Zoe Tay Zheng (born January 10, 1968), addressed professionally as Zoe Tay, is a renowned Singaporean actress and former model. She began her career as a model in the 1980s and rose to prominence in the 1990s with her roles in The Unbeatables and The Last Swordman dramas.
She has won numerous awards for her acting, including the Best Actress award at the Asian Television Awards in 2001.
In recent years, Zoe Tay has taken on more diverse roles in film and television, including comedies, action movies, and even historical dramas. Regardless of the genre, she always brings her signature charm and charisma to her performances.
Whether she’s making us laugh, cry, or cheer, there’s no denying that Zoe Tay is one of the most talented and beloved actresses in Singapore.
|WIKI FACTS & ABOUT DATA|
|Full Name:||Zoe Tay Zheng|
|Stage Name:||Zoe Tay|
|Born:||10 January 1968 (age 54 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Singapore|
|Parents:||Madam Wong Pong Chin|
|Husband • Spouse:||Philip Chionh (m. 1995)|
|Boyfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Nathan Chionh, Brayden Chionh, Ashton Chionh|
|Occupation:||Actress • TV Personality|
|Net Worth:||US$30 million|
Early Life & Education
Zoe Tay was born in Singapore on January 10th, 1968, to Teochew’s parents. She was into a family of seven. She is the sixth child in her family. Zoe Tay lost her mother, Madam Wong Pong Chin, in a ghastly motor accident when she was three.
As a result of her death, her father decided to get remarried. Her father’s second marriage produced a daughter named Pong Chin. While her stepmother was a stay-at-home mom, her father worked on a pig farm in Lim Chu Kang.
Zoe Tay went to Yuan Ching Secondary School after attending Kay Hua Primary School, where she finished her O-level exams. She studied fashion design at the Baharuddin Vocational Institute.
She considered adopting the name “Jenny” when she was 13 because her last name, Zheng, was frequently mispronounced as “Jenny.” But her siblings didn’t like it. Later, Zoe Tay used a dictionary to look up “Zoe.”
Philip Chionh, a former Republic of Singapore Air Force pilot, is Zoe Tay‘s husband. They married in 1995 after a church ceremony and a banquet with a western theme at the Ritz Carlton.
They got engaged in 1995 while she was at the height of her stardom. Nathan Chionh, Brayden Chionh, and Ashton Chionh are the three sons they had as children.
At 16, Zoe Tay began her career as a model. She received the Model of the Year award in 1987. She received a three-year contract with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), currently known as MediaCorp, after winning the first Star Search in 1988. She had disliked acting at first, but after appearing in Crime and Passion in 1991, she developed a passion for the industry.
Zoe Tay garnered recognition for her innovative depiction of a pretentious young woman in Pretty Faces. She has won the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Award every year since the Star Awards were founded in 1994, which is evidence of her popularity. In 1996, she won the Best Actress honor at the annual Star Awards for her work in The Golden Pillow.
In 2004, Zoe Tay became the first actress to win the coveted All-Time Favourite Artiste award. She was the first female artist recruited by MediaCorp to create the coffee table book Zoe’s Coffee Table.
Zoe Tay ventured fully into movies in addition to television shows. She played a breast cancer patient in the 2010 film Love Cuts, where she co-starred alongside Hong Kong actor Kenny Ho. In her several endeavors, she has worked with a variety of musicians.
Twenty-one years after winning her first Best Actress award, Zoe Tay received her second at the 2017 Star Awards. She admitted in an interview that she had considered giving up after her first victory in 1996 because she felt “strangely empty and lost.”
Zoe Tay has amassed an estimated net worth of US$30 million. She is one of the wealthiest actresses in Singapore and one of the country’s most celebrities.
She has starred in numerous films and television shows, including the hit series The Unbeatables.
In addition to her acting career, Zoe Tay also has a successful singing career. She has released albums, which have all been well-received by fans.
- Instagram handle: @Zoetay10
- Twitter handle: @Zoetaysg
- My Fair Ladies
- Strange Encounters
- A Mother’s Love
- Finishing Line
- The Unbeatables
- Ladies In Action
- The Last Swordsman
- Pretty Faces
- Happy Foes
- Thunder Plot
- Truly Yours
- Shadow in the Dark