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Paul Foster
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Born15 December 1980
EducationBachelor of Applied Science (Sports Coaching and Administration)
Alma materUWCSEA, Deakin University

Paul Foster (born 15 December 1980) is a Singaporean actor and host.[1] The start of his professional career dates back to 2002, when he first appeared in a television reality series titled The Big Unknown.[2] Since then, Paul has been no stranger in local show business having scored roles in shows like Polo Boys (2009) and Mata Mata (2013).[3][4] On social media (Instagram), he uses his following to raise awareness on environmental issues and animal welfare.[5][6]

Background[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Paul Foster pictured with his mother, Joyce Foster, in 2014. Photo from The Straits Times.

Paul is of British-Peranakan heritage. Born to Len and Joyce Foster on 15 December 1980, he has one younger biological sister and three older half-sisters from his mother’s previous marriage.[7]


Paul has described his childhood as a safe and easy one, noting that he was an outdoorsy child and that his family often took vacations.[8] Unfortunately, Paul’s father passed away from cancer in 1999.[9] At the time, Paul had been in the midst of his International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations. His father's death pushed him to assume more household responsibilities on top of managing his studies.[10][11]


During his time in National Service (NS), Paul was a Lance Corporal. His main duty was to guard the Changi Naval Base alongside his peers in the 608 Squadron.[12]

Education[edit | edit source]

Paul studied at the United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore from 1992 to 1999.[13] After finishing his NS, he enrolled in Deakin University, Australia. He returned to Singapore after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Sports Coaching and Administration).[14] It was during his time at Deakin University that he filmed his first show, The Big Unknown (2002).[15]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Relationship with Joey (2019 - Present day)[edit | edit source]

As of March 2020, Paul is in a committed relationship with Joey.[16] They live together with three cats - Moshi, Bongo and Jewel - and a husky named Bam Bam.[17][18] Before this, he has had four serious girlfriends[19] - out of which his relationship with Jenna Sendall was the most public.[20]

Relationship with Jenna Sendall (2013 - 2018)[edit | edit source]

Paul and Jenna dated for five years before they went their separate ways.[21] They had met when Jenna was on a six-month exchange programme at Singapore Management University (SMU).[22] After five years in Singapore where she had worked as a restaurant manager at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen,[23] Jenna decided that she wanted to move back to Canada. Paul had been prepared to relocate to Vancouver with Jenna but she eventually told him not to.[24] The couple ended their relationship amicably after realising that a break-up was inevitable.[25]

Acting & TV hosting[edit | edit source]

In 2019, Paul Foster (bottom right) was one of the stars of the Netflix Original series, Singapore Social. Photo from Reel Good.
Paul Foster pictured as DSP Graham Fletcher in Mata Mata (2013). Photo from YP.SG.

Paul made his debut on Singaporean television in 2002, when he starred in the reality show The Big Unknown.[26] This role landed him several modelling jobs, which he continued to pursue upon his return to Singapore in 2005.[27] Paul has been on the covers of local magazines like Men’s Health and Cosmopolitan Singapore.[28] As of 2020, he is managed by the Singapore-based modelling agency, Mannequin.[29] Paul shot to fame in 2007, when he made a special appearance on Deal or No Deal: The Hunks Special.[30]

Year Programme Title Character/Role Refs.
2019 Singapore Social Himself [31]
No Sleep, No Fomo [32]
2015 Working Class Nick Daman / Dave [33]
Lion Mums Shane [34]
2014 Code of Law Professor De Mello [35]
2013 Mata Mata DSP Graham Fletcher [36]
2012 Sasuke Singapore Celebrity Challenge Host [37]
Hot Guys Who Cook [38]
Serangoon Road Malone [39]
2 Brothers, 2 Cities Host [40]
2011 SuperModelMe 2 [41]
Papa, Rock! Ashton Koh [42]
Wicked (The Musical) Host [43]
We are Singaporeans -
2010 Dance Star Asia [44]
Winning Post [45]
2009 Red Thread Marc Pereira [46]
Polo Boys Alan Morrison
Buffetlicious Host [47]
2008 Rouge [48]
Pulau Hantu (Telemovie) Sergeant [49]
2007 Deal or No Deal: The Hunks Special Host [50]
The Food Bachelor [51]
2002 The Big Unknown [52]

Event Hosting[edit | edit source]

Paul Foster interviewing Joseph Schooling at the 2018 Peter Lim Scholarship Awards Presentation. Photo from Facebook.

Apart from acting, television hosting and modelling, Paul has emceed for a variety of events ranging from roadshows to award ceremonies - some of which are documented in the table below.

Year Event Refs.
2019 Capella Singapore 10 year Anniversary [53]
2018 Peter Lim Scholarship Awards Presentation [54]
2017 President's Star Charity [55]
2016 The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) red carpet [56]
2015 Spirit Of Enterprise Awards Night [57]
2012 Smoked by Windows Roadshow Challenge [58]
Asian Television Awards [59]
2011 National Arts Council Patron of the Arts Awards
Singtel Grid Girls [60]
2010 Hair for Hope [61]
Singapore Sports Awards
2008 Habitat for Humanity Charity Gala Dinner

Entrepreneurship[edit | edit source]

Dre Valet & LiveFit.Asia[62][edit | edit source]

Paul's two business ventures were founded in 2016 and 2012 respectively.[63] Dre Valet is a mobile application for car valet bookings.[64] LiveFit.Asia is an online store selling health supplements.[65]

References / Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Goh, Samantha. “Actor-host Paul Foster considers himself Singaporean born and bred”. The Straits Times. May 22, 2015. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  2. Simon, Audrey. “A model life”. The Edge Market. May 9, 2016. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  3. School Days S2 - EP1”. MeWatch. December 29, 2017. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
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  5. Sandran, Aravin. “Earth Hour 2019: Liv Lo, Paul Foster and Sezairi advocate for living an eco-conscious lifestyle in Singapore”. Buro. March 3, 2019. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  6. Message from The Founders”. Animal Lovers League. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  7. Mui, Cheryl. “Man of the house at 18”. AsiaOne. September 26, 2014. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  8. Simon, Audrey. “A model life”. The Edge Market. May 9, 2016. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  9. Teo, Jasmine. “Paul Foster And Girlfriend Of 5 Years Break Up — Weeks Before He Moves To Canada To Be With Her”. 8Days. August 23, 2018. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  10. Chen-Cordeiro, Daphne. “Star of Singapore Social Paul Foster Reveals How They Really Filmed The Netflix Show”. Hong Kong Tatler. January 7, 2020. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  11. Simon, Audrey. “A model life”. The Edge Market. May 9, 2016. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  12. Actor Paul Foster shares about his life as an RSAF NSman”. AsiaOne. January 9, 2014. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  13. UWCSEA Dover. “Paul Foster '99, #UWCSEA alumnus and Singapore’s entertainment veteran,”. Twitter. September 5, 2019. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://twitter.com/UWCSEA_Dover/status/1169486088353615872
  14. Foster, Paul. “Paul Foster”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  15. Singapore Social: Netflix’s latest reality series stars Sukki Singapora, Mae Tan, Paul Foster, Vinny Sharp, and Nicole Ong”. Esquire SG. December 8, 2019. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  16. paulfosterrr. Instagram. April 8, 2019. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv-0b1cHaAH/
  17. Li, Gwen. “Reigning Cats and A Dog”. PressReader. June 1, 2019. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  18. Grasso, Samantha. “Where is the cast of Netflix’s ‘Singapore Social’ now?”. DailyDot. November 26, 2019. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  19. Chua, Charlene. “Paul Foster: 'She has to be loyal to her family and friends'”. AsiaOne. January 30, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  20. Twang, Lisa. “When Paul Foster eats like an emperor”. The New Paper. November 18, 2015. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  21. Teo, Jasmine. “Paul Foster And Girlfriend Of 5 Years Break Up — Weeks Before He Moves To Canada To Be With Her”. Today. August 23, 2018. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  22. Sendall, Jenna. “Jenna Sendall”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
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  25. Teo, Jasmine. “Paul Foster And Girlfriend Of 5 Years Break Up — Weeks Before He Moves To Canada To Be With Her”. 8Days. August 23, 2018. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  26. Goh, Samantha. “Actor-host Paul Foster considers himself Singaporean born and bred”. The Straits Times. May 22, 2015. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  27. Who’s That Hottie: Paul Foster”. Wardrobe Trends Fashion. October 25, 2012. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  28. Paul Foster CV”. Beam Artistes. December 15, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  29. Models”. Mannequin. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  30. Paul Foster”. The Smart Local. February 28, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  31. Singapore Social”. Netflix. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  32. Erlina Calubayan. "Paul Foster pushes past his limits for No Sleep, No Fomo". The New Paper. April 15, 2019. Accessed on 17 April 2020.
  33. Paul Foster. “Our first episode of Working Class airs tonight on MediaCorp Channel 5 at…”. Facebook. October 14, 2015. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/322678087850280/posts/our-first-episode-of-working-class-airs-tonight-on-mediacorp-channel-5-at-930pm-/839283509523066/
  34. Lion Moms (2015– )”. IMDb. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  35. Code Of Law S2 - EP4”. MeWatch. June 25, 2014. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  36. Brinstan Frois, Andre. “Paul Foster: I’m not kiasu or kaypoh, but I’m Singaporean to the core”. Coconuts Singapore. November 19, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  37. Lucas. Official. “Sasuke Singapore 2012 - Paul Foster”. YouTube. September 2, 2012. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  38. Meet the contestants of Hot Guys Who Cook season 2”. Yahoo! News. December 3, 2012. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
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  40. Paul Foster. “Brothers, 2 Cities travelogue”. Facebook. January 31, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/videos/326582734126482/
  41. SupermodelMe Season 2 Premiere”. Style Frontier. March 26, 2011. Accessed on 13 November 2020.
  42. Abdul Rahman, Noor Ashikin. “American newbie scores lead role in Suria show”. The New Paper. July 23, 2015. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  43. BASE Entertainment. “WICKED TV: Tales from the Emerald City Part 2 of 3”. YouTube. January 6, 2012. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  44. Wan, Munirah. “Famous and for a cause: Paul Foster”. Youth.sg. November 25, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  45. The Winning Post - EP4”. MeWatch. August 21, 2014. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  46. Seah, May. “A whiter shade of pale”. Today. July 6, 2009. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  47. #marybukoh Instagram Posts”. Gramho. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  48. “Page 51 Miscellaneous Column 1”. Today. April 12, 2008. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  49. Pulau Hantu (2008)”. IMDb. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  50. Deal or No Deal (Singapore)”. Academic. Accessed 13 March 2020.
  51. Klyne, Rachel. “5 Minutes With Paul Foster”. Her World. December 17, 2012. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  52. Seah, May. “A whiter shade of pale”. Today. July 6, 2009. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  53. Paul Foster. Facebook. December 21, 2019. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/photos/a.514043085380445/2670527586398640/?type=3&theater
  54. Paul Foster. Facebook. June 1, 2018. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/photos/a.344872478964174/1656144227836986/?type=3&theater
  55. Paul Foster. Facebook. December 16, 2017. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/photos/a.1279046518880094/1486019888182755/?type=3&theater
  56. Paul Foster. Facebook. April 26, 2016. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/photos/a.344872478964174/943284762456273/?type=3&theater
  57. Paul Foster. Facebook. October 23, 2015. Accessed on 25 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/paulfosterrr/photos/a.514043085380445/842580039193413/?type=3&theater
  58. Teh, Joe. “SMOKED BY WINDOWS PHONE IN SINGAPORE”. TechLobang. March 7, 2012. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  59. Paul Foster Resume”. LinkedIn. December 15, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  60. Singtel. “SingTel Grid Girl host, Paul Foster takes you behind the scenes as the girls…”. Facebook. August 3, 2011. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/singtel/posts/singtel-grid-girl-host-paul-foster-takes-you-behind-the-scenes-as-the-girls-go-o/180783095322291/
  61. Paul Foster Resume”. LinkedIn. December 15, 2013. Accessed on 13 March 2020.
  62. Foster, Paul. “Paul Foster”. LinkedIn. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  63.  Simon, Audrey. “A model life”. The Edge Market. May 9, 2016. Accessed on 12 March 2020.
  64. Dre Valet. “Don't worry, DRE's still here to help along your midweek thirst...”. Facebook. March 26, 2018. Accessed on 13 March 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/DreValet/photos/a.1578791299113530/2022571924735463/?type=3&theater
  65. About Us”. LiveFit.Asia. Accessed on 13 March 2020.