Joanna Bessey

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Joanna Bessey
Born (1976-10-25) 25 October 1976 (age 41)
West Sussex , England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Joanna Bessey (born 1976) is an actress and director from Malaysia. She is best known for her role as Marie Tan in the situation comedy Kopitiam which ran for 7 seasons.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bessey was born in West Sussex to a British father and Malaysian mother of Malay descent with Minangkabau lineage.[2]


Bessey has appeared in over 200 episodes of television, 6 TV movies, 5 feature films, commercials with 2 major celebrity endorsements,[3][4] voice-over work for commercials and animated series and numerous theatre productions, over the last 10 years. Other TV credits include La Dolce Amira, Bilik 13, All Mixed Up and Island FM. She has been in feature films such as Lips to Lips, Buli, 1957- Hati Malaya and Waris Jari Hantu.[5]

Bessey appeared on BBC World News hosting the travel documentary "Exploring Malaysia". She is also an environmentalist.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to German husband Aurel Wunderer. They welcomed a son on 28 February 2008.[7]


She has had the following nomations: 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' at the 'Boh' Cameronian Arts Awards 2007, "Best Director" for her directorial debut of Ibsen's 'An Enemy of the People", 'Best Actress in a Comedy Role' for the award-winning sitcom, "Kopitiam" at the Asian Television Awards (Singapore) and was highly commended. She was voted Best Female Artist in 2000 by a public online poll.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hasbullah Awang Chik (28 April 2016). "Darah Inggeris tak halang Joanna Bessey iktiraf budaya Melayu". Malay Mail. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  2. ^ Choo, Nick (3 December 2009). "Darah Inggeris tak halang Joanna Bessey iktiraf budaya Melayu". The Nut Graph. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
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  5. ^ Martin, Yasmin Zetti (19 October 2008). "It's a woman's world". The Star Online. Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 3 December 2008.
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  7. ^ Azizan, Hariati (5 July 2006). "Agony and ecstacy for Bessey and hubby". The Star. Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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