Christopher Lee nominated for prestigious award

SINGAPORE - Come Oct 26, Christopher Lee may do our nation proud.

He's the first Singapore-based actor to be nominated for Taiwan Golden Bell Awards.

Lee, 41, a permanent resident, is in the running for the coveted Best Actor in a Mini-Series/TV Movie title at the 47th edition of the prestigious awards, thanks to his powerful performance in Forgotten, his first Taiwanese TV movie.

Forgotten received two other nominations - for Best Director (Lien Yi Chi) and Best Lighting (Mei Shu Hai).

"When I received the call from my manager about my nomination, I had just got down from a cab at the golf range," said Lee, at a recent press conference for his upcoming Channel 8 drama Game Plan.

"I was so happy that I just couldn't stop laughing loudly. No words could express my joy."

He said he savoured the feelings for a while and shared the good news with his wife, local top actress Fann Wong.

"She was very happy for me," Lee said.

The Golden Bell Awards is Taiwan's equivalent to the Emmy Awards.

In Forgotten, which premiered in Taiwan in May, Lee plays a man who tries to save his marriage when his wife - played by popular Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin - gets into a serious car accident and loses her memory.

He said: "Ruby Lin is such a veteran and she didn't get nominated for Best Actress, so this is such an honour. There is such big pressure (for me to win)."

On his first Taiwanese production making a splash at the awards, Lee, a Malaysian who made a name for himself here, admitted that all eyes were going to be on him now. If he wins, he promised to create a ruckus during his acceptance speech.

Lee's foray into the Taiwanese entertainment industry began with him signing on to Taiwanese modelling and artiste agency, Catwalk, earlier this year.

Catwalk is famous for having groomed household names in Taiwan such as Lin Chi-ling, Ethan Ruan, Joseph Cheng and Bianca Bai.

Ms Janet Leaw, director of international business for the agency, told The New Paper that Lee is the first Singapore-based artiste in the firm's talent pool.

"We have always been on the lookout for artistes with the X-factor and the potential (to make it big)," said Ms Leaw, "and Christopher is definitely one of them."

"Our team is currently working with Christopher to set out goals for him such as making movies, TV series etc. for the region.

"Everyone is very happy about his nomination and we are glad that he is part of the Catwalk family."

She said that since Lee has a steady fan base here, he would still spend some time each year doing local TV productions. Lee is still a MediaCorp artiste. He renewed his contract with the TV station earlier this year.

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