Xie Shaoguang (born 15 September 1961), also known as Cha Shao-Kwong, is a Singaporean retired actor best known for acting in many Chinese-language television series produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. He was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1985 to 2005.
Cha Shao Kwong (谢韶光)
15 September 1961
|Awards||Star Awards 1995 : Best Supporting Actor |
Star Awards 1996 : Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor
Star Awards 1998 & Star Awards 1999 : Best Actor
Star Awards 2003 : Best Actor & Special Achievement Award
Star Awards 2005 : Best Actor & All-Time Favourite Artiste
Career and personal life
Since the start of his acting career in 1989 in the television series A Mother's Love (亲心唤我心), Xie has received numerous accolades, including winning the Star Awards Best Actor award five times and the Best Supporting Actor award twice since the ceremony's inception in 1994. In 2005, he was awarded the All-Time Favourite Artiste award, in recognition of his career after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award from 1995-2004 respectively with Fann Wong. One of his most notable roles is the Chinese folk deity Ji Gong in the 1997 television series The Legends of Jigong.
In 2005, Xie formalised his plans to retire from the entertainment industry when he decided not to renew his contract which expired in September the same year, although his intention to quit has been made known years earlier. He said that after retirement, he would be living in Malaysia, where he planned to open a refuge for stray dogs and cats. His final appearance in the media was in the television series Baby Blues, which ended its run on 9 September 2005.
Since leaving the entertainment industry, Xie has rejected all requests to appear in public events or on screen, including an invitation by Singaporean director Anthony Chen to star in the award-winning film Ilo Ilo.
Xie currently resides in Permas Jaya, Malaysia, where he was ordained a monk in 2013. In 2016, Singaporean media reports say Xie has given up his vows as a monk and returned to his job as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant.
After a 12-year hiatus, Xie made an official media appearance on 14 October 2017. He had returned to MediaCorp to conduct acting classes for younger actors. Xie has stated he would return to acting, if there is a role that can persuade him to do so.
- 谢韶光时隔12年重返新传媒，为年轻后辈开演艺班授课 [Xie Shaohuang returns to MediaCorp after 12 years, conducts acting classes for young actors]. Toggle (in Chinese). 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- Huang, Zhifa; Chen, Mingyao (27 March 2016). 退演艺圈11年 两年半前剃度出家 谢韶光还俗 [Retired from showbiz for 11 years, entered the Buddhist order two-and-a-half years ago, Xie Shaoguang has given up his monk vows]. Lianhe Zaobao (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- Hong, Minghua (14 October 2017). 现身新传媒 谢韶光：可为角色复出 [Appearing at Mediacorp Xie Shaoguang: I may return to showbiz because of the role]. Lianhe Zaobao (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 April 2018.