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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 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.
She married schoolteacher Steven David Shorthose in August 2008, but the couple later divorced in July 2010. ≤
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 lead her to win the Best New Popular Artist Award at Malaysia’s Anugerah Bintang Popular (or the Popular Star Awards) and the Anugerah Media Hiburan (Media Entertainment Awards) in 2001.
In 2003 she was involved in film Mr. Cinderella 2 opposite established stars Erra Fazira and Yusry (KRU). Other films filmed followed, including Metrowealth Pictures’ Tujuh Perhentian (7 Stops), which resulted in her being nominated for the Most Popular Female Artist Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards) in 2004.
In 2004, her praised performance as the lead female role in Pesona Pictures’ Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam enhanced Maya’s position as one of the leading Malaysian and regional talents. She received international awards including the Best Actress at the 49th Asia Pacific Film Festival 2004 (Fukuoka, Japan) and the Best Actress Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival 2005 (Malaga, Spain). In 2005, she won the coveted Most Popular Actress Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards).
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 portrayal, and won Best performance by an Actor Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival 2005 (Malaga, Spain), the award for Best Actress at Penghargaan Seniman Pelakon Wanita Terbaik 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 in Pesona Pictures’ Waris Jari Hantu, Persona Pictures’ 1957: Hati Malaya and Tayangan Unggul’s Anak Halal, Maya won Best Actress in Festival Filem Malaysia 21 (Malaysia Film Festival) in 2008 for her role as a tomboy girl in Anak Halal. In 2008's Duyung, she plays the title role, a mermaid. In this film, Maya did all the underwater scenes on her own in the open sea of Sipadan Island.
Her following movies Pisau Cukur a comedy parody on Gold diggers was released in 2009, Cun also a comedy in early 2011 and her biggest hit so far Ombak Rindu a love drama in November 2011. Ombak Rindu is currently Malaysia's overall highest collecting feature film.
Waiting to be released are Lagenda Budak Setan 2 and 3.
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). Another album is in production.
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.
- Sri Dewi Malam (2001)
- No Problem (2001)
- Mr. Cinderella 2 (2003)
- Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam (2004)
- Tujuh Perhentian (2004)
- Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam II (2005)
- Waris Jari Hantu (2007)
- 1957: Hati Malaya (2007)
- Anak Halal (2007)
- Duyung (2008)
- Punggok Rindukan Bulan (2008)
- Pisau Cukur (2009)
- Magika (2010)
- CUN (2011)
- Ombak Rindu (2011)
- Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katerina (2012)
- Lagenda Budak Setan 3: Kasyah Lagenda Berakhir (2013/2014)
- Jwanita (2014)
- Sejoli (2014)
- Nota (2014)
- Wavelength, TV3 (2000-2001)
- Ratu Sehari Astro, RIA (2004)
- Beauty Secrets From The East (2005)
- Channel [V] (2004–2007)
- Nona, TV3 (2010-2011)
- Tag Heuer
- Celcom Telecommunications
- L'Oreal Paris
- BRAND'S InnerShine
- Erti Cinta (2001)
- Bukan Qalamaya (2004)