Karen Mok

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Karen Mok
Karen Mok (莫文蔚) at the TV show "The Singing Battle (天籁之战)" on 31 Oct 2016.jpg
Karen Mok at the TV show "The Next (天籁之战)", Oct 2016
Background information
Chinese name莫文蔚
PinyinMò Wén Wèi (Mandarin)
JyutpingMok6 Man4-wai3 (Cantonese)
BornKaren Joy Morris
(1970-06-02) 2 June 1970 (age 48)
 Hong Kong
Occupationsinger, actress, composer, producer, designer
Years active1993–present
Genre(s)Cantopop, C-rock, alternative pop, pop rock, Mandopop
Instrument(s)Piano, Gu Zheng
Voice type(s)Mezzo-soprano
Label(s)Star Records (1993–1995)
Rock Records (1996–2001)
Sony BMG (2002–2008)
Universal Music (2009–2017)
Sony Music (2018–present)
Spouse(s)
Johannes Natterer (m. 2011)
, Florence, Italy
Websitekarenmok.com
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Supporting Actress
1996 Fallen Angels
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Best Supporting Actress
1996 Fallen Angels
Golden Melody Awards
Best Female Mandarin Artist
2003 [i]
Best Mandarin Album of The Year
2008 L!VE is... KAREN MOK
Best Female Mandarin Artist
2011 Precious
MTV Asia Awards
Inspiration Award
2008

Karen Mok (Chinese: 莫文蔚) is one of the leading Chinese actresses and pop singers.[1] She has won the Golden Melody Award three times, has released over 20 solo CDs, acted in over 40 movies and has over 14 million followers on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

Biography[edit]

She was was born on 2 June 1970 as Karen Joy Morris in Hong Kong and is the sister of the writer and producer Trevor Morris, and a granddaughter of Alfred Morris, the first principal of King's College, Hong Kong. She speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, German and French.[2]

She is of mixed ancestry: her father is half-Chinese and half-Welsh, while her mother is half-Chinese, quarter-Iranian, and quarter-German.[3][4] Mok attended Diocesan Girls' School from primary to secondary grade in Hong Kong. When she was a F.5 student, she received the 1st Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards. In 1987 she won a scholarship for the United World College of the Adriatic near Trieste from which she graduated in 1989 with the International Baccalaureat.[5] She subsequently studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and majored in Italian literature.

In her initial Hollywood productions such as Around the World in 80 Days (2004) Mok used her birth name Karen Joy Morris, but went to using her stage name Karen Mok for all future productions such as Man of Tai Chi (2013) . She also supplied the voice of Princess Kida for the Cantonese dub of Walt Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Mok played the female lead in the 10th anniversary Asian tour of the hit Broadway musical Rent in the lead role of Mimi in 2005 and 2006.

Mok carried the torch at the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing[6] and performed at the opening and closing ceremonies.[7] In October 2008, she launched her own brand of perfume in Hong Kong.[8]

Mok conducted a number of international concert tours, the most recent ones being The original Karen Mok show (2011/2012),[9] The Age of MOKnificence (2014/2015)[10][11] and the world tour REGARDEZ (2015/2016).[12] She was the first Chinese pop artist to give solo concerts in Madrid and Milan.[13] For her tour REGARDEZ, she also acted as concert director.[14]. In June 2018, she started her Ultimate tour in Shanghai, celebrating her 25th anniversary in show business.[15]

Mok has completed endorsement agreements with leading brands such as Canon,[16] Kappa,[17] Cadillac,[18] Clear,[19] Chow Tai Fook,[20] Lux,[21] Titus,[22] and Mandarin Oriental.[23][24]

In 2016 and 2017, she starred in the two reality TV productions "Up Idol" (我们来了),[25] of Hunan Television and "The Next" (天籁之战), season 1 and season 2 (天籁之战 and 天籁之战 (第二季)), of Dragon Television.[26][27]

In 2018, she signed a music deal with Sony Music, also launching her own music label, Mok-A-Bye Baby Records.[28][29]

Mok married her first boyfriend, German-born Johannes Natterer, at a church near Florence, Italy, on 1 October 2011.[30] Mok has 3 step-children and spends her time between London and her international engagements.

Activism[edit]

Mok is a strong advocate for animals and animals rights and has been involved in numerous campaigns for this purpose. Amongst others, she has joined efforts to help bears in China whose bile is used for medicinal purposes[31][32] and has been on an expedition with Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to demonstrate against culling of baby seals.[33] She has also been involved with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Asia-Pacific's (PETA).[34]

In 2007, Mok was involved with MTV EXIT, a campaign against human trafficking in Asia. She presented Traffic: An MTV EXIT Special, a documentary on trafficking.[35] Karen currently serves as ambassador for UNICEF, SPCA, Animals Asia Foundation,[36][37] Enlighten-Action for Epilepsy,[38] Care for Children,[39] and Roll Back Malaria (RBM).[40]

In 2016, she was awarded the title of the cultural ambassador of the Italian city of Bergamo, being the first Chinese artist to be awarded this title.[41][42]

In 2017, she announced the creation of the Morris Charity Initiative with the initial goal to raise money to provide scholarships for students at the United World College Changshu.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role
1993 The Tigers – The Legend of Canton 廣東五虎之鐵拳無敵孫中山 Feminist
1994 Family Affair 清官難審
1995 Fallen Angels 墮落天使 Blondie
1995 Out of the Dark 回魂夜 Kwan
1995 Heaven Can't Wait 救世神棍 Joan
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記之月光寶盒 Pak Jing-jing
1995 A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella 西遊記2之仙履奇緣 Pak Jing-jing
1996 The God of Cookery 食神 Twin Dagger Turkey
1996 Viva Erotica 色情男女 May
1996 Black Mask 黑俠 Tracy Lee
1996 Best of the Best 飛虎II之傲氣比天高 Karen Kook
1996 Kitchen 我愛廚房 Jenny
1996 Four Faces of Eve 四面夏娃 Mistress of Chan Giu's husband
1996 Young and Dangerous 3 古惑仔III之隻手遮天 Lam Shuk-fan
1996 Sexy and Dangerous 古惑女 Van Chai / Chan Lai-wan
1996 Those Were the Days 4個32A和一個香蕉少年 Patricia (adult)
1996 wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net
1997 Task Force 熱面最強 Shirley Lau
1997 Lawyer Lawyer 算死草 Wu Man
1997 First Love: The Litter on the Breeze 初纏戀後之二人世界
1997 Young and Dangerous 4 97古惑仔之战无不胜 Wasabi / Lam Shuk-fan
1999 King of Comedy 喜劇之王 Sister Cuckoo
1999 Tempting Heart 心動 Chen Li
2000 Dragon Heat 龍火
2000 The Teacher Without Chalk 流氓師表 Sister Teresa
2000 Roaring Wheels 車神傳說 Suki Fung
2000 Bruce Law Stunts 特技猛龍 (herself)
2001 Goodbye, Mr. Cool 九龍冰室 Helen Poon / Macau Hung
2001 Shaolin Soccer 少林足球 Dragon Twin
2001 La Brassiere 絕世好bra Shirley
2002 Haunted Office Office有鬼 Pat
2002 The Irresistible Piggies 豬扒大聯盟 So Mei
2002 So Close 夕陽天使 Kong Yat-hung
2002 Red Snow 極地營救
2003 The Twins Effect 千機變 Ivy
2003 Love Under the Sun 愛在陽光下
2004 Enter the Phoenix 大佬愛美麗 Julie Lui
2004 Around the World in 80 Days 環遊世界80天 General Fang
2005 DragonBlade: The Legend of Lang 龍刀奇緣 Ying Ying (voice)
2005 Wait 'til You're Older 童夢奇緣 Tsui Man
2006 The Heavenly Kings 四大天王 (herself)
2006 Magic & Me 千變魔手 (herself)
2007 Mr. Cinema 老港正傳 Luk Min
2008 Lost Indulgence 迷果 Su Dan
2008 The Coffin Zoe
2010 Go Lala Go! 杜拉拉升职记 Rose
2010 The Road Less Traveled 一路有你 Susan
2011 The Law of Attraction 万有引力 Mei
2011 East Meets West 東成西就2011 Chung Siu-ming / Sammi
2013 Man of Tai Chi 太極俠 Sun Jing Shi
2013 Better and Better (film) 越來越好·村晚
2014 The Great Hypnotist 催眠大師 Ren Xiaoyan
2016 A Chinese Odyssey Part Three

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 同名專輯 Karen Cantonese 1993
2nd 全身莫文蔚 Karen Mok in Totality Cantonese 1996
3rd 做自己 To Be Mandarin 1997
4th 我要說 I Say Mandarin 1998
5th 就是莫文蔚 This Is Karen Mok Mandarin 1999
6th 你可以 You Can Mandarin 1999
7th 十二樓的莫文蔚 Karen Mok on the Twelfth Floor Mandarin 2000
8th 一朵金花 Golden Flower Cantonese 2001
9th [i] Mandarin 2002
10th X Mandarin 2003
11th 如果沒有你 Without You Mandarin 2006
12th 拉活...莫文蔚 L!VE is... KAREN MOK Mandarin 2007
13th 回蔚 Hui Wei Mandarin 2009
14th 寶貝 Precious Mandarin 2010
15th Somewhere I Belong English 2013
16th 不散,不見 Departures Mandarin 2014
17th HALF TIME Mandarin 2018

EPs[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 我愛你 I Love You Mandarin 1998
2nd 回家 Back Cantonese 1999
3rd Karen Mok Cantonese 2000
4th 再生 Reborn Cantonese 2000

Singles[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 愛自己 Love Yourself English / Mandarin / Cantonese 1997
2nd Silently English 1998
3rd 實況轉播 Live Show Mandarin 1999
4th 看看 Regardez Mandarin 2014

Compilations[edit]

No. Album title Language Year of release
1st 莫文蔚NO.1新曲+精選 Karen More Mandarin 2000
2nd 戀上莫文蔚 Love Karen Cantonese 2000
3rd 莫文蔚 & Friends Karen Mok & Friends Mandarin & Cantonese 2001
4th 含情莫莫 全精選 Greatest Hits Mandarin 2002
5th 就i Karen 莫文蔚精選 I Love Karen Mok Best Collection Mandarin 2008
6th 超級金曲精選 The Ultimate Collection Mandarin 2011
7th 我的.莫文蔚五光十色最精彩選輯 My.Way Best Collection Mandarin 2011
8th 最愛回味 影音典藏精選 Ultimate Karen Mok Mandarin 2012
9th 莫后年代 莫文蔚20週年世紀典藏 The Age Of Moknificence 20th Anniversary Compilation Mandarin & Cantonese 2013

Soundtracks[edit]

No. Album title Year of release
1st 喜劇之王 電影原聲大碟 King of Comedy 1999
2nd 夕陽天使 電影原聲大碟 So Close 2002
3rd 扶摇 原聲大碟 Fuyao 2018

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
1996 Hong Kong Film Award Fallen Angels Best Supporting Actress Won
Golden Bauhinia Awards Won
1997 Hong Kong Film Award Viva Erotica Best Song "Sik Ching Nam Nui" performed with Jordan Chan Nominated
God of Cookery Best Actress Nominated
Best Original Film Song Nominated
Golden Horse Award Best Actress Nominated
2000 Golden Bauhinia Awards Tempting Heart Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2003 Golden Melody Awards Best Female Mandarin Artist Won
2006 Hong Kong Film Award Wait 'Til You're Older Best Actress Nominated
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Nominated
2007 Golden Rooster Awards Mr.Cinema Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Hong Kong Film Award Mr.Cinema Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Album Won
Best Female Mandarin Artist Nominated
MTV Asia Awards Inspiration Awards Won
2011 Golden Melody Awards Best Female Mandarin Artist Won
Best Mandarin Female Singer Won
Best Mandarin Album Won
2012 31st Hundred Flowers Awards Go Lala Go! Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2015 China Music Media Awards Best Album “Departures”, Won
Best Female Mandarin Singer, Won
Chinese Media Most Popular Singer Won
Best Cantonese Song Won
China Music Awards Asia Most Popular Singer Won
V All-round Singer Won
2016 Huading Awards Best Chinese Female Singer Won
China Music Awards Best Female Singer Won
2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Asian Artist:Mandarin Artist Won

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