Michele Lean

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Michele Lean
Born (1982-09-01) 1 September 1982 (age 32)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[1]
Nationality Malaysian
Education

Island School; Garden International School;

University of Melbourne; New York Film Academy
Occupation Television presenter

Michele Samantha Yi Wen Lean simplified Chinese: 连仪温; traditional Chinese: 連儀溫; pinyin: Lián Yí Wēn) (born 1 September 1982[2]) known professionally as Michele Lean is a television presenter,[3] writer,[4] actress,[5] and commercial talent. From 2007 – 2010 she was a Television Presenter on China Central Television (CCTV)(中国中央电视台), hosting CCTV-9's Travelogue and Center Stage. She is a Malaysian citizen and Australian permanent resident who currently resides in Beijing, China.

Early life[edit]

Lean is of Malaysian Chinese descent with Tahitiian lineage from the maternal side of her family. [6] She is also of Iban heritage and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Borneo, Hong Kong and Melbourne.[7] She is the eldest of three children.[8]

Education[edit]

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne, before moving to China in 2007.[9]

She trained in acting at the New York Film Academy in New York.

Media career[edit]

While in university, she was the editor-in-chief of the (now defunct) Melbourne-based lifestyle publication Veeza magazine, a subsidiary of Out4Fame Publications.[10]

She has previously interned at the CNN International Asia Pacific office, the Herald Sun online department and The Sun (Malaysia) newspaper in Malaysia.[11]

In Australia, she is represented by China Arts Management[12] in Melbourne.

In July 2007, Lean was recruited by China Central Television's international-language channel CCTV-9, to host their flagship travel program, Travelogue and later hosted CCTV-9's music variety show Center Stage.[13] She also briefly hosted CCTV-9's daily current affairs program Culture Express.

Her debut broadcast for China Central Television's Travelogue was filmed in Xinjiang. She appeared on 3-episodes of the award-winning ethnic minority series, 'Ethnic Odyssey',[14] the first of Travelogue's programs to be released on DVD in China.

During the Beijing Olympics, she hosted Episode 1 (Central Beijing) and Episode 4 (East Beijing) on Travelogue's Being Beijing series[15] and mini-series, two special programs highlighting the sights, nightlife and culinary delights of Beijing city for Olympic visitors.[16] The series aired throughout the duration of the Beijing Olympics and is also available on DVD throughout China.

In 2011, Lean hosted a special two-episode series in Beijing for CCTV-10's 'Outlook English' program,[17] in Mandarin and English. She was later invited by 'Outlook English' to sit on the guest judging panel of CCTV-10's 'Star of Outlook 2011' competition, an annual nationwide English-speaking contest.

She was selected to host 'Carnival China Style 2011', a major annual Chinese New Year gala, in a month-long tour of the United States with the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Association.[18] The tour was received in 8 different cities including, Las Vegas, Reno, Modesto, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She continues to co-operate with the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Association in hopes of linking the cultures of her home countries (Malaysia and Australia) and China's.

Acting[edit]

Lean appears in the director's cut of the 2011 Chinese remake of What Women Want '我知女人心',[19] alongside Andy Lau.[20] The film was directed by Chen Da Ming[21]

She is the lead actress in 'Red Room',[22] winner of the 2011 48 Hour Film Contest's Beijing Audience Award, written and directed by Nelson Quan.

Press[edit]

She has appeared in numerous media publications in Australia, Malaysia and China. Notably, in January 2008, where she was interviewed for her style in Vogue China. In 2009 & 2010, she appeared in the luxury and society publication Icon Magazine in Malaysia[23]

Others[edit]

She is an avid scuba diver and is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water diver.

Lean is the recipient of The Culinary Trust 2012 -2013 scholarship[24] to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.

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