Ann Kok

Ann Kok also known as her Chinese name, Guo Shu Xian (郭淑贤) (born as Guo Shu Xian (郭淑娴)[1][2] on 11 January 1973) is a Singaporean television actress. She is a prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1993 to 2014 but continues to film on an ad-hoc basis. In 2014 March, Kok left Mediacorp as her contract with Mediacorp ended & she chose not to renew.

Ann Kok
Born (1973-01-11) 11 January 1973
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationActress
Years active1993-present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese郭舒賢
Simplified Chinese郭舒贤

Biography

Kok is the youngest child of a family of six children. She has 2 sisters & 3 brothers. She started her acting career in 1993 after emerging as a finalist in the local talent-search competition Star Search, where she won a contract to work on Chinese language TV channel SBC 8 (now MediaCorp Channel 8). She was also regarded as "Third Sister" (third most popular actress in Singapore's Chinese-language entertainment industry) in the 1990s. She received many offers to play the leading roles in the television dramas of that time. In 2000, Kok ventured overseas to expand her acting career. She returned to Singapore's Mediaworks in 2003 then MediaCorp in 2005.

For the first time in her 13-year-long career, Kok was nominated for the Best Actress Award in the Star Awards 2006 for her performance as Jiang Ruqing in Love Concierge. In La Femme, she played a career-minded woman who neglects her family and later suffers from breast cancer. In 2009, she played the lead role of Alice Zeng, a materialistic and show-off housewife, in the highly acclaimed drama serial Housewives' Holiday, which won her praise and positive reviews from audiences.[3][4] For her performance, Kok was nominated for the Best Actress Award again in the Star Awards 2010 and was the hot favourite, but missed the award.[5]

In 2011, Kok made another appearance in Kampong Ties, which was filmed in Sungai Lembing, Malaysia, for a period of 4 months. In the same year, Kok also appeared in The Oath and Bountiful Blessings, starring alongside established actors such as Christopher Lee, Tay Ping Hui and Hong Kong actress Jessica Hsuan.

Apart from acting, Kok has produced three solo albums.[6] She also sang at The Peranakan Ball in 2009 for The Little Nyonya musical.

In 2012, Kok became the first actress in Asia to snag two nominations in the same category since the inception of the Asian Television Awards (ATA) in 1994. Kok was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role award for her performances in Kampong Ties and Show Hand for ATA 2012. Results would be announced in December 2012.[7][8]

In 2013, Kok won Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes in Star Awards 2013. She also walked away with "BottomSlim Sexiest Legs" Award for Star Awards 2012 Walk of Fame. At the Star Awards 2013, Kok was nominated in Favourite Female Character, Favourite On-screen Couple (Drama), BottomSlim Sexiest Legs Award, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes.

In 2014 March, Kok left the entertainment Industry as her contract with Mediacorp ended & she chose not to renew, hence she is not eligible to participate in The Stars Awards organized by Mediacorp. Her last drama with Mediacorp was In The Name Of Love . Also in the same year, she appeared on big screen with her first movie in Singapore, The Filial Party.

In 2015, after almost a year break from acting, she acted as Deng Xue Li in Crescendo.

In April 2016, she was again made lead in Toggle.sg original 4 episode psychological triller mini-series Trapped Minds[9] In the same year, she did a musical acted as Hua Mulan's elder sister, Hua Mulian. The original twisted comedy Mulan The Musical took place in Resort World Sentosa theatre from 16 December 2016 - 5 February 2017, with the famous troop from Taiwan.[10] They broke record by performing 36 shows in 2 months in Singapore.

Filmography

Drama/Telemovie/Movie

YearDramaRoleNotes
1994The Young Ones
壯志奥阳
  • Lead
Men on the Edge
帮会1889
  • Lead
  • Telemovie
The Valiant One
昆伦奴
Zhang Ying
  • Lead
1995Coffee or Tea
是非屋
  • Lead
Heartbeat
医胆仁心
  • Lead
Heavenly Ghost
天师钟道
Liu Yeqin
  • Lead
The Morning Express
阳光列车
  • Lead
The Morning Express II
阳光列车
  • Lead
1996Legend of the White Hair Brides
塞外奇俠
Nalan Minghui
  • Singapore-China co-production
  • Lead
Heart of the Family
家有一宝
  • Telemovie
The Legends of Jigong
济公活佛
Yue Yinping / Li Xiaomei
The Night is Young
美丽夜女郎
  • Lead
1997Curtain Call
大鑼大鼓
Courting Trouble
婚姻法庭
  • Lead
The Guest People
客家之歌
Juxiang
1998Facing the Music
钟琴88
Yu Kai Di
余凯蒂
  • Lead
Dreams
七个不道德的梦
Riding the Storm
陌生人
1999Wok of Life
福满人间
Saiman / Yue'e
赛满/月娥
2000The Tax Files
流金锐月
Yuki
中山美雪
  • Lead
Dare to Strike
扫冰者
2002No.8 Bus
八号巴士
  • Hong Kong-production
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Venus
(维纳斯)
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Venture Against Time
子是故人來
young Shi Caiyu
  • Hong Kong production
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Just in Time for the Wedding
一切从结婚开始
  • Taiwanese production
2003OK No Problem
OK沒问题
  • SPH MediaWorks productions
2004Money No Problem
恭喜发财
Be Somebody
海军
Changing Lanes
易心人
  • Lead
Zero
零楼
2005A New Life
有福
Guo Jialing
郭嘉玲
Love Concierge
爱的掌門人
Jiang Ruqing
将如晴
2006Family Matters
法庭俏佳人
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2007The Peak
最高点
Xiuping
Kinship
手足
Zheng Yinsha
2008La Femme
绝对佳人
Lin Xiuhui
My Destiny
幸福满贯
  • Singaporean-Malaysian co-production
2009Housewives' Holiday
煮妇的假期
Alice Zeng Huixian 曾慧娴
  • Pairs Up with Yao Wenlong
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
My School Daze
书包太重
Kang Qiaozhen
康巧祯
Daddy at Home
企鹅爸爸
Yang Xinbei
杨欣北
2010Happy Family (过好年)Dong Shuixing
董水星
  • Supporting Role 女配角
The Illusionist (魔幻世界)Shayne Yang
  • Pairs up with Thomas Ong
  • Supporting Role 女配角
Precious Babes
三个女人一个宝
Lin Huixian
林慧娴
The Family Court
走进走出
Zheng Danni
郑丹妮
  • Pairs up with Alan Tern
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2011Bountiful Blessings
万福楼
Liang Pinhong
梁品红
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
Kampong Ties
甘榜情
Feng Yueman
冯月满
  • Pairs up with Zheng Geping
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 二大女主角之一
  • Malaysian Production
The Oath
行医
Ye Zhiyi
蔡之翊
2012Show Hand
注定
Xu Shumin
许淑敏
  • Pairs up with Chew Chor Meng
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 二大女主角之一
It Takes Two
對對碰
Vivian
  • Pairs up with Zheng Geping
  • 1/2 of the Female Lead 二大女主角之一
2014Soup of Life
砂锅肉骨茶
Lin Fang
林芳
  • Pairs up with Terence Cao
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
  • Malaysian Production
In The Name Of Love
最爱是你
Song Chuyun
宋楚雲
2015Angry Feat
不爽投诉站
Wang Meiqi
王美奇
  • Pairs up with Elvin Ng
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
Crescendo
起飞
Shirley Deng Xueli
邓雪莉
  • Pairs up with Darren Lim
  • 1/3 of Female Lead 三大女主角之一
2016Trapped Minds
心魔
Yan Yu Ru
顏雨茹
  • Pairs up with Chris Lee and Andie Chen
  • 1st Female Lead 第一女主角
2018Missing (2018 TV series)Anne
  • Cameo Appearance 客串
  • Channel 5 Drama
Doppelganger
入侵者
Wang Jingyi
王静翊
Till We Meet Again - Prequel
千年来说对不起-前传
Nine-Tailed Fox
九尾狐
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Toggle Original Series
Till We Meet Again
千年来说对不起
Magic Chef
料理人生
Yan Mei
燕美
  • Pairs up with Xu Bin
  • Supporting Role 女配角
  • Toggle Original Series
2019Hello From The Other Side
阴错阳差
Meng Jiao
孟娇
  • Pairs up with Chen Hanwei
  • 1/3 of Female Lead 三大女主角之一

Discography

Albums

Year Title Notes
1997记得我的样子
1998爱情点心
2000享受现在

Musical Theatre

Year Title Notes
2009The Peranakan Ball (娘惹之恋)
December 2016- February 2017Mulan The Musical (木蘭少女)Hua Mulian
花木蓮

Accolades

Asian Television Awards – Acting Awards
YearCategoryNominated workResult
2012 Best Actress in a Supporting RoleKampong Ties
(as Feng Yueman)
Nominated
Show HandNominated
Star Awards – Acting Awards
YearCeremonyCategoryNominated workResult
19952nd Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 5
19963rd Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 5
19974th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
19985th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
19996th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
2006 13th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressLove Concierge
(as Jiang Ruqing)
Nominated
201016th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressHousewives' Holiday
(as Zeng Huixian Alice)
Nominated
16th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
201117th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActressThe Family Court
(as Zheng Danni)
Nominated
17th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
201218th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActressBountiful Blessings
(as Liang Pinhong)
Nominated
18th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
201319th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
19th Star Awards CeremonyFavourite Female CharacterN/ANominated
19th Star Awards CeremonyBottom Slim Sexiest Legs AwardN/AWon

References

  1. "不要老叫我演 aunty" (in Chinese). 新加坡《聯合早報》. 20 May 2009.
  2. "星運差 陳靚瑄改名于事無補" (in Chinese). 馬來西亞《中國報》新聞網. 29 May 2010.
  3. "From sex siren to aunty". AsiaOne Diva. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. "郭舒贤演阿嫂 可望咸鱼翻身". Lian He Wan Bao. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  5. "Best Actress Category Prediction". xinmsn.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  6. "当过"三片歌手" 郭舒贤: 知足感恩". omy.sg. Retrieved 20 October 2009.
  7. "Nomination List for Asian Television Awards 2012". Asian Television Awards. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  8. "亚洲电视大奖 郭舒贤一人获两女主角提名". omy.sg. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  9. "Trapped Minds 心魔". toggle.sg. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  10. "台南人劇團". Tainanjen Ensemble. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
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