Janice Koh

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Janice Koh
Janice Koh at the Singapore Premiere of Crazy Rich Asians.jpg
Nominated Member of Parliament
In office
14 February 2012 – 31 July 2014
Personal details
Born Singapore
Children Max Yeo, Lucas Yeo
Alma mater Goldsmith’s College
National University of Singapore
Occupation Actress, politician
Website https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Koh

Janice Koh is a Singaporean actress and a former Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.

Education[edit]

Koh had her secondary school education at Singapore Chinese Girls' School. She later graduated from the Theatre Studies and Drama programme at Victoria Junior College and the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Theatre Studies. She also has a master's degree in Theatre with Distinction from Goldsmith’s College, London.[1]

Career[edit]

On television, Koh is well known for her role as the ambitious lawyer Angela Ang on the MediaCorp Channel 5 legal drama The Pupil. Her performance earned her an Asian Television Awards 2010 nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Other projects include Fighting Spiders and Chase for Channel 5 and the award-winning Singapore Short Story Project. More recently, she played the quirky mom of Amos Lee in Okto’s The Dairy of Amos Lee.

A familiar face in the theatre scene, Koh won the coveted Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn's Proof and received a Life! Theatre Award Best Actress nomination in 2008 for her role in Ovidia Yu’s acclaimed play Hitting (On) Women. Recent work include Pangdemonium’s Swimming with Sharks, Alfian Sa'at’s sold-out play Cooling Off Day by W!LD RICE, Tan Tarn How's critically acclaimed Fear of Writing,《我爱阿爱》 by The Theatre Practice, Poop by The Finger Players, which was also nominated for the Life! Theatre Best Ensemble Award, The Crab Flower Club by Toy Factory, 120 and Diaspora by TheatreWorks.

Internationally, Koh has toured with a number of productions to major venues and festivals in Europe and Asia, including The King Lear Project to the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and TheatreWorks' Diaspora at the Edinburgh International Festival.[2]

Koh made her international acting debut in the rom-com Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu, starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, and based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. Filming was done on location in both Malaysia and Singapore, where much of the first of three books in the series is based. The film was released globally in 2018, by Warner Bros.

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Love Poetry Dana TV Movie
2009 Sayang Sayang Mellie Film
2010 Fighting Spiders Mabel Lee TV Series
2010-2012 The Pupil Angela Ang TV Series
2013 Mister John Lek Film
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Felicity Young

Theatre[edit]

Theatre Credits
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Descendants of the Eunuch Lead Directed by Ong Keng Sen
2003 Proof Catherine Directed by Krishen Jit
2003 Jointly & Severably Zee Directed by Claire Wong
2005 Skylight Kyra Hollis Directed by Mark Waite
2005 Lovepuke Louise Produced by TheatreWorks
2005 Quills Mdm Royer-Collard Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall
2006 Diaspora Main Ensemble Directed by Ong Keng Sen
2009 The Crabflower Club Lead Produced by The Toy Factory, Singapore
2012 Swimming with Sharks Lead Produced by Pangdemonium, Singapore
2012 Cooling Off Day Lead Written by Alfian Sa'at
2013 Rabbit Hole Lead Opposite Adrian Pang

Awards[edit]

  • DBS Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn's Proof in 2003.
  • In 2008, Koh received a Life! Theatre Award Best Actress nomination for her role in Ovidia Yu’s acclaimed play Hitting (On) Women.
  • Koh's performance in The Pupil (TV series) earned her an Asian Television Awards 2010 nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.[3]

Politics[edit]

In 2012, Koh was selected to be one of nine new Nominated Member of Parliament (NMPs) in Singapore.[4] She was nominated by the Arts community and was chosen from 47 eligible candidates. Koh is known for her support of the Singaporean arts scene,[5] and her desire for transparency in regards to the MDA's censorship rulings.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fly Entertainment - Janice Koh". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fly Entertainment - Janice Koh". Fly Entertainment. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.sixdegrees.asia/profiles/details/janice_koh
  4. ^ http://www.parliament.gov.sg/mp/janice-koh
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  6. ^ [2][dead link]