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|Born||Maya Karin Roelcke
October 29, 1979
Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany
|Education||Limkokwing University Of Creative Technology, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, Channel V VJ|
Maya Karin Roelcke (born October 29, 1979) better known by her stage name Maya Karin, is a Malaysian film actress, television host, and singer. She is now one of the leading and established actresses in Malaysia's film industry. Maya is praised by critics and public for her award winning and memorable performances in movies such as Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam in 2004 and Ombak Rindu in 2011. She is also known for her versatility in portraying various roles in films in which she involved and her exclusivity. In the history of Malaysia Film Festival, Maya hold the record for an actress with most nominations (7) in the category of Best Actress Award and the youngest actress to have won the award twice. She is also the first of only two Malaysian actresses to have won the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival.
Maya was born in Bayreuth, Germany. Her father, Gottfried Roelcke, is German. Her mother, Che Zan, is from Penang, Malaysia, and is of Malay, Chinese and Indian parentage. She is the oldest of three siblings. Her brother is Armin, and her sister is Irina. Growing up in Indonesia until the age of 17, she started modeling and theatre acting in her teens. She later graduated from Limkokwing University Of Creative Technology, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in Media and Marketing before starting her career in the Malaysian Entertainment Industry.
Television and film
In 2000, she was cast as a television show host for Malaysia’s TV3 lifestyle entertainment programme Wavelength, which began her mainstream career and exposure. She began to receive film offers within a year and was soon cast in her first film role as one of the leads in Aziz M. Osman’s Sri Dewi Malam. The role brought her significant public and media acclaim, and led her to win the Best New Popular Artist Award at Malaysia’s Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards) Berita Harian and the Anugerah Media Hiburan (Media Entertainment Awards) in 2001. In 2003 she was cast in two supporting roles in two hit films, Mr. Cinderella 2 opposite established stars Erra Fazira and Yusry (KRU) and Tujuh Perhentian (7 Stops), which resulted in her being nominated for the Most Popular Actress (film) Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards) 2004.
In May 2004, her award - winning and memorable performance as the lead female role in Pesona Pictures’ Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam marked Maya’s position as one of the leading Malaysian and regional talents. The film was both critically and commercially successful. Maya's brilliant and dramatic turns as Meriam, Maria and a Pontianak or banshee for the film led her to gain international recognition including the Best Actress Award at the 49th Asia Pacific Film Festival 2004 (Fukuoka, Japan). Maya Karin is the first of only two Malaysian Actress to win such award at the festival. In 2005, following the mass critical and commercial success of the film and so her performance, she won the coveted Most Popular Actress (Film) Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards) 2005.
Despite her growing feature film career, Maya continued her involvement in television, and in 2004 was invited by Channel [V] International to join their VJ team. In 2006, she was voted Best VJ in Star Buzz Editor’s Choice Awards 2006. Other shows that she has hosted are the bridal programme ‘Ratu Sehari’ (Queen for a Day) in 2004 for Malaysia’s ASTRO Ria channel and the travelogue programme ‘Beauty Secrets From The East’ in 2005 for Malaysia’s local TV3 channel.
In 2005, Maya reprised her role as the lead in Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam II. Maya received critical acclaim for her performance in the film and won the award of Best performance by an Actor at Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival 2005 (Malaga, Spain), Best Actress Award at Anugerah Penghargaan Seniman 2006 (Malaysian equivalent to the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards) and a nomination for Best Actress at Pilihan Persatuan Pekerja Filem Malaysia (PPFM).
In 2007, Maya played the lead roles in Pesona Pictures’ Waris Jari Hantu and 1957: Hati Malaya and Tayangan Unggul’s Anak Halal and continued to receive nominations in various award functions. Maya won Best Actress Award in Malaysia Film Festival in 2008 for her genuine portrayal as a tomboy girl in Anak Halal.
After years she involved in drama centric films, Maya then proved her credibility and versatility as an actress by landing on various award - nominated comedic roles in several hit films. It began with blockbuster film Duyung released in 2008 where she plays the title role, a mermaid. In this film, Maya was appreciated for performing all the underwater scenes on her own in the open sea of Sipadan Island. In 2009, she starred in Pisau Cukur, a hit comedy film about gold diggers where she performed more comedy scenes than her role in Duyung. In 2010, she played a famous entertainment show host who fall in love with a guy from a rural village in the hit romantic comedy movie Cun.
In November 2011, despite her urbanized and modern figure, Maya surprised her fans and movie-goers with her brilliant and moving performance as a young women from a rural village struggling with life and love, in her biggest hit romantic film so far Ombak Rindu. Ombak Rindu is currently Malaysia's third overall highest grossing feature film. Her deep, memorable performance in the film gained her the Best Actress Award at Malaysia Screen Award and Malaysia Film Festival in 2012.
She then portrayed two other roles she never played before in films including Lagenda Budak Setan 2 and Sejoli, and managed to stand out despite acting alongside other fellow established actors. Waiting to be released are Jwanita, Lagenda Budak Setan 3 and Nota, a film directed and produced with collaboration between local and Japanese film producers and crews.
In 2002, Maya recorded her debut music album, Erti Cinta (Definition of Love). The album garnered her nominations for Best New Singer and Best Video awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (Malaysia's version of the Grammy Awards). Her second album is Bukan Qalamaya (2004). On 3 June 2013, Maya signed up with Warner Music Malaysia and made her comeback from 9 years hiatus in music, with a single Bintang Syurga. Her long awaited latest album titled Teka-Teki was released on 24 March 2014, and was launched then on 18 April 2014, at No Black Tie. The official music video of Teka-Teki was also launched after that on Warner Music Malaysia's YouTube channel.
Maya’s mass popularity as an actress and entertainer has seen her appointed as ambassador for various products starting with Wella in 2001, followed by Pantene, and Yishion in 2003. In 2006 she was appointed Malaysian first Ambassador and Power Icon for local telecommunications giant Celcom By 2007 she is the only female brand ambassador for Celcom, a role she shares with other celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Leehom Wang, Robert Pires and Indonesian popular band, Peterpan. The same year Maya was given the prestigious role of spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris Malaysia and until now endorses its skincare, cosmetics and haircare line. Other partnerships since then include Tag Heuer, Nescafe, Innershine, Dulux, Vono and Sorella.
Having been influenced by her father, Maya has been very passionate about the environment from a young age. Maya is actively involved in various campaigns for environmental and animal protection and often works with the Malaysian Nature Society and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). She also has her own campaign drive MayaLovesNature, the first two of which involved working with 22000 schoolchildren from 14 different primary schools targeting awareness of excessive use and waste of plastic bags. 2012 sees her as ambassador for the governments new recycling initiative and as spokesperson for the Geological Institute of Malaysia.
|2001||Sri Dewi Malam|
|2003||Mr. Cinderella 2|
|2004||Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam|
|2005||Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2|
|2007||Waris Jari Hantu|
|2007||1957: Hati Malaya|
|2008||Punggok Rindukan Bulan|
|2012||Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katerina|
|2014||Lagenda Budak Setan 3: Kasyah Lagenda Berakhir||Coming soon|
- Wavelength, TV3 (2000-2001)
- Ratu Sehari Astro, RIA (2004)
- Beauty Secrets From The East (2005)
- Channel [V] (2004–2007)
- Nona, TV3 (2010-2011)
- Bugsy Malone (1995)
- In The Mind’s Eye (1999)
- Natrah (2009)
- Natrah 2 (2010)
- SuperMokh The Musical 1 (2013)
- SuperMokh The Musical 2 (2014)
- Tag Heuer
- Celcom Telecommunications
- L'Oreal Paris
- BRAND'S InnerShine
- Erti Cinta (2001)
- Bukan Qalamaya (2004)
- Teka-Teki (2014)
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