Leon Ung

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Biography
NameLeon Ung
Alternate NameBboy Legend
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Model
Years Active2020-Present
Date of BirthSeptember 21, 2010
Age (In 2023)13 Years
Birth PlaceLondon, England
Current CityLondon, England
NationalityBritish
ReligionChristianity
EthnicityMixed (Cambodian/Indian)
Mother TongueVietnamese
ZodiacVirgo
Physical Stats
Eye ColorBrown
Hair ColorBlack
Family and Marriage Details
Marital StatusUnmarried
Parents
FatherThi Ung
MotherAsha Ung
leon ung with his parents
Sibling(s)
Brother(s)Kyan Rio Ung (actor)
Aareon Ung (gymnast)
leon ung with his elder brothers
Education Details
SchoolNot Known
Educational QualificationStudying in school
Filmography
Debut MovieRoald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022)
MoviesSnow White (TBA)
Animal (2023)
Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022)
Short Film(s)The Stranger I Love (TBA)
The Long Goodbye (2020)
Contact/Social Media Details
Instagraminstagram.com/leon.ung/ (1.3k followers)
Other Details
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Family Picture
leon ung with his family
Facts
Leon Ung is a British actor, model, dancer, drummer, and gymnast. He was born on 21 September 2010 to Thi Ung and his wife Asha Ung in London, England. His father is a Cambodian, while his mother is an Indian.
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His eldest brother, Kyan Rio Ung is also an actor who portrayed young Simba in London’s West End musical The Lion King in 2014. Kyan also appeared in the short film Outlines of Love (2020). 1
His middle brother, Aareon Ung, is a professional gymnast and ranks as the 9th best in the UK. 2
Leon showcased his drumming skills in a TV commercial for Heinz Baked Beans in 2019.
leon ung playing drums
Leon Ung portrayed the character of Nas in the 2020 short film “The Long Goodbye,” directed by Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia. The film received the Best Live Action Short Film award at the 2021 Academy Awards.
leon ung with the long goodbye co-stars
He is a prominent breakdancer in the UK and achieved the remarkable feat of becoming a Triple Champ Winner at the 2022 UK Street Dance Championships. He secured first place in all the Breaking categories: 12U, 16U, and Adults. 3
leon ung with his medals
leon ung dancing
He played the role of Matilda Wormwood’s classmate in the Netflix film, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical (2022) directed by Matthew Warchus.
In 2022, he did the role and stunts for Spider Man and Black Panther for a Marvel Toy commercial.
He collaborated with the Refugee Council charity, conveying a message of compassion for refugees. His film was showcased at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2023.
His family escaped the genocide in Cambodia, led by the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. All of his grandmother’s side of the family who stayed there were murdered. His grandfather met a gangster who offered to take them out of Cambodia to Vietnam. However, when they arrived in Vietnam, they realized that the gangster was a human trafficker. They had transitioned from being slaves in one country to finding themselves enslaved in another.
They ended up on a crowded fishing boat bound for Hong Kong and had very little oxygen, food, and water so people started dying during the journey. A British cargo ship, SS Sibonga tracked their SOS signal and came to their rescue. Out of several boats, only two boats carrying around a thousand people survived.
a packed boat being rescued by british cargo ship ss sibonga
Upon reaching the UK, they lived in a refugee camp in Sopley village near Christchurch for around two years. 4
ung family in the sopley refugee camp
In an interview with Eastern Eye, Leon Ung shared that his mixed origins often pose a challenge in securing lead roles. He said, “But often, (film) makers are looking for half-black and half-white (actors). If they want an Indian (performer), I again don’t fit in as I look ‘not Indian enough’. When it’s for Asian or Chinese characters, they find me ‘not Asian enough’. That’s why it’s really hard. It also shows there is still a problem of actual and fair representation.1
Leon Ung portrayed the childhood role of Bobby Deol in the Bollywood film Animal (2023).
leon ung as young bobby deol in animal
He will be next seen as a Dancer in Disney’s “Snow White”, a musical adaptation of the classic children’s story. Directed by Marc Webb, the film stars Rachel Zegler as Snow White and Gal Gadot as the Evil Queen.

References:

  1. https://www.easterneye.biz/leon-ung-there-are-not-enough-roles-for-people-like-me/[][]
  2. https://bamkidz.com/archives/tagmin/aareon-ung[]
  3. https://bamkidz.com/archives/tagmin/leon-ung[]
  4. https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/latest/news/always-be-kind-leon-ung-on-his-familys-remarkable-journey/[]
 
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