Biography

Chowee Leow is a London based Malaysian Chinese born actor and producer with a career in theatre, TV and film. From 'The Third Sex', the first play he wrote through to his award winning solo show 'An Occasional Orchid' to his leading role in the film 'Cut Sleeve Boys' he spent most of his acting career playing transgendered and female roles.

Fluent in English and Malay, with competent Cantonese and Mandarin, he has performed in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo. West-End Theatre credits include M. BUTTERFLY, ANYTHING GOES and THE LETTER where he played Joanna Lumley’s servant girl in the first act and a male thug in Act 2. He was Lord Alfred Douglas in the Malaysian premiere of GROSS INDECENCY- THE 3 TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE.

His critically acclaimed solo show, AN OCCASIONAL ORCHID was the pick of the 2nd London One-Person Play Festival and was seen at the BAC as part of Time-Out’s Wish I Had Seen That! season, Institute of Contemporary Art UK, Royal Tropical Museum Amsterdam and played to sold-out houses in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. He was the Associate Artistic Director of TRIPITAKA Theatre Company from 1997-2000. In 2003, he set up RICE IS NICE PRODUCTIONS with Ray Yeung. In the last 15 years he has been working as Ray’s producer and together they produced CUT SLEEVE BOYS (2005) which he also starred in and won Best Actor at the Madrid LGFF. Their second feature FRONT COVER (2013) won several awards, sold to Netflix and Amazon US and had cinematic releases in major cities in the US and Asia. Their third feature SUK SUK is currently in post-production. He was also co-producer on two features by Glen Goei THE BLUE MANSION (2009) and THE LEGEND OF PONTIANAK (2019).

Throughout his acting career he specialised in playing trans characters and now identifies on the transgender spectrum. He was the subject of a documentary DECONSTRUCTING ZOE (2016) by Rosa Fong which explored gender, race and sexuality seen through the eyes of a transgendered Asian male.