Yeo Yann Yann

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Yeo Yann Yann
Born (1977-02-20) 20 February 1977 (age 40)
Other names Yann Yeo
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 12 in)

Yeo Yann Yann (Chinese: 杨雁雁; pinyin: Yáng Yànyàn; born 1977) is a Malaysian actress based in Singapore. She has worked in theatre, television, and film; recent performances include Singapore Dreaming (as Mei), Thunderstorm 雷雨 (as Fan Yi 蘩漪) and a movie in August 2007, 881.[1]

Besides acting, Yann Yann also hosts bilingual events and performs for corporate skits and projects. She is also a pioneer-graduate of Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), formerly known as The Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP).[2]


Yeo cites her acting mentor (the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun) as a big part in her career.[3]


Her role as Mei in the 2009 film, Singapore Dreaming garnered rave reviews for her performance. Mei has been brought up against the favouritism of her parents. Mei is the underappreciated daughter of the family, married to CK, whom she occasionally henpecks. Indignant that younger brother Seng was sent overseas when she was the one whose academic performance was more distinguished, she bears a patent grudge against Seng. Mei's struggle against her family prejudice, career obstacles, financial difficulties allowed Yann Yann to fully display her flair in acting. The acclaim is more amplified by the fact that the producers were unacquainted with Yann Yann, though they used her face as a reference when writing for the character, Mei.

The film bagged the Montblanc New Screenwriters Award at the 54th San Sebastian International Film Festival, and was the first Singaporean film to receive an IFFPA-recognised international feature film award.


Previously only noted for role as Chen Mei Li (陈美丽) in The Right Frequency, Yann Yann has been progressively seen more frequently on local television programmes since 2008. Notable performances include Food Goin' Bananas (2008) and The A-Go-Go Princess (2009). In 2009 also, she played as the female leading actress in The Iron Lady (女头家), produced by ntv7, Malaysia.[4]

Yeo has also been featured in the Speak Chinese campaign (华语cool!) organized by the Singaporean government in-character from her role in the Royston Tan film 881.


Year Title of Performance Produced by
2011 Petaling Street Warriors Juita Entertainment
2009 Crab Flower Club Toy Factory Productions
2008 To Kill A Mockingbird Sharon Ang
2008 National Language Class (Rerun) Spell Seven Performance Club
2008 Chesty Nutty Bang Bang: The Hairspray of the Phoenix STAGES
2007 The Tosca Project The Theatre Practice
2006 Legends Alive Online : Mama Looking For Her Cat 2006 [1] The Theatre Practice
2006 Thunderstorm 雷雨 [2] The Theatre Practice
2006 National Language Class [3] Spell Seven Performance Club
2006 Stranger at Home 独在家乡为异客 DramaBox
2006 A Beautiful Companion [4] Theatreworks
2005 Separation Forty The Necessary Stage
2005 The Admiral's Odyssey [5] Action Theatre
2005 Boxing Day [6] The Necessary Stage
2004 Wu Jun Ru And You and Me And Him 吴君如和你和我和他 The Theatre Practice
2004 Private Parts [7] Vizpro
2004 Tempest [8] The Theatre Practice
2004 Water Station [9] TTRP
2003 Lights Up The Theatre Practice
2000 The Day I Met The Prince The Theatre Practice
2003 Lim Tzay Chuen TTRP/Theatreworks
2003 Tartuffe TTRP
2003 The Tiger Tally TTRP
2001 Dragon Dance The Finger Players
2000 Invisibility [10] Drama Box
1999 Red Hawk The Theatre Practice
1998 Storm Toy Factory
1997 Comedy of Mistakes Toy Factory


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 High Cost of Living
Singapore Dreaming Mei
2007 One Last Dance
2008 12 Lotus
Muallaf Cindy
18 Grams of Love
2009 Love Matters Jia Li
2010 Being Human
2011 Petaling Street Warriors Zhung Lichun
2013 Paper Moon
Ilo Ilo Hwee Leng
2014 The Bat Night
Rubbers Baoling
2015 Distance
2017 You Mean the World to Me Hoon

Short films[edit]

Year Title
 ? The Last Flight of the Red Butterflies
2005 Heave
2006 Hello? [11]
Tracks [12]
2007 Ah Ma [13]
Flat Dreams [14]


The Iron Lady (女头家)
The A-Go-Go Princess (穿越阿哥哥)
Food Goin' Bananas
Stories of Love: Anthology Series
18g of Love – HD Telemovie
Do Not Disturb [15]
In Her Prime
Right Frequency (播音人)
A Date With Kym (钟琴有约)

Other productions[edit]

Year Title
2005 GhostBoys (series for 3G phones)
2005 POV Murder (series for 3G phones)


Awards & Nominations[edit]

2013 Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards (Best Supporting Actress)[5] WINNER
2013 Vladivostok Film Festival (Best Actress)[6] WINNER
2010 Golden Awards NTV7 (Best Actress)[7] WINNER
2009 9th LIFE! Theatre Awards for Best Actress (National Language Class)
2007 7th LIFE! Theatre Awards for Best Actress (Thunderstorm) WINNER
2007 7th LIFE! Theatre Awards for Best Ensemble Acting (Mama Looking For Her Cat)
2006 1st Front Awards [16]
2005 5th LIFE! Theatre Awards for Best Ensemble Acting (Wu Jun Ru And You And Me And Him)


Radio station Lush995 speaks to Yann Yann on her recent and latest acting projects [April 2007] [17] Yann Yann has also been featured in the Singapore Speak Chinese Campaign (华语cool!) in her character image for the Singaporean local film 881 by Royston Tan.


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