Local actresses we miss seeing on Channel 8

What would we give to see these familiar faces light up the small screen again?

Remember the iconic roles played by these actresses?
Remember the iconic roles played by these actresses?
07 Feb 2017

Remember the iconic roles played by these actresses?

Following Fiona Xie’s surprise return to local TV last year, we will see not one, but TWO former actresses grace our TV screens with their presences this year.

Channel 8 fans, take heart. Former TV darling Tang Miao Ling and Cassandra See will both be making a short appearance on long-form series 118 Season 2, the former as Lan Xiang, lady boss of a chain of coffee shops and the latter as the estranged mother of Jeanette Aw’s character. They may not be meaty roles, but it’s a positive start which will, hopefully, pave the way for more acting projects and collaborations in the future.

Maybe we’ll finally see Ivy Lee acting on TV again?

Cassandra See
Cassandra See
07 Feb 2017

Cassandra See

Currently back and based in Singapore, Cassandra found her way to the set of 118 S2 with the help of Pan Ling Ling, who thought “it’d be fun” for them to act together again. The matriarch of the 118 household spoke to the producer and scriptwriter about it and everything fell into place naturally, said Cassandra, in an interview with Toggle. “I really missed acting and when the scriptwriter Ang Eng Tee developed this character for me, I decided to make a comeback.”

Cassandra shared she is pleased to finally be back on the little red dot – albeit for a short duration of three to four years - after spending many years away (she relocated to Hong Kong for six years and spent a year in Japan). The actress also shared that she has more time on her hands now as her son, Lukas, 16, is all grown up, which is another reason why she said yes to the role.

Watch Cassandra’s past shows Vive La Famille S2, The Magnate and The Unbeatables on Toggle.

Catch Cassandra in 118 S2 from episode 42 onwards on catch-up TV

Tang Miao Ling
Tang Miao Ling
07 Feb 2017

Tang Miao Ling

Former TV darling Miaoling is best remembered for her sweet personality and smile. She left show business in 1994 after getting married and when her contract with TCS (Television Corporation of Singapore, now Mediacorp) was up, but continued to take on ad-hoc acting gigs in shows such as Channel 5’s Mr. Kiasu and Channel 8’s In Pursuit of Peace in 2001.

With her two kids (her daughter’s 18 and son, 14) all grown up and independent today, the actress lamented that she’s no longer needed at home and jumped at the opportunity to act when Ling Ling suggested that she join her and Cassandra on 118. That’s not the only project lined up for her too, said Miaoling. “After I took on the role in 118, I was offered a role in The Lead and decided to take that on too.”

More TV projects? Hooray!

Watch Miaoling’s past shows Pretty Faces and The Magnate on Toggle.

Catch Miaoling in 118 S2 from March 28, weekdays, 7.30pm on Channel 8. Watch it on Toggle-It-First or catch-up TV.
The Lead premieres May 22, 9pm on Channel 8.


L-R: Miao Ling in Pretty Faces (1991), Mystery II (1993)
Photos: Mediacorp

Ivy Lee
Ivy Lee
07 Feb 2017

Ivy Lee

Just when Ivy’s acting career was on an upward swing, the mother-of-four (she has twin boys and two daughters) decided to leave it all behind and uproot her entire family to join her director husband in Hong Kong. While she has “retired” as an actress, she still appears occasionally on TV via commercial engagements and was most recently “spotted” gathering with her old acting pals, Hong Hui Fang and Pan Ling Ling, during a recent visit back home.

Now, if Ling Ling’s magical persuasion powers are of any indication (remember how she convinced Cassandra and Miaoling to come out of ‘acting retirement’?), we pray she sprinkled some of that fairy dust on Ivy, too, during their recent outing. There’s still hope. Fingers crossed!

Watch Ivy’s old shows The Price of Peace, Double Happiness, A Child’s Hope and Beyond The Axis of Truth on Toggle.

L-R: Ivy in The Legendary Swordsman (2000), Double Happiness (2004)
Photos: Mediacorp

Chen Xiuhuan (or Sherry Tan)
Chen Xiuhuan (or Sherry Tan)
07 Feb 2017

Chen Xiuhuan (or Sherry Tan)

Best remembered for her iconic role as Princess Yi Di in Star Maiden, Xiuhuan made her exit from the acting industry in 1995 to get married. Fast forward 20 years and the erstwhile 90s screen sweetheart is now a mother to three teenage daughters – Shanisse, 19, Shalynn, 17 and Shavinne, 13. Talent runs in the family as Shalynn, a budding musician, is set to follow in mum’s footsteps - the teenager recently inked a contract with hair maestro Addy Lee’s Starlist agency to become an artiste. Guess it won’t be long until we see her on TV or in movies.

With her daughters are all grown up now, Xiuhuan has been steadily returning to the limelight and even filmed a comeback movie project, Lucky Boy, opposite Chew Chor Meng in 2015. Now, we’re hopeful for her to do a TV project next. Drama gods, ye hear us?

Watch Xiuhuan’s past shows Star Maiden and The Winning Team on Toggle. 

L-R: Xiuhuan in The Winning Team (1990) and at Star Awards 2012
Photos: Mediacorp

Evelyn Tan
Evelyn Tan
07 Feb 2017

Evelyn Tan

Formerly known as one of the brightest stars on the Hill, Evelyn bowed out of the spotlight after she married actor Darren Lim and eventually became a full-time homemaker to care for their four kids (Kristen, 12, Jairus, 10, Way, 8, and Elliot, 3), who are also home-schooled by her. Between now and then, Evelyn took on ad-hoc hosting jobs but never acted on TV again until Channel 5 telemovie Spelling Armadillo 2, which co-stars her husband, came along last year.

Now, how about doing a Channel 8 drama next, Evelyn?

Watch Evelyn’s past show Here’s To Health S7 on Toggle.

From top left, anti-clockwise: Evelyn in Wok of Life (1999), My Home Affairs (2000)
Photos: Mediacorp, Darren Lim/Facebook

Fann Wong
Fann Wong
07 Feb 2017

Fann Wong

In case you’re wondering why this Ah Jie’s on our list, here’s a little reminder: Fann’s last two local drama series date back to 2011 - a good six years ago: On The Fringe and Be Happy. Since then, the only glimpses we get of her on the tube are via reruns of her old dramas and at big events like the Star Awards. Extra selective about the type of projects she takes on these days, her most recent post-maternity acting gig in 2016 was for a Taiwanese movie, Packages from Daddy, in which she played a woebegone widow.

The mother-of-one has openly expressed her interest to act on TV and with her husband, Christopher Lee, again – but only if the right role comes along. Hopefully fans don’t have to wait another six years before it materialises.

Watch Fann’s past shows Brave New World, Return of the Condor Heroes and Wild Orchids on Toggle.

L-R: Fann in A Brave New World (1996), Always on My Mind (2003)
Photos: Mediacorp, TPG/CLICK PHOTOS


Yvonne Lim
Yvonne Lim
07 Feb 2017

Yvonne Lim

Just like Fann, this yummy mummy’s acting career took a backseat after she got pregnant and married in 2014. It has been three years since we last saw her on TV, after her last drama, Blessings, which was the top-rated series of 2014. Judging by how she has to juggle between two kids now, since she just gave birth to her second kid – a baby girl named Alexa in December, we’re guessing a return’s not on the cards – yet.

Watch past episodes of Blessings on Toggle.

L-R: Yvonne in Legend of The Eight Immortals (1998), A Child's Hope (2003)
Photos: Mediacorp, Yvonne Lim/Instagram

Lynn Poh
Lynn Poh
07 Feb 2017

Lynn Poh

We’ll always remember her as the adorkable ‘Zhu Zhu’ in hit sitcom Don’t Worry Be Happy. In 2011, Lynn tied the knot in a glitzy wedding and stopped acting altogether (her last official drama series was 2010’s Your Hand In Mine) to settle down with her banker beau, whom she divorced a couple of years back. She kept a low profile ever since they parted ways and subsequently found her way back to TV land again after she was offered the role of a Japanese housewife, starring opposite Chen Hanwei, in The Truth Seekers last year.

More, please!

Watch Lynn Poh’s past shows Don’t Worry Be Happy, From The Medical Files and As You Like It, on Toggle.

L-R: Lynn in Out to Win (1999), Measure of a Man (2006), Truth Seekers (2016)
Photos: Mediacorp

Fiona Xie
Fiona Xie
07 Feb 2017

Fiona Xie

Well, Fiona’s back… sort of. The effectively bilingual actress had a few iconic roles on Channel 8 (a genie in My Genie and a competitive swimmer in The Champion) and Channel 5, but she left it all behind in 2009 when she backed out of year-end drama series Together at the eleventh hour. When we all least expected it, she made a highly-publicised return last year via a Channel 5 drama series, Left Behind and will be next seen hosting the latest season of Renovaid, which begs the question: when will she act on Channel 8 again?

Watch Fiona’s past shows My Genie, Maggie & Me and Left Behind on Toggle.

L-R: Fiona in My Genie (2001), The Champion (2004)
Photos: Mediacorp, Toggle

Phyllis Quek
Phyllis Quek
07 Feb 2017

Phyllis Quek

The last time we saw model-turned-actress Phyllis on screen was in 2011 when she filmed local movie The Ultimate Winner with Rebecca Lim and Li Nanxing, in what would be the latter’s directorial debut. Despite leaving showbiz, she continued to make headlines for her relationship with an Australian businessman, David Cox, whom she met at the F1 races in town, their very low-key wedding in 2013, and her job as a patient relationship manager at an aesthetic clinic.

Phyllis was last sighted with her husband in 2014, attending Yvonne Lim’s wedding, and reportedly travels extensively with her husband for his work these days.

Watch Phyllis’ past shows The Adventures of Wisely, Brave New World and Beyond Dawn on Toggle.

L-R: Phyllis in Devil's Blue (2004) and at Yvonne Lim's wedding in 2014
Photos: Mediacorp, Toggle

Joey Swee
Joey Swee
07 Feb 2017

Joey Swee

An actress and host, the former 1997 Star Search contestant has endeared fans with her bright and bubbly personality and likeable TV roles. After close to 10 years in the industry, she had a flash marriage to her Indonesian-Chinese businessman husband in 2006 and they welcomed their first child, Kynaston, in the same year. After giving birth to her second child, Jefferson, in 2009, she decided not to renew her contract with Mediacorp and chose to become a full-time mother instead.

These days the 39-year-old is a happy ‘tai tai’ and mother to three boys and takes on work gigs occasionally, like when she made guest appearances on Channel U’s Mars VS Venus, Your Thoughts Please? and acted in a cable drama series, Accidental Agents, in 2015.

Watch Joey’s past shows Stand By Me, The Reunion, You Light Up My Life on Toggle.

L-R: Joey in The Unbeatables III (2003), My Teacher, My Friend (1999)
Photo: Mediacorp, Joey Swee/Instagram


Florence Tan
Florence Tan
07 Feb 2017

Florence Tan

Like Fann, Florence is still acting – just not on local TV as she is based in China. The mother-of-two was last seen in Channel 8’s 2012 year-end blockbuster series, Joys of Life, starring opposite one of her former onscreen partners, Chew Chor Meng (they played one of local TV’s most iconic onscreen couples in 1997’s Immortal Love), and guest-starred in variety shows such as Home Away From Home and Mars VS Venus.

Watch Florence’s past shows A Child’s Hope and Hainan Kopi Tales on Toggle.

L-R: Florence in Springs of Life (2002) and Wok of Life (1999)
Photo: Mediacorp, Florence Tan/Instagram

Madeline Chu
Madeline Chu
07 Feb 2017

Madeline Chu

The doe-eyed beauty rocketed to fame after starring in 1988’s Mystery, left showbiz in 1996 after getting married, and relocated overseas with her family in 2005. Currently based in Tokyo, Japan, the mother of two daughters is now a full-time housewife and last appeared on Channel U’s Home Away From Home in 2015.

Watch Madeline’s past show Mystery on Toggle.

L-R: Madeline in The Great Conspiracy (1993), Secret Files (1995)
Photos: Mediacorp, Quan Yi Fong/Instagram

Ericia Lee
Ericia Lee
07 Feb 2017

Ericia Lee

After Ericia’s acting contract with Mediacorp ended in 2009, the actress cut down on work projects and globetrotted around the world. She was last seen on the silver screen in The Wedding Diary 2, a Singapore-Malaysia co-production, co-starring Ah Niu and Hong Kong actress Elanne Kwong, and made headlines when she got married at Capella Hotel to her then-41-year-old boyfriend after three years of dating.

Photos: Toggle, Substance Films/Instagram

Jazreel Low
Jazreel Low
07 Feb 2017

Jazreel Low

The second runner-up in the first Star Search in 1988 is now an entrepreneur (she owns a bridal shop, Jazreel Low’s Collections and a chain of spas, Aramasa Lifestyle) after leaving showbiz in 1994. The mother-of-one, who last acted in local movie Taxi! Taxi! as Gurmit Singh’s onscreen wife, said she decided to take on the project because of the “message” behind it. While Jazreel’s open to acting again, she’ll only say ‘yes’ to the right projects.

Watch Jazreel’s past shows My Fair Ladies and Smouldering Heat on Toggle.

L-R: Jazreel in My Fair Ladies (1989), Smouldering Heat (1993)
Photos: Mediacorp, 8 DAYS Magazine

Cherie Lim
Cherie Lim
07 Feb 2017

Cherie Lim

Better known as Singapore tycoon Peter Lim’s wife a.k.a. Mrs Valencia CF, Cherie left showbiz suddenly in 1994, a couple of years after joining the second Star Search competition in 1990. The then-25-year-old made headlines for her relationship with her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Peter, who is also one of Singapore’s richest men. They eventually tied the knot after dating for eight years in 2003. Cherie is sometimes seen in pictures with her former colleagues on their Instagram accounts and still appears in the news from time to time.

Watch Cherie’s past shows Young Justice Bao, Twin Bliss and The Strike Back on Toggle.

L-R: Cherie in Sister Dearest (1993), Happy Family (2004)
Photos: Mediacorp, Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA/CLICK PHOTOS

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