Aileen Tan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tan.
Aileen Tan
Chinese name 陳麗貞 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈丽贞 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Lìzhēn (Mandarin)
Born (1966-10-18) 18 October 1966 (age 50)
Singapore
Other name(s) Chen Lizhen
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Gerald Lee (m. 2002)

Aileen Tan (born 18 October 1966) is a Singaporean actress. She entered the entertainment industry after placing second in the first Star Search Competition in 1988.

Life and career[edit]

She was educated at the now defunct Willow Secondary School.

Tan was often cast in leading roles in the first 15 years of her acting career, but has since played supporting roles in recent years.

She has been nominated multiple times in the Best Actress category at the annual Star Awards. She was nominated for the "Best Actress" award in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003; she won the award once in 2001 for her role in Three Women and a Half, playing a manager in an advertising company who would make use of her looks and charms to climb up the corporate ladder.

Tan took a break from television in 2005. In 2006, she appeared in two Singapore dramas, Women of Times and Measure of Man, the latter drama clinching the runner-up position in 2006's television viewership ratings.

Tan also ventured into English dramas. In 2000, she played Mae in MediaCorp Channel 5's longest-running drama series, Growing Up. Later in 2009, she played Suzanne Kong, the wife of a tycoon in the 40-episode drama Red Thread.

In 2013, Tan won the "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" award at the 18th Asian Television Awards (ATA) for her role in The Day It Rained On Our Parade which consisted only four episodes.[1]

On 29 May 2015, it was announced that Tan will play the lead role in Jack Neo's film, Long Long Time Ago alongside Mark Lee and Wang Lei.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Tan's parents are of Hokkien descent.

She married Hong Kong director Gerald Lee in 2002. She experienced an ectopic pregnancy in 2005, which eventually led to an abortion.[citation needed]

Her close friends in the entertainment industry include Huang Biren, Pan Lingling and Hong Kong actress Jacqueline Law. It was reported that Law stayed at Tan's house in Singapore to recuperate after becoming partially deaf after a diving accident in 1999, and to get away from media attention in Hong Kong.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

  • 1988
    • 窈窕淑女 My Fair Ladies
  • 1989
    • 钻石人生 The Fortune Hunters
    • 早安!老师 Good Morning, Sir
    • 浮沉 Turn of the Tide
  • 1990
    • 出人头地 The Finishing Line
    • 生命街车 Journey's End
  • 1991
    • 烈血青春 The Darkest Hour
    • 黑凤凰 Black Phoenix
  • 1992
    • Mini-Drama in Variety Tonight
    • 爱在女儿乡 Love Is in the Air
    • 迷离夜II 之《问我是谁》 Mystery II
  • 1993
    • 人海孤鸿 Battle of Justice
  • 1994
    • 情网 Bond of Love
    • 兰桂坊血案 The Blazing Trail
    • 一线生机 A Chance of Life
    • 法医故事 Dr Justice
  • 1995
    • 爱在心处 Deep Within My Heart
    • 惊魂恋 The Ultimate Truth
    • 法医故事II Dr. Justice II
  • 1996
    • 妙警点38 Ace Cops
    • 风雨柴船头 River of Love
    • 新阿郎 New Brave World
  • 1997
    • 阿公肉骨茶 Grandpa's Bak Kut Teh
    • 101老婆 My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives
    • 狮城奇案录 之《第一个上绞台的女人》 Crimes & Tribulations : In the Face of Death
  • 1998
  • 1999
    • 乌龙档案 P.I. Blues
  • 2000
    • 家事 My Home Affairs
    • 亚当周记 Adam's Company
    • Growing Up 成长岁月 (English Drama)
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
    • 心网追凶 Crime Hunters
    • 一线之间 When The Time Comes
    • 喜临门 I Double Happiness I
    • 喜临门 II Double Happiness II
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Women of Times
至尊红颜
Cynthia Jia Zengyue
胛赠阅
Measure of Man
大男人, 小男人
Patricia
2007 Mars vs Venus
幸福双人床
Li Yulian
李玉莲
The Greatest Love of All
爱·特别的你
Mo Lihua
莫丽花
2008 Our Rice House
我们的饭店
Li Ying
李颖
Nanny Daddy
奶爸百分百
Sophia Feng
凤素法
Love Blossoms II
心花朵朵开 II
Daisy Ma
玛姨
2009 Red Thread Suzanne Channel 5 Drama
My Buddy
难兄烂弟
Ye Peiyi
叶佩仪
Together
当我们同在一起
Liu Maomao
刘毛毛
2011 Prosperity
喜事年年
Tang Aili
唐爱丽
C.L.I.F.
警徽天职
Situ Yan
司徒燕
Devotion
阿娣
Wu Aihao
吴爱浩
Love Thy Neighbour
四个门牌一个梦
Lucy
2012 The Day It Rained on Our Parade
那一年我们淋着雨
Fei-Ma
肥妈
The Enchanted
浴女图
Huang Songli
黄颂莉
2013 C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职2
Situ Yan
司徒燕
Mata Mata Yoke Lien Channel 5 Drama
2014 Entangled
日落洞
Lin Yueqin
林月琴
World at Your Feet
球在你腳下
Ye Laixiang
叶来香
Mata Mata 2 Yoke Lien
2015 Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Chen Miaoyu
陈妙玉
  • Mother of Rui En
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Journey: Our Homeland
信约: 我们的家园
Yang Lihua
杨丽华
  • Mother of Rui En
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Life - Fear Not
人生无所畏
Zhuang Daomei
庄道美
2016 The Dream Job
绝世好工
Wang Bizhi
王碧芝
Eat Already?
吃饱没?
Ah Shun-Sao
阿顺嫂
  • Pairs up with Marcus Chin
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Hero
大英雄
Huang Lili
黄丽丽
2017 Happy Can Already!
欢喜就好
Yankee
新潮
  • Cameo appearance 客串
Dream Coder
梦想程式
He Xiuxiang
何秀香
Eat Already? 2
吃饱没? 2
Ah Shun-Sao
阿顺嫂
Have A Little Faith
想信我
Zhuang Kelian
庄可莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角

Feature film[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Notes
1988 Star Search Singapore 1988 N/A Runner-up
1988 Star Search Singapore 1988, Most Photogenic N/A Won
1994 Star Awards 1994, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Best Actress The Blazing Trail Nominated
1995 Star Awards 1995, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Best Actress Ace Cops Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Best Actress Agong Bak Kut Teh Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
1998 Star Awards 1998, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001, Best Actress Three Women and a Half Won
2001 Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2002 Asian Television Awards 2002, Best Actress Three Women and a Half Nominated
2002 Star Awards 2002, Best Actress Beautiful Connection Nominated
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2003 Star Awards 2003, Best Actress Romance De Amour Nominated
2003 Star Awards 2003, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Best Supporting Actress Together Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2013 Asian Television Awards 2013, Best Supporting Actress The Day It Rained on Our Parade Won
2014 Star Awards 2014, Best Supporting Actress C.L.I.F. 2 Nominated
2016 Star Awards 2016, Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 18
2017 Star Awards 2017, Best Supporting Actress Hero Pending
2017 Star Awards 2017, Best Evergreen Veteran Hero Pending
2017 Star Awards 2017, Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Pending

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