Michelle Yim

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Michelle Yim
Chinese name 米雪
Pinyin Mǐ Xuě (Mandarin)
Jyutping Mai5 Syut3 (Cantonese)
Birth name Yim Wai-ling (嚴惠玲)
Origin Dongguan, Guangdong
Born (1955-09-02) 2 September 1955 (age 58)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Catherina Yim
Years active 1975 – present
Partner(s) Wan Chi Keung (deceased,1984-2010)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yim.

Michelle Yim Wai-ling (Chinese: 嚴惠玲; born September 2, 1955), also known by her Chinese stage name Mai Suet (Chinese: 米雪), is a Hong Kong actress. She graduated from St. Rose of Lima's College and Shaw Brothers' Training School.

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

In 1975, Yim joined Commercial Television (CTV), and began her journey onto the television circles. In 1976, Yim acted in Legend of the Condor Heroes, a Wuxia TV series adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. For the first time, Yim took up the role as a female lead, portraying the character Wong Yung. This drama not only shot her into the limelight, but also created the first one million ratings in the television history. She has since been awarded the Top Ten Artiste Award several times.

With the closure of CTV in 1978, Yim became a contract-free actress. One of the companies, Television Broadcasts (TVB) invited her to guest-star in one of the period drama, The Twins, which later become one of her best works.

Career: the 1980s and 1990s[edit]

During the 1980s, Yim signed and joined Rediffusion Television (RTV) (now ATV). There, she acted in several well-known drama serials, such as The Dynasty, The Radical City, Tai Chi Master, Princess Cheung Ping, The Legendary Fok and more, earning her the title of the "Princess of Wuxia Drama".

After her contract with RTV terminated, Yim was once again a contract-free actress, and this allowed her to work for the two companies (TVB and ATV) more easily. However, such situation is considered rare due to the intense competition between the two broadcasting companies. Examples like The Legend of Master So and Tiger Hill Trail are still fondly remembered by the Chinese, especially the latter.

Other than films and television dramas, she has also acted in live performances. In 1982, she was invited by Roman Tam to perform in a musical play called Madame White Snake, portraying the role as the Green Snake. The cast included Roman Tam and Liza Wang. The responses were tremendous, and the trio was asked to perform in several large events on different occasions.[citation needed]

In 1985, Yim returned to ATV and agreed to film a certain number of drama serials a year as part of her filming contract. At the same year, together with Damian Lau, she filmed a period drama, Chronicles of the Shadow Swordman, adapted from one of Wuxia writer Liang Yusheng's works. This drama received many praises and critical acclaims of their impressive performances, pushing them into next higher point. Since then, both were entitled the name of "Best Onscreen Couples/Lovebirds", and collaborated in many drama serials. Even now, they are still recognized as the best and ever duo in television industry.[citation needed]

In 1990, she performed in another musical play, Cyrano De Bergerac, a story adapted from French literature. Her co-star was Adam Cheng. This play undeniably increased her exposure to the performing arts, and allowed her to take part more in musicals in the future. Yim signed a contract with TVB in 1993, acting in a 300+ episodes sitcom, Mind Our Own Business. Together with the rest of that cast, she performed in another musical play (The Flirty Doctor). She was involved in a musical play (I Have a Date with Spring) with Alice Lau as well.

Recent career[edit]

In 2000, Yim and Damian Lau starred as Cheung Mo-kei's parents in the TVB Wuxia drama, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Their performances were well-received, and both were praised and applauded for their acting. Especially Yim, past 40 yet capable of portraying the twenty-year-old heroine to acclaim. As such, she won the name of "The Forever Youthful".

Since 2000, she has been actively involved in several shows, including filming for drama serials, dancing, musical play, game shows, and even cooperated with overseas broadcasts companies. Cash Is King (2002) and The Rainbow Connection (2005) showed good examples. She has also hosted in programmes such as On the Road and Life In Frame (光影流情).

Yim's most recent drama serial, TVB's Moonlight Resonance, aired in July 2008. In this TVB's blockbuster serial, she portrays the villainous second wife, Yan Hung, who plots to have the family separated. Her performance in this serial has won her many praises and recognition. Yim won the Best Actress in the TVB Anniversary Awards 2008. In the final episode of Moonlight Resonance, which has the rating of over 47, the drama reached its peak at 50 rating during the scene when Yan Hung (character portrayed by Yim) slapped her daughter and shouted angrily to everyone present in her house.

On 3 December 2009, Yim won the Best Drama Performance by an Actress Award at the Asian Television Awards 2009 for her role in Moonlight Resonance.

Personal life[edit]

Michelle Yim had been in a long-term relationship with former soccer player and fellow actor, Wan Chi-keung, who died on 16 February 2010.[1]

Film, television and stage credits[edit]

Films[edit]

Film
Year English/Chinese title Role
1973 Black Guide
黑人物
1974 Evidence
鐵証
1976 Thousand Miles Escort
劍霜刃
1977 Ironside 426
四二六
The 36 Crazy Fists
三十六迷形拳/笑林三十六房
Dream of the Red Chamber
金玉良缘紅樓夢
1978 Edge of Fury
黑色家變 / 撈家撈女撈上撈
Ten Tigers of Shaolin
廣東十虎
Funny Kungfu
密十至尊
Bruce Lee's Fists of Vengeance
大報復
Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain
雪山飛狐
Yuen Tze-yi
袁紫衣
1979 Fist of Fury 3
截拳鷹爪功
He Who Never Dies
大命小子
Chilvary of Conspiracy
陸小鳳與西門吹雪
Kungfu Vs Yoga
老鼠拉龜
Twins of Kungfu
痴鳳傻龍/猛龍福星
The Butterfly Murders
蝶變
Crazy Hustlers
懵仔傻妹妙偵探
Jade Swan
玉鳳
Read Lips
孖寶闖八關
1980 The Mortal Storm
風塵
The Final Duel
決戰 / 密樑
The Desperate Trio
爛命一條
The Star, the Rogue, and the Kung Fu Kid
武師,花旦,大流氓
We're Going To Eat You
地獄無門
1981 The Mad, Mad, Mad Sailors
大力小水手
The Ambitious Kungfu Girl
紅粉動江湖
The Prohibited Area
阿燦有難
1982 Here Comes The Wolf
狼來了
First Exposure
龍虎雙霸天 / 鐵膽雙龍
1984 The Return of Pom Pom
雙龍出海
And Now, What's Your Name
先生貴姓
Dress Off For Life
一脫求生
2003 Dragon Loaded 2003
龍咁威2003
2004 Moving Targets
2004新紮師兄
When Beckham Met Owen
當碧咸遇上奧雲
2005 Ab-normal Beauty
死亡寫真
New Born
天地孩兒
2007 Naraka 19
地獄第19層
2008 Playboy Cops
花花型警
2011 Racer Legend
2012 I Love Hong Kong 2012

Television[edit]

Television
Year English/Chinese title Role Network Awards Notes
1975 Ups and Downs
樓上樓下
CTV
1976 Saga of Sui & Tang Dynasty
隋唐風雲
CTV
Legend of the Condor Heroes
射雕英雄傳
Wong Yung CTV 1st Female Lead
The Return of the Condor Heroes
神雕俠侶
Wong Yung CTV
Heroes From Guangdong
廣東好漢
CTV
Blindness
雌雄金剛之盲禍
CTV
1977 Small vs Big
細魚食大魚
CTV
Side Story of the Pugilistic World
武林外史
CTV
Yee Pik Wan Tin
義薄雲天
CTV
Dream of the Red Chamber
紅樓夢
CTV
1978 Love Affairs
名流情史
CTV
The Wind and Thunderous Saber
風雷第一刀
CTV
1979 The Twins
絕代雙驕
So Ying TVB
1980 On The Waterfront
湖海争霸录
RTV
The Dynasty
大内群英
RTV
Fatherland (II) - Radical City
大地恩情之古都惊雷
RTV
Tai Chi Master
太極張三豐
To Choi-yi RTV
1981 The Coma
大昏迷
RTV
Princess Cheung Ping
武俠帝女花
RTV
The Legendary Fok
大俠霍元甲
Chiu Sin-nam RTV
1982 Hong Kong'82
香港82
TVB
The Legend of Master So
蘇乞兒
Siu Ling TVB
1983 Tiger Hill Trail
再向虎山行
ATV
Heroes From Zhujiang
珠江群龍
ATV
1984 The Undercover Agents
四大名捕
ATV
Below The Lion Rock
獅子山下之落雨擔遮
RTHK
Miracle of the Orient I
香江歲月1
RTHK
1985 Chronicles of the Shadow Swordman
萍蹤俠影錄
Wan Lui
雲蕾
ATV 1st Female Lead
Romance of the Maples Leaves
楓葉盟
Chin Wen Fung 秦文鳳 TTV
The Legendary Prime Minister – Zhuge Liang
諸葛亮
Siu-kiu ATV
Chor Lau-heung
楚留香新傳
Su Rongrong / Su Mangmang CTV
1986 Rise of the Great Wall
秦始皇
Suet-ying ATV
The Royal Sword
金劍神傳
Lady C.I.D
柔情點三八
ATV
1987 Laugh In The Sleeves
啼笑姻緣
ATV
1988 Mai Wan
迷魂
ATV
The Formidable Lady From Shaolin
少林與詠春
Yim Wing-chun TVB
Law and Order
法網柔情
ATV
Hung Ling
凶靈
ATV
Storm In October
十月風暴
ATV
August Scent
八月桂花香
TTV
1989 Lady Enforcer
皇家儷人
ATV
1990 Heaven's Retribution
還看今朝
Shum Suet-ying ATV
Bloodshed Over the Forbidden City
血染紫禁城
Empress Dowager Cixi ATV
Last Song for Killer
殺手輓歌
ATV
1991 The Good Fella From Temple Street
廟街豪情
Cheung Wai-tak ATV
Legend of A Beauty
一代天驕
SBC
1992 Queen of the Opera
香港傳奇人物之天之嬌女
ATV
Casanova In China
伯虎为卿狂
Mui Lan-sin ATV
AIDS Carrier
性本善之帶菌者
RTHK
Return To The Truth
還我今生
Lam Suk-han ATV
Mythical Crane and Magical Needle 92
仙鶴神針
Lam Chui-dip ATV
1993 CYC Family
CYC家族
Mind Our Own Business
開心華之里
Ching Yu-chu TVB
1995 Down Memory Lane
萬里長情
Yuen Sau-lan TVB
Justice Pao
包青天之滄海月明珠有淚
Ngok Ming-chu ATV
1996 Justice Pao
包青天之忘情酒坊
To Sap-sam TVB 1st Female Lead
King of Gambler
千王之王重出江湖
Sam Siu-chun ATV
Miracle of the Orient II
香江歲月II
RTHK
1997 The Snow is Red
雪花神劍
Nip Mei-neung ATV
1998 King Fei Kau Leung Chu Sam Kok
警匪較量珠三角
2000 Bond of Friendship
人間友情
HVD 1st Female Lead
2001 Reaching Out
美麗人生
Chan Kiu TVB
The Heaven Sword & The Dragon Sabre Yan So-so TVB Supporting Role
2002 Cash is King
勝券在握
Leung Bing-bing SPH
2004 Venture Against Time
子是故人來
Sing Mei-kuen ATV
2005 The Academy Chan Yin-Ting TVB Supporting Role
The Rainbow Connection
舞出彩虹
Ching Rui-suet MediaCorp 3rd Female Lead
The Gentle Crackdown
秀才遇著兵
Gam Ying TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress (Top 5) 2nd Female Lead
Into Thin Air
人間蒸發
Kong Lai-ping TVB Supporting Role
2007 The Brink of Law
突圍行動
Sung Gam-chi TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 20)
Nomianted - Astor Wah Lai Toi Award for Best Villain
4th Female Lead
Heart of Greed
溏心風暴
Ling Lei
凌莉
TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 24) 4th Female Lead
On the First Beat
學警出更
Chan Yin-ting
陳燕婷
TVB Supporting Role
ICAC Investigators 2007
廉政行動2007
Lei Yuet-kuen
李月娟
TVB 1st Female Lead
2008 Moonlight Resonance
溏心風暴之家好月圓
Yan Hung
殷紅
TVB Won - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress
Won - Asian Television Awards 2009 for Best Actress
Won - Guangzhou TV Awards 2009 for Best Actress
2nd Female Lead
Love Tribulations
鎖清秋
Yin Shi-hong
殷惜紅
GZBN 3rd Female Lead
2009 Beyond the Realm of Conscience
宮心計
Chung Suet-ha
鍾雪霞
TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress (Top 5) 3rd Female Lead
The Great Handmaiden
大丫鬟
Liang Yu-yu
梁玉茹
HNETV 3rd Female Lead
2010 The Season of Fate
五味人生
Wang Yeuk-lam
汪若嵐
TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 15)
Nominated - My AOD Favourite Award for Best Actress (Top 12)
2nd Female Lead
Beauty Knows No Pain
女人最痛
Wong Hoi-king, Noble
汪海鯨
TVB 2nd Female Lead
Show Me the Happy
依家有喜
Chai Chuen, Anna
齊荃
TVB 2nd Female Lead
2012 The Bride with White Hair Ling Muhua HSTV Supporting Role
The Confidant
大太監
Empress Dowager Cixi
慈禧太后
TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 5)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 10)
Nominated - My AOD Favourite Award for Best Actress (Top 12)
Nominated - My AOD Favourite Award for My Favourite Television Character
1st Female Lead
Palace 2
宮鎖珠簾
Concubine Yun's mother
雲嬪母
HBS
Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar Of Sky Nüwa
2013 Earth God and Earth Grandmother
Triumph in the Skies II Manna TVB
Musical stage performances
Year English/Chinese title Notes
1982 Madame White Snake
白蛇傳
1990 Cyrano De Bergerac
美人如玉劍如虹
1992 Tin Nui San Wah
天女散華
1995 The Flirty Doctor
風流醫生手尾長
My Date With Spring
我和春天有個約會
1996 Hu Du Men
虎度門
2001 The Butterfly Lovers
梁祝
guest star

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Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Louise Lee
for Heart of Greed
Best Actress
2008
for Moonlight Resonance
Succeeded by
Sheren Tang
for Rosy Business
Asian Television Awards
Preceded by
Chiranan Manochaem
for Nang Tard
Best Actress - Drama Series
2009
for Moonlight Resonance
Succeeded by
TBD