Ananda Everingham is a Lao-Australian film actor who was born in Thailand, working primarily in Thai films. He is best known for his lead role in the 2004 horror film, Shutter.
Ananda Matthew Everingham is the son of an Australian father, Bangkok-based photojournalist John Everingham, and a Lao mother, Keo Sirisomphone. His parents’ story was loosely dramatized in the 1983 NBC television movie, Love Is Forever, starring Michael Landon and Laura Gemser, which tells of a photojournalist who scuba dives under the Mekong to rescue his lover from communist ruled Laos in 1977. It was this movie that in 1983 also led to the senior Everingham mentoring Cork Graham, who was soon imprisoned for 11 months in Vietnam for trespassing while looking for treasure buried by Captain Kidd. His parents divorced in 1997. John re-married a Chinese woman. Ananda has one brother, Chester Jay Everingham and one half-brother, Zenith Lee Everingham.
Ananda was born in Thailand. He attended Bangkok Patana School. He holds Australian citizenship and visited Brisbane on school holidays. He received some schooling there while living with his grandparents Joan Victoria and late George Matthew Everingham. At age 14, while working part-time in his family’s Indian restaurant, Himali Cha Cha, he was discovered by Mingkwan Sangsuwan of GMM Grammy, Thailand’s largest entertainment company. He soon started acting in films. At age 16, he switched from Bangkok Patana School to a tutoring school where he would follow flexible course and times while filming.
Aside from Shutter, Ananda has starred in the horror-comedy, Ghost Delivery and the teen-slasher movie, 303 Fear Faith Revenge. In 2005, he starred in the Singaporean romance film, The Leap Years. In 2007, he played the lead roles in the romantic dramas Me … Myself, and Bangkok Time. He had featured roles in the Singaporean film Pleasure Factory, and in Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Ploy. He was cast in the 2008 film by Nonzee Nimibutr, Queen of Langkasuka. On 5 June 2008, his movie Sabaidee Luang Prabang, the first Lao commercial film shot since it adopted communism in 1975, was released in Thailand.