Turnpike Lane and Privates On Parade. Unlike many actors in the UK, he has never had to be a waiter in his spare time, although he did act as one once.
His UK television work includes The Fragile Heart opposite the late great Sir Nigel Hawthorne; Lovejoy with Ian McShane; Arabian Nights with Jason Scott Lee; and he has also appeared in Happiness; Bugs; Call Red; Taggart; The Knock; Trauma and The Bill – but then who hasn’t?
Adrian’s UK film work includes the lead role in Spiralling (Best Film Award at the International Solidarity Festival); SpyGame with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford; Nightwatch with Pierce Brosnan; Everybody Loves Sunshine with David Bowie; Peggy Su!; Night Swimmer; Yellow Fever; A Brief Walk; Offending Angels and Second Generation. Some of these films have actually been seen by more than twelve people.
During that period, he would occasionally return to Singapore for stage work, most notably in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s first Shakespeare In the Park production, in the title role of Hamlet; as well as roles in Little Shop of Horrors; Into The Woods; The Glass Menagerie and They’re Playing Our Song opposite Lea Salonga. At that time, he was perhaps best known to Singaporeans for his lead role in Glen Goei’s disco movie Forever Fever, though he admits his hair did most of the work for him.
Since re-locating to Singapore with his family in 2001, he has found a whole new audience with his work on Singapore TV, including his much-ballyhooed performances in Chinese dramas such as Portrait of Home and Nanny Daddy (even though speaking Mandarin is as pleasurable for him as a root-canal); and English shows like Ah Girl (Winner of Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the Asian Television Awards); Red Thread (Winner of Best Actor in a Drama Series at the Asian Television Awards); Polo Boys; The Pupil; Parental Guidance; Maggi and Me; Pulau Hantu; Do Not Disturb; 9 Lives; Durian King and the acclaimed Six Weeks, which he created and co-wrote. Really.
He has been the host of several popular Chinese television variety shows, as well as the hit game show Deal Or No Deal. He has also hosted numerous ‘live’ events, ranging from corporate functions, to prestigious awards ceremonies, to the National Day Parade. Hey, everyone needs a day job.
In recent years his film credits include Bait 3D; Holiday; I Do I Do; Gone Shopping; The Carrot Cake Conversations and The Blue Mansion. He has also moonlighted on the stage in SRTs Forbidden City; Barefoot in the Park; A Twist of Fate and Boeing Boeing. At the Life! Theatre Awards Adrian earned Best Actor nominations for The Odd Couple and The Pillowman, and was twice Best Actor Award Winner, for his work in The Dresser and Much Ado About Nothing. Adrian is Artistic Director of PANGDEMONIUM, whose inaugural production in 2010 was The Full Monty, as he believes there should be more gratuitous nudity on stage.
But all the above nonsense is nothing when compared to his favourite role of all time – Daddy to his two sons, Zack and Xander.