Christopher Lee (Singaporean actor)

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Christopher Lee
Chinese name 李銘順 (traditional)
Chinese name 李铭顺 (simplified)
Pinyin Lǐ Míngshùn (Mandarin)
Birth name Lee Meng Soon (李明顺)
Ancestry Hakka
Origin Singapore
Born (1971-07-23) 23 July 1971 (age 43)
Malacca, Malaysia
Occupation Actor, host, singer
Label(s) Catwalk Production House (Catwalk)
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Fann Wong (2009–present)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lee.

Christopher Lee Meng Soon (born 23 July 1971) is a Malaysian-born Singaporean actor, host and singer.

Early life[edit]

Lee studied up to form 5 in Sekolah Menangah Seri Kota, Air Leleh, Malacca, Malaysia. He was an active student in school, serving as a prefect and representing his school in rugby competitions. He has an older sister and two younger brothers, the youngest being Frederick Lee Meng Chong, who is also an actor and model in Malaysia.[1]

Career[edit]

Lee joined TCS (later MediaCorp) on a contract in 1995 after emerging as 1st runner-up in the male category of the Star Search programme in 1995. He worked as a model before becoming an actor. Lee first started acting in Chinese-language television dramas produced by Channel 8.

Lee rose to prominence in his career after winning the Best Actor award at the Star Awards 1997 for his role as a hanjian in the television drama The Price of Peace, set in Japanese-occupied Singapore during World War II. In 1998, he starred as Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. He was voted in as Taiwan's Most Popular MediaCorp Male Artiste at the Star Awards 1998 for his performance. Since then, Lee has acted in many television series jointly-produced by Singapore and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, co-starring with actors from Hong Kong and Taiwan, such as Nadia Chan, Vincent Chiao, Jimmy Lin and Jordan Chan.

Apart from acting, Lee also recorded the theme songs of MediaCorp's television dramas. He released his first solo album in 1999 and another one in 2002.

At the 2010 Star Awards, Lee was awarded the coveted "All-Time Favourite Artiste Award" with long-time colleague Mark Lee after being voted the Top 10 Favourite Male Artistes for ten years in a row.[2] He became the first non-Singaporean artiste to win the award. More recently, Lee has also ventured into hosting and has hosted several travel and food programmes. He was nominated for the Best Info-Ed Show Host award at the Star Awards 2012.

Conviction[edit]

On 8 October 2006, Lee was involved in a hit-and-run road accident. He had allegedly knocked down a motorcyclist due to suspected drunk driving, causing the motorcyclist and his pillion rider to suffer superficial injuries on their faces and legs. He was arrested and released later on bail.

Despite the incident, Lee managed to win a position among the Top 10 Male Artistes in the Star Awards 2006. In his acceptance speech, Lee said in Mandarin that he had been feeling terrible over the incident during the previous two months, and that he would be responsible for what he did. Speaking to reporters later, he mentioned that he had been unable to sleep at times, adding that he was very grateful to his fans for their support.[3]

On 10 May 2007, Lee was fined S$4,500 and disqualified from driving for three years on charges of drunk driving and other traffic offences, as well as being sentenced to a prison term of four weeks. Lee appealed against his jail sentence but withdrew his appeal later on 28 May. He began serving his sentence at Queenstown Remand Prison on the same day.[4] On 15 June, the prosecution succeeded in appealing against Lee's four-week jail sentence and the court decided to overturn an earlier sentence of a S$3,000 fine for his drunk driving offence. Lee was sentenced to an additional two weeks in prison, making his total prison term six weeks long.[5] On 21 June, the prosecution dropped the last of five charges against Lee for failing to stop after an accident, letting him off with a stern warning instead.[6] Lee was released on 25 June, after receiving a reduction in his prison sentence due to good behavior.[7]

Due to his conviction, Lee was dropped from playing the lead role in the 2007 Channel 8 television series Metamorphosis. He was replaced by actor Thomas Ong.[8]

On 12 July 2007, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) completed its review on Lee's case and decided to allow him to retain his Singapore Permanent Resident status. However, Lee will be under close observation and the ICA would revoke its decision if Lee violates the law again.[9] After the conviction, he made his comeback in the 2008 television drama Rhythm of Life.

Personal life[edit]

On 16 May 2009, Lee married actress Fann Wong, his co-star in several television series. The wedding ceremony was held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, with many of Lee's colleagues from the entertainment industry, such as Zheng Geping and Huang Biren, attending their wedding.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Best Bet Lee Yong-Shun
2009 The Wedding Game Fang Zijie
2010 Kidnapper Taxi driver Lim
2012 Forgotten Best Actor in a Mini-Series/TV Movie nominee at the 47th Golden Bell Awards[10]
2014 The King of Brand
2014 When a Peking Family Meets Aupair
2014 Black & White 2

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Love Knows No Bounds Hong Jie television film
1996 Kungfu Master Liu Nianrong
1996 Of Cops and Man Liu Jiashun
1996 Brave New World Jiale
1997 The Choice Partner Zheng Fangsheng
1997 My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives Mai Jiawei
1997 The Price of Peace Xie Guomin Won Best Actor at Star Awards 1997
1997 The Guest People Zhang Chongzhi
1998 The Return of the Condor Heroes Yang Guo Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1998
1998 Myths and Legends of Singapore Zhu Heyi / Zhu Gutou
1999 Coup de Scorpio Xie Tingzhang Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999
1999 Riding the Storm Zhong Qingtang Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999
2000 Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng Ximen Chuixue regional production
2000 Looking for Stars Henry Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2000
2001 Madam White Snake Xu Xian / Xu Shilin Singapore-Taiwan co-production
2001 Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng 2 Ximen Chuixue regional production
2001 The Hotel Shaun
2002 Brotherhood He Ping Singapore-China co-production
2002 Palm of Rulai Lu Xiaoyu regional production
2003 Moon Fairy Houyi regional production
2003 True Heroes Chen Junhao Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2003
2004 Always on My Mind Tang Xinyang
2004 Timeless Gift Wang Jie Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2004
2004 To Mum with Love Yang Yijie
2005 A New Life Zhang Youfu Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2005
2005 Fairy of the Chalice Cao Jing Singapore-China co-production
2005 The Dragon Heroes Yan Cheng regional production
2005 You Are the One Simon
2006 My Lucky Stars Wu Fuqi regional production
2006 Rhapsody in Blue Lan Ziyuan
2006 Through It All Guo Yihai
2006 The Peak Fang Hong'an
2007 A Mobile Love Story Lin Lizhong Singapore-China co-production
2007 The Shaolin Warriors Qi Jiguang mainland Chinese production
2008 Rhythm of Life Li Junjie
2008 Beach.Ball.Babes Ma Tianwu
2009 My Buddy Zeng Youquan
2010 Breakout Situ Dongcheng Nominated for Best Actor, Star Awards 2011;

Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Asian Television Awards 2011

2011 Secrets For Sale Zheng Renyi
2011 The Oath Wu Guo'en Nominated for Best Actor, Star Awards 2012
2012 Show Hand Zhang Qiming Won Best Actor at Star Awards 2013
2012 Game Plan Zeng Haoren
2013 A Good Wife Li Shao-Wen

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Insiders' Australia
2008 Life Transformers 心晴大动员 Best Variety Show Host nomination, Star Awards 2009
2009 Life Transformers 2
2011 The Adventures of Chris 阿顺历险记 Best Variety Show host nomination, Star Awards 2011

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Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Christopher Lee Story (1999)
  • Love, No Boundaries (2002)

Singles[edit]

Year / collection Title Notes
1997 错爱今生 Theme song from The Choice Partner
1997 和平的代价 Theme song from The Price of Peace
1997 流浪之歌 Theme song from The Guest People
1998 一生太短暂 Insert song from The Return of the Condor Heroes
1999 逃避 Opening theme song from Coup de Scorpio
1999 不告而别 Ending theme song from Coup de Scorpio
2000 Ending theme song from Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng
2002 平凡 Theme song from Brotherhood
2002 爱,无国界
2003 英雄好汉 Opening theme song from True Heroes
2003 每一天的思念 Insert song from True Heroes
2003 在你左右 Ending theme song from True Heroes
2004 非一般烦恼 Theme song from To Mum with Love
2005 相信 Theme song from You Are the One
2005 福禄寿 Theme song from My Lucky Stars; performed together with Fann Wong
Chinese New Year songs 万年红 performed together with Fann Wong
Chinese New Year songs 恭喜恭喜07 performed together with Qi Yuwu, Ann Kok and Dawn Yeoh
Chinese New Year songs 事如意08
Others 运气-阳光系列3
Others 谈何容易

Achievements[edit]

Year Accolade Representative work Notes
1995 1st Male Runner-up, Star Search 1995
1997 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 1997
1997 Best Actor award, Star Awards 1997 The Price of Peace
1998 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 1998
1998 Taiwan's Most Popular Male Artiste, Star Awards 1998
1998 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1998 The Return of the Condor Heroes
1999 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999 Coup de Scorpio
1999 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999 Riding the Storm
2000 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2000
2000 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2000 Looking for Stars
2001 Malaysia's Most Popular Male Artiste, Star Awards 2001
2002 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2002
2002 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2002 Brotherhood
2003 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2003
2003 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2003 True Heroes
2004 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2004
2005 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2005
2005 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2005 A New Life
2006 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2006
2007 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2007
2009 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2009
2009 Best Variety Show Host nomination, Star Awards 2009 Life Transformers
2010 All-Time Favourite Artiste, Star Awards 2010
2013 Best Actor Award, Star Awards 2013 Show Hand

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No, I'm not Christopher". AsiaOne. 23 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mark Lee and Christopher Lee assume their new heavenly ranks". xin.msn.com. 25 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Lee, Sze Yong (12 December 2006). "A solemn teary-eyed Lee at Star Awards". The Straits Times. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Ansley Ng, "Christopher Lee begins jail term", Today, 29 May 2007
  5. ^ "TV actor Christopher Lee to spend more time in jail". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 15 June 2007. 
  6. ^ Carolyn Quek, "Last of five charges against actor dropped", The Straits Times, 22 June 2007
  7. ^ "Actor Christopher Lee released from jail". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 25 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "李铭顺新剧被换角 王沺裁成得益人". Lianhe Zaobao. Retrieved 19 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Actor Christopher Lee to retain permanent resident status". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 12 July 2007. 
  10. ^ Chua, Charlene (7 October 2012). "Christopher Lee nominated for prestigious award". AsiaOne. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Christopher Lee at imdb.com
  12. ^ Christopher Lee at chinesemov.com

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