Fiona Xie

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Fiona Xie
Chinese name 謝宛諭 (traditional)
Chinese name 谢宛谕 (simplified)
Pinyin Xiè Wǎnyù (Mandarin)
Ancestry Hainan, China
Born (1982-01-24) 24 January 1982 (age 32)
Singapore
Occupation Actress, host
Years active 2001-present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Xie.

Fiona Xie (謝宛諭, Xie Wanyu; born 24 January 1982) is a Singaporean actress, host, and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. She works on both the English-language Channel 5 and Chinese-language Channel 8. She has also endorsed products such as Marigold's fruit juices and OSIM's massage devices.

Career[edit]

Xie was spotted by a talent scout at the age of 15 while was studying in St. Hilda's Secondary School. She modeled for numerous print and television commercials in Singapore and Hong Kong before joining MediaCorp as a full-time artiste in 2001.

Xie made her acting debut as a nurse in the Channel 5 drama Growing Up. Her convincing acting landed her one of her most recognisable roles in the Channel 8 sitcom My Genie. She won "Best Newcomer" at the Star Awards 2001 after joining the entertainment industry for just over a year.

Of late, Xie has become known for her talents as a bilingual variety show hostess, in particular of the long-running series City Beat. She has since hosted other variety shows, such as the photography-based Say Cheez for Channel 8, and introducing celebrities' favourite hawker foods in Coffee Talk and Hawker Woks for Channel 5. She also hosted the travel show Weekend Escapade together with Ben Yeo.

In 2004, Xie ran with Jeanette Aw, Joyce Chao and Felicia Chin, dressed only in bikinis, along Orchard Road for the Channel 8 drama The Champion.

In 2005, Xie was voted as sexiest woman for the "FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women Singapore" list, even though she had never posed for FHM before. She continued to be ranked among the Top 10 for the FHM lists in the next 3 years.

In 2006, Xie attempted her first villain role as a spoilt diamond heiress in the Channel 8 drama An Enchanted Life, starring alongside Yvonne Lim and Pierre Png. In December 2006, Xie was identified as one of the most promising young actresses in the Singapore entertainment industry by leading local entertainment magazine I-Weekly and was hence labeled as one of the "Seven Princesses".

In 2007, Xie took part in the second season of the Singapore edition of Deal or No Deal, where her winnings would go to a selected charity organisation. The episode aired on 22 November 2007.

Xie appeared in her second film project, Rule #1, directed by Kelvin Tong. The film also starred Hong Kong actors Ekin Cheng and Shawn Yue, and debuted in Singapore and Malaysia on 13 March 2008.

Xie starred in a MediaCorp Channel 8 drama Just in Singapore, which was telecast in March 2008. She played a kind-hearted tomboy who sells chicken wings at bazaars and sings getai during the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Xie starred in a Channel 5 sitcom titled Calefare, which starred Gurmit Singh, Benjamin Heng, Mastura Ahmad and Vadi PVSS. She played a calafare (a Singaporean slang term for a background actor or extra) named Joleen Wee, a wannabe singer who actually cannot sing, and often spouts phrases like "eyes wide open", "laugh out loud" and so on.

Xie was originally slated to be in the 2009 Channel 8 year-end drama, Together. She would have been playing the second female lead, the biggest role that she has ever gotten. It was announced on 15 July 2009 that she has pulled out of Together because she has private matters to attend to. She made the news once again for her sudden disappearing act, which none of the local celebrities would dare to do. Although the exact reason behind this has yet to be determined, some of the co-stars provided hints that Xie had expressed discomfort in doing this role. Eelyn Kok eventually replaced Xie in Together. Xie is also the lead actress in her third film Fist of Dragon, also a Singaporean production.

On 2 September 2009, Channel News Asia carried news reports that Xie had quit MediaCorp,[1] but that was later disputed by another news article.[2]

Xie has been getting hosting jobs in brand new variety shows despite her disappearance from the Singaporean television scene. She was selected to host the brand new variety show, Lodge with Me (我行我宿), which aired in May 2010, alongside Felicia Chin, Rui En, and Kola Zhou.

On 6 December 2009, Xie was the main feature for top-selling magazines 8 Days and I-weekly. In the interview, she confirmed that she was indeed leaving MediaCorp and revealed her reasons. She is currently based in Hong Kong. In a recent interview with MediaCorp, the company expressed that it is still optimistic about working with Xie in the future.

Awards[edit]

  • 2001
    • Star Awards '01, Best Newcomer.
    • Star Awards '01, Nominated for Best Comedy Performer
    • Star Awards '01, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2002
    • Star Awards '02, Top 16 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2003
    • Star Awards '03, Top 14 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2004
    • Star Awards '04, Top 14 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2005
    • FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Women, 1st position
    • Star Awards '05, Top 14 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2006
    • FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Women, Top 10
    • Star Awards '06, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
  • 2007
    • FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Women, Top 10
    • Star Awards '07, Top 14 Most Popular Female Artistes
    • Star Awards '07 25th Anniversary Show, Most Memorable Scene (Shared with Jeanette Aw, Felicia Chin, Xiao Qiao)
    • Star Awards '07 25th Anniversary Show, Nominated Top 20 Female Actress
    • Star Awards '07 25th Anniversary Show, Nominated Top 20 On Screen Sweetheart
    • Asian TV Awards '07, Nominated for Best Performance by An Actress in a Sitcom (Maggie & Me)
  • 2008
    • FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Women, Top 5
    • Channel 8 Countdown Party 2008, Top 20 Favourite Female Lead Role, Lin Xiu Ming in Just In Singapore
  • 2009
    • Star Awards '09, Top 14 Most Popular Female Artistes
    • FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Women, No. 13
    • The New Paper - Shocker of the Year
  • 2010
    • Singapore e-Awards '10, Nominated Most Popular Local TV Actress
    • Singapore e-Awards '10, Nominated Wanbao Hottest Entertainment News

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 One Leg Kicking (一脚踢) Gwen
2005 PS. I Luv U(天...使我爱你)
2008 Rule No. 1(第一戒)
2011 Fist Of Dragon (龙拳) Lily
2012 The Golden Couple (金童玉女)

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Serves You Right! Faith Foo Li
2008 Sense of Home: Shanghai Linda
Calefare Joleen Wee
Just in Singapore (一房半厅一水缸) Lin Xiu Ming 林秀明
2007 Maggi & Me (Season 2) Maggi
Happily Ever After (凡间新仙人) Lu Yue/Chang Er
2006 An Enchanted Life (钻石情缘) Zhang Meiya 张美雅
Maggi & Me Maggi
2005 Love Concierge (爱的掌门人) Jiang Ruxin 蒋如心
2004 The Champion (任我遨游) Lu Kaixin 陆凯欣
Room In My Heart (真心蜜语) Happy 开心
2003 Home In Toa Payoh(家在大巴窑) Lead Actress
2002 My Genie 2 (我爱精灵2) Genie 0385985
2001 The Hotel (大酒店) TBA
My Genie (我爱精灵) Genie 0385985
2000 A War Diary (战争日记) Rita
Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd Mrs Lopez
Growing Up (成长岁月) Shirley Ho

Variety[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Lodge with Me (我行我宿) Host
Funtastic (太自由) Host
2009 Singapore Flavours (万里香) Host
Princesses & The Prince (当公主遇上王子) Guest Appearance
On the Beat 3 (都是大发现3) Guest-Host
I want a holiday (玩游世界) Herself
2008 Lonely Planet Bluelist: Best In Asia Host
U Are The One (唯我独尊) Host
Don't Forget the Lyrics Herself
2007 Hey! Gorgeous (校花校草追赶跑) Host
Seemingly Singapore (风行一时代) Host
Campus Superstar (校园SuperStar 2) Host
2006 Insiders' Australia (动感澳游) Host
Weekend Escapade (周末万岁) Host
Coffee Talk and Hawker Woks 3 Host
Coffee Talk and Hawker Woks 2 Host
Maggi & Me Maggi
2005 Pretty Woman (想·得·美) Host
Say Cheez (好摄2人组) Host
Coffee Talk and Hawker Woks Host
2003 City Beat (城人杂志) Co-host
2002 City Beat (城人杂志) Co-host
Innocent Moments (小小儿戏) Host
2001 PSC Night (普威之夜) Co-host
City Beat (城人杂志) Co-host

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Princess Fiona leaves the Hill". Channel NewsAsia. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  2. ^ Chouyen, Chen (3 September 2009). "谢宛谕没辞职 新节目考虑用她当主持 (Translation: Fiona Xie did not quit. New show is considering to use her as host.)" (in Simplified Chinese). Lianhe Wanbao (United Nightly). Retrieved 2009-09-03.