Meet Derek Siow, the Aussie actor making his moment in 2022
From his first role as Superman to up and coming superstar, Aussie actor Derek Siow is setting out to make 2022 his year. With a movie and TV series due out early in the year, and a further TV series on the way, Derek’s out to prove that it’s his time to shine.
Released on February 10, Derek features in a recurring role in the Sky TV series The Fear Index with Josh Hartnett and is directed by David Caffrey (The Alienist, Peaky Blinders). The series, based on the best-selling novel by Robert Harris, is produced by Nuala O’Leary and Left Bank Pictures, the production team behind The Crown and Outlander.
Derek will also appear in an Amazon Studios thriller directed by Janus Metz, All the Old Knives, featuring Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and Laurence Fishburne. The production is based on the best-selling novel by Olen Steinhauer.
“Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to keep myself busy during the past year or so. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have worked on some very exciting and thought-provoking projects and I hope people have as much fun watching them as we had working on them,” says Derek.
Currently based in London, Derek’s love of acting first began when he picked up the lead role of Superman in the play, Man of Steel, at his school in Melbourne. Since that moment, he fell in love with storytelling and would often pick up his dad’s camcorder and make short films to screen for his classmates. His love for film and music has remained with him throughout his career.
In Angel Has Fallen, he starred alongside Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Nick Nolte and Jada Pinkett Smith. He’s also appeared in films with Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain including Zero Dark Thirty, The Rezort and War Machine. Whether an authoritative figure like CFO or wealthy-investor hunting zombies, military, sci-fi, police or drama, he has given each of his roles his all. Derek does his own stunts when needed and has studied Muay Thai kickboxing and karate.
Born in Australia to parents with Malaysian and Chinese heritage, he has diverse life experiences to draw from. With a large extended family, Derek was able to visit and travel extensively around Asia, USA and Europe throughout his youth. He also learnt to speak Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French while at school, which has helped him build an impressive range of accents and characters.
As a self-confessed sci-fi fan, Derek was proud to lend his voice to gaming titles including Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Ocean: Anamnesis, Guitar Hero Live, Gears Tactics and Battlefield V. He has voiced an animated feature film Capture The Flag and was part of the main cast of The Skinner Boys: Guardians of Lost Secrets, a Kids WB TV Australian animated series.
Forget triple, Derek’s a quadruple threat – musician (vocals, guitar and keyboards), actor, voice artist and screenwriter. In 2010, his vocal and music talents debuted with hits We Were and Feelin on Me, which both hit the top Club/Dance charts in the UK. While he mostly writes screenplays now as a way to satisfy the creative energy within, who knows where his next great idea might take him.