Carmen Soo

Soo Wai Ming (simplified Chinese: 苏慧敏; traditional Chinese: 蘇慧敏; pinyin: Su Huimin; (born 14 October 1977), better known by her stage name Carmen Soo, is a Malaysian Chinese model and actress.

Carmen Soo
Soo Wai Ming

(1977-10-14) 14 October 1977
  • Model
  • actress
  • TV Host
Years active1997–present
Modeling information
Height156 cm (5 ft 1 in)

Life and career

Soo was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to a Chinese father and to a half-Chinese, half-British mother. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management and can speak fluent Malay, Cantonese and English while also learning Tagalog to help her television acting career in the Philippines.[1] She was part owner of a boutique named 'Kushi' located in Bangsar.

In 2015, Soo married Benson Tan in Bali and they have one daughter.[2] She currently resides in Petaling Jaya, Selangor with her family.


Carmen Soo began modelling at age 17 and moved to Hong Kong at age 20 to pursue modelling career, which has brought her all over Asia, including Singapore. At 156 cm (just under 5'1") tall, her petite size is not conducive to catwalk modeling, hence most of her shoots tend to be print and television commercials.[3] However, she has graced local magazines' covers such as New Man, V Mag, New Tide GLAM and Nu You. She is a spokesperson for international watch brand Longines along with Malaysian theatre personality Paula Malai Ali,[4] and for Celcom with Singaporean singer JJ Lin. Soo is the brand ambassador of Uniqlo Malaysia. She managed by Model One in Hong Kong.[5]


Carmen started as an extra in the 1999 Jackie Chan movie entitled Gorgeous alongside Shu Qi, and later was in Aaron Kwok's musical special.[6]

On September 2008, Carmen co-starred in an ABS-CBN (in collaboration with Malaysia's Double Vision) soap opera with Filipino actors Jericho Rosales, Cristine Reyes and Christopher de Leon in the teleserye Kahit Isang Saglit that was aired in the Philippines and Malaysia, and worldwide through TFC. Kahit Isang Saglit later earned a nomination in the International Emmy Award.[7]

In 2010, Carmen appeared in a four-part series of Your Song entitled "Beautiful Girl" with Christian Bautista, which was shot through mid-July and August between Malaysia and the Philippines.[8] In the same year, she appeared alongside JC De Vera in the third season of 5 Star Specials entitled Si Paco at ang Prinsesa, directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal on TV5.

Carmen was the lead actor in the Malaysian horror film The Hunter 3D, directed and written by Bjarne Wong. Soo then went on to perform on HBO Asia's Dead Mine as Su-Ling. She also appeared in the Singaporean horror film Ghost Child, alongside Chen Hanwei and Jayley Woo.


In 2009, Soo became a judge on It's Showtime. In April 2010, Soo became a co-host on Wowowee along with Kelly Misa, Jed Montero, Isabelle Abiera, RR Enriquez, Valerie Concepcion, Mariel Rodriguez and Pokwang.[7]



1999GorgeousGloriaA box office success in Hong Kong, grossing HK$40,545,889 during its theatrical run.
2004Visits: Hungry Ghost Anthology : Episode 1413Maria
2005Baik Punya CilokLina
2006The 3rd GenerationLindaWon the "Most Promising Actress Award" at the Malaysian Film Festival 2006. Malaysia's first award-winning Cantonese movie starring Nicholas Teo and Amber Chia
2008KurusMiss LiewWon the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok International Film Festival and Golden Kinnaree Awards, under the South-East Asian Competition held by director Ming Jin-Woo Independent film
2009Sayang You Can DanceAngel
2009Tenement 2IsabelFirst cameo role in the Philippines. T2 Box Office 95 Million. Earned US$430,776 on its opening weekend.[9]
2009My SpyJade
2011Mein Herz in MalaysiaDalinaGermany FFP New Media GmbH in Coproduction with Double Vision Malaysia for ARD Degeto.Made for television
2012The Hunter 3D3D film
2012Dead MineSu-LingHBO Asia's first original production after 20 years.
2012The Borneo Incident
2012 Alagwa (Breakaway)Recently made its world premiere at the 17th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
2013DoubleDirected by Woo Ming-Jin. Part of an online Silent Terror Anthology of YOMYOMF Network on YouTubeShort film
2013Ghost ChildNa
2013ShuffleShort film
2018Crazy Rich AsiansFrancesca Shaw


YearTitleRoleNetwork ChannelNotes
2008Kahit Isang SaglitMargaret 'Garie' Hang-LiABS-CBNIn 2009, it was nominated on the Seoul International Drama Awards and the series garnered a nomination for the 37th International Emmy Award for Telenovelas.
2008Kurus (Days of the Turquoise Sky)Miss CarolNTV7
2009Ghost IIJenny8TV
2009Maalaala Mo Kaya: VideokeMariaABS-CBN
20105 Star Specials: Si Paco at ang PrinsesaPrinsesa AmaraTV5
2010Your Song: Beautiful GirlHannahABS-CBN
2010–presentThe PupilRachel SungMediacorp
2011Maurice Lacroix Follow Your Convictions Private SessionsHerselfNTV7Episode 5
2011Ang Asawa Kong JapeksLilyTV5
2011Cyber Colors Glamour Girl SearchMentor8TVSasa Reality Search
2011Dapur Selebriti KnorrHerself8TVReality cooking show
2012The Apartment Style EditionGuest Judge (Episode 8)Star WorldShot in Malaysia

Airing in 20 Countries in Asia

2012Omg!HerselfDiva Universal
2012–presentCode of LawRachel SungMediacorp
2016The HushValerie TeoMediacorp
2017Asia's Next Top ModelHost/JudgeStar WorldCycle 5


YearTitleRoleNotesTV Commercial
2005The Girl From IpohThe Girl From IpohA Chinese make love story. Directed by Low Ngai Yuen with music direction by Penny Low The Theatre production by Integrated Expressions staged from 9 to 13 November 2005 at Pentas 1 KLPAC.
2007Rose Rose I Love YouXuanIntegrated Expressions presents a pop musical production inspired by the life and times of Rose Chan, the legendary erotic Cabaret Queen of Malaya. Directed by Low Ngai Yuen with music direction by Penny Low, Rose Rose I Love You is the second collaboration between Penny Low and Ngai Yuen since The Girl from Ipoh. Rose Rose I Love You staged at the Genting International Showroom from 2 to 4 Nov, and on 9 to 11 Nov It is mostly in English with some Cantonese/Mandarin dialogue (with subtitles). Also in the cast are Tony Eusoff, K.K. Wong, Ling Tan, Lim Tiong Wooi and Anrie Too.Rose Rose I Love You TVC
2011Angels & Demons BURLESQUEGenting International Showroom


  • Most Promising Actress Award at the Malaysian Film Festival 2006


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2010-04-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Model and actress Carmen Soo opens up about motherhood".
  3. theSun Archived 8 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-10-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. Soo gorgeous Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Belmonte, Maureen Marie (18 July 2016). "Malaysian star Carmen Soo still hopes to get projects in the Philippines". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  8. "Christian Bautista and Carmen Soo are paired in Your Song presents Beautiful Girl". 12 September 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
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