Vivian Lai

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Vivian Lai
Vivian lai.jpg
Chinese name 賴怡伶 (traditional)
Chinese name 赖怡伶 (simplified)
Pinyin Lài Yílíng (Mandarin)
Ancestry Chinese
Born (1976-12-18) 18 December 1976 (age 38)
Taiwan
Occupation Actress, host
Spouse(s) Alan Ong
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lai.

Vivian Lai Yi-ling (born 18 December 1976) is a Taiwan-born[1] Singaporean television actress and host. She is a contracted artiste under MediaCorp and works on the Chinese-language Channel 8.

Biography[edit]

Lai migrated to Singapore with her Taiwanese family when she was still a student. She joined Star Search Singapore 1999 and was champion in the Singapore edition and overall champion in her gender category.

Lai started out as an actress, making her debut in Knotty Liaisons, and won good reviews. She eventually diversified into hosting and has hosted various kinds of programmes ranging from food reviews to travelogues. In 2012, after numerous nominations, she won her first professional award, the Best Supporting Actress award, at the Star Awards 2012 for her role as a Chinese immigrant in Love Thy Neighbour.

At the Star Awards 2015, Lai received the All-Time Favourite Artiste Award, which is given to any artiste who has made the Top 10 Most Popular Artiste list for 10 times. She received the award together with actress Jeanette Aw. Lai's win of this coveted award was not without controversy, with netizens doubting her popularity and saying her win was not convincing. Lai was not in the running for the polls in several years and show of support for her by the public was not apparent at all. Yet she would never fail to win whenever she was nominated. This had led to speculation among the public that her votes were "bought" through the telepoll.

Lai is also the brand Ambassador for beverage brand Pokka (where her husband is CEO), Lion Kirei Kirei, Samsung Home Appliances, 3M Scotch Brite, Osim etc.

Personal life[edit]

Lai is married to Alain Ong and the couple have two daughters, Vera and Ariel. Alain Ong is the CEO of Pokka International, which Lai has been brand ambassador for multiple years. This has thus attracted its fair share of controversy, amid allegations of conflict of interest.[1][2]

Filmography[edit]

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Knotty Liaisons
Adam's Company Elaine
Dare To Strike
2001 Looking For Stars Peggy
The Hotel
Three Women and A Half
2002 Bukit Ho Swee
Kopi-O II
The Unbeatables III Dong Mei Yao
2003 Holland V Mo Rou Rou
2004 Double Happiness Luo Jia Qian Nominated - Best Supporting Actress award, Star Awards 2004
Double Happiness II Luo Jia Qian Nominated - Best Supporting Actress award, Star Awards 2005
2005 Love at 0°C Liu Si Qi
2006 Time to Heal
2007 Live Again Jenny
Making Miracles Xu Xiu Yuan
The Homecoming Qian Yi
2008 Just in Singapore Jin Yan
Money No Enough II
Love Blossoms II Fan Fan
2011 Be Happy Mable
Love Thy Neighbour Shan Shan Best Supporting Actress award, Star Awards 2012
2012 It Takes Two TV Host Cameo Appearance in Episode 7
2014 World at Your Feet Mo Li Hua
2015 Super Senior Ivy Xie Shan Zhong

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2006 Property Classified
2007 On the Beat II
My Beautiful Life
Star Awards Post-Show Party
2008 The NTUC Show
Lunar New Year Eve Celebration
Dialect Delights
Bioskin Dreams Come True II
On the Beat III
Amuse Me
DIY My Home
2009 My House Husband's Journal
Amuse U
2010 You Are The Man
2011 Sizzling Woks 3
Ladies Nite
Home Makeover 2
2012 My Fair Ladies
Silver Carnival
Simply Exquisite
Dessert Time
2013 Say It!
2014 Eat and Be Merry
Black Rose 2
Style: Check-In 4 Guest Host
Say It! 2
Style: Check-In 5
Ladies Nite 3
2015 Hey Chef!

Awards/Achievements[edit]

Year Organisation Award Nominated Work Title Result
1999 Star Search Singapore Female Champion N/A Won
1999 All-Asian Star Search Overall Female Champion N/A Won
2000 Star Awards Most Popular Newcomer N/A Nominated
2001 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2003 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2004 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Double Happiness Nominated
2004 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2005 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Double Happiness II Nominated
2007 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2009 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2010 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2011 Star Awards Most Favourite Onscreen Partner (Variety) U're The Man Nominated
2011 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2012 Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Love Thy Neighbour Won
2012 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2012 Star Awards Favourite Variety Show Host N/A Nominated
2013 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2014 Star Awards Best Variety Show Host Say It! Nominated
2014 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste N/A Won
2015 Star Awards All-Time Favourite Artiste Award N/A Won

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