Cheryl Chin

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Cheryl Chin
Born (1979-11-11) 11 November 1979 (age 39)
Partner(s) Brandon Fernandez (former)
Lee Smith (former)

Cheryl Chin (born 11 November 1979) is a Singaporean television and film actress. She was formerly known as a Singapore television actress and fashion model who competed in and won the Star Search Singapore finals in 2003. She also received the best actress award.[1]

She has appeared mostly on Singapore's television drama and comedy series. In 2010, she appeared in Mongolian Death Worm, directed by Steven R. Monroe, starring Sean Patrick Flanery, and Machete, directed by Robert Rodriguez, starring Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba, and Robert De Niro.

Early life

Chin was born in Singapore to Irene and Albert Chin. Both her mother and father are of Chinese descent, though her father was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chin has a younger brother, Sean. Because of her father's roots, she was raised in Malaysia for 3 years and then settled in Singapore until the age of 11. Chin grew up without both grandparents. Her grandmother died in the first plane crash of Singapore Airline's history, and she was told her grandfather died of a broken heart.

Chin attended Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, an all-girls Catholic school, from first through eighth grade. In 2001, her mother remarried an American and the family migrated to Virginia in 1993. In 2001, in an attempt to pursue an acting career, Chin made a bargain with her mother that allowed her to return to Singapore for six months with all expenses paid to audition for roles. If she could not make a living from acting within the six months, she would have to attend an American business university. On the last day of her 6-month period, she won her first acting role in a theatre production for a cruise ship.


Shortly after, Chin received starring roles in Singapore's prime time television series such as: Singapore's longest running comedy TV series, Under One Roof, the hit TV movie Blueprint anthology series – Scars, School Days hit comedy TV series, and The Outsiders, an independent slasher film.

She was listed by FHM Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2003 and 2004. She entered the Singaporean version of the TV talent show Star Search in 2003 and won the Best Acting Potential Award together with the Female Champion Award, becoming Singapore's representative for Star Search Asia Grand Finals. Chin won the first runner-up title and an artist contract with Mediacorp, Singapore's national television studios, to be part of their stable of performers. Under Mediacorp's management, she received her first dramatic role in An Ode To Life as Weng Xiaoyun, a muddle-headed nurse who unexpectedly falls into a love triangle. An Ode To Life was shown in 2004 on Mediacorp Television and later won the best dramatic television series award.

She went on to star in the 13-episode comedy series The Cheer Team, broadcast in 2004, as Miss Bai, a cheerleading teacher who was inappropriate for the job. While shooting The Cheer Team, she was offered a role in The Best Bet, a 14-episode Singaporean television series, as Lina Zhang, the love interest of both Christopher Lee's and Mark Lee's characters.

As her contract with Mediacorp came to an end in 2004, she completed filming of The Best Bet and returned to America. During her four years in Singapore, Chin appeared in four films, six television series, and four variety shows.

After taking a break for three years, she worked on two films in 2009: Mongolian Death Worm, a TV movie ordered by the Syfy Channel, and Machete, which was released in August 2010. Machete marked Chin's first villainous role.

She was the female champion of Star Search Singapore Finals 2003, was ranked No. 93 on FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Woman of the World 2003,[2] and No. 90 in FHM Singapore's 100 Sexiest Woman of the World 2004.[3]


Chin was raised as a Buddhist, Christian, and Catholic. Her great grandmother was Buddhist, her mother is Catholic, and her father is Christian. During childhood, Chin was close friends with her neighbour, Samantha, who is an Indonesian Christian. Chin would follow her to an Indonesian church where an interpreter's services were employed every weekend in order for her to understand the pastor. At the age of 11, Chin asked to be baptised as a Christian.


While in Singapore, Chin began a 2-year relationship with Brandon Fernandez, a veteran stage actor. Chin then met Lee Smith, a British businessman, in 2003, soon after winning Star Search Singapore. Their relationship ended shortly before Chin returned to the US in 2005.

Chin met Wes Thompson when she hired him as her Director of Photography on a pilot production.


Year Project Role Other notes
2010 Beneath the Darkness Nurse Josie In Production
2010 Dad Camp As Self Principle
2010 Machete Torrez Henchwoman Principle
2009 Mongolian Death Worm Thuan Principle
2008 The 2 Bobs Boneshredder Principle
2005 The Best Bet Lina Zhang Principle
2004 The Cheer Team Miss Bai Principle
2004 An Ode to Life Weng Xiaoyun Principle
2004 World of Wonders Multiple Roles Guest Star
2004 Let's Party with Food Host
2003 The Last Wedding Weng Xiaoyun Principle
2003 The Outsiders Samantha Teo Principle
2003 Star Search Singapore Grand Finals Finalist Singapore Finalist
2003 Star Search Singapore Finalist Singapore Female Champion
2003 Blueprint - Scars Best Friend Principle
2003 Under One Roof Wendy Guest Star
2003 Blueprint-Scars Hui Principle
2002 School Days Angel Tan Guest Star


  1. ^ MediaCorp Studios. "Star Search 2003: The Final 12" Archived 9 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Star Search 2003, 9 June 2003. Accessed 20 March 2007.
  2. ^ Zaobao. "《男人帮》选性感U频道9美女上榜" Archived 30 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine., 28 May 2003. Accessed 21 March 2007.
  3. ^ Fortune City. "Cheryl Chin in FHM World Ranking", 21 March 2007. Accessed 21 March 2007.

External links

  • Cheryl Chin on IMDb
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