|Chinese name||陳法拉 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||陈法拉 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Chén Fǎlā (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Can3 Faat3 Laai1 (Cantonese)|
24 February 1982 |
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
|Occupation||Actress, Singer, Beauty Pageant Titleholder|
|Label(s)||Stars Shine International (2010–2012)|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Official Website||Fala Chen|
Fala Chen (Chinese: 陳法拉) (born 24 February 1982) is a Hong Kong actress and singer. Currently active in Hong Kong's entertainment industry, she had signed with Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) after clinching the 1st runner-up in the 2005 Miss Chinese International Pageant. Having starred in numerous Hong Kong drama series, some of her notable works are Heart of Greed, Steps, Moonlight Resonance, Ghost Writer, Can't Buy Me Love, No Regrets, Lives of Omission and Triumph in the Skies II.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 TV career
- 2.2 Film career
- 2.3 Music career
- 2.4 Other Information
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Chen was born and raised in Chengdu, Sichuan, China until 14 years old, when she emigrated to Atlanta, Georgia, United States with her parents. Graduating from high school within top 10 of her cohort, she then went on to pursue a course in Marketing and International Business in Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Georgia. She graduated from Emory University with a BBA degree in May, 2005.
During her college term breaks, Chen took part in a couple of pageants as a means to pay for her tuition fees. In 2002, she represented Georgia and won the 2002 Miss Asian America Pageant. In 2003, she went on to San Francisco to compete in the 2003 Miss Chinatown USA Pageant, where she was placed as 1st runner-up. In 2004, Chen won the 2004 Miss NY Chinese Pageant along with three awards in the same event, giving her the chance to participate in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2005 which was hosted in Hong Kong, where she earned a place as 1st runner-up, kicking start her public life.
2005-06: Entry to the TV Scene
After graduating from Emory University in May 2005 with the 1st runner up position in 2005 Miss Chinese International Pageant under her belt, Chen signed a 8 year contract with TVB. She first started out as a host on numerous variety shows on TVB8's mandarin channel, before making her acting debut in the TVB series Forensic Heroes, where she was casted as a murderess.
In 2007, after starring in Heart of Greed, The Family Link, and Steps, Chen won her first acting award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Steps. Additionally, she was also nominated for "My Favorite Female Character" and "Most Improved Actress" categories for the same role. She also received a nomination in the "Most Improved Actress" category for her roles in Heart of Greed and The Family Link in 2007.
Chen's breakthrough came in 2008, when her notable work was the character of Gam Wing Hing (a mute girl) in a TVB series Moonlight Resonance, a non-related sequel to Heart of Greed. The final episode of the series received an average of 47 rating points and peaked at 50 points. Chen had to specially learn sign language in order to portray her character. This role landed her nominations for the "Best Supporting Actress" and "My Favorite Female Character" categories for the second year in a row.
In 2009, Chen was nominated again for the "Best Supporting Actress" and "My Favorite Female Character" categories for her role in The Stew of Life.
2010-13: Leading Roles & Entry to the Music Scene
Chen's acting in 2010's No Regrets secured her position as one of Hong Kong's celebrated actresses, alongside Tavia Yeung, Linda Chung, Myolie Wu, and Kate Tsui. Her role as Lau Ching in No Regrets, not only won her Best Supporting Actress at the TVB Anniversary Awards in 2010, but also brought her recognition at the prestigious 16th Asian Television Awards in Singapore for "The Best Actress in a Supporting Role" category. The Asian Television Awards is the most significant and celebrated event in the Asian TV industry, recognizing excellence in performance within the region.
With a total of five dramas belted out in 2010 alone, Chen was one of the few actresses within the industry with a higher exposure rate.
Since then, she has been taking on leading roles in numerous productions, and some of the noteworthy ones worth highlighting are Lives of Omission, Queens of Diamonds and Hearts, and the currently airing Triumph in the Skies II. Riding on the success of TVB's previous well-received television crime drama E.U., 2011's Lives of Omission was also a distant sequel to the 2009 film Turning Point, which Chen had also starred in, acting as the sister of a triad boss. This series was Hong Kong's second highest-rating serial drama of 2011, and it took home the Best Drama Award at the 2011 TVB Anniversary Awards. Aired in February 2012, Queens of Diamonds and Hearts allowed Chen the room to experiment with looking 'ugly' on screen for the first time, as her character Chung Mo Yim was born with a prominent birth mark on her face.
Back after 10 years as a sequel to TVB's 2003 blockbuster television drama Triumph in the Skies, the highly anticipated drama of 2013, Triumph in the Skies II, sees Chen who plays the character Holiday Ho - a free-spirited punk girl who aspires to fly - gets emotionally entangled between the two male leads, Captain Samual Tong played by Francis Ng and Captain Jayden Koo played by Julian Cheung.
Chen also starred in one of TVB's 2013 grand productions alongside veteran actors Wayne Lai and Moses Chan in Will Power 《法外風雲》. She played the role of Sam Yuet Kan, a pupil barrister with a tough personality to match.
Since 2009, Chen has been sporadically participating in the music scene, singing theme songs for The Stew of Life, Links to Temptation, and Queens of Diamonds and Hearts. In 2010, Chen officially signed with Stars Shine International and subsequently launched her first album in 2012, titled Beautiful Life.
2014: To Be Aired
In 2012, Chen tried her hands at her first mainland Chinese drama series, Romance of the Desert, which is based on the historical romance novel Ballad of the Desert by Tong Hua. Set to air in 2014, Chen plays the role of Li Yan.
In 2009, Chen took her chance at her first leading female character in the movie Turning Point as Michael Tse's girlfriend and Francis Ng's sister. Turning Point is a spin-off from the highly popular TVB crime drama in 2009 - E.U. (TV series), where "Laughing Gor", played by Michael Tse, has become a household name.
2010-13: Budding Film Actress
Ever since her first break into the movie scene in 2009, Chen has been continuously involved in a string of movies almost every year despite her busy work schedule at TVB.
In 2010, Chen starred in two movies, Black Ransom and 72 Tenants of Prosperity. In Black Ransom, she acted as a superintendent, alongside internationally acclaimed Hong Kong actor and film producer, Simon Yam. 72 Tenants of Prosperity on the other hand, was a light-hearted Hong Kong comedy film directed by Eric Tsang, involving a star-studded cast of Hong Kong stars.
Chen takes to the movie scene again in 2011, acting in the first installment of the heartwarming I Love Hong Kong film series, directed and produced by Eric Tsang. She too worked together with Eric Tsang again who produced and acted in The Fortune Buddies, another Hong Kong comedy film which also co-stars Louis Yuen, Wong Cho-lam and Johnson Lee who are better known as "Fuk Luk Sau" (福祿壽).
Chen's latest movie in 2013, Tales from the Dark 2 is her first shot at the horror movie industry, and acting alongside her is Gordon Lam. Chen's story revolves around pillow demons, where her character Chow Jing Ee is seen to suffer from serious insomnia after her break-up with her boyfriend Yuen Hao Hong, played by Gordon Lam. The hot topic of the media's focus recently has been on the scene where Chen's character accidentally killed her boyfriend and tried to get rid of the corpse by taking off all of his garments and putting him into a vacuum bag. This is the first time that Gordon Lam has gone fully nude in a film. Due to the explicit scenes, the movie has received a Category III rating.
2012: First Album - Beautiful Life
Chen's first Canto-pop debut album, Beautiful Life, was released on 31 July 2012. Some of the highlights from the album are "一半", "愛上鳥", and "Beautiful Life". Among these songs, "一半" was the first plugged song which garnered her awards in the Best Newcomer category across various music platforms such as 2012 TVB8 Golden Music Awards for the Bronze Award, 2012 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation, and "2013 IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards".
Within a week from the launch of her album, it had climbed up to first place on HMV's 'Asian Album Top Sales Chart'.
In 2013, Chen took a breather from acting after her 8 year contract with TVB had ended, and ventured to New York during the summer term to further her acting skills, to better improve herself as an actress.
|2007||The Ultimate Crime Fighter
|Heart of Greed
|Tong Chi Yan
|Nominated – Most Improved Actress|
|Best Selling Secrets
|Guest Star ep. 28|
|The Family Link
|Angela||Nominated – Most Improved Actress|
|Ching Ka-Man (Karmen)
|Won - Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – My Favorite Female Character (Top 20)
Nominated – Most Improved Actress
|2008||A Journey Called Life
|Shing Mei-Sam (Vicky)
|Catch Me Now
|Hong Mei-Lei (Minnie)
|Gam Wing Hing (Wing)
|Nominated – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – My Favorite Female Character
|Colours Of Love
|Nurse Chan 陳護士||Guest Star|
|2009||The Stew of Life
|Ng Choi Nei (Charlie)
|Nominated – Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – My Favorite Female Character
|2010||In the Eye of the Beholder
|Chu Ting Yuk
|Nominated - Best Actress|
|Can't Buy Me Love
|Nominated - My Favorite Female Character|
|Won - Best Supporting Actress
Won - Asian Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|Links to Temptation
|Hung Long-Kiu (Jojo)
|2011||Grace Under Fire
|Lives of Omission
|Chau Mong-ching (Jodie)
|Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favorite Female Character
My Astro On Demand Awards for My Favorite Characters
|2012||Queens of Diamonds and Hearts
|Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character
|2013||Triumph in the Skies II
|Ho Nin-hei, Holiday
|Sam Yuet Kan
|2014||Romance of the Desert
|First Mainland Chinese Drama|
|Karen||Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer|
|72 Tenants of Prosperity
|Xiu Tou Hung
|2011||I Love Hong Kong
|Lee Kei (Nikki)
|The Fortune Buddies
|2013||Tales from the Dark II
|Chow Jing Ee|
|Year||Album Title||Album Information|
||Release Date: 31 July 2012
Label: Star Shine International
- TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2013: Favourite TVB Character (Triumph in the Skies 2 - Holiday)
- 2013 10th Huading Awards: Best Female Drama Actress (China)
- 2013 IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards: Best Newcomer Award
- Starhub TVB Award 2012: My Favorite TVB Female Character (Queens of Diamonds and Hearts - Chung Mo-Yim)
- 2012 TVB8 Golden Music Awards: Best Newcomer Award (Bronze)
- 2012 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation: Newcomer Impact Award
- 16th Asian Television Award - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (No Regrets - Lau Ching)
- Starhub TVB Award 2011: My Favorite TVB Female Character (No Regrets - Lau Ching)
- Starhub TVB Award 2011: Perfect Smile Award
- My AOD Malaysia My Favourite TVB Series Presentation 2011: My Favourite Top 15 Characters (Lives of Omission - Jodie)
- My AOD Malaysia My Favourite TVB Series Presentation 2011: My Favourite Onscreen Couple (Lives of Omission - Fala Chen and Michael Tse)
- Next TV Awards: Top 10 Artist (No. 9)
- TVB Anniversary Awards 2010 - Best Supporting Actress (No Regrets - Lau Ching)
- My AOD Malaysia My Favourite TVB Series Presentation 2010: Best Supporting Actress (No Regrets - Lau Ching)
- Next TV Awards: Top 10 Artist (No. 10)
- Next TV Awards 2009: Hekura Stylish Female Artist
- Starhub TVB Award 2009: My Favorite TVB Female Character (Moonlight Resonance - Gum Wing Hing)
- Next TV Awards 2008: Hekura Acting Improvement Award
- Next TV Awards 2008: Most Promising Female Artist
- TVB Anniversary Awards 2007 - Best Supporting Actress (Steps - Ching Ka-Man (Karmen))
- Next TV Awards 2007: Hekura Most Self-confident New Actress
- Miss Chinese International 2005 - 1st runner up
- Miss NY Chinese 2004 - Best MTV, Best Costume, and Miss Photogenic
- Miss Chinatown USA 2003 - 1st runner up (officially known as Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce 2003)
- Miss Asian America 2002
- "Fala Chen says she's hardly interested in fame game". The Straits Times. 25 February 2013.
- Chen, Vivian (4 October 2012). "Sunglasses with which to see and be seen". South China Morning Post.
- Yan, Seto Kit (9 March 2010). "The right moves: Fala Chen discovers her love for ballroom dancing in Steps". The Star Online (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "A county of beauties: Confidence carries contestants to top of competitions". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 25 July 2003.
- Hauser, Brooke (12 August 2007). "The Rainbow Runway". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- "Miss NY Chinese 2004". 纽约华裔小姐. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- "《溏心風暴》收視飄紅 有望勝過《大長今》". 新浪娛樂. 2007年6月1日.
- "《溏心風暴》收視超高 結局收視創近5年新高" (in Chinese). 騰訊娛樂. 2007年6月6日.
- "Fala Chen Faces Gordon Lam's Naked Body in "Tales from the Dark 2″". Jayne Stars. 1 August 2013.
- "Asian Television Awards 2011 Winner List". Television Asia Plus. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "Hong Kong's TVB King & Queen crowned". AsiaOne. 7 December 2010.
- Official TVB Blog of Fala Chen
- Fala Chen on Sina Weibo
- Fala Chen at the Internet Movie Database
- Fala Chen Fa-La at the Hong Kong Movie DataBase
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|Awards and achievements|
|TVB Anniversary Awards|
for Always Ready
|Best Supporting Actress
for Moonlight Resonance
for Rosy Business
|Best Supporting Actress
for No Regrets
for Ghetto Justice
|Miss Chinese International Pageant|
|1st runner up