Cynthia Koh

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Cynthia Koh
Chinese name 許美珍 (traditional)
Chinese name 许美珍 (simplified)
Pinyin Xǔ Měizhēn (Mandarin)
Born (1974-03-25) 25 March 1974 (age 43)
Singapore
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present

Cynthia Koh (born 25 March 1974), also known as Xu Meizhen, is a Singaporean actress and MediaCorp artiste.[1][2] She is best known for acting in many television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8.

Early life[edit]

Koh has one younger sister. Her father works in the Singapore Civil Defence Force while her mother is a housewife.[2] Koh received her education at Saint Anthony's Canossian Secondary School.[3]

Career[edit]

While still enrolled in Singapore Broadcasting Corporation's (now MediaCorp) 10th Drama Artiste Course, Koh started acting at the TV station at the age of 18 in May 1992.[1][2][4][5] Having acted in almost 46 dramas to date,[6] Koh made her debut on stage in the critically acclaimed Men at Forty-Eight in 1997. Later, she won the Best Actress Award in Star Awards 1999 with her breakthrough performance in Stepping Out, in which she played a long-suffering woman fighting against her fate.[7][8] This role earned her a nomination in the same category at the Asian Television Awards.

Koh was also part of the cast in three of MediaCorp TV Channel 8's long-running dramas. The 3 long-running dramas include: Holland V (Year 2003, 125 episodes), Portrait of Home (Year 2005, 100 episodes), Kinship (Year 2007, 86 episodes). Koh's role as Fu Baozhu (傅宝珠), a greedy and bossy woman in Portrait of Home granted her another Best Actress nomination in the Star Awards 2005. Unfortunately, she lost the award to veteran Huang Bi Ren.

While filming Mediacorp Channel U's blockbuster drama Show Hand in December 2011, it was reported that Koh delayed an ovarian cyst operation to finish filming the series.[9]

In 2012, after not receiving an award for 15 years at the annual Star Awards, Koh made her comeback, winning her second Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Award.

Filmography[edit]

1992

– 爱情乒乓球 The Dating Game
– 戏剧人生 Terms of Endearment
– 爱在女儿乡 Love Is in the Air

1993
– 未了缘 Endless Love
– 斗气姐妹 The Wilful Siblings
– 年年有鱼 Happy Reunion

1994
– 生命擂台 Those Were The Days
– 勇者无惧 The Challenger – 潘静仪
– 爱情定金 Love Dowry
– 七月幽情 Romance in the Seventh Month

1995
– 追心一族 Dream Hunters
– 展翅高飞 Over The Horizons

1996
– 豆腐街 Tofu Street – 梁四妹
– 大伯公传奇 Legend of Da Bo Gong
– 妙师爷三斗毒太监 Royal Battle of Wit
– 第三类剧场II Tales of the Third Kind II

1997
– 老板放轻松 Give Me A Break
– 狮城奇案之蝶印 Crimes And Tribulations – Trailing The Bridegroom
– 铁血男儿 Sword and Honour

1998
– 珍珠街坊 Around People's Park – 王丽娟
– 石叻坡传说 Myths & Legends of Singapore
– 甜甜的季节 Season of Love – 许丽雯

1999
– 出路 Stepping Out – 红豆

2000
– 琼园咖啡香 Hainan Kopi Tales – 黄六月
Growing Up VI 成长岁月VI
@Moulmein High 上课一派 I
– 星锁 Looking For Stars – 蔡菲菲
2000 A.D. (film)

2001
– 阿灿正传 Through Thick and Thin
@Moulmein High II 上课一派 II
– 大酒店 The Hotel

2002
– 天使的诱惑 The Wing of Desire – 李婉萍
@Moulmein High III 上课一派 III

2003
– 荷兰村 Holland V – 莫燕燕

2004
– 辣兄辣妹 Spice Siblings – 丁珍珠
– 家财万贯 The Ties that Bind – 徐敏敏

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Portrait of Home
同心圆
Fu Baozhu
傅宝珠
100-ep long running drama
Portrait of Home II
同心圆2
Fu Baozhu
傅宝珠
100-ep long running drama
2006 Family Matters
法庭俏佳人
Guan Ji'er
关洁儿
House of Joy
欢乐满屋
Zheng Shuangxi
郑双喜
2007 Kinship I
手足
Zheng Jinsha
郑金砂
long running drama
Kinship II
手足2
Zheng Jinsha
郑金砂
long running drama
2008 The Little Nyonya
小娘惹
Huang Xiujuan
黄秀娟
Her Many Faces
有你终身美丽
Zheng Jiawen
郑嘉雯
2009 My School Daze
书包太重
Tao Guijuan
姚贵娟
The Ultimatum
双子星
Chen Xiaobao
陈晓宝
Daddy at Home
企鹅爸爸
Chen Meihui
陈美惠
2010 Happy Family
过好年
Jian Mei'e/Fatty Mei
姜美鹅
The Best Things in Life
五福到
Chen Jiaxin
陈家欣
Precious Babes
三个女人一个宝
Katie Ong
王凯蒂
Mrs P.I.
查某人
Yun Feixue
云飞雪
2011 The In-Laws
麻婆斗妇
Yan Qiuhua
严秋桦
A Song to Remember
星洲之夜
She-Sao
蛇嫂
2012 Show Hand
注定
Wu Meifang
吴美芳
The Day It Rained on Our Parade
那一年我们淋着雨
Lulu
露露
2013 96°C Cafe
96°C咖啡
Ann
Gonna Make It
小小传奇
Monica
2014 Zero Calling Julie Channel 5 Drama
2015 Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Fang Jie
芳姐
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Zero Calling 2 Julie
  • Channel 5 Drama
Crescendo
起飞
Wang Yafang
王雅芳
2016 The Gentlemen
来自水星的男人
Zou Huimin
邹惠敏
  • Pairs up with Chen Hanwei
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2017 The Lead
第一主角
Chen Qiulian
陈秋莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2017-2018 Life Less Ordinary
小人物向前冲
  • Mother of Ian Fang
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • 130 Episodes long-running drama

Accolades[edit]

Year Accolade Works Notes
1995 Star Awards 1995, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Best Actress Tofu Street Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A 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
1999 Star Awards 1999, Best Actress Stepping Out Won
1999 Star Awards 1999, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
1999 Asian Television Awards 1999, Best Actress Stepping Out Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001,Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2004 Star Awards 2004, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2005 Star Awards 2005, Best Actress Portrait of Home Nominated
2007 Star Awards 25th Show, My Favourite Actress Nominated
2007 Star Awards 25th Show, Screen Sweetheart N/A Nominated
2011 Star Awards 2011, Best Supporting Actress Happy Family Nominated
2011 Star Awards 2011, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Nominated
2011 Star Awards 2011, Favourite Onscreen Couple Mrs P.I. Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes N/A Won
2013 Star Awards 2013,Best Actress Show Hand Nominated
2014 Star Awards 2014, Perfect Curves Award N/A Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cynthia Koh (in Chinese)". BaiDuPedia. Retrieved 3 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Suzanne Sng (12 September 1999). "I'm just 30% Miss Right". The Straits Times. p. SP20. 
  3. ^ Hong Xinyi (11 July 2004). "Star track". The Sunday Times. 
  4. ^ Guan Libing (31 October 1993). "Enjoy it while it lasts". The Straits Times. p. SP9. 
  5. ^ Rachel Lim (16 July 2006). "Mandarin high". The Sunday Times. 
  6. ^ "Cynthia Koh". Fly Entertainment. Archived from the original on 10 April 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "Stepping Out sweeps 5 awards". The Straits Times. 20 December 1999. p. 4. 
  8. ^ Tee Hun Ching (23 December 1999). "I was in shock". The Straits Times. p. L3. 
  9. ^ "Cynthia Koh delays ovarian cyst op to complete filming". AsiaOne. 27 February 2011. 

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