THEN & NOW: Architect and entertainer


DASHING Azhar Sulaiman has been a regular face on television since the 1990s. The multi-talented actor from Bentong, Pahang, is also a professional architect.

Azhar, 41, is married to lawyer Cempaka Emalin Pahamin (daughter of a former prominent civil servant) and they have three children.

Azhar’s first TV drama was 1989’s Cinta Dan Sayang in which he acted alongside Norlida “Connie” Ahmad of Sumpahan Mahsuri fame.

He studied architecture at Universiti Teknologi Mara (Bandar Seri Manjung, Sitiawan, Perak) that same year and later went to the University Of Newcastle in the United Kingdom.

Azhar’s well-known series include Astana Idaman 1 and 2, 3 Janda, Mya Zara, Mahligai Gading, Cinta Metropolis, Aku Bukan Buaya and Soffiya.

His movies include Mira Edora, Riang Tirana, Interlude, Abang ‘92 (with Deanna Yusoff), Bisikan Cinta (Maria Farida), Impian (Amy Mastura), Sayang Salmah (Norish Karman), Jimi Asmara (the late Hani Mohsin), KL Universiti (Amy Mastura), Black Maria (Lisdawati and Datuk Eizlan Yusof), Trauma (Nasha Aziz and Amy Mastura), 1957 Hati Malaya (Rusdi Ramli and Adlin Aman Ramlie), Belukar (Daphne Iking, Yazer Yusof and Bront Palarae) and Jangan Pandang-Pandang (Miera Liyana, Sara Ali and Zizan Razak).

Azhar is best known for designing KRU’s studio in Cyberjaya, Sepang, Selangor and the set of KRU’s film Cicakman starring Saiful Apek.

He has hosted television programmes such as Lagu Popular Minggu Ini (with Maria Farida) and Kunci Khazanah and he is also the National Library’s ambassador for Reading Month (since 2008).

Azhar also gives motivational talks to students. He was once a sportsman who won medals in various cycling competitions in his home state.

Azhar Sulaiman then (with his wife Cempaka) and now

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