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Yeo Yann Yann
(1977-02-20) February 20, 1977 (age 38) Malaysia
1.56 m (5 ft 11⁄2 in)
Yeo Yann Yann (Chinese: 杨雁雁; pinyin: Yáng Yànyàn; born 1977) is a Malaysian Singapore-based actress. A pioneer-graduate of Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), formerly known as The Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP). She has worked in theatre, television, and film; recent performances include Singapore Dreaming (as Mei), Thunderstorm 雷雨 (as Fan Yi 蘩漪) and a movie in August 2007, 881. Besides acting, Yann Yann also hosts bilingual events and performs for corporate skits and projects. She was born in Malaysia, and is of Chinese descent.
Her role as Mei in the movie, Singapore Dreaming also garnered rave reviews from the Press for her performance. Mei has been brought up against the favouritism of her parents. Mei is the underappreciated daughter of the family, married to CK, whom she occasionally henpecks. Indignant that younger brother Seng was sent overseas when she was the one whose academic performance was more distinguished, she bears a patent grudge against Seng. Mei's struggle against her family prejudice, career obstacles, financial difficulties allowed Yann Yann to fully display her flair in acting.
What was interesting was although the producers were unacquainted with Yann Yann, they used her face as a reference when writing for the character, Mei.
The film bagged the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, and was the first Singaporean film to receive an IFFPA-recognised international feature film award.
Previously only noted for role as Chen Mei Li (陈美丽) in The Right Frequency, Yann Yann has been progressively seen more frequently on local television programmes since 2008. Notable performances include Food Goin' Bananas (2008) and The A-Go-Go Princess (2009). In 2009 also, she played as the female leading actress in The Iron Lady (女头家), produced by ntv7, Malaysia.