Bunga Citra Lestari

Bunga Citra Lestari (born 22 March 1983), often referred to by her initial BCL, is an Indonesian singer, actress, talent show judge, and television personality of Minangkabau descent.

Bunga Citra Lestari
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Born (1983-03-22) 22 March 1983 (age 40)
Jakarta, Indonesia[1]
Other namesBCL
  • Singer
  • Actress
  • Television Personality
Years active1996–present
(m. 2008; died 2020)
  • Muchlis Rusli
  • Emmy Syarif
Musical career
  • Pop
Websitewww.bclofficial.com[dead link]


Bunga Citra Lestari grew up as a multi-talented girl until she started her career as a model for HAI Magazine (Cewek Hai). Following her modelling career, BCL was scouted at a mall and she quickly got her first part in a TV series, “7 Tanda Cinta” (Seven Signs of Love). Before this, BCL was appeared on video clip Jikustik song titled "Seribu Tahun Lamanya" in 1999. Then, she started her career on television as a drama actress. The TV series that she has played were Bukan Perempuan Biasa (which she got a extras role as Child Sri), ABG, Senandung Masa Puber, Kala Cinta Menggoda, Penjaga Hati, and others. She later moved on as a singer and as a film actress.

In 2004, BCL’s singing career began as a featuring singer of PAS Band. She also recorded a single titled "Saat Kau Pergi" (When You Go) for a soundtrack-album for film Dealova in 2005. Her debut album Cinta Pertama ("Sunny", or literally "First Love") was released in 2006 with the hits singles, "Cinta Pertama" and "Aku Tak Mau Sendiri" (I Don't Want To Be Alone). Her first album was success and sold out 75,000 copies in the first week in Indonesia.[2]

Cinta Pertama raised up her name as a famous singer. She also starred her first film with the same title with her album, Cinta Pertama. This film also got then same success with her first studio album. Since then, Bunga decided to focus in music industry and released many hits and collaborated with Indonesia’s most-anticipated musicians including Peter Pan, Ungu, Nidji, Yovie Widianto, Slank, Krisdayanti, Ari Lasso, Andi Rianto and Melly Goeslaw. She also created her Asian-wide recognition with her collaboration with Christian Bautista, as well as Julio Iglesias.

BCL made her feature film debut in Cinta Pertama. Along with the movie, she released her first single as its original soundtrack, Cinta Pertama, a song that changed her life. That ‘first love’ has transformed her into a lovely superstar and she proves her stardom as one of Indonesia’s leading actress. In 2007, Bunga starred her second film titled Kangen ("Miss"). The soundtrack of this film was also taken from Bunga's first album, titled "Mengapa Harus Terjadi" ("Why Must It Be?"). At the end of 2007, she did a duet with Indonesian singer, Ari Lasso in a single titled "Aku dan Dirimu". From her collaboration with Ari Lasso, she won an award from Indonesian Music Awards (AMI) for "Best Pop Collaboration".

She then became very popular in Indonesia and neighbouring countries. Bunga briefly moved to East Timor for career development outside of Indonesia. After gaining popularity in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines she returned to Indonesia.

Bunga released her second studio album in 2008 titled Tentang Kamu (About You). The album produced her successful singles, "Tentang Kamu" and "Pernah Muda" (Ever Young). In the same year she also starred in 2 films titled Ada Kamu, Aku Ada and Saus Kacang ("Peanut Sauce") with her husband, Ashraf Sinclair.

In February 2010, Bunga Citra appeared again in "Dahsyat" ("Awesome"), where she sang a duet with Filipino singer Christian Bautista with a remake of Indonesian version of Please Be Careful with My Heart from Christian Bautista's 6th album Romance Revisited originally sung by Filipino Crooner Jose Mari Chan and released in the Philippines.

In 2012, she stars in the biggest box office movie at that time “Habibie & Ainun”, a movie about the great love story of Indonesian former president and his beloved wife. The movie was a big hit with 4.6 million viewers and it has set another milestone for BCL.

In March 2017, she had once again made her mark in the industry by producing a critically acclaimed solo concert “It’s Me BCL Concert” with the highest production cost of all time in Indonesia collaborating with LA-based creative director The Squared Division. Many have praised it and even The Jakarta Post published a review and wrote, “BCL has raised the bar”.

Now as she is one of the biggest stars in Indonesia, she is chosen as one of the judges for Indonesian Idol. The taping starts in October 2017 and will be on air in RCTI from December 2017 until April 2018. She is also chosen as one of the judges for Indonesian Idol Season X in 2019.

Her persona and Indonesian beauty has created her as an iconic figure as she was named the face and brand ambassador of some beauty and prominent consumer goods brands. As she maintains her stylish appearance on and off stage, her fashionable look is acclaimed as one of today’s best-dressed celebrity.

With all the quality that she possesses, her presence in social media is very good with a high level of engagement from a number of followers; Twitter 5.8 million, Instagram 15.4 million and Line official 9.5 million.

Personal lifeEdit

Bunga Citra Lestari's name is translated as "flower with an everlasting image". She is also known by the acronym BCL.[3]

Bunga married Ashraf Sinclair, a Malaysian actor, on 8 November 2008, until his death on 18 February 2020. After they got married, Bunga and Ashraf played in the same film, Saus Kacang.[4] She has one child[5]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Cinta Pertama (2006)
  • Tentang Kamu (2008)
  • The Best of BCL (2013)
  • Hit Singles BCL and More (2015)
  • The Very Best of BCL Wanita Terbahagia (2016)
  • It's Me BCL (2017)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • OST. Dealova (2005)
  • The Best of Ari Lasso (2007)

Chart studio songEdit

Year Title Album MTV Ampuh Inbox Derings Dahsyat Radio Airplay Guntur Radio
2005 "Ku Merindu" (feat. PAS Band) The Best of Pas Band 5 4
"Saat Kau Pergi" OST – Dealova & Cinta Pertama 2 4
2006 "Cinta Pertama (Sunny)" Cinta Pertama 1 (2 Weeks) 1 (9 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
"Aku Tak Mau Sendiri" 2 1 (4 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
2007 "Ingkar" 3 1 (2 Weeks)
"Mengapa Harus Terjadi" 3 1 (3 Weeks)
"Aku Dan Dirimu" (feat. Ari Lasso) Tentang Kamu 1 (6 Weeks) 3 1 (6 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
2008 "Tentang Kamu" 1 (1 Week) 4 1 (6 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
"Kecewa" 1 (1 Week) 1 (1 Week)
2009 "Pernah Muda" 1 (3 Weeks) 1 (2 Weeks) 1 (2 Weeks) 1 (3 Weeks) 1 (7 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
"Hanya Untukmu" OST – Saus Kacang 3 2 4 1 (2 Weeks)
2010 "Karena Kucinta Kau" OST – Bayu Cinta Luna 1 1 1 4 1 (3 Weeks) 1 (1 Week)
"Tetaplah Dihatiku" (feat. Christian Bautista) The Best of BCL 1 1 1 2 1
2012 "Wajahmu Ingatkan Aku" Non-album single 13 2 1 (1 Week)
"Hot" (feat. Intan Ayu) The Best of BCL 1 2 1 1 (1 Week)
2013 "Cinta Sejati" 1 10 (7 Week) 1 (2 Week)
2018 "Dance Tonight" (feat. JFlow) Asian Games 2018: Energy of Asia
2019 "Harta Berharga" OST – Keluarga Cemara
2019 "Memilih Dia" Memilih Dia - Single
2020 "Menghapus Jejakmu" Menghapus Jejakmu
2020 "12 Tahun Terindah" 12 Tahun Terindah



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cinta Pertama Alya Lead role
Nominated – 2007 Indonesian Movie Awards for Favorite Soundtrack (for the song "Cinta Pertama (Sunny)")
Nominated – 2007 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards for Most Favorite Actress
Nominated – 2007 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards for Best Theme Song (for the song "Cinta Pertama (Sunny)")
2007 Kangen Imel Lead role
2007 Ada Kamu, Aku Ada Stella Lead role
2008 Saus Kacang Dewi Lead role
2012 Habibie & Ainun Ainun Lead role
Nominated – 2013 Indonesian Movie Awards for Best Actress
Nominated – 2013 Indonesian Movie Awards for Best Chemistry (with Reza Rahadian)
Nominated – 2013 Indonesian Movie Awards for Favorite Actress
Won – 2013 Indonesian Movie Awards for Favorite Soundtrack (for the song "Cinta Sejati")
Nominated – 2013 Festival Film Bandung for Best Female Film Leading Role
2016 3 Srikandi Nurfitriyana Saiman Lead Role
2016 My Stupid Boss Diana Lead Role

Won - 2017 Usmar Ismail Awards - Favorite Actress in Leading Role

2016 Jilbab Traveller:Love Sparks in Korea Rania Samudra Lead Role
2017 Moon Cake Story Asih Lead Role
2017 Surat Kecil Untuk Tuhan Angel Lead Role
2017 Si Juki The Movie Doktor Erin Pratama Lead Role
2019 My Stupid Boss 2 Diana Lead Role


Year Title Role Notes TV Network
1997 Bukan Perempuan Biasa Child Sri Extras role RCTI
2002-2003 7 Tanda Cinta Lead role SCTV
2003–2005 Senandung Masa Puber Cynthia Lead Role Trans TV
2004–2006 ABG Dewi Lead Role RCTI
2005–2006 Kala Cinta Menggoda Lead role SCTV
2005 Dari Temen Jadi Demen Lead role TV7
2005 Mukjizat Allah Lead role Indosiar
2006 Cintailah Aku Gadis Lead role Indosiar
2006 Rahasia Hati Supporting role SCTV
2006-2007 Penjaga Hati Olga Lead role SCTV
2009–2010 Bayu Cinta Luna Luna Lead role
Nominated — 2010 Panasonic Gobel Awards for Favorite Actress
2012–2013 Berbagi Cinta Alisha Lead role
Nominated – 2013 Festival Film Bandung for Best Soap Opera Female Leading Role
Nominated – 2013 Panasonic Gobel Awards for Favorite Actress

Television showEdit

Year Title Role TV Network Notes
2016 Maharaja Lawak Mega 2016 Herself/Judge Astro Mustika HD with Shaheizy Sam, Najip Ali & Ziana Zain
2017 Indonesian Idol season 9 Herself/Judge RCTI with Ari Lasso, Maia Estianty,Judika and Armand Maulana
2019 Indonesian Idol Season 10 Herself/Judge RCTI with Ari Lasso, Maia Estianty, Judika and Anang Hermansyah

TV AdvertisementEdit

Year Title Role
2004-2005 Sunsilk Herself
2006–2007 Sharp Herself
2007–2008 Arnotts International Herself
2007 Toyota Eco Youth Herself
2007–2014, 2017-Present Pond's Herself
2009-2011 Torabika Coffee Herself
2010-2012 Marie France Bodyline Herself
2011-2014 Honda Herself
2012 Floridina Herself
2013–2014 Formula Herself
2013–2015 Samsung Home Appliances Herself
2014-2017 LUX-Present Herself
2015 LINE "Get Rich" Herself
2015 Matahari Herself
2016 Belvita Herself
2016-Present Molto Herself
2017 Enervon-C Herself
2018 Modena Herself
2018 Sasa Herself
2018 Chocolatos Coklat Kopi Herself
2019 Resorts World Sentosa Herself
2019-Present Avian [id] Herself
2019-Present Halodoc Herself

Awards and nominationsEdit

List of awards and nominations received by Bunga Citra Lestari


  1. ^ "Profil Bunga Citra Lestari - VIVA". 9 March 2017.
  2. ^ (in Indonesian) Most Phenomenal Indonesian Solo Singer in Debut Album. Retrieved 24 December 2010
  3. ^ Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak (16 July 2016). "Getting Personal: Bunga Citra Lestari: What's in a Name?". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ IMDB: Saus Kacang. Retrieved 6 March 2018
  5. ^ DetikHot:Ashraf-BCL's son named Noah Sinclair. Retrieved 23 September 2010

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