Star Awards for Best Actress

The Star Awards for Best Actress is an award presented annually at the Star Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1994.

Star Awards for Best Actress
Star Awards 2019
Awarded forBest Performance by a Mediacorp Actress in a Leading Role
Presented byMediacorp
First awarded1995
Currently held byZoe Tay 郑惠玉
A Million Dollar Dream 给我一百万 (2019)

The category was introduced in 1995, at the 2nd Star Awards ceremony; Fann Wong received the award for her role in Chronicle of Life and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by Mediacorp; winners are selected by a majority vote from the entire judging panel.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 13 actresses. Zoe Tay is the most recent winner in this category for her role in A Million Dollar Dream. Since the ceremony held in 2019, Chen Liping, Huang Biren, Ivy Lee, and Tay remain as the only actresses to win in this category thrice, surpassing Rebecca Lim, Joanne Peh, and Rui En who have two wins each. Tay and Wong have been nominated on 13 occasions, more than any other actress. Jacelyn Tay holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with five.


Year Actress Title (role) Nominees
1995 Fann Wong
Chronicle of Life 缘尽今生
(Fang Ling 方玲)
  • Chen Liping 陈莉萍 — Heartbeat 医胆仁心 (Jiang Tong 江彤)
  • Aileen Tan 陈丽贞 — The Blazing Trail 兰桂坊血案 (Li Shali 李莎莉)
  • Zoe Tay 郑惠玉 — Love Dowry 爱情订金 (Min 敏)
  • Zeng Huifen 曾慧芬 — A Chance of Life 生死一线 (Lin Aili 林爱莉)
1996 Zoe Tay 郑惠玉 The Golden Pillow

(Zhou Xiaodan 周小丹)
  • Cynthia Koh 许美珍 — Tofu Street 豆腐街 (Liang Simei 梁四妹)
  • Aileen Tan 陈丽贞 — Ace Cops 妙警点 38 (Yao Jingjing 姚菁菁)
  • Fann Wong 范文芳 — The Unbroken Cycle 解连环 (Ye Qin 叶琴 / Zhu Zhiyue 朱织月 / Li Xiangmei 李香媚)
  • Zeng Huifen 曾慧芬 — Dr Justice 法医故事 (TBC)
1997 Carole Lin
The Price of Peace 和平的代价
(Wang Qiumei 王秋梅)
  • Irin Gan 颜俐蓁 — The Choice Partner 错爱今生 (Sun Liling 孙丽玲)
  • Aileen Tan 陈丽贞 — Agong Bak Kut Teh 阿公肉骨茶 (Yu 阿玉)
  • Zoe Tay 郑惠玉 — A Different Life 妈姐情缘 (Ou Guikai 欧桂开)
  • Fann Wong 范文芳 — The Matchmaker's Match 四点金 (Xiang-gu 香姑)
1998 Huang Biren
Stand by Me 家人有约
(Lin Wenyu 林文玉)
  • Lina Ng 黄嫊方 — Living in Geylang 芽笼芽笼 (Liu Yinghua 刘英华)
  • Zoe Tay 郑惠玉 — The New Adventures of Wisely 卫斯理传奇 (Bai Su 白素)
  • Fann Wong 范文芳 — The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 (Xiao Longnü 小龙女)
  • Zheng Wanling 郑婉龄 — Driven by a Car 欲望街车 (TBC)
1999 Cynthia Koh
Stepping Out 出路
(Hong Dou 红豆)
2000 Ivy Lee
Angel's Dream 真相
(Chen Anqi 陈安琪)
2001 Aileen Tan
Three Women and A Half 三个半女人
2002 Huang Biren
Beautiful Connection 九层糕
(Fan Kelian 范可莲)
  • Chen Liping 陈莉萍 — No Problem 考试家族 (Bao Jinlian 包金莲)
  • Ivy Lee 李锦梅 — The Wing of Desire 天使的诱惑 (Lin Jiaxuan 林家萱)
  • Aileen Tan 陈丽贞 — Beautiful Connection 九层糕 (Fan Keli 范可荔)
  • Jacelyn Tay 郑秀珍 — The Wing of Desire 天使的诱惑 (Hu Danchun 胡单纯)
2003 Chen Liping
Holland V 荷兰村
(Mo Wanwan 莫婉婉)
2004 Ivy Lee
Double Happiness I 喜临门I
(Situ Yaxi 司徒雅喜)
2005 Huang Biren
My Lucky Charm 情来运转
2006 Ivy Lee
Family Matters 法庭俏佳人
(Zhao Shuyang 赵舒扬)
2007 Yvonne Lim
Metamorphosis 破茧而出
(Wen Wanrou 温婉柔)
2009 Joanne Peh
The Little Nyonya 小娘惹
(Huang Yuzhu 黄玉珠)
2010 Chen Liping
Reunion Dinner 团圆饭
(Ping 阿萍)
2011 Rui En
With You 我在你左右
(Ye Siqi 叶思琪)
2012 Joanne Peh
A Tale of 2 Cities 乐在双城
(Pan Leyao 潘乐瑶)
2013 Rui En
Unriddle 2 最火搭档2
(Hu Xiaoman 胡小曼)
2014 Chen Liping
The Dream Makers 志在四方
(Yao-Zhu Kangli 姚朱康莉)
2015 Rebecca Lim
Yes We Can! 我们一定行!
(Zhang Xueqin 张雪芹)
2016 Jeanette Aw
The Dream Makers II 志在四方 II
(Zhao Fei'er 赵非儿)
2017 Zoe Tay
You Can Be an Angel 2 你也可以是天使 2
(Wang Ruojun 王若君)
2018 Rebecca Lim
The Lead 第一主角
(Lin Meizhen 林美真)
2019 Zoe Tay
A Million Dollar Dream 给我一百万
(Hu Jiaofen 胡娇芬)
  • Rebecca Lim 林慧玲 — Blessings II 祖先保佑 II (Chen Chunxian 陈春仙 / Zhou Meiyue 周美月)
  • Joanne Peh 白薇秀 — Say Cheese 西瓜甜不甜 (Pan Zejia 潘泽家)
  • Carrie Wong 黄思恬 — VIC 维多利亚的模力 (Zhan Yurou Vicky 詹予柔)
  • Fann Wong 范文芳 — Doppelganger 入侵者 (Wang Siting 王思婷)

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Star Awards held that year.

Category facts

Most wins
Rank 1st 2nd
Actress Chen Liping
Huang Biren
Ivy Lee
Zoe Tay
Rebecca Lim
Joanne Peh
Rui En
Total wins 3 wins 2 wins
Most nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
Actress Zoe Tay
Fann Wong
Chen Liping Jeanette Aw Huang Biren
Rebecca Lim
Joanne Peh
Rui En
Ivy Lee
Aileen Tan
Jacelyn Tay Cynthia Koh Ann Kok
Yvonne Lim
Jesseca Liu
Felicia Chin
Carrie Wong
Zeng Huifen
Total nominations 13 nominations 10 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 5 nominations 4 nominations 3 nominations 2 nominations


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