Erra Fazira

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Erra Fazira
Born
Fazira binti Wan Chek

(1974-02-09) 9 February 1974 (age 44)
Occupation
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Yusry Abdul Halim (2003-2006, divorced)
Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin (2007-2014, divorced)
ChildrenEngku Aleesya Engku Emran
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
LabelsSony Music

Fazira binti Wan Chek (born 9 February 1974), better known by her stage name Erra Fazira, is a Malaysian actress, singer, fashion model, TV Host, film producer, as well as former beauty queen.

She rose to fame in the early/mid 1990s following her roles in Sembilu ("Torn", Sembilu 2 ("Torn 2"), Maria Mariana and Pasrah (Surrender). She received critical acclaim and a Best Actress In a Leading Role trophy at Malaysia Film Festival twice for her portrayal of inspiring young sales girl and part time student "Nurul Ain" in "Soal Hati ("About The Heart")" (2001) and as "Nora", an old lady with dark past in the film Hingga Hujung Nyawa (" Until The End of Life" (2005). She received another three Malaysia Film Festival's Best Actress award nomination for her performance in Soalnya Siapa? ""Who is it?" (2003), Persona Non Grata (2006), and Anak "The Child" (2008).

Early life[edit]

Fazira was born in Sungai Choh, a small town in Selangor, Malaysia, the first child and the only daughter of Wan Chek and Azizah Zaik. Her parents were ethnic Malays of Sumatran Bangkahulu origin.[1] Fazira was an active student during her school days and developed a passion for acting, which she showed an interest in at a very early age. She also joined many school's clubs and societies such as Scouting, St John Ambulance of Malaysia, the English Language Society and the Culture Club. She was also an active sports student back then and has represented herself and her school in Netball. She said that the learning and involvement she did in those clubs played an important role in her later career.[1]

Fazira attended several different schools including SM Puteri Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.

Career[edit]

As a beauty pageant participant (1992)[edit]

At the age of 18, Fazira went to take part in the 1992 Malaysian beauty pageant after being persuaded by her aunt. She competed against thirteen others and eventually won the title of Miss Malaysia/World 1992. As Miss Malaysia, Fazira went on to compete in Miss World 1992 pageant, representing Malaysia which was held in South Africa.

Erra then represented Malaysia in Miss South East Asia 1992/1993. She took the third places in Miss South East Asia 1992/1993.

Music career (1993–2007)[edit]

In 1994, after the release of her first feature film "Sembilu", Fazira released her eponymous self-titled EP under Polygram Records. She later records two albums with the label before leaving Polygram to join Sony Music. Her first studio album is Aku dan Dia (1995) with its hits single "Yang Terindah Hanyalah Sementara", and followed by 2.5 Sayang in 1996 with "Pertemuan" released as single.

Three years later, in 1999, Fazira’s fourth album and the first with Sony Music, Kini was released. Her 2001 single, "Sandarkan" along with Siti Nurhaliza’s song, "Lakaran Kehidupan" (from Siti’s seventh album, Safa) was chosen by TV3 as part of the network’s 3D campaign. Music videos for both songs were filmed in 3D where TV3 viewers wearing 3D glasses while watching it.

In 2002, her fifth album, Sampai Bertemu was released, followed by sixth album, Kini Kembali (2004). In 2006, Fazira released her seventh and last studio album, Ya Atau Tidak.

Acting career (1994–present)[edit]

Fazira was approached by director, Yusof Haslam, to star as the lead role in Sembilu. The film opened in cinema on 18 August 1994. The film also marked the first time Erra worked together with her then former dating partner, Awie. Other films roles followed including a sequel of Sembilu the following year, where Fazira reprised her role as Rosmawati Sofian.

From 1996 until 2000, Fazira starred in four of Yusof's directed films including the portraying of Maria Zakaria in both Maria Mariana and its sequel Maria Mariana II. In the 2000 film Soal Hati, Fazira starred played the character of Nurul Ain. Fazira won the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

Starting 2001, Fazira began to work with many different directors for her films including Ahmad Idham for Mr. Cinderella (2002) and Abdul Razak Mohaideen for Cinta Kolestrol (2003) among others. In 2004, Fazira went on to star opposite her then former husband, Yusry bin Abdul Halim, in the 2004 film Hingga Hujung Nyawa, also directed by Abdul Razak. Through this film, Fazira once again was awarded the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress as for the portrayal of Nora Halim in the movie.

In 2002, Fazira acted in a telemovie and hosted the show, Fesyen Tempo.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Erra Fazira (1994)
  • Aku dan Dia (1995)
  • Menyanyi Bersama (1996)
  • 2.5 Sayang (1997)
  • Kini (1999)
  • Sampai Bertemu (2002)
  • Kini Kembali (2003)
  • Ya atau Tidak (2006)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Koleksi Klasik (1998)
  • Best of Erra Fazira (2001)
  • Koleksi Istimewa Buatmu(2001)
  • Keunggulan Erra Fazira (2007)

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
1994 Sembilu Rosmawati Sofian Datuk Yusof Haslam First film debut
1995 Sembilu II Rosmawati Sofian
1996 Maria Mariana Maria Zakaria
Tragedi Oktober Rosmawati Sofian Yusof Kelana
1997 Gemilang Julia Datuk Yusof Haslam
1998 Maria Mariana II Maria Zakaria
2000 Pasrah Farah Dhiba
Soal Hati Nurul Ain Othman Hafsham Won Best Actress – 15th Malaysia Film Festival
Won Best Actress – Anugerah Skrin TV3
2001 Gerak Khas The Movie Inspector Syafiqah Datuk Yusof Haslam
Putih Bawang Putih (voice) Rashid Sibir Animation film
2002 Mr. Cinderella Puteri Megawati Darul Kasih Ahmad Idham
Soalnya Siapa? Nurul Ain Othman Hafsham Nominated, Best Actresses – 16th Malaysia Film Festival
2003 Gila Gila Pengantin Aliah Hamdan Aziz M. Osman
Janji Diana Diana Murad Datuk Yusof Haslam
Cinta Kolestrol Fazira Osman / Erra Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen First film co-produced by Erra
Mr. Cinderella 2 Puteri Megawati Darul Kasih Din C.J
MX3 Herself Yusof Kelana Guest appearance
2004 Kuliah Cinta Johanna Abdul Rahman (Jojo) Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen
Hingga Hujung Nyawa Nora Halim Won, Best Actresses – 18th Malaysia Film Festival
Tujuh Perhentian Sue
I Know What You Did Last Raya Dr Mira
2005 Potret Mistik Kartini
Sembilu 2005 Teacher Ira Datuk Yusof Haslam
Lady Boss Salmi Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen
Gila Gila Pengantin Popular Sheera Mustapha Aziz M. Osman
KL Menjerit 1 Nina Bada Hj. Azmi
2006 Castello Chalita
Persona Non Grata Hey Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz Nominated, Best Actresses – 19th Malaysia Film Festival
2007 Qabil Khusry Qabil Igam Karisma Saat Zaili Sulan
2008 Cuci Siti Jasmin Rahim (CJ) Datuk Hans Isaac
Anak Hasnita Barney Lee Nominated, 21st Best Actresses – Malaysia Film Festival
Los dan Faun Puan Jasmine Al Sogood Dato' Afdlin Shauki
2009 Sifu dan Tongga Fatimah Omar (Tammy) Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen
2010 Andartu Terlampau - 21 Hari Mencari Suami Markonah Rempeyek Din C.J
2011 Hidden Dian Sammet Baadkar Hollywood production
2012 Ngorat Keyra Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen
2013 Longkai Zarina Hashim Rejab
2016 Warna Cinta Impian Erra N.S Krishnan
2017 Soulmate Hingga Ke Jannah Ira Prof. Madya A. Razak Mohaideen
2018 Hantu Kak Limah 3 Wati Mamat Khalid Special appearance
Polis EVO 2 Joel Soh,
Andrew Chew
Post-production

Television movie[edit]

Year Title Role Notes TV channel
2002 Siapa Mau Potong Baju? Herself Special appearance TV2
2008 Joe & Faridah Faridah Astro Ria
2009 Bonanza Mastura Astro Prima
Cinta Lelong Emma Astro Ria
2010 30 Hari Mengenal Cinta
Selamat Tinggal Alexandria Astro Prima
2011 Pontianak Kampung Batu Astro Ria
Sanggul Beracun Siti Aminah Nominated "Best TV Actresse" Anugerah TV Asia
Nominated "Best TV Actresse"Anugerah Skrin 2011
Astro Citra
Hantu Susu Astro Ria
Pontianak Beraya Di Kampung Batu Astro Ria
Mak OK Jer! Astro Prima
2012 Parut Asyikin Nur Asyikin Astro Citra
Hantu Susu Kembali Astro Ria
2015 Aku Benci Raya

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes TV channel
2008 Mertua VS Menantu Nurul Ain Astro Prima
2009 Kasih Tercipta Lisa
Mertua VS Menantu (Season 2) Nurul Ain
2011 Kelaasss Kau Maria! Meera Astro Ria
2012 Mana Hilangnya Juwita Julia
2013 Ammara Batrisya Batrisya TV9
Nur Melinda Cikgu Nur Astro Prima
2016 Rumi & Jawi
2017 Dia Bidadariku Suri Astro Ria
My Darling Inspektor Daniel Maria
2018 Gerak Khas ASP Jeslina TV2
Mak Cun (Season 4) Olio TV3
Dian Eva Raisha ntv7

Television show[edit]

Year Program Notes TV channel
2001-02 Fesyen Tempo Host TV1
2009 Gugu Gaga Erra Reality television series, featuring Erra,Engku Emran and their daughter Engku Aleesya Astro Ria
Pentas Akhir Anak Wayang Season 1 Judge on the first series (with Nasha Aziz & Rashid Sibir)
Dunia Wanita Hosting with Umie Aida, also as a producer TV1
2010 Tiger Futbol Starz Host Astro Ria
2011 Mentor Season 5 Reality singing competition with protege Salma A Asis (Won the competition with Salma TV3
VOKAL "Bukan Sekadar Rupa" Judge (with Azmeer)
Pilih Kasih Season 3 Judge (with Umie Aida and Rosyam Nor) TV2
2012-15 Primadona As talk show host (with Ziela Jalil, Raja Azura and Rozita Che Wan) Astro Prima

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Malaysian actress Erra Fazira". London Academy of Media & Film TV. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
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