Filipino-British actor Derek Arthur Ramsay is a professional actor, athelete, model and former MTV VJ in the Philippines. He was born in December 7, 1976 to loving parents, Derek Arthur Ramsay Sr. and Remedios Baggao-Ramsay in New England. Although born in England, he was raised in the Philippines for most of his childhood years.
His father is British while his mom, Remedios Baggao-Ramsay is Filipino. His British dad was a detective inspector when he met his wife, Remedios, who was the head of housekeeping unit of Cadogan Hotel in England. The two got married and eventually moved to the Philippines where they started a security agency that became successful later. Derek went back to England to take up his college studies.
Derek Ramsay began his showbiz career as an MTV VJ and model for two years. In 2002, due to his popularity as an MTV VJ, GMA7 tapped him to host the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night. Eventually, mainstream showbiz beckoned and in 2005, he found himself hosting a showbiz-oriented talk show called “Entertainment Konek,” along with Toni Gonzaga and Mariel Rodriguez in ABSCBN. Within the same year, the largest TV network in the Philippines eventually took notice of his potential and matinee idol looks and casted him as Kahimu, the main villain in the remake of “Panday” opposite Jericho Rosales in 2005. He also starred as “Machete” in “Super Inggo” afterwards.
With his arresting looks and mass appeal, ABSCBN gave him the biggest break of his career, as leading man to Judy Ann Santos in the hit teleserye “Ysabela” in 2007. As “Mito Valenzuela” in the series, his chemistry with his leading lady was a hit that it contributed to the immense popularity of the TV show. So ratings-strong was the teleserye that it eventually made Derek Ramsay a household name in the entertainment industry. Soon, his popularity skyrocketed as he starred in a lot of ABSCBN’s TV shows one after the other like “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” “Komiks,” “The Wedding, Precious Hearts Romances Presents” among others. Consequently, banking on his popular appeal, the network gave him all their biggest and ambitious teleseryes to boot. He starred in “Maging Sino Ka Man,” along with the network’s hottest stable of stars like Sam Milby, Toni Gonzaga, Anne Curtis, Angelica Panganiban and John Lloyd Cruz, “Habang May Buhay” (with Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes) and the smashing hit “Magkaribal” opposite Gretchen Barretto and Bea Alonzo in 2010. He also starred with Angelica Panganiban, Kim Chiu and Gabby Concepcion in the successful MMFF adult-drama movie “I Love You Goodbye.”
In 2011, the actor starred in what could be his biggest box-office draw movies to date, “No Other Woman” opposite “Its Showtime” host Anne Curtis and sexy actress Cristine Reyes and “The Unkabogable Praybeyt Benjamin” opposite Vice Ganda. These movies grossed more than PHP300 million in the box office which eventually cemented Derek’s status as one of the most sought-after leading men of our entertainment industry. For his work in these two top-grossing movies, he was hailed as the Box-Office King by Guillermo Foundation for that year.
As proof of his immense popularity in the business, lucrative TV endorsements soon came one after the other. Apart from “Swatch,” where he was already an endorser back then, Century Tuna, Lucky Me, San Miguel Beer, Nesvita and more recently, Dunkin Donuts also got him to boost their products’ popularity in the market.
The following year, the actor shocked the entertainment industry by announcing his transfer to rival network, TV5. Citing career growth among other reasons, the actor made the biggest gamble of his career. Recognizing his brand appeal in the mass market, TV5 gave him all their biggest projects to date. “Kidlat,” “For Love or Money” and “Amazing Race Philippines” were just some of the TV shows that he starred in.
His box-office draw remains strong starring in critically-hit movies like “Corazon: Ang Unang Aswang,” “Secret Affair,” “The Janitor,” “The Trophy Wife” and the surprise hit “English Only Please” at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival, for which he won his first Best Actor movie award.
Right now, he is still busy as ever juggling as a movie star and athlete. His being a well-decorated sportsman couldn’t be unwarranted too as he is currently a member of our country’s Frisbee team and head of our national beach football team. In 2012, he placed 9th overall at the 13th World Ultimate and Guts Championship in 2012.
On the TV front, he is currently seen doing extreme risky stunts and challenges in “Extreme Series” and showing his comedic acting chops in “Mac and Chiz” opposite Empoy and Bianca King on TV5.
Write-up By: Adam Genato