Andrea Fonseka

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Andrea Fonseka
Kavita Sidhu, Dato' Jimmy Choo, Heah Sieu Lay, Andrea Fonseka, Amber Chia.jpg
Kavita Sidhu, Jimmy Choo, Heah Sieu Lay, Andrea Fonseka and Amber Chia at the launch of "The Twelve"
Born Andrea Veronica Fonseka
(1984-08-29) 29 August 1984 (age 30)
Penang, Malaysia
Occupation Model, Host
Years active 2004 – present

Andrea Veronica Fonseka was the winner of Miss Malaysia Universe 2004, and is a model, television presenter and actress working predominantly in Malaysia and Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws from NUS. Fonseka is the current National Director[1] for Miss Universe Malaysia.

Personal life[edit]

Andrea Fonseka was born in Penang, Malaysia on August 29, 1984. She is of mixed ethnic heritage. Her father is of Sinhalese (Sri Lankan), Portuguese, Spanish, and Filipino descent, while her mother is of Chinese descent [2] She is the youngest of four daughters and currently lives and works between Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. She studied in SMK(P) Taman Petaling in Petaling Jaya during her secondary school years.

She married Australian lawyer Paul Dewar on 31 July 2010, in Kuala Lumpur.

Career[edit]

Fonseka first came to the public's attention when she hosted the first season of Xfresh.tv, a teen program produced by Malaysia's Astro TVIQ.

In 2004, Andrea followed her mother's footsteps[3] and won the Miss Malaysia Universe title.[2] She subsequently represented Malaysia in Miss Universe 2004, in Ecuador. After the pageant, Andrea relocated to Singapore to study Law at the National University of Singapore. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from NUS in 2008.

Shortly after moving to Singapore, Andrea became an ambassador for Marie France Bodyline and appeared on numerous magazine covers, including FHM Singapore.

This exposure led her to becoming a host on ESPN's Score Today Score Today and then suitcase girl number 10 in Deal or No Deal (Singapore) on Mediacorp Channel 5. Following the success of Deal or No Deal, Channel 5 invited Andrea to co-host the live TV singing contest Live The Dream with Utt and Michelle Chia.[4]

Andrea subsequently moved into acting, starring in small parts in Maggi & Me and Parental Guidance, and then landing major roles in Housemates, the channel 5 drama En Bloc and the feature film Carrotcake Conversations.

Andrea was voted the world's sexiest woman in FHM Singapore’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2007. She won No. 1 ranking for the second time in 2008, making her the first repeat winner for FHM's Top 100 Sexiest.

2009-Present[edit]

Andrea was inducted into the Miss Malaysia Universe Hall of Fame in 2009,[5] recognizing her success and contribution in the regional entertainment industry .In 2010, Fonseka became the Face of the Malaysia International Fashion Week, and fronting the Fashion-TV program.

Fonseka is the current National Director[1] for Miss Universe Malaysia.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Xfresh.tv Host
Miss Universe 2004 Contestant Pageant
2006 A Light Affair Contestant
Female Magazine 50 Most Gorgeous 2006 Contestant Pageant
Housemates Andrea Music Videos
Parental Guidance (TV series) SIA Attendant
2007 ESPN Score Today Presenter
Deal or No Deal (Singapore) Suitcase 10 Game Show
Live The Dream Host Live TV Singing Contest
2008 Maggi & Me Sherry TV Comedy
En Bloc (TV series) Cindy Lim TV Drama
The Carrotcake Conversations Ruth
Don't Forget the Lyrics Herself Game Show
2011 BeautyCamp Host, Judge, Executive Producer The Search for Miss Universe Malaysia 2012
2012 The Apartment Style Edition Guest Judge Episode 205, season 1
2014 Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 2 Herself, Guest Judge Episode 8

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrea Fonseka, National Director , retrieved April 7, 2011
  2. ^ a b Former Miss Malaysia shares KL's best-kept shopping secret, Felix Cheong, Asiaone, October 18, 2008
  3. ^ Beauty queen follows in mother's footsteps, New Straits Times, 2004-04-16
  4. ^ Bio of Live The Dream host Andrea Fonseka, retrieved February 2009
  5. ^ About MUMO, retrieved April 7, 2011