Xie Shaoguang

Xie Shaoguang (born 15 September 1961), also known as Cha Shao-Kwong, is a Singaporean retired actor best known for acting in many Chinese-language television series produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. He was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1985 to 2005.

Xie Shaoguang
谢韶光
Born
Cha Shao Kwong

(1961-09-15) 15 September 1961 (age 60)
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationChef
Monk (former)
Actor (retired)
Years active1989–2005
AwardsStar Awards 1995 : Best Supporting Actor
Star Awards 1996 : Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor
Star Awards 1998 & Star Awards 1999 : Best Actor
Star Awards 2003 : Best Actor & Special Achievement Award
Star Awards 2005 : Best Actor & All-Time Favourite Artiste
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese謝韶光
Simplified Chinese谢韶光

Career and personal lifeEdit

Since the start of his acting career in 1989 in the television series A Mother's Love (亲心唤我心), Xie has received numerous accolades, including winning the Star Awards Best Actor award five times and the Best Supporting Actor award twice since the ceremony's inception in 1994. In 2005, he was awarded the All-Time Favourite Artiste award, in recognition of his career after winning the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes award from 1995-2004 respectively with Fann Wong. One of his most notable roles is the Chinese folk deity Ji Gong in the 1997 television series The Legends of Jigong.[1]

In 2005, Xie formalised his plans to retire from the entertainment industry when he decided not to renew his contract which expired in September the same year, although his intention to quit has been made known years earlier. He said that after retirement, he would be living in Malaysia, where he planned to open a refuge for stray dogs and cats. His final appearance in the media was in the television series Baby Blues, which ended its run on 9 September 2005.

Since leaving the entertainment industry, Xie has rejected all requests to appear in public events or on screen, including an invitation by Singaporean director Anthony Chen to star in the award-winning film Ilo Ilo.[2]

Xie moved to Permas Jaya, Malaysia, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2013.[3] In 2016, Singaporean media reported that Xie has renounced as layman and became a head chef in a vegetarian restaurant.[4]

After a 12-year hiatus, Xie made a short official media appearance on 14 October 2017 to conduct acting classes for younger actors.[2] Xie has stated he would return to acting, if there is a role that can persuade him to do so.[5]

AccoladesEdit

Star Awards – Acting Awards
Year Ceremony Category Representative work Result
1995 2nd Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actor Larceny of Love
(as Jiang Zefu)
Won
2nd Star Awards Ceremony Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 5
1996 3rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Supporting Actor Golden Pillow
(as Sai Wei)
Won
3rd Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor The Last Rhythm
(as Junxiong)
Won
3rd Star Awards Ceremony Top 5 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 5
1997 4th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor The Legends of Ji Gong
(as Luo Han)
Nominated
4th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
1998 5th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor Stand by Me
(as Du Hanmin)
Won
5th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
1999 6th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor Stepping Out
(as Zhang Jiafu)
Won
6th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2000 7th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2001 8th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2002 9th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor Beautiful Connection
(as Lion King)
Nominated
9th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2003 10th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor Holland V
(as Yang Xiong)
Won
10th Star Awards Ceremony Special Achievement Award N/A Won
10th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2004 11th Star Awards Ceremony Best Actor Double Happiness
(as Luo Jialong)
Won
11th Star Awards Ceremony Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Top 10
2005 12th Star Awards Ceremony All-Time Favourite Artiste N/A Received
2007 14th Star Awards Ceremony My Favourite Actor N/A Won
14th Star Awards Ceremony Favourite On-screen Couple N/A Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ hermesauto (21 September 2021). "Former actor Xie Shaoguang makes rare appearance in Pan Lingling's photo". The Straits Times. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b 谢韶光时隔12年重返新传媒,为年轻后辈开演艺班授课 [Xie Shaohuang returns to MediaCorp after 12 years, conducts acting classes for young actors]. Toggle (in Chinese). 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  3. ^ hermesauto (27 March 2016). "Retired actor Xie Shaoguang isn't a monk any more, returns to secular life and cooking". The Straits Times. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  4. ^ Huang, Zhifa; Chen, Mingyao (27 March 2016). 退演艺圈11年 两年半前剃度出家 谢韶光还俗 [Retired from showbiz for 11 years, entered the Buddhist order two-and-a-half years ago, Xie Shaoguang has given up his monk vows]. Lianhe Zaobao (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  5. ^ Hong, Minghua (14 October 2017). 现身新传媒 谢韶光:可为角色复出 [Appearing at Mediacorp Xie Shaoguang: I may return to showbiz because of the role]. Lianhe Zaobao (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 April 2018.

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