Erra Fazira

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Erra Fazira
Born Fazira Wan Chek
(1974-02-09) 9 February 1974 (age 40)
Sungai Choh, Rawang, Selangor, Malaysia
Occupation Actress, Singer, Fashion model, Businesswomen
Years active 1994 – present

Erra Fazira (born Fazira Wan Chek 9 February 1974) is a Malaysian actress, singer, fashion model, TV Host, film producer, as well as former beauty queen. Also known as "Primadona Malay Films of the New Millennium"

She rose to fame in the early/mid 1990s following her roles in Sembilu, Sembilu 2, Maria Mariana and Pasrah. She received critical acclaim and a Malaysia Film Festival award for her portrayal of "Nora" in the film Hingga Hujung Nyawa. She received another three Malaysia Film Festival award nomination for her performance in Soalnya Siapa?, Persona Non Grata, and Anak.

Early life[edit]

Fazira was born in Sungai Choh, a small town in Selangor, Malaysia, the first child and the only daughter of Wan Chek and Azizah Zaik. Her parents were of Chinese and Bangkahulu origin.[1] Fazira was an active student during her school days and developed a passion for acting, which she showed an interest in at a very early age. She also joined many school's clubs and societies such as Scouting, St John Ambulance of Malaysia, English Language Society and Culture Club. She was also an active sports student back then and has represented herself and her school in Netball. She said that the knowledge and socialisation which she gained in joining those clubs played an important role in making who she was as Erra Fazira today.[2]

Fazira attended several different schools including SMK Putri Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

Beauty Pageant[edit]

At the age of 18, Fazira went to take part in the 1992 Malaysian beauty pageant after being persuaded by her aunt. She competed against thirteen others and eventually won the title of Miss Malaysia/World 1992. As Miss Malaysia, Fazira went on to compete in Miss World 1992 pageant, representing Malaysia which was held in South Africa.

Erra then represented Malaysia in Miss South East Asia 1992/1993. She took the third places in Miss South East Asia 1992/1993.

Acting Career[edit]

Fazira was approached by director, Yusof Haslam, to star as the lead role in Sembilu. The film opened in cinema on 18 August 1994. The film also marked the first time Erra worked together with her then former dating partner, Awie. Other films roles followed, including a sequel of Sembilu, Sembilu 2 the following year. Fazira reprised her role as Wati.

From 1996 until 2000, Fazira starred in four of Haslam's directed films including the portraying of Maria Zakaria in both Maria Mariana and its sequel Maria Mariana 2. In the 2000s, Soal Hati film, Fazira starred played the character of Nurul Ain. Fazira won the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

Starting 2001, Fazira begun to work with many different directors for her films including Ahmad Idham's Mr. Cinderella (2002); A. Razak Mohaideen's Cinta Kolestrol (2003) and others. In 2004, Fazira went on to star opposite her then former husband, Yusry bin Abdul Halim, in the 2004 Hingga Hujung Nyawa, one of the four films she starred in directed by Mohaideen. Through this film, Fazira once again was awarded the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress as for the portrayal of Nora Halim in the movie.

In 2002, Fazira acted in a telefilm and hosted the show, Fesyen Tempo.

Personal Life[edit]

Erra's love relationship with actor and rock singer, Awie after both starred in film Sembilu. They got engaged in 1996 after 4 years of dating but ended their relationship in late 1998. Awie later married young singer, Arni Nazira Anuar in December 1998. Erra then met singer Yusry Abdul Halim of Malaysian pop group (KRU) after a magazine photography session together in 2001. Erra Fazira married Yusry on 15 June 2003 at Masjid At- Taqwa, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. The wedding ceremony deemed as the 'Wedding of the Year' was held at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on 22 June 2003. On 16 June 2006, the marriage ended when they passed in front of the judge, Yusri confirmed divorce (talak satu) to his wife on 26 April 2006 at their residence.

In Jun 2007, Erra's episode once again became the focus of controversy when she became the subject of stories of an on-off relationship with Hans Isaac. Before that, both Erra and Hans denied having ties of relationship. Their close relationship became controversial when Hans was willing to give a Rolex watch worth RM15,000 for Erra's birthday on the 23rd of February. However, Erra still denied their relationship, as well as claimed "there is no harm in her receiving luxury gifts from a good friend". In the beginning of July 2007, Hans suddenly verified his relationship with Erra. The story continued to a controversial topic that she had already announced to be married to the Chief Operating Officer of Suria FM, Engku Emran Zainal Abidin.

The marriage between Erra and Emran on 25 October 2007 ended media speculation. They had a simple ceremony at Emran's residence in Damansara Kim, on 7 September 2007. On 30 March 2009, Erra gave birth to a baby girl, Engku Aleesya. On 17 February 2014, Erra and Emran divorced after a few times of denying their divorce.

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Sembilu Wati Debut film
1995 Sembilu 2 Wati
1996 Maria Mariana Maria Zakaria
Tragedi Oktober Wati
1997 Gemilang Julia
1998 Maria Mariana 2 Maria Zakaria
2000 Pasrah Farah Diba
Soal Hati Nurul Ain Won Best Actresses – 15th Malaysia Film Festival
Won Best Actresses – Anugerah Skrin TV3
2001 Gerak Khas The Movie Inspektor Syafiqah
Putih Bawang Putih (voice) Animation film
2002 Mr. Cinderella Puteri Megawati Darul Kasih
Soalnya Siapa? Nurul Ain Nominated, Best Actresses – 16th Malaysia Film Festival
2003 Gila Gila Pengantin Aliah Hamdan
Janji Diana Diana Murad
Cinta Kolestrol Fazira Osman / Erra First film direct by Erra
Mr. Cinderella Puteri Megawati Darul Kasih
MX3 as herself
2004 Kuliah Cinta Johanna Abdul Rahman (Jojo)
Hingga Hujung Nyawa Nora Halim Won, Best Actresses – 18th Malaysia Film Festival
Tujuh Perhentian Sue
I Know What You Did Last Raya Dr Mira
2005 Potret Mistik Cik Puan Kartini
Sembilu 2005 Cikgu Ira
Lady Boss Salmi
Gila Gila Pengantin Popular Sheera Mustapha
KL Menjerit 1 Nina
2006 Castello Chalita
Persona Non Grata Hey Nominated, Best Actresses – 19th Malaysia Film Festival
2007 Qabil Khusry Qabil Igam Karisma Saat
2008 Cuci Siti Jasmin Rahim (CJ)
Anak Hasnita Nominated, 21st Best Actresses – Malaysia Film Festival
Los dan Faun Puan Jasmine Al Sogood
2009 Sifu dan Tongga Fatimah Omar (Tammy)
2010 Andartu Terlampau - 21 Hari Mencari Suami Markonah Rempeyek
2011 Hidden Dian
2012 Ngorat Keyra
2013 Longkai Zarina

TV[edit]

Year Telemovie Role Note Channel
2002 Siapa Mau Potong Baju? Erra Fazira (as herself) Special appearanced RTM 2
2008 Joe & Faridah Faridah Astro RIA
2009 Bonanza Mastura Astro PRIMA
Cinta Lelong Emma Astro PRIMA
2010 30 Hari Mengenal Cinta Astro RIA
Selamat Tinggal Alexandria Astro PRIMA
2011 Pontianak Kampung Batu Astro Ria
Sanggul Beracun Siti Aminah Nominated "Best TV Actresse" Anugerah TV Asia
Nominated "Best TV Actresse"Anugerah Skrin 2011
Astro Citra
Hantu Susu Astro Prima
Pontianak Beraya Di Kampung Batu Astro Ria
Mak OK Jer! Astro PRIMA
2012 Parut Asyikin Astro Citra
Year TV series Role Note Channel
2008 Mertua VS Menantu Nurul Ain Astro RIA
2009 Kasih Tercipta Lisa Astro RIA
Mertua VS Menantu (Season 2) Nurul Ain Astro RIA
2011 Kelaasss Kau Maria! Meera Astro RIA
2012 Mana Hilangnya Juwita Julia Astro PRIMA
Year TV show Note Channel
2001 - 2002 Fesyen Tempo RTM 1
2009 Gugu Gaga Erra Reality television series, featuring Erra,Engku Emran and their daughter Engku Aleesya Astro RIA
Pentas Akhir Anak Wayang Season 1 Judge on the first series of Anak Wayang (S1) (with Nasha Aziz & Rashid Sibir) Astro RIA
Dunia Wanita Hosting with Umie Aida. She also an producer of this show. RTM 1, Isnin 9.30am
2010 Tiger Futbol Starz Host Astro Ria
2011 Mentor Season 5 Reality singing competition with protege Salma A Asis (Won the competition with Salma TV3
VOKAL "Bukan Sekadar Rupa" Judge (with Azmeer) TV3
Pilih Kasih Season 3 Judge (withUmie Aida and Rosyam Nor ) RTM 1, Ahad 9.30am
2012-present Primadona Host (with Ziela Jalil, Raja Azura and Rozita Che Wan) Astro Mustika

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malaysian actress Erra Fazira". London Academy of Media & Film TV. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Malaysian actress Erra Fazira". London Academy of Media & Film TV. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.