Aileen Tan

Tan Lay Ching Aileen (born 18 October 1966) is a Singaporean actress.

Aileen Tan
Born
Tan Lay Ching Aileen

(1966-10-18) 18 October 1966
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Gerald Lee (m. 2002)
AwardsStar Search Singapore 1988
Star Search Singapore 1988, Most Photogenic
Star Awards 2001: Best Actress
Star Awards 2017: Best Supporting Actress
Star Awards 1994 & Star Awards 1997 : Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes
Asian Television AwardsAsian Television Award 2013 : Best Supporting Actress

Chinese name
Traditional Chinese陳麗貞
Simplified Chinese陈丽贞
Musical career
Also known asChen Lizhen

Life and career

She was educated at the now defunct Windows Secondary School.

Tan was often cast in leading roles in the first 15 years of her acting career, but has since played supporting roles in recent years.

She has been nominated multiple times in the Best Actress category at the annual Star Awards. She was nominated for the "Best Actress" award in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003; she won the award once in 2001 for her role in Three Women and a Half, playing a manager in an advertising company who would make use of her looks and charms to climb up the corporate ladder. Tan took a break from television in 2005. In 2006, she appeared in two Singapore dramas, Women of Times and Measure of Man, the latter drama clinching the runner-up position in 2006's television viewership ratings. Tan also ventured into English dramas. In 2000, she played Mae in MediaCorp Channel 5's longest-running drama series, Growing Up. Later in 2009, she played Suzanne Kong, the wife of a tycoon in the 40-episode drama Red Thread. In 2013, Tan won the "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" award at the 18th Asian Television Awards (ATA) for her role in The Day It Rained On Our Parade which consisted only four episodes.[1] On 29 May 2015, it was announced that Tan will play the lead role in Jack Neo's film, Long Long Time Ago alongside Mark Lee and Wang Lei.[2] At Star Awards 2017, Tan received the Best Supporting Actress for the drama Hero (2016 TV series) , she announced in a speech that this would be the last time, she would go on stage to receive this award. In Star Awards 2018 , she landed her 4th nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the drama, Have a Little Faith.

Tan has gotten 2 out of 10 Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes from 1994, 1997 respectively.

Personal life

Tan's parents are of Hokkien descent.

She married Hong Kong director Gerald Lee in 2002. She experienced an ectopic pregnancy in 2005, which eventually led to an abortion.

Her close friends in the entertainment industry include Huang Biren, Pan Lingling and Hong Kong actress Jacqueline Law. It was reported that Law stayed at Tan's house in Singapore to recuperate after becoming partially deaf after a diving accident in 1999, and to get away from media attention in Hong Kong.[3]

Filmography

Chinese/Dialect Series

YearTitle
1988My Fair Ladies 窈窕淑女
1989The Fortune Hunters 钻石人生
Good Morning, Sir! 早安老师
Turn of the Tide 浮沉
1990The Finishing Line 出人头地
Journey's End 生命街车
Happy World 多多富贵多多情
1991The Darkest Hour 烈血青春
Black Phoenix 黑凤凰
1992Love Is in the Air 爱在女儿乡
Mystery II 迷离夜II 之《问我是谁》
1993Angel of Vengeance 暴雨狂花
Battle of Justice 人海孤鸿
1994Bond of Love 情网
The Blazing Trail 兰桂坊血案
Scorned Angel 冷太阳
A Chance of Life 一线生机
Dr Justice 法医故
1995Deep Within My Heart 爱在心处
The Ultimate Truth 惊魂恋
Dr. Justice II 法医故事II
1996Ace Cops 妙警点38
River of Love 风雨柴船头
New Brave World 新阿郎
1997Grandpa's Bak Kut Teh 阿公肉骨茶
Crimes & Tribulations 狮城奇案录 之《第一个上绞台的女人》
1998My Little Angels 我家小豆豆
The Scam豪门奇骗
The New Adventures of Wisely 卫斯理传奇
1999P.I. Blues 乌龙档案
2000My Home Affairs 家事
Adam's Company 亚当周记
Growing Up 成长岁月
2001Growing Up 成长岁月
Three Women and a Half 三个半女人
The Hotel 大酒店
2002Beautiful Connection 九层糕
2003Health Matters 2 一切由慎开始 2 之《天职》
Romance De Amour 一加一等于三
2004Crime Hunters 心网追凶
When The Time Comes 一线之间
Double Happiness 喜临门
Double Happiness II <喜临门 II
2005Love Concierge 爱的掌门人
YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Women of Times
至尊红颜
Cynthia Jia Zengyue
胛赠阅
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Measure of Man
大男人, 小男人
Patricia
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2007Mars vs Venus
幸福双人床
Li Yulian
李玉莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Greatest Love of All
爱·特别的你
Mo Lihua
莫丽花
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2008Our Rice House
我们的饭店
Li Ying
莉英
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Nanny Daddy
奶爸百分百
Sophia Feng
凤素法
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Love Blossoms II
心花朵朵开 II
Daisy Ma
玛姨
2009Red Thread
红色线
Suzanne
  • Channel 5 Drama
My Buddy
难兄烂弟
Ye Peiyi
叶佩仪
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Together
当我们同在一起
Liu Maomao
刘毛毛
2011Prosperity
喜事年年
Tang Aili
唐爱丽
C.L.I.F.
警徽天职
Situ Yan
司徒燕
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Devotion
阿娣
Wu Aihao
吴爱浩
  • Mother of Adeline Lim
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Love Thy Neighbour
四个门牌一个梦
Lucy
2012The Day It Rained on Our Parade
那一年我们淋着雨
Fei-Ma
肥妈
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Enchanted
浴女图
Huang Songli
黄颂莉
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2013C.L.I.F. 2
警徽天职 2
Situ Yan
司徒燕
Mata Mata
女警先锋
Yoke Lien
  • Mother of Cheryl Wee
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Channel 5 Drama
The Enchanted
浴女图
Huang Songli
黄松丽
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2014Entangled
日落洞
Lin Yueqin
林月琴
  • Supporting Role 女配角
World at Your Feet
球在你腳下
Ye Laixiang
叶来香
Mata Mata 2
女警先锋 2
Yoke Lien
  • Mother of Cheryl Wee
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Channel 5 Drama
2015Life Is Beautiful
初一的心愿
Chen Miaoyu
陈妙玉
The Journey: Our Homeland
信约: 我们的家园
Yang Lihua
杨丽华
  • Mother of Rui En
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Life - Fear Not
人生无所畏
Zhuang Daomei
庄道美
2016The Dream Job
绝世好工
Wang Bizhi
王碧芝
Eat Already?
吃饱没?
Ah Shun-Sao
阿顺嫂
  • Pairs up with Marcus Chin
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Dialect Drama Series
Hero
大英雄
Huang Lili
黄丽丽
2017Happy Can Already!
欢喜就好
Yankee
新潮
  • Cameo appearance 客串
Dream Coder
梦想程式
He Xiuxiang
何秀香
Eat Already? 2
吃饱没? 2
Ah Shun-Sao
阿顺嫂
  • Mother of Li Bao'en
  • Pairs up with Marcus Chin
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Dialect Drama Series
Have A Little Faith
相信我
Zhuang Kelian
庄可莲
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2018Life Less Ordinary
小人物向前冲
Liew Xiuqin
吕秀琴
Fifty & Fabulous
五零高手
Liang Meimei
梁美美
You Can Be An Angel 3
你也可以是天使 3
Zhou Lilian
周丽莲
2019If Only
离归
Hong Jie
洪姐
  • Mother of Richie Koh & Damien Teo
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
  • Directional Debut Project
Hello Ms Driver
下一站,遇见
Zheng Xueqin
郑雪琴
I See You
看见看不见的你
Peng Meifen
彭美芬
2020Happy Prince
快乐王子
  • Supporting Role 女配角
All Around You
回路网
  • Supporting Role 女配角

Feature film

YearTitle
2002天使心 Angel Heart
2003出轨 ( 电视电影)
2010The Snow Are Activities III
2015Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen
2016Long Long Time Ago
2016Long Long Time Ago 2

Awards and nominations

Asian Television Awards – Acting Awards
YearAwardNominated workNotes
2002Best Actress in a Leading RoleThree Women and a Half
(as Jane)
Nominated
2013Best Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Day It Rained on Our Parade
(as Fei-Ma)
Won
Other Awards
YearAwardNominated workNotes
1988Star Search Singapore 1988N/ARunner-up
1988Star Search Singapore 1988, Most PhotogenicN/AWon

The Star Awards are presented by Mediacorp.

Star Awards – Acting Awards
YearCeremonyCategoryNominated workResult
1994 2nd Star Awards CeremonyTop 5 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/AWon
1995 3rd Star Awards CeremonyTop 5 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ANominated
19953rd Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressThe Blazing Trail
(as Li Shali)
Nominated
19964th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ANominated
19964th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressAce Cops
(as Yao Jingjing)
Nominated
19975th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressAgong Bak Kut Teh
(as Yu)
Nominated
19975th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
19985th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
20018th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressThree Women and a Half
(as Jane)
Won
20018th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
20029th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressBeautiful Connection
(as Fang Keli)
Nominated
20029th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
20039th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressRomance De Amour
(as Kang Li)
Nominated
20039th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
201016th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressTogether
(as Liu Mao Mao)
Nominated
201218th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
201420th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressC.L.I.F. 2
(as Seetoh Yan)
Nominated
201622nd Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
201723rd Star Awards CeremonyBest Evergreen ArtisteHero
(as Huang Lili)
Nominated
23rd Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressWon
201723rd Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/AEliminated
201824th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressHave A Little Faith
(as Zhuang Kelian)
Nominated
24th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
24th Star Awards CeremonyBest Theme SongLife Less Ordinary 《小人物向前冲》Nominated
201925th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressYou Can Be An Angel 3
(as Zhou Lilian)
Nominated
Best Evergreen ArtisteN/ANominated
Top 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20

References

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