Michelle Chia

Michelle Chia (Chinese: 谢韵仪; pinyin: Xiè Yùnyí) is a Singaporean former actress and television host. She was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1980 to 2012 but continues to film on an ad-hoc basis.In May 2012, Chia left Mediacorp due to the expiry of her contract with MediaCorp. She had declined to renew it, stating that she wanted to temporarily "take a break" from showbiz.

Michelle Chia
Born
Michelle Chia Yun Yi

(1975-09-19) 19 September 1975
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationHost, Actress, Model
Years active1980-present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese謝韻儀
Simplified Chinese谢韵仪
WebsiteMichelle Chia Facebook Official Page (in Chinese)

Career

Chia started her career as a child actress with SBC.[1] She later joined TCS (predecessor of MediaCorp) after finishing her school. In 2000 she switched to SPH MediaWorks but was transferred back to MediaCorp when it absorbed MediaWorks.[2] In May 2012, Chia left the entertainment industry due to the expiry of her contract with MediaCorp. She had declined to renew it, stating that she wanted to temporarily "take a break" from showbiz.[3]

Personal life

Chia was educated at Raffles Girls' Primary School and Bowen Secondary School.

In a joint statement released by both Chia and Shaun Chen expressed that they are currently filing for divorce and requested for some space and privacy. They also wished for each other to be "healthy and happy". The couple confirmed their divorce on 27 April 2011 but insist they still remain friends. At Star Awards 2011 Show 2, the couple refuted rumours and insisted that there weren't any problems in their marriage. Married for two years, their relationship reportedly took a turn for the worse in October 2010 and subsequently became talk of the town when Michelle rejected a hosting gig for a wedding-themed variety programme.

In a separate phone interview in the evening yesterday, Chia sounded visibly shaken and upset over the news. The actress has been having the runs and suffering from stomach discomfort the past few days. When asked if she was sick, the actress calmly replied, "Maybe it's due to stress." Speaking on their marital problems, Chia admitted that when the news was leaked in October last year, the both of them were indeed facing "some problems".

Reiterating her point, she added that they have never had a "big fight" and decided to go ahead with a divorce because of "personality differences". She explained that their pace of life and lifestyle habits are different. We have talked about this many times... My current mood is like that of the thunderstorm outside," she said, choking back on tears, "We have been trying hard all this time and at the end of it, we realized that this decision might be the best for the both of us." Heaving a sigh, she continued, "We did not wish to be asked about this anymore; we do not feel good from all these repetitive questioning. We hope that everyone can give them some peace with this statement." On whether she and Shaun are still living together, Chia replied that the divorce proceedings will be finalized in October this year and she is "currently living with her parents."

In 2012, Chia did not renew her contract with Mediacorp but willing to take on roles which she willing to do.

Filmography

YearWorkRoleNotes
2004Two of a Kind
双响炮
N/AN/A
Power of Love
甜蜜风暴
N/AN/A
Zero
零楼
Guardian of level 1N/A
2005Yummy YummyYuko
梁凯珊
  • Singapore-Hong Kong co-production
Destiny
梦在手里
N/AN/A
LifelineN/A
2008Taste of Love
缘之烩
Yu Lingzhi
  • 2nd Female Lead 第二女主角
  • Pairs Up With Dai Xiangyu
Perfect Cut
一切完美
Kelly Lim
2009My A-Go-Go Princess
穿越阿哥哥
Liu Xiangmei
刘香妹
  • Sitcom
Perfect Cut II
一切完美2
Kelly Lim
  • Channel U production
Polo BoysDiane Lee
  • Channel 5 production
2012Double Bonus
双星报喜
Isabella
  • Pairs up with Zhang Yaodong
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
Pillow Talk
再见单人床
Liang Chuning
梁楚宁
  • Pairs up with Thomas Ong
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
2016The Queen
复仇女王
Hong Yan
洪雁
  • Supporting Role 女配角
2018Gifted
天之骄子
Yao Liqian
姚丽倩
  • Pairs up with Zhang Yaodong
  • 1/3 of the Female Lead 三大女主角之一
  • Malaysian Production

Accolades

Star Awards – Hosting Awards
YearCeremonyAwardWorkResult
19951st Star Awards CeremonyBest NewcomerStrange Encounters 3Nominated
1999 5th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
200512th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
200613th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
200714th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
200915th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20
201016th Star Awards CeremonyBest Info-Ed Programme Show HostStars for a CauseNominated
16th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
201117th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 10
201218th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Female ArtistesN/ATop 20

References

  1. "昔日童星 今年红星?". xin.msn.com. 5 August 2011. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  2. "I don't need to be a super star". AsiaOne. 16 April 2007. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  3. "Michelle Chia wants a break from work". AsiaOne. 3 May 2012.
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