Carmen Soo

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Soo.
Carmen Soo
Born Soo Wai Ming
(1977-10-14) 14 October 1977 (age 38)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
  • TV Host
Years active 1997–present
Website carmensoo.com
Modeling information
Height 156 cm (5 ft 1 in)

Soo Wai Ming (simplified Chinese: 苏慧敏; traditional Chinese: 蘇慧敏; pinyin: Su Huimin; (born 14 October 1977), or known professionally as Carmen Soo, is a Malaysian Chinese model and actress.

Biography[edit]

Carmen Soo was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to a Chinese father and to a half-Chinese, half-British mother. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management and can speak fluent Malay, Cantonese and English while also learning Tagalog to help her television acting career in the Philippines.[1] She was part owner of a boutique named 'Kushi' located in Bangsar.

In 2015, Soo married Benson Tan in Bali.[2] She currently resides in Petaling Jaya, Selangor with her family.

Modeling[edit]

Carmen Soo began modelling at age 17 and moved to Hong Kong at age 20 to pursue modelling career, which has brought her all over Asia, including Singapore. At 156 cm (just under 5'1") tall, her petite size is not conducive to catwalk modeling, hence most of her shoots tend to be print and television commercials.[3] However, she has graced local magazines' covers such as New Man, V Mag, New Tide GLAM and Nu You. She is a spokesperson for international watch brand Longines along with Malaysian theatre personality Paula Malai Ali,[4] and for Celcom with Singaporean singer JJ Lin. Soo is the brand ambassador of Uniqlo Malaysia. She managed by Model One in Hong Kong.[5]

Acting[edit]

Carmen started as an extra in the 1999 Jackie Chan movie entitled Gorgeous alongside Shu Qi, and later was in Aaron Kwok's musical special.[6]

On September 2008, Carmen co-starred in an ABS-CBN (in collaboration with Malaysia's Double Vision) soap opera with Filipino actors Jericho Rosales, Cristine Reyes and Christopher de Leon in the teleserye Kahit Isang Saglit that was aired in the Philippines and Malaysia, and worldwide through TFC. Kahit Isang Saglit later earned a nomination in the International Emmy Award.[2]

In 2010, Carmen appeared in a four-part series of Your Song entitled "Beautiful Girl" with Christian Bautista, which was shot through mid-July and August between Malaysia and the Philippines.[7] In the same year, she appeared alongside JC De Vera in the third season of 5 Star Specials entitled Si Paco at ang Prinsesa, directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal on TV5.

Carmen was the lead actor in the Malaysian horror film The Hunter 3D, directed and written by Bjarne Wong. Soo then went on to perform on HBO Asia's Dead Mine as Su-Ling. She also appeared in the Singaporean horror film Ghost Child, alongside Chen Hanwei and Jayley Woo.

Hosting[edit]

In 2008, Soo became a judge on It's Showtime. In April 2010, Soo became a co-host on Wowowee along with Kelly Misa, Jed Montero, Isabelle Abiera, RR Enriquez, Valerie Concepcion, Mariel Rodriguez and Pokwang.[2]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Type
1999 Gorgeous Gloria A box office success in Hong Kong, grossing HK$40,545,889 during its theatrical run.
2004 Visits: Hungry Ghost Anthology : Episode 1413 Maria
2005 Baik Punya Cilok
2006 The 3rd Generation Linda Won the "Most Promising Actress Award" at the Malaysian Film Festival 2006. Malaysia's first award winning Cantonese movie starring Nicholas Teo and Amber Chia
2008 Kurus Miss Liew Won the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival and Golden Kinnaree Awards, under the South-East Asian Competition held by director Ming Jin-Woo Independent film
2009 Sayang You Can Dance Angel
2009 Tenement 2 Isabel First cameo role in the Philippines. T2 Box Office 95 Million. Earned US$430,776 on its opening weekend.[8]
2009 My Spy Jade
2011 Mein Herz in Malaysia Dalina Germany FFP New Media GmbH in Coproduction with Double Vision Malaysia for ARD Degeto. Made for television
2012 The Hunter 3D 3D film
2012 Dead Mine Su-Ling HBO Asia's first original production after 20 years.
2012 The Borneo Incident
2012 Alagwa (Breakaway) Recently made its world premiere at the 17th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
2013 Double Directed by Woo Ming-Jin. Part of an online Silent Terror Anthology of YOMYOMF Network on YouTube Short film
2013 Ghost Child Na
2013 Shuffle Short film
2014 Yasmine

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes TV Commercial
2005 The Girl From Ipoh The Girl From Ipoh A Chinese make love story. Directed by Low Ngai Yuen with music direction by Penny Low The Theatre production by Integrated Expressions staged from 9 to 13 November 2005 at Pentas 1 KLPAC.
2007 Rose Rose I Love You Xuan Integrated Expressions presents a pop musical production inspired by the life and times of Rose Chan, the legendary erotic Cabaret Queen of Malaya. Directed by Low Ngai Yuen with music direction by Penny Low, Rose Rose I Love You is the second collaboration between Penny Low and Ngai Yuen since The Girl from Ipoh. Rose Rose I Love You staged at the Genting International Showroom from 2 to 4 Nov, and on 9 to 11 Nov It is mostly in English with some Cantonese/Mandarin dialogue (with subtitles). Also in the cast are Tony Eusoff, K.K. Wong, Ling Tan, Lim Tiong Wooi and Anrie Too. Rose Rose I Love You TVC
2011 Angels & Demons BURLESQUE Genting International Showroom

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Channel Notes
2007 Ghost Jenny 8TV Malaysia
2008 Kahit Isang Saglit Margaret 'Garie' Hang-Li ABS-CBN In 2009, it was nominated on the Seoul International Drama Awards and the series garnered a nomination for the 37th International Emmy Award for Telenovelas. Philippines
2008 Kurus (Days of the Turquoise Sky) Miss Carol NTV7 Malaysia
2009 Ghost II Jenny 8TV Malaysia
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Videoke Maria ABS-CBN Philippines
2010 Showtime (TV series) Judge ABS-CBN Philippines
2010 Wowowee Co-Host ABS-CBN Philippines
2010 5 Star Specials: Si Paco at ang Prinsesa Prinsesa Amara TV5 Philippines
2010 Your Song: Beautiful Girl Hannah ABS-CBN Philippines
2010 The Pupil (TV Series) Rachel Sung Mediacorp Singapore
2011 Maurice Lacroix Follow Your Convictions Private Sessions Herself NTV7 Maurice Lacroix Follow Your Convictions Private Sessions

Episode 5. Hosted by Angel Wong . Malaysia

2011 Ang Asawa Kong Japeks (TV series) Lily TV5 Philippines
2011 Showtime Judge ABS-CBN Philippines
2011 Cyber Colors Glamour Girl Search Mentor 8TV Sasa Reality Search http://blog.sasa.com.my/2011/08/21/ccgg/ . Malaysia
2011 Dapur Selebriti Knorr Herself 8TV Reality Cooking Show . Malaysia
2011 The Pupil 2 (TV Series) Rachel Sung Mediacorp Singapore
2012 The Apartment Style Edition (Reality show) Guest Judge (Episode 8) Star World Shot in Malaysia Airing in 20 Countries in Asia
2012 Omg! Herself Diva Universal Malaysia
2012 Code of Law Rachel Sung Mediacorp Singapore
2014 Code of Law (Season 2) Rachel Sung Mediacorp Singapore

Others[edit]

  • Ghost – 8TV Malaysia 2007
  • Trio and a Bed (interactive drama) Astro Wah Lai Toi 2009 (Singapore)

Guestings[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Most Promising Actress Award at the Malaysian Film Festival 2006

References[edit]

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