Aileen Tan

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Aileen Tan
Chinese name陈丽贞
Chinese name陳麗貞 (traditional)
Chinese name陈丽贞 (simplified)
PinyinChén Lìzhēn (Mandarin)
BornTan Lay Ching Aileen
(1966-10-18) 18 October 1966 (age 52)
Singapore
Other namesChen Lizhen
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Label(s)
Spouse(s)
Gerald Lee (m. 2002)
Awards
Asian Television Awards
Asian Television Award 2013 : Best Supporting Actress
Other awards
Star Search Singapore 1988
Star Search Singapore 1988, Most Photogenic
Star Awards 2001: Best Actress
Star Awards 2017: Best Supporting Actress
Star Awards 1994 & Star Awards 1997 : Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes

Tan Lay Ching Aileen (born 18 October 1966) is a Singaporean actress.

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]

At Star Awards 2017, Tan received the Best Supporting Actress for the drama Hero (2016 TV series) , she announced in a speech that this would be the last time, she would go on stage to receive this award. In Star Awards 2018 , she landed her 4th nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the drama, Have a Little Faith.

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]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 My Fair Ladies
窈窕淑女
Ye Shuilian
叶水莲
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead
1989 The Fortune Hunters
钻石人生
Li Qiumei
李秋梅 (冠军佳丽)
  • Cameo Appearance
Good Morning, Sir!
早安老师
Zhu Peiqi
朱佩琪
Turn of the Tide
浮沉
Li Meifang
李美芳
1990 The Finishing Line
出人头地
Xia Miaoran
夏妙然
Journey's End
生命街车
Qi Gui Gui
齐桂桂
Happy World
多多富贵多多情
Zhen Meili
甄美丽
1991 The Darkest Hour
烈血青春
Pang Lixue
庞丽雪
Black Phoenix
黑凤凰
Xiao Yunhong
萧韵红
1992 Love Is in the Air
爱在女儿乡
Xia Ni
夏霓
Mystery II
迷离夜II 之《问我是谁》
Huang Shuzhen
黄淑贞
1993 Battle of Justice
人海孤鸿
Leiyin
雷茵
1994 Bond of Love
情网
Luo Qingyi
骆青宜
The Blazing Trail
兰桂坊血案
Li Shali
李莎莉
  • Telemovie
Scorned Angel
冷太阳
Jiang Hailun
江海伦
A Chance of Life
一线生机
  • Telemovie
Dr Justice
法医故事
Yang Xiaofan
杨小凡
1995 Deep Within My Heart
爱在心处
Li Qimei
李绮梅
The Ultimate Truth
惊魂恋
Zhou Jing
周婧
  • Telemovie
Dr. Justice II
法医故事II
Yang Xiaofan
杨小凡
1996 Ace Cops
妙警点38
Yao Jingjing
姚菁菁
  • Telemovie
River of Love
风雨柴船头
Sun Yunfang
孙云舫
New Brave World
新阿郎
Ye Ling
叶琳
1997 Grandpa's Bak Kut Teh
阿公肉骨茶
A-Yu
阿玉
  • Telemovie
Crimes & Tribulations
狮城奇案录 之《第一个上绞台的女人》
Jian Mi Mi
简咪咪
1998 My Little Angels
我家小豆豆
Zheng Minghui
郑明慧
The Scam
豪门奇骗
Yang Wenqian
杨文倩
The New Adventures of Wisely
卫斯理传奇
Bei Mengdan
贝梦丹
1999 P.I. Blues
乌龙档案
Qiu Xiaoyu
邱小雨
2000 My Home Affairs
家事
Hong Liqing
洪丽青
Adam's Company
亚当周记
Angel
  • Sitcom
Growing Up
成长岁月
Mae
  • English Drama
2001 Growing Up
成长岁月
Mae
  • English Drama
Three Women and a Half
三个半女人
Huang Tianli (Jane)
黄天丽
The Hotel
大酒店
Yang Ruizhen
杨瑞贞
  • Guest Appearance
2002 Beautiful Connection
九层糕
Fan Keli
范可荔
2003 Health Matters 2
一切由慎开始 2
Romance De Amour
一加一等于三
Kang Li
康莉
2004 Crime Hunters
心网追凶
Fang Jiesi
方洁思
When The Time Comes
一线之间
Wang Wenxuan
王文萱
Double Happiness
喜临门
Luo Jiayu
罗家玉
Double Happiness II
喜临门 II
Luo Jiayu
罗家玉
2005 Love Concierge
爱的掌门人
Producer Xu
许监制
2006 Women of Times
至尊红颜
Cynthia Jia Zengyue
胛赠阅
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Measure of Man
大男人, 小男人
Patricia
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2007 Mars vs Venus
幸福双人床
Li Yulian
李玉莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Greatest Love of All
爱·特别的你
Mo Lihua
莫丽花
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2008 Our Rice House
我们的饭店
Li Ying
李颖
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Nanny Daddy
奶爸百分百
Sophia Feng
凤素法
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Love Blossoms II
心花朵朵开 II
Daisy Ma
玛姨
2009 Red Thread
红色线
Suzanne
  • Channel 5 Drama
My Buddy
难兄烂弟
Ye Peiyi
叶佩仪
  • Supporting Role 女配角
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
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Devotion
阿娣
Wu Aihao
吴爱浩
  • Mother of Adeline Lim
  • Supporting Role 女配角
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
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Enchanted
浴女图
Huang Songli
黄颂莉
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2013 C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职 2
Situ Yan
司徒燕
Mata Mata
女警先锋
Yoke Lien
  • Mother of Cheryl Wee
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Channel 5 Drama
The Enchanted
浴女图
Huang Songli
黄松丽
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2014 Entangled
日落洞
Lin Yueqin
林月琴
  • Supporting Role 女配角
World at Your Feet
球在你腳下
Ye Laixiang
叶来香
Mata Mata 2
女警先锋 2
Yoke Lien
  • Mother of Cheryl Wee
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Channel 5 Drama
2015 Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Chen Miaoyu
陈妙玉
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
  • Mother of Li Bao'en
  • Pairs up with Marcus Chin
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Have A Little Faith
相信我
Zhuang Kelian
庄可莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2018 Life Less Ordinary
小人物向前冲
Liew Xiuqin
吕秀琴
Fifty & Fabulous
五零高手
Liang Meimei
梁美美
You Can Be An Angel 3
你也可以是天使 3
Zhou Lilian
周丽莲
2019 Hello Ms Driver
下一站,遇见
Zheng Xueqin
郑雪琴

Feature film[edit]

Year Title
2002 天使心 Angel Heart
2003 出轨 ( 电视电影)
2015 Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen
2016 Long Long Time Ago
2016 Long Long Time Ago 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

Asian Television Awards – Acting Awards
Year Award Nominated work Notes
2002 Best Actress in a Leading Role Three Women and a Half
(as Jane)
Nominated
2013 Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Day It Rained on Our Parade
(as Fei-Ma)
Won
Other Awards
Year Award Nominated work Notes
1988 Star Search Singapore 1988 N/A Runner-up
1988 Star Search Singapore 1988, Most Photogenic N/A Won

The Star Awards are presented by Mediacorp.

Star Awards – Acting Awards
Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result
1994 2nd Star Awards Ceremony Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1995 3rd Star Awards Ceremony Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1995 3rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress The Blazing Trail
(as Li Shali)
Nominated
1996 4th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1996 4th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Ace Cops
(as Yao Jingjing)
Nominated
1997 5th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Agong Bak Kut Teh
(as Yu)
Nominated
1997 5th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 10
1998 5th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2001 8th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Three Women and a Half
(as Jane)
Won
2001 8th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2002 9th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Beautiful Connection
(as Fang Keli)
Nominated
2002 9th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2003 9th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actress Romance De Amour
(as Kang Li)
Nominated
2003 9th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2010 16th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Together
(as Liu Mao Mao)
Nominated
2012 18th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2014 20th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress C.L.I.F. 2
(as Seetoh Yan)
Nominated
2016 22nd Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2017 23rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Evergreen Artiste Hero
(as Huang Lili)
Nominated
23rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Won
2017 23rd Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Eliminated
2018 24th Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actress Have A Little Faith
(as Zhuang Kelian)
Nominated
2018 24th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Top 20
2018 24th Star Awards Ceremony Best Theme Song Life Less Ordinary 《小人物向前冲》 Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Award Winning Antics: 18th Asian Television Awards". The NewPaper. 13 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Jack Neo's new movie Long Long Time Ago stars Aileen Tan, Mark Lee, Wang Lei - and Hokkien". The Straits Times. 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ "罗慧娟失聪,住在陈家疗养". Lianhe Zaobao. 27 July 2012.

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