Entered showbiz at: 9 years old Kickstarters: His role in children’s drama Xiao Fei Ren (1999) and as Weiliang in Chinese drama A Child’s Hope (2003) Last seen: Shooting the upcoming Chinese drama Hand in Hand playing Hong Mei Zhi, a sheltered young adult
Most of you may know him as one of the 8 Dukes of Caldecott Hill and a young hottie in local showbiz. Some even compare his looks to the same-aged Shawn Lee, who made his name as a local child actor with I Not Stupid. But did you know that Aloysius started as a child actor too?
Aloysius began to hone his acting chops in a series of productions from 2002 to 2004 after a MediaCorp acting class, but the rebellious star quit at 14 as he was often taunted and was unable to handle the public attention. Since his 2012 comeback as the lead in Timeless Love, the duke has never looked back, re-establishing his presence in the industry with a directorial debut (a music video for Gavin Teo’s ‘I Understand’) and the release of his first single ‘Black Tears’ this year. The list of firsts continues for the rising actor – he picked up his first accolade at the recent Star Awards 2015 for Best Newcomer and will be starring in Singapore’s first cosplay-themed movie, Young & Fabulous.
Bryan Wong, 44
Entered showbiz at: 8 years old Kickstarters: Enrolled in the then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation’s acting class, featured in popular children’s programmes like Children’s Play House and several commercials Last seen: Shooting the upcoming Chinese drama Hand in Hand playing Hong Mei Qiang and making his most daring (and skin-baring) performance yet with a “naked” run on the streets of Orchard Road
It wasn’t all smooth sailing in the initial stage - his first role did not make it past the cutting room floor. He only became a household name 12 years later as a full-time artiste with the Television Corporation of Singapore, with the first show he ever hosted being teenage lifestyle programme Gen Y.
Bryan picked up his first hosting award at the 2006 Star Awards with popular long-running home makeover show Home Décor Survivor, and later took his passion for interior design (ID) one step further by partnering some friends to start an ID firm. Today, he runs his own ID company, Grand Designs, and even has his own line of customised furniture.
While Bryan’s enjoyed much success as a host, acting is still his first love and he was excited to return to dramas in 2013 after a seven-year hiatus with Ch8 drama Gonna Make It, even though he had to shave his head bald to play a cancer-stricken hairstylist. The veteran host-actor has won numerous accolades at the Star Awards over 17 years, with the most recent being the i Most Stylish Award at this year’s ceremony.
Michelle Chia, 39
Entered showbiz at: 6 years old Kickstarter: Chinese drama The Awakening II in 1984 Last seen: Co-hosting game show Silence! with Adrian Pang which aired in October 2014
Her role as the slightly chubby 15-year-old housekeeper Ma Jie in 1990’s award-winning docu-drama series Vow of Celibacy is said to be what gave her acting career a boost. Not only is she known to be one of Singapore’s sexiest women, we also love her for her various food show hosting roles such as in Yummy King and Our Makan Places: Lost and Found as well as her heart for philanthropy.
Even after her MediaCorp contract ended in 2012, she is still a busy woman. Apart from being a host, Michelle now juggles owning a hair salon (Twister), a Chinese oracy school (YOU Station) as well as an investment company. During her break, she plans to “smell the roses and do more charity work”, and perhaps even teach yoga. Divorced from MediaCorp artiste Shaun Chen since 2012, Michelle is currently dating someone who is not in the entertainment industry.
Kimberly Wang, 24
Entered showbiz at: 4 years old Kickstarter: Her role as little Lana in Chinese drama Double Happiness (2004) Last seen: As a resident DJ at 98.7FM, as well as the manager of Radio Fusion, NTU’s campus radio station
If you think you’ve seen DJ Kimberly Wang somewhere before she won MediaCorp’s talent search So You Wanna Be a DJ in 2011, that’s because she’s been performing since four and hosting since nine. As a creative way to improve her Mother Tongue, Kimberly’s parents signed her up for Chinese drama classes, which led to her being talent-spotted by Channel 8.
Kimberly acted in a few MediaCorp sitcoms and dramas before returning to hosting in 2009 with The School Nationals. She even hosted large-scale events like the Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon and was a sports presenter at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Shawn Lee, 25
Entered showbiz at: 12 years old Kickstarters: His role as Kok Pin in Jack Neo’s box office hit I Not Stupid (2002), won Star Awards’ Young Talent Award Last seen: Studying business at the National University of Singapore (NUS)
We’re bummed that the Aloysius Pang look-alike has not returned to acting since leaving the industry after his fifth movie Colour of Hope in 2007, but congratulate him on scoring 4 As in his A Levels and admire his filial choice to pursue banking to support his family. The banker-to-be last revealed that he will act again when there is an opportunity.
Joshua Ang, 26
Entered showbiz at: 13 years old Kickstarter: His role as Boon Hock in Jack Neo’s box office hit I Not Stupid (2002) Last seen: Running an online humour TV channel Reelity TV since 2012
While Shawn took a U-turn back to school, Joshua went full speed ahead, signing a contract with MediaCorp as a full-time artiste. Just a few television dramas later, inclusive of a lead role in Chinese drama Table of Glory and supporting roles in Unriddle and A Tale of Two Cities, he decided to devote his time to his family’s recycling business.
In 2012, he announced plans to marry his girlfriend of seven years, Clara, before 2015, but guess that didn’t work out because he revealed his new girlfriend Kate Lim in April last year and the two are still going strong. And life seems to be good for Joshua, as he’s been looking more, ahem, prosperous, in recent years.
Huang Po Ju, 24
Entered showbiz at: 11 years old Kickstarter: His role as Terry in Jack Neo’s box office hit I Not Stupid (2002) Last seen: On television early this year on Here Comes Kangxi (January 30)
Eric Huang Po Ju (PJ), whom most of you know as the rounder kid from I Not Stupid, has had the most amazing physical transformation. Now, PJ is neither in acting nor in Singapore, as he returned to Taiwan after his short-lived acting career ended after three films (I Not Stupid, Homerun and Colour of Hope). He is currently pursuing his university education at National Chengchi University in Risk Management and Insurance.
Megan Zheng, 21
Entered showbiz at: 10 years old Kickstarter: Her role as the younger sister Seow Fang in Jack Neo’s Homerun (2003) Last seen: Pursuing Business Management at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).
Remember the sweet little Megan Zheng, the first Singaporean to win a Golden Horse Award, Best New Performer Award, for her role in Homerun?
Having the ability to cry at command boosted her chance of being cast for the emotional role of Shawn Lee’s on-screen sister and although it gave her a brilliant start, her role in another local film One More Chance (2005) marked the unfortunate end of her acting career despite her mother’s desire for her to continue.
Marcus Ng, 29
Entered showbiz at: 7 years old Kickstarters: Participation in the then-Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS)’s Children Karaoke Contest and his role as Albert, Liang Ximei's son on Channel 8's long-running comedy variety show Comedy Nite in the 1990s Last seen: Sentenced to the detention barracks for one week
The former teen actor is most recognised for his rebellious teen role as Phua Chu Beng’s son Aloysius in the Channel 5 sitcom Phua Chu Kang. His rebel ways have transferred from reel-to-real, evidently from the multiple occasions that he has gotten himself in some serious legal trouble.
Marcus had falsely alleged his Principal of molestation in 2001, committed assault and theft in 2003, and stirred up even more trouble when he enlisted in the army. He was slapped by his superiors for being disobedient, treated a female officer aggressively and faced charges for insubordinate behaviour as well as improper conduct. Guilty as charged, he was jailed for a week in 2008 and heavily reprimanded by the Military Court of Appeal.
Fan Wen Qing, 30
Entered showbiz at: 11 years old Kickstarter: Her role as the younger sister Tammy in Channel 5’s Growing Up Last seen: Running her own business - a nail art salon at home
Not only is she local actress Fann Wong’s sister, she is also a former child star. Unfortunately, Wen Qing left the show after the first season and we hadn’t heard from her until she got hitched in 2011. However, she is currently separated from her husband as of October last year.