Fann Wong

This is a Chinese name; the family name is Fann ().
Fann Wong
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Fàn Wénfāng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Faan6 Man4-fong1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Fann Woon Fong
Origin Singapore
Born Singapore
Occupation actress, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Christopher Lee (m. 2009)
Children Zed Lee (Born on 9 August 2014)
Ancestry Huizhou, Guangdong, China

Fann Woon Fong (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Fàn Wénfāng), better known by her stage name Fann Wong,[1][2] is a Singaporean actress, singer and model.

At Singapore's Star Awards 1995, Fann became the first actress to win both the Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards in the same year. After gaining regional exposure and popularity in Asia through film and television productions, she became the first Singaporean actress to break into Hollywood, playing Chon Lin in the 2003 film Shanghai Knights. She was also the youngest actress to have earned an All-Time Favourite Award at the Star Awards. In late 2002, Fann became attached to Malaysian actor Christopher Lee, with whom she has collaborated eight times.[3] She married Lee on 29 September 2009.[4] She is known to zealously safeguard her privacy.[5]

Early life and career

Early days: television career

Born in Singapore to Hakka tailor parents, Fann shared her childhood with three siblings—an older sister, as well as a younger brother and sister. She was educated at Temasek Secondary School, where she took her GCE 'O' Level examinations in 1987.[6][7]

Wong was a child actor while in primary school and featured in several SBC children's programmes.[8] At the age of 16, she won a beauty contest organised by Her World, a Singapore fashion magazine.[2] She started a successful modelling career in Singapore, and spent the next two years modelling part-time while taking her GCE 'A' Level examinations at a private school. She afterward earned a diploma in fashion merchandising from LIFS.

Fann moved to Taiwan in 1993. One of her earliest successes was in an Oil of Ulan (now Oil of Olay) commercial aired in Taiwan and Singapore.[2] The following year, a Singaporean television producer discovered her and cast her in Dreams Come True, a Singapore drama series.[2] Fann soon starred in two more Singapore television series, The Challenger and Chronicle of Life.[2]

After a year in the Singapore television industry, her role in Chronicle of Life won her Best Actress and Best Newcomer awards at Singapore's 1995 Star Awards.[9] In 1996, her role in The Unbroken Cycle won her first regional nomination at the Asian Television Awards.[10] She continued to star in a large array of drama serials, including A Romance in Shanghai (produced in Shanghai), Wild Orchids (filmed in Sydney) and Brave New World (filmed in Amsterdam and Belgium).

In late 1996, Fann released in Singapore her first Mandarin pop album Fanntasy, which contained a duet (theme song of her TV drama 'Brave New World') with Taiwanese singer Jeff Chang.[11] The album was retitled I Live Alone and repackaged with two additional songs for the Taiwanese market and won 4 IFPI platinum sales awards in Taiwan, marking the start of Fann's regional success.[2][12]

Late 1990s: rise of regional popularity

In 1998, Fann was named the female lead, Xiaolongnü, in TCS remake of the hit wuxia drama The Return of the Condor Heroes where she starred alongside her now-husband, Christopher Lee. The release of this drama, along with her second album, Shopping, further increased her exposure in Taiwan and China.[13] When Hong Kong director Derek Yee saw Fann's "Shopping" music video on Hong Kong's Channel V, he flew to Singapore to cast her as the lead actress in the Hong Kong art film The Truth About Jane and Sam.[13][14] The movie topped the Singapore box office for three weeks[15] and her role as a gritty wild-child won her a Best New Performer nomination at the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2000.[16] In addition, her role as a self-centred stockbroker in Out to Win attracted a million viewers in Singapore during its finale.[17] It was during this period when Fann acquired many of her die-hard fans, led by the Fann-atic Fan Club (FFC).

In 1999, Fann released her third album Missing You, recorded Private Number with British boyband 911,[18] and performed Moments of Magic, Singapore's official millennium song.[2][19] These musical successes resulted in her being the first Singapore artiste to stage a solo paying concert ("My Story"—Fann Wong in Concert) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2000.[20] That same year, she released her fourth Mandarin album, No Problem.[21]

During the next few years, Fann focused on her acting career. She played a two-timing television reporter in the omnibus Hong Kong film When I Fall in Love... With Both,[22] acted as a lovelorn insurance agent in the Singaporean romantic drama Looking For Stars,[23] as well as played the title character in the Taiwanese period drama Madam White Snake.[24] She also began hosting travelogue shows, including Travel Hunt: Japan and Fann Adventure, which was filmed in South Africa and Malaysia.[25]

2003: Hollywood

In 2002, Fann became the first Singaporean actress to play a major role in a Hollywood production as Chon Lin in Shanghai Knights. When the film was released in early 2003, Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post stated:

Fann is an enchanting new film presence. Clearly modelled after Zhang Ziyi of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, she combines a dancer's grace with a fighter's speed, and looks great standing still or whirling.[26]

The Hollywood Reporter's David Hunter noted that Fann was "more than equal to playing the strong woman fighter who's also pretty darn cute", while John Keenan of the Omaha World-Herald stated that "Fann's stunt work is actually more memorable than Jackie Chan's here".[26] In Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post stated that she "seems set to displace Lucy Liu as Hollywood's Asian babe du jour".[26] She was subsequently nominated under the Best Fight category in MTV Movie Awards 2003,[27] and in 2004, won the Singapore Street Festival's Best International Artiste Award.[28]


In 2004, Fann continued acting in China period dramas such as Moon Fairy and My Fair Lady.[29] She also starred in a Singapore serial on the SARS epidemic titled Always on My Mind, which won her a Best Actress nomination at the 2004 Star Awards.[30] In mid-2004, Fann was cast in the lead role in the German-Singapore telemovie, House of Harmony.[31] In late 2004, Fann released her first publication, a semi-autobiographical comic book Girl Illustrated.[32] After a musical hiatus of five years, she released her first compilation, In Love With You.[33]

In April 2005, Fann was invited to the Cannes MIPTV Media Market where she promoted House of Harmony and discussed possible collaborations with European industry professionals.[34] House of Harmony has since been telecast in Germany, Austria, France and Belgium to a combined prime-time viewership of over 80 million.[35] That same year, Fann took on a lead role in a Taiwanese art-house romance film, Dragon Eye Congee, which was nominated for five categories at the inaugural Asian Festival of First Films.[36]

In August 2005, she made her voiceover debut in Singapore's first 3D animation film, Zodiac, The Race Begins, which was released in early 2006.[37] Furthermore, she also contributed her songs for the soundtracks of the movie.

In November 2006, Fann made her first promotional visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She performed at the Tonle Sap Water Festival Mega Concert and visited the Krousar Thmey blind school,[38] where she donated cassette recorders and biscuits.[39]

2007–2012: Focus on China market (under Huayi Brothers)

In early 2007, Fann signed a management contract with China's Huayi Brothers. Fann also became the first Singaporean artist to release a self-illustrated 3D animation titled Fanntasy World.[40] The release of her Singapore film Just Follow Law, in which she had to play an uncouth and scruffy man in a woman's body, was a major attraction at the Chinese New Year box office and won her critical acclaim in the Singapore and Malaysian media.[41][42]

In 2008, she was invited to be a judge at the sixth "spirit of fire" international film festival which was held in Russia. Ah Long Pte Ltd reached No. 1 in both Singapore's and Malaysia's box office during the Chinese new year. Later, the film Dance of Dragon that she paired with Korean hunk Jang Hyuk led her to win her first International Best Actress at West Hollywood International Film Festival.

In 2009, Fann starred with then-boyfriend Christopher Lee in The Wedding Game. The movie won the best feature film at the first international comedy film festival held in Thailand. In June, she finished her new Chinese movie In a tangle . In September, she filmed the romantic movie Cornflower Blue, starring with Alex Fong and Chang Chen in Hainan. Both of them were on the screen in late 2010. She filmed another comedy film Happy Go Lucky, which was shown during the Chinese New Year.

In 2010, She slowed down her step and only two dramas were filmed. But she gained her critic praises from many Chinese media for her character "Ren DaiDai" in the drama Jin DaBan De Zuihou Yiye starring with Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Two more Singaporean dramas followed in 2011.

But 2012 seemed to be a busy year for Fann. At the begin of the year, she played a syren in the series The Legend of Master Ji 3, then she was invited to be a judge for TBS's fashion competition show Asian Ace. Later she flew to ShanDong and played a spicy wife in the movie Ai Shui Shui together with Jaycee Chan,and also a telemovie Han di hu lue zhu gui based on novel Water Margin. Another movie Runaway Woman was filmed in Xinjiang in May. She was awarded the "2012 Huading Most Popular Asian Actress Award" in Beijing Olympic Sports Centre on 4 July. Though she didn't release new album for years, she was still invited to perform at 9th Asia Song Festival which was held in Yeosul, Korea, on 4 August. In October, she flew to Xinjiang again to film the period drama Tun Shu Xi Jiang about revolution occurring in Xinjiang. She worked with Hong Kong actor Bowie Lam (her husband in the drama) and Chinese director Zhang Jizhong.

2013–present: New Beginning (under Catwalk)

2013 became a new beginning for Fann. She has set up her own studio at the end of 2012, and ended her contract with huayi's brother, signed a new contract with Taiwan management agency Catwalk. She will focus on drama & movie filming in 2013 and even release a new album almost 13 years since her latest original album "no problem" out in 2000.

In 2014, illustrator Patrick Yee was so inspired after working with Fann on a children's charity in Thailand that he designed and illustrated a nearly wordless picturebook, published by Epigram Books, about the adventures of a girl with the same name.[43]


Main article: Fann Wong filmography

Personal life

Fann has been romantically involved with Malaysian actor Christopher Lee since late 2002,[44] although the pair only admitted their relationship in mid-2005.[3] She has had only one prior romance—an 11-year relationship with businessman Anthony Chan.[45][46] She gave birth to a baby boy on Singapore National Day 9 August 2014.

Fann and Lee have collaborated eight times in television productions, and have played lovers in six of these.[3] The 2004 Star Awards saw colleagues Chew Chor Meng, Zoe Tay, Huang Biren and Mark Lee attempting to out their romance,[46] while Zoe Tay urged Lee to propose to Fann at the 2005 Star Awards.[47] After Fann and Lee publicly admitted to their relationship in mid-2005,[3] they were seldom seen together. However, in December 2006, they walked together hand-in-hand down the blue carpet of the 2006 Star Awards ceremony. The gesture was noted by the Singapore media as a rare public acknowledgement of their relationship.[48]

In September 2008, it was rumoured she would be marrying Lee.[49] They finally got married on 16 May 2009 after an eight-year relationship. Their wedding was featured in an infotainment show called The Wedding (范心有李), which was hosted by fellow MediaCorp artistes Michelle Chong, Mark Lee and Dennis Chew.

Fann's hobbies include illustrating comics, shopping, and eating.[50]

On August 9, 2014, Fann gave birth to a baby boy Zed.


Year Accolades Representative Work Notes
1988 Her World Magazine Cover Girl Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Best Actress Chronicle Of Life Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Best Newcomer Chronicle Of Life Won
1995 Star Awards 1995, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
1996 Asian Television Awards 1996, Best Actress The Unbroken Cycle Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Best Actress The Unbroken Cycle Nominated
1996 Star Awards 1996, Top 5 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
1996 Singapore Hit Awards, Media Recommendation Award Local Singer Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Best Actress The Matchmaker's Match Nominated
1997 Star Awards 1997, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
1998 Star Awards 1998, Best Actress The Return of the Condor Heroes Nominated
1998 Star Awards 1998, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
1998 YES 933 Hit Awards, Most Popular Local Singer Won
1999 Star Awards 1999, Best Actress Out To Win Nominated
1999 Star Awards 1999, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2000 Star Awards 2000, Special Achievement Award Won
2000 Star Awards 2000, Best Actress The Legendary Swordsman Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2000 Singapore Hit Awards, Most Popular Female Singer Won
2000 Hong Kong Film Awards, Best New Performer The Truth About Jane and Sam Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001, Best Actress Heroes In Black Nominated
2001 Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2003 Star Awards 2003, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2003 MTV Movie Awards, Best Fight Shanghai Knights Nominated
2003 Singapore Fashion Awards, Celebrity Style Award Won
2004 Singapore Street Festival, Best International Artiste Won
2004 Star Awards 2004, Best Actress Always On My Mind Nominated
2004 Star Awards 2004, Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes Won
2005 Star Awards 2005, All-Time Favourite Artiste Won
2005 Star Awards 2005, Best Actress Beautiful Illusions Nominated
2006 Star Awards 2006, Best Actress Women Of Times Nominated
2007 China Bai He Jiang Popularity Won
2008 West Hollywood International Film Festival, Best Actress Dance Of The Dragon Won
2009 Star Awards 2009, Best Actress The Defining Moment Nominated
2009 Asian Television Awards 2009, Best Actress The Defining MomentNominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Favourite Female Character The Ultimatum Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Best Actress On The Fringe 2 Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite Onscreen Couple (w Li Nanxing) On The Fringe 2 Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite Variety Show Host Nominated
2013 Asian Song Festival, Best Asian Artist Won
2013 China HuaDing Awards, Most Popular Asian Actress Won


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