Zoe Tay

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Zoe Tay
Chinese name 鄭惠玉 (traditional)
Chinese name 郑惠玉 (simplified)
Birth name Tay Hui Gek
Born (1968-01-10) 10 January 1968 (age 48)
Singapore Singapore
Other name(s)

Queen of Caldecott Hill

Ah Jie (阿姐)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Philip Chionh (m. 2001)
Children 3

Zoe Tay (born 10 January 1968) is a former model and a Singaporean actress contracted under Mediacorp. She is regarded as the indisputable Queen of Caldecott Hill, often referred to by the media as "Ah Jie (阿姐)", or "big sister". She is known to be a versatile actress, remembered for her many notable roles she has played throughout her years in the industry.

Tay is fluent in Mandarin, Teochew, Cantonese and English.

In 2014, a wax figurine was modelled after her by Madame Tussauds Museum, Singapore, and is currently on display in the museum.

Early life[edit]

Tay is the sixth of seven children born to Teochew parents. Her father worked at a pig farm in Lim Chu Kang while her mother was a housewife. Tay attended the now-defunct Kay Hua Primary School and later, Yuan Ching Secondary School, where she completed her O-level examinations. She studied design at the Baharuddin Vocational Institute.

Career[edit]

Tay started out as a model at the age of sixteen, being groomed by IMP International and stylist David Gan. In 1987, she was named Model of The Year. After Tay was crowned champion of the inaugural Star Search in 1988, she was offered a 3-year contract with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), now known as Mediacorp. While Tay had initially disliked acting, she began feeling passionate for her craft after her role in Crime and Passion in 1991. Her breakthrough performance as a materialistic young woman in Pretty Faces catapulted her into stardom. Her popularity was affirmed with a Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Award at the Star Awards every year for ten consecutive years since its inception in 1994. In 2004, she was the first actress to have been awarded the prestigious All-Time Favourite Artiste Award. Tay also clinched the Best Actress award for her role in The Golden Pillow.

Other than television dramas, Tay also forayed into films. In 2010, she starred opposite Hong Kong actor Kenny Ho in Love Cuts, playing the role of a terminally ill woman who has breast cancer. In 2013, she appeared in her first fully English-speaking role in the movie, Mister John, with Irish star Aidan Gillen.

Tay has collaborated with many artistes in her various projects. Her on-screen chemistry with Li Nanxing in The Unbeatables and other serials has put them in the list of the Top 5 Best Onscreen Couples at the Star Awards 25th Drama Anniversary show. In 2015, she collaborated for the first time with her good friend and fellow veteran actress, Huang Biren, in The Dream Makers II.

Personal life[edit]

Tay is married to Philip Chionh, an RSAF pilot.[1] They were engaged in 1995 and held their wedding ceremony in 2001. They have 3 sons together: Brayden, Ashton and Nathan.

Filmography [2][edit]

Television[edit]

1988

  • 窈窕淑女 My Fair Ladies
  • 奇缘之怨偶天成 Strange Encounters II

1989

  • 铁警雄风 Patrol
  • 亲心唤我心 A Mother's Love

1990

  • 出人头地 Finishing Line
  • 壮志豪情 Navy

1991

  • 最后一个大侠 The Last Swordsman
  • 三面夏娃 Pretty Faces

1992

  • 霹雳红唇 Ladies In Action
  • 执法先锋 Crime and Passion
  • 戏剧人生 Terms of Endearment

1993

  • 暴雨狂花 Angel of Vengeance
  • 卿本佳人 Ride The Waves
  • 双天至尊 The Unbeatables
  • 欢喜冤家 Happy Foes

1994

  • 惊天大阴谋 Thunder Plot
  • 爱情定金(电视电影) Love Dowry
  • 聪明糊涂心 Truly Yours
  • 一号凶宅 Shadow In the Dark

1995

  • 潮洲家族 Teochew Family
  • 甜甜屋(电视电影) Love Knows No Bounds
  • 金枕头 Golden Pillow
  • 杀之恋 (电视电影) Pointed Triangle

1996

  • 妈姐情缘 A Different Life
  • 双天至尊II The Unbeatables II

1997

  • 101老婆之老婆柠檬茶 My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives
  • 富贵双城 Love in A Foreign City
  • 长河 Rising Expectations
  • 迷情专访(电视电影) The Scoop

1998

  • 神雕侠侣 Return of the Condor Heroes
  • 卫斯理传奇 The New Adventures Of Wisely

1999

  • 另类佳人 Lost Soul
  • 千年虫 The Millennium Bug

2000

  • 家事 My Home Affairs

2001

  • 世纪攻略 The Stratagem
  • 大酒店 The Hotel

2002

  • 加东Miss Oh Katong Miss Oh
  • 双天至尊III The Unbeatables III

2003

  • PCK Pte Ltd V 鬼马家族V
  • 我家四个宝 Baby Boom

2004

  • 跑吧男人 Man at 40
  • 野蛮亲家 My Mighty In Laws

2006

  • 闲妻靓母 Lady of Leisure
  • 百万宝 A Million Treasures

2008

  • 绝对佳人 La Femme
  • 不凡的爱 By My Side

2009

  • 双子星 The Ultimatum

2010

  • 以爱为名 (电视电影) In the Name of Love

2011

  • 阿娣 Devotion

2012

  • 双星报喜Double Bonus

2013

  • 玩味爱情(电视电影) Love & Other Bad Habits (telemovie)
  • 志在四方 The Dream Makers
  • 回味 (电视电影) Recipe (telemovie)

2015

  • 你也可以是天使 You Can Be An Angel Too
  • 志在四方II The Dream Makers II

2016

  • 你也可以是天使ll You Can Be An Angel ll

Hosting[edit]

2001

  • 真心真意郑惠玉
  • 真心真意携手同行-柬埔寨之旅 With Heart And Soul - Cambodia Trip

2002

  • 奇趣搜搜搜-印度之旅 Travel Hunt - India
  • 歌舞欢腾迎新喜2002 Lunar New Year All Stars Variety 2002
  • 一切由慎开始 Health Matters
  • 真心真意蒙古之行 Journey Across Mongolia 2003
  • 一切由慎开始II Health Matters II
  • 惠眼看世界 Wonders of the World
  • 真心真意莱索托之行 Journey Across Lesotho

2004

  • 我爱我家之真情实录 Chronicles of Life
  • 惠眼看世界II Wonders of the World II
  • 阿姐有喜了 Zoe's Mommy Tips

2005

  • 阿姐有个宝 Zoe's Treasure Trove

2013

  • Ladies Nite 女人聚乐部

Film[edit]

1999

  • 梁婆婆重出江湖(友情客串) Liang Po Po The Movie (special appearance)

2001

  • 孩子.树 The Tree

2010

  • 割爱 Love Cuts

2013

  • Mister John

Discography[edit]

1996

  • 十分...郑惠玉 10th Anniversary Zoe Tay (EP)

Publications[edit]

1995

  • Zoe's Pictorial

Awards and Achievements[edit]

1987

  • Model of the Year 年度模特儿大奖

1988

  • Star Search '88 Champion 才华横溢出新秀'88冠军

1994

  • Star Awards '94 Most Popular Actress 红星大奖'94最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '94 Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'94五大最受欢迎女艺人

1995

  • Star Awards '95 Most Popular Actress 红星大奖'95最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '95 Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'95五大最受欢迎女艺人

1996

  • Star Awards '96 Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'96五大最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '96 Best Actress Award (Golden Pillow)
   红星大奖'96最佳女主角 (金枕头)

1997

  • Star Awards '97 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'97十大最受欢迎女艺人

1998

  • Star Awards '98 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'98十大最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '98 Special Achievement Award 红星大奖'98特别成就奖

1999

  • Star Awards '99 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'99十大最受欢迎女艺人

2000

  • Star Awards '00 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'00十大最受欢迎女艺人
  • Nominee for ATA '00 Best Actress (Home Affairs)
   入围亚洲电视大奖'00最佳戏剧女演员奖(家事)

2001

  • Star Awards '01 Malaysia's Most Popular Female Artiste
   红星大奖'01马来西亚最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '01 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'01十大最受欢迎女艺人

2002

  • StarAwards '02 Malaysia's Most Popular Female Artiste
   红星大奖'02马来西亚最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '02 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'02十大最受欢迎女艺人
  • Lianhe Zaobao '05 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idol (7th position)
   联合早报'02年亚洲人气偶像50强(第七名)

2003

  • Lianhe Zaobao '03 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idol (1st position)
   联合早报'03年亚洲人气偶像50强(第一名)
  • Star Awards '03 Malaysia's Most Popular Female Artiste
   红星大奖'03马来西亚最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '03 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
   红星大奖'03十大最受欢迎女艺人
  • Star Awards '03 Most Popular TV Partners with Li Nan Xing
   红星大奖'03最受欢迎电视拍挡(与李南星)
  • People at The Peak (2nd edition) 新加坡顶尖人物榜(第二版)

2004

  • Lianhe Zaobao '04 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idol - 04th position
   联合早报'04年亚洲人气偶像50强(第四名〕
  • Star Awards '04 All Time Favourite Artiste Award 红星大奖'04超级红星

2005

  • Lianhe Zaobao '05 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idol - 07th position
   联合早报'05年亚洲人气偶像50强(第七名)

2006

  • People at The Peak (3rd edition) 新加坡顶尖人物榜(第三版)
  • Singapore the Encyclopaedia (first edition) 新加坡百科全书(初版)
  • MediaCorp News Awards '06 - Publishing: 8days Cover of the Year (#812)
   新传媒第2届"新闻奖2006"8days杂志最佳封面

2007

  • Star Awards 25th Drama Anniversary Show 红星大奖之戏剧情牵25

-Voted Screen Sweetheart of the 90s 观众投选90年代荧幕玉女掌门人 -Top 5 Classic Characters (Bobo) 5大经典人物之一(Bobo) -Top 5 Best Screen Couple (w/ Li Nanxing) 5对最佳荧幕搭档/情侣之一(与李南星)

2009

  • Nominee for ATA '09 Best Actress (The Ultimatum)
   入围亚洲电视大奖'09最佳戏剧女演员奖(双子星)

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