Sheren Tang

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Not to be confused with Shermon Tang.

Sheren Tang
Chinese name 鄧萃雯 (traditional)
Chinese name 邓萃雯 (simplified)
Pinyin Dèng Cuìwén (Mandarin)
Jyutping Dang6 Seoi6 Man4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Tang Shui Man
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1966-03-02) 2 March 1966 (age 51)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Man Girl (雯女), Chairperson (主席)
Years active 1985 - present
Ancestry Nanhai, Guangdong, China
Website http://www.sherentang.cn
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tang.

Sheren Tang Shui-man is a famous Hong Kong television actress who is known for not signing a long-term contract with TVB, preferring to work on a per-drama contract with the TV station.[1] She is most famous for her roles in the mega-hit TVB drama series like War and Beauty, La Femme Desperado, The Family Link, Rosy Business and No Regrets. She moved over to rival station ATV in 1996 and returned to TVB in 2000.

Career[edit]

In 1985, Tang joined TVB's training classes. Months later, after her graduation, Tang was cast in her first role in The Legend of the General Who Never Was 1985 with Alex Man as his leading lady.

Her acting in War and Beauty as Yu Fei (如妃) was critically acclaimed, making her a hot favourite for the "Best Actress" award in 2004. However, she did not win, with the award being given to Gigi Lai instead. Votings were closed the night before the awards ceremony, with Tang leading by a landslide; thus many people concluded that the "Best Actress" award would surely go to her. Tang, instead, went home with the My Favourite Powerhouse Actress Award (now renamed as Best Supporting Actress award). This attracted a lot of backlash and anger from the citizens of Hong Kong,[2] which prompted the ICAC to conduct investigations into the award show. The situation worsened when TVB asked Lai to film The Charm Beneath, which Tang was originally supposed to film with Bobby Au-yeung.[3]

Her role as Hilda (海翹) in La Femme Desperado in 2006 was once again very well received by the Hong Kongers, making her a hot favourite for the "Best Actress" award. The award however, went to Charmaine Sheh for her role in Maiden's Vow.

In 2009, Tang's role as 4th Wife (四奶奶) in Rosy Business brought her much popularity, making her a hot favourite for the "Best Actress" award once again. However, it was said that TVB pushed back the awards to December so that Grand Production dramas Born Rich and Beyond the Realm of Conscience could be included in the nominations, greatly diminishing Tang's chance of winning the award.[4] It was rumoured that TVB had initially wanted to promote the female lead of Beyond the Realm of Conscience, Tavia Yeung, to become the Best Actress. However, Yeung has openly rejected TVB's offer, saying that if Tang did not get the "Best Actress" award, she would join the rest of the netizens to protest against TVB's decision.[5]

Fortunately, this time round, with TVB producer Catherine Tsang backing her,[6] Tang was duly awarded her "Best Actress" award, much to the joy of Hong Kong citizens, whereby there was a petition signed by them for TVB to award Tang her long-overdue "Best Actress" award,[7] failing which they will hold protests outside TVB City.[8]

At the 2010 TVB Anniversary Awards which was held on 5 December 2010, thanks to her brilliant performance as Cheng Gau-Mui (鄭九妹) in the highly acclaimed indirect sequel to Rosy Business, No Regrets, Tang was once again seen as a hot favourite for the "Best Actress" award. Due to strong backing from the netizens, Tang was once again awarded the coveted "Best Actress" award, making her the first actress in Hong Kong to win this top award consecutively.[9]

To date, Tang remains the only TV actress in Hong Kong who has starred in 6 TVB dramas, in which she was the lead actress, that has reached the 40-point mark. 3 of these dramas, namely War and Beauty, Rosy Business and La Femme Desperado have been awarded the "Best Drama" award at the TVB Anniversary Awards.[10]

In 1998, she also appeared in Liang Po Po: The movie as a foreign talent from Hong Kong that is engaged as an expert to impart knowledge of the triad to local gangsters like Liang Po Po.

Filmography[edit]

TVB series

Year Title Role Awards
1985 The Legend of the General Who Never Was Liu Kam-fa
The Possessed
Happy Spirit Yeung Hoi-yee
1986 New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre Chow Chi-Yeuk
Brothers Under the Skin Ling Choi-yue
The Legend of Wong Tai Sin
1987 The Greenhorns
Police Cadet 1988
1988 The In-Between
Twilight of a Nation Hon Bo-Ying
1989 The Vixen's Tale
The Sword and the Sabre
I Do, I Do Lily
The War Heros
"Police Cadet 1988"
Ode to Gallantry Ding Dang
1990 The Enforcer's Experience
Friends and Lovers
1991 On the Edge Wong Kwun-yin
1992 Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong Pang Hon
1993 Zhan Zhao: The Southern Hero
1994 The Intangible Truth Ma Kit
Fate of the Clairvoyant Tong Mun-Yung
Filthy Rich
1995 Sharp Shooters Poon Wai-yan
Files of Justice IV Yin Chi-Kit (Joyce)
2000 The Threat of Love Yip Miu-yu/Fong Yiu
Healing Hands II Tsui Ka-wing
2001 Screen Play Koi Jing-ying
Country Spirit Koo Yiu
2002 Good Against Evil Lau Siu-tao
2003 The Threat of Love II Ding Yue-ying/Chu Sau-ping/Mei/
Fong Yee-lei/Tung Sin-tung/Cheung Fan
TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress
Aqua Heroes Sui Kin Yee
2004 War and Beauty Niu-hu-lu Ru-yue TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress
TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Television Character
Ming Pao Weekly Magazine Award for Outstanding Actress in Television
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 5)
2005 The Prince's Shadow So Sam
2006 La Femme Desperado Hoi Kiu Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 5)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 5)
2007 The Family Link Mung Ka-Ka Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 5)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character
The Drive of Life Wang Siu-Fun
2008 Your Class or Mine Yim Ka-Lai Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 10)
2009 Rosy Business Hong Po-Kei (4th Wife) TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress
Ming Pao Weekly Magazine Award for Outstanding Actress in Television
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 5)
2010 No Regrets Cheng Kau-Mui (Miss Kau) TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress
My AOD Favourite Award for Top 10 Characters
Ming Pao Weekly Magazine Award for Outstanding Actress in Television
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 5)
Nominated - My AOD Favourite Award for Best Actress (Top 5)
2013 Beauty at War Niu-hu-lu Ru-yue

ATV series

Year Title Role
1996 I Have a Date with Spring Yiu Siu-deep
The Good Old Days Cheung Man-fung/Chung Sum-ming
1997 Interpol Law Tze-yin

Other series

Year Title Role Awards
1997 The Mystery Cases of Master Shi
2003 Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story
2005 Huiniang Wanxin
2008 Rose Martial World Yin Xuehan
2011 New My Fair Princess Empress Hua Ding Award for Best Supporting Actress
City of Falling Snow Bai Yu-qin
2014 Mei Ren Zhi Zhao Wu Zetian

Albums[edit]

Main themes[edit]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 1991 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 TV Dramas (8th position/又是冤家又聚頭)
  • 1995 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 TV Dramas (1st position/Fate of the Clairvoyant)
  • 1996 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 TV Dramas (10th position/廉政英雌)
  • 1997 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 TV Dramas (10th position/再見艷陽天)
  • 2003 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Supporting Actress (Loving You II a.k.a. The Threat of Love II)
  • 2004 TVG Anniversary Award - Best Support Actress (War and Beauty)
  • 2004 TVB Anniversary Award - My Favourite Character (Yu Fei in War and Beauty)
  • 2004 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Drama (War and Beauty)
  • 2004 Yahoo! "Most Popular Actress" award
  • 2004 My Favourite TV Character (voted by artistes/War and Beauty)
  • 2004 Mingpao Weekly "Acting Award 2004" - Best Actress
  • 2004 娱乐满天星 - Most Popular Actress
  • 2004 Metro Radio - Best Classic Character (Grand Prize)
  • 2004 Radio Television Hong Kong - Most Outstanding Actress
  • 2004 Xin Lang (Hong Kong) - Top 10 Outstanding People (4th position)
  • 2005 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Artistes (1st position)
  • 2005 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 TV dramas (1st position/War and Beauty)
  • 2005 Astro TV Award - My Favourite Character (Yu Fei in War and Beauty)
  • 2005 Astro TV Award - My Favourite Drama (War and Beauty)
  • 2005 Astro TV Award - Most Unforgettable Scene (Yu Fei crying pitifully after her princess died in War and Beauty)
  • 2005 FarmX Teen Power B-Day Party - Most Popular TV Personality Prize
  • 2006 Annual Golden TVS Award - Best Actress 《青城之恋》 (Mainland China drama)
  • 2006 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Drama (La Femme Desperado)
  • 2006 Hong Kong TV Award - Most Outstanding Artiste
  • 2007 Astro TV Award - Most Unforgettable Scene (Hilda was shocked and sad when she found out Ling betrayed her in La Femme Desperado)
  • 2007 Astro TV Award - My Favourite Character (Hilda in La Femme Desperado)
  • 2007 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Dramas (5th position/La Femme Desperado)
  • 2007 Metro Radio - Best Newsworthy TV Queen
  • 2008 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Dramas (3rd position/The Drive of Life)
  • 2009 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Dramas (7th position/The Family Link)
  • 2009 Mingpao Weekly "Acting Award 2009" - Best Actress
  • 2009 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Drama (Rosy Business)
  • 2009 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Actress (Rosy Business)
  • 2009 YAHOO! Asia Buzz Awards - "Most Popular Actress" Award
  • 2009 YAHOO! Asia Buzz Awards - "Most Popular Drama" Award (Rosy Business)
  • 2009 腾讯网星光大典 - Most Popular Female Artiste
  • 2009 腾讯网星光大典 - Most Popular Drama (Rosy Business)
  • 2009 My Favourite TV Character (voted by artistes/Rosy Business)
  • 2009 Best Actress (voted by artistes/Rosy Business)
  • 2010 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Artistes (1st position)
  • 2010 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Dramas (2nd position/Rosy Business)
  • 2010 My Favourite TV Character (voted by artistes/No Regrets)
  • 2010 MY AOD My Favourite TVB Awards Ceremony - My Favourite Character (Cheng Gau Mui/No Regrets)
  • 2010 Best Actress (voted by artistes/No Regrets)
  • 2010 Eileen Cha's Netizens' Choice - Best Actress
  • 2010 Eileen Cha's Netizens' Choice - Best Drama (No Regrets)
  • 2010 YAHOO! Asia Buzz Awards - "Most Popular Drama" Award (No Regrets)
  • 2010 YAHOO! Asia Buzz Awards - "Best Drama Theme Song" Award (No Regrets)
  • 2010 TVB Anniversary Award - Best Actress (No Regrets)
  • 2011 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Artistes (3rd position)
  • 2011 Next Magazine Award - Top 10 Dramas (2nd position/No Regrets)
  • 2011 2nd StarHub-TVB Awards - My Favourite Character (Cheng Gau Mui/No Regrets)
  • 2011 2nd StarHub-TVB Awards - My Favourite TVB Drama (No Regrets)
  • 2011 Mingpao Weekly "Acting Award 2011" - Best Actress
  • 2011 Mingpao Weekly "Best TV programme" - No Regrets

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sheren Tang says no to "life" contract". Takungpao. 2009-11-16. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Tavia Yeung withdraws from TVB "Best Actress" nomination!". www.88news.net. 2009-11-16. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  3. ^ "2004 Rollout Over 2005: The Controversy". Blogger. 2005-12-28. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "四奶奶無懼夾擊當佘楊冇到 (4th Wife is not scared of Sheh and Yeung)". on.cc (in Chinese). 2009-10-26. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  5. ^ "《宫心计》不敌《巾帼枭雄》 邓萃雯加冕视后 (Rosy Business defeats Beyond the Realm of Conscience - Sheren Tang finally becomes TV Queen)". ent.QQ.com  (in Chinese). 2009-12-05. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  6. ^ "TVB高层有望顺应民意 黎耀祥邓萃雯赢面大 (TVB may finally heed the calls of the netizens - Wayne Lai and Sheren Tang has the highest chance of winning)". news.xinmin.cn  (in Chinese). 2009-12-03. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  7. ^ "<目標3000回覆>支持鄧萃雯憑實力成為2009年台慶最佳女主角, 請TVB順應民意!! (<3000 signatures> Support Sheren Tang, who has the capabilities and talent, to become 2009 TVB Best Actress! TVB, please heed the calls of the netizens!)". TVB forum (in Chinese). 2009-10-26. pp. 1–27. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  8. ^ "TVB 42nd Anniversary Awards 2009". spcnet.tv. 2009-12-15. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  9. ^ "鄧翠雯不做視后,天理難容! (If Sheren Tang doesn't become TV Queen, there's no justice!)". TVB.com. 2010-11-13. pp. 1–17. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  10. ^ "邓萃雯成无线"40点天后" 有5部超高收视作品 (Sheren Tang becomes TVB's "40-point Queen" with 5 highly rated dramas)". www.sina.com.cn (in Chinese). 2009-06-02. p. 1. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 

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Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
None
Best Supporting Actress
2003
for The Threat of Love II
Succeeded by
herself
for War and Beauty
Preceded by
herself
for The Threat of Love II
Best Supporting Actress
2004
for War and Beauty
Succeeded by
Angela Tong
for Life Made Simple
Preceded by
Michelle Yim
for Moonlight Resonance
Best Actress
2009
for Rosy Business
Succeeded by
herself
for No Regrets
Preceded by
herself
for Rosy Business
Best Actress
2010
for No Regrets
Succeeded by
Myolie Wu
for Curse of the Royal Harem
Power Academy Awards
Preceded by
Jessica Hsuan
for Square Pegs
Outstanding Actress in Television
2004
for War and Beauty
Succeeded by
Liza Wang
for Wars of In-laws
Preceded by
Michelle Yim
for Moonlight Resonance
Outstanding Actress in Television
2009
for Rosy Business
Succeeded by
Charmaine Sheh
for Can't Buy Me Love
Preceded by
Charmaine Sheh
for Can't Buy Me Love
Outstanding Actress in Television
2011
for No Regrets
Succeeded by
TBD