Christopher Lee (Singaporean actor)


Christopher Lee (Singaporean actor)
Christopher Lee
Chinese name 李銘順 (Traditional)
Chinese name 李铭顺 (Simplified)
Pinyin Lǐ Míngshùn (Mandarin)
Birth name Lee Meng Soon (李明順)
Origin Singapore
Born 23 July 1971 (1971-07-23) (age 40)
Malacca, Malaysia
Occupation Actor
Host
Singer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Fann Wong (2009–present)

Christopher Lee (born 23 July 1971), born Lee Meng Soon, is a Singapore-based Malaysian Chinese film and television actor, host and singer.

Contents

Biography

Early life

Lee studied up to form 5 in Sekolah Menangah Seri Kota, Air Leleh, Malacca, Malaysia. He was an active student in school, serving as a prefect and representing his school in rugby competitions.His younger brother(younger by five years) is a Malaysia actor and model, Lee Meng Chong; Frederick Lee (Malaysian actor) which can be seen in drama Love Circle, Age of Glory (Malaysian TV series) and Age Of Glory 2 (Malaysian TV series).

Career

Lee joined Singapore's TV station TCS (later became MediaCorp) on a contract in 1995 after emerging as 1st runner-up in the male category of the Star Search programme in 1995. He worked as a model before becoming an actor. Lee first started acting in Chinese language TV drama series produced by TCS's Channel 8.

Lee rose to prominence in his career after winning the Best Actor award at the Star Awards 1997 for his performance in the World War II period drama series The Price of Peace, in which he played Xie Guomin, an anti-Japanese activist who became a Hanjian later. In 1998, he starred as Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes, an adaptation of Louis Cha's Wuxia novel of the same title. He was voted in as Taiwan's Most Popular MediaCorp Male Artiste at the Star Awards 1998 for his performance. Since then, Lee has been working on many television series jointly-produced by Singapore and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, co-starring with actors from Hong Kong and Taiwan, such as Nadia Chan, Vincent Chiao, Jimmy Lin and Jordan Chan.

Apart from acting, Lee also occasionally recorded singles for MediaCorp's TV drama series. He released his first solo album in 1999 and another one in 2002.

Conviction

On 8 October 2006, Lee was involved in a hit-and-run road accident. He had allegedly knocked down a motorcyclist due to suspected drunk driving, causing the motorcyclist and his pillion rider to suffer superficial injuries on their faces and legs. He was arrested and released later on bail.

Despite the incident, Lee managed to win a position among the Top 10 Male Artistes in the Star Awards 2006. In his acceptance speech, Lee said in Mandarin that he had been feeling terrible over the incident during the previous two months, and that he would be responsible for what he did. Speaking to reporters later, he mentioned that he had been unable to sleep at times, adding that he was very grateful to his fans for their support.[1]

On 10 May 2007, Lee was fined S$4,500 and disqualified from driving for three years on charges of drunk driving and other traffic offences, as well as being sentenced to a prison term of four weeks. Lee appealed against his jail sentence but withdrew his appeal later on 28 May. He began serving his sentence at Queenstown Remand Prison on the same day.[2] Ironically he was welcomed by the very same inmates that he initially knew from his role in "the best bet" where he starred as an prisoner himself. The experience no doubt would be very different this time. On 15 June, the prosecution succeeded in appealing against Lee's four-week jail sentence and the court decided to overturn an earlier sentence of a S$3,000 fine for his drunk driving offence. Lee was sentenced to an additional two weeks in prison, making his total prison term six weeks long.[3] On 21 June, the prosecution dropped the last of five charges against Lee for failing to stop after an accident, letting him off with a stern warning instead.[4] Lee was released on 25 June, after receiving a reduction in his prison sentence due to good behavior.[5]

Due to his conviction, Lee was dropped from playing the lead role in the 2007 Channel 8 TV series Metamorphosis. He was replaced by actor Thomas Ong.[6]

On 12 July 2007, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) completed its review on Lee's case and decided to allow him to retain his Singapore Permanent Resident status. However, Lee will be under close observation and the ICA would revoke its decision if Lee violates the law again.[7]

Personal life

On 16 May 2009, Lee married fellow MediaCorp actress Fann Wong, whom he had previously co-starred with in several TV series. The wedding ceremony was held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, with many of Lee's colleagues from the entertainment industry, such as Zheng Geping and Huang Biren, attending their wedding.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Best Bet Lee Yong-Shun
2009 The Wedding Game Fang Zijie
2010 Kidnapper Taxi driver Lim

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Love Knows No Bounds Hong Jie television film
1996 Kungfu Master Liu Nianrong
Of Cops and Man Liu Jiashun
Brave New World Jiale
1997 The Choice Partner Zheng Fangsheng
My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives Mai Jiawei
The Price of Peace Xie Guomin Won Best Actor award at Star Awards 1997
The Guest People Zhang Chongzhi
1998 The Return of the Condor Heroes Yang Guo Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 1998
Myths and Legends of Singapore Zhu Heyi / Zhu Gutou
1999 Coup de Scorpio Xie Tingzhang Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 1999
Riding the Storm Zhong Qingtang Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 1999
2000 Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng Ximen Chuixue regional production
Looking for Stars Henry Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 2000
2001 Madam White Snake Xu Xian / Xu Shilin Singapore-Taiwan co-production
Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng 2 Ximen Chuixue regional production
The Hotel Shaun
2002 Brotherhood He Ping Singapore-China co-production; Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 2002
Palm of Rulai Lu Xiaoyu regional production
2003 Moon Fairy Houyi regional production
True Heroes Chen Junhao Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 2003
2004 Always on My Mind Tang Xinyang
Timeless Gift Wang Jie Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 2004
To Mum with Love Yang Yijie
2005 A New Life Zhang Youfu Nominated - Best Actor award, Star Awards 2005
Fairy of the Chalice Cao Jing Singapore-China co-production
The Dragon Heroes Yan Cheng regional production
You Are the One Simon
2006 My Lucky Stars Wu Fuqi regional production
Rhapsody in Blue Lan Ziyuan
Through It All Guo Yihai
The Peak Fang Hong'an
2007 A Mobile Love Story Lin Lizhong Singapore-China co-production
The Shaolin Warriors Qi Jiguang Chinese production
2008 Rhythm of Life Li Junjie
Beach.Ball.Babes Ma Tianwu
2009 My Buddy Zeng Youquan
2010 Breakout Situ Dongcheng
2011 Secrets For Sale Zheng Renyi
The Oath Wu Guo'en

TV variety shows

Year Title Notes
2006 Insiders' Australia
2008 Life Transformers Nominated - Best Variety Show Host, Star Awards 2009
2009 Life Transformers 2

Discography

Albums

  • Christopher Lee Story (1999)
  • Love, No Boundaries (2002)

Singles

Year / collection Title Notes
1997 错爱今生 Theme song from The Choice Partner
和平的代价 Theme song from The Price of Peace
流浪之歌 Theme song from The Guest People
1998 一生太短暂 Insert song from The Return of the Condor Heroes
1999 逃避 Opening theme song from Coup de Scorpio
不告而别 Ending theme song from Coup de Scorpio
2000 Ending theme song from Master Swordsman Lu Xiaofeng
2002 平凡 Theme song from Brotherhood
爱,无国界
2003 英雄好汉 Opening theme song from True Heroes
每一天的思念 Insert song from True Heroes
在你左右 Ending theme song from True Heroes
2004 非一般烦恼 Theme song from To Mum with Love
2005 相信 Theme song from You Are the One
福禄寿 Theme song from My Lucky Stars; performed together with Fann Wong
Chinese New Year songs 万年红 performed together with Fann Wong
恭喜恭喜07 performed together with Qi Yuwu, Ann Kok and Dawn Yeoh
万事如意08
Others 运气-阳光系列3
谈何容易

Achievements

Year Achievement Representative work Notes
1995 1st Male Runner-up, Star Search 1995
1997 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 1997
Best Actor award, Star Awards 1997 The Price of Peace
1998 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 1998
Taiwan's Most Popular Male Artiste, Star Awards 1998
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1998 The Return of the Condor Heroes
1999 Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999 Coup de Scorpio
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 1999 Riding the Storm
2000 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2000
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2000 Looking for Stars
2001 Malaysia's Most Popular Male Artiste, Star Awards 2001
2002 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2002
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2002 Brotherhood
2003 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2003
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2003 True Heroes
2004 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2004
2005 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2005
Best Actor nomination, Star Awards 2005 A New Life
2006 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2006
2007 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2007
2009 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes, Star Awards 2009
Best Variety Show Host nomination, Star Awards 2009 Life Transformers
2010 All-Time Favourite Artiste, Star Awards 2010

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