Jeffrey Xu nabs his very first acting award, while Aileen Tan returns to the Asian Television Awards stage as a champion again after 11 years
(Left to right: Kate Pang, Aileen Tan, Jeffrey Xu, Chua Enlai, Pierre Png)
Text and photos: Tammi Tan
Additional photos: Xu Xin
Videos: Foong Mien Shi and Teng Siew Eng
Singapore actors may have been snubbed in the Leading Role categories at this year’s Asian Television Awards (held last night at Resorts World Sentosa), but when it came to the Supporting Role accolades, it was all about our local talent.
Making a return to the stage as a winner after eleven years was Aileen Tan, who took home Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her riches-to-rags portrayal in Ch8’s The Day it Rained on Our Parade. The veteran actress previously won Best Drama Performance by an Actress at the 2002 ceremony for Three Women and a Half, the same role that landed her Best Actress at the 2001 Star Awards.
One rather surprising victory was that of Jeffrey Xu’s, who was named Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ChU’s Marry Me, in which he plays a young male nurse who is constantly rejected by his love interest. Unlike his fellow MediaCorp nominees Rayson Tan, Pierre Png, Ian Fang and Romeo Tan, Jeffrey has never won or even been nominated for an acting award before.
Besides the champs, special mentions were given to Pierre Png and Kate Pang, who were Highly Commended in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role categories respectively. Pierre was nominated for his antagonistic role in Ch8’s C.L.I.F 2, while Kate received her nod for playing the nerdy, warm-hearted Sun Lian Jing in Ch8’s Joys of Life.
Some of the international talent our local artistes beat include Hong Kong’s Aimee Chan for The Confidant, Malaysia’s Ong Ai Leng for Lucky Bowl, Taiwan’s Huang Pei Jia for The Smiling Starlight, and Thailand’s Nutthawat Plengsiriwat for Legend of the Black Sword.
Continued on next slide: Chua Enlai also does Singapore proud