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. It was performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts UK, Royal Tropical Museum Amsterdam and played to sold-out houses in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Chowee was the Associate Artistic Director of TRIPITAKA Theatre Company from 1997-2000. He was a co-producer on two feature films by the renowned Singaporean director Glen Goei: THE BLUE MANSION (2009) and THE REVENGE OF PONTIANAK (2019) sold to Netflix globally.

In 2003 Chowee set up Rice is Nice Productions with Ray Yeung. Since then he has worked as Ray’s producer and together they made several short films and the feature film CUT SLEEVE BOYS (2005) in which he also starred 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.

Chowee is currently attached to New Voice Productions Limited, set up with Ray Yeung and Stan Guingon. Their third feature SUK SUK (2019) premiered at Busan IFF and was nominated for 5 Golden Horse Awards and 9 Hong Kong Film Awards. The film went on to win 2 HKFA and several more awards including Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Critics Award. SUK SUK was a contender for the Teddy Awards and presented at Panorama at Berlinale 2020. It has been sold to many territories worldwide including the USA and re-titled TWILIGHT'S KISS for the US market.

During his acting career Chowee 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.