10 Local Celebrities Who Used to Capture S’poreans’ Hearts with Their Talents & Not Their IG

With the large numbers of Mediacorp actors and dramas nowadays, it’s inevitable to barely remember each actor’s face and role. And to add oil to the fire, there’re new media celebrities (read: influencers) fighting for a piece of our attention as well.

However, these striking celebrities in the past will never be erased from our memories, regardless of whether they used to be known as the reigning kings or queens of Caldecott Hill.

They’re really the influencers of the past.

Wong Li Ling

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Image: Instagram

Formerly a ballerina who studied in England, the celebrity has been pretty quiet on the radar for a long time, being on the news only for her separation from her husband Allan Wu.

She got into the news recently after being appointed as the executive director in the Public Hygiene Council but left the post just after eight months.

Vincent Ng

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Image: mediacorp.sg

Having an impressive martial arts background, Vincent Ng is now no longer acting, instead concentrating on running his own martial arts school. We definitely miss his suave roles as both a wuxia hero and also a policeman!

Chen Li Ping

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Image: herworldPLUS

Besides being Ayoyo Teacher to the 90s kids, she was also known for her role as a volleyballer in The Winning Team (1990). So now you know, she wasn’t always the chubby Mo WanWan in Holland V.

Fiona Xie

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Image: Mediacorpsingapore.com

Best known for her bubbly character in the sitcom My Genie, the actress used to have an innocent childlike charm that captured the hearts of Singaporeans everywhere. Nowadays, she is much more reclusive, posting hipster photos on Instagram.

Christopher Lee

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Image: www.straitstimes.com

The rugged actor undeniably has the looks and acting calibre, so we are still quite confused as to why he had to chase Fann Wong for 8 years, though the latter is also admittedly gorgeous.

Aileen Tan

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Image: Asiaone.com

Although the actress has been taking on supporting roles in recent times, she was actually the girl of many guys’ dreams in the past. Having been active since 1988, her striking good looks captured many hearts in her younger days.

Xiang Yun

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Image: Toggle.com

Did you know that her original name was Chen Cui Chang? The actress is also known as the first Ah Jie (yes, before Zoe Tay and Fann Wong appeared), bearing testament to her ability to sweep us away.

Huang Bi Ren

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Image: Online-instagram.com

Besides having excellent acting chops, she is also still quite the beauty even after having three children. Unlike other actresses, this Ah Jie is a freelance actress, and therefore has not been receiving any participation in any Star Awards.

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Chew Chor Meng

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Image: forums.sgclub.com

Best-known for his role as Lobang King, the comedian-actor captured hearts with both his wit and boyish good looks back in the days. We are also sure that he has a beautiful soul, since he is nowadays known for battling his debilitating illness by taking on inspirational roles and participating in the local disabled sports scene.

Ryan Choo

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Image: video.toggle.sg

He took on the role of a metrosexual “Yan Dao” in “Right Frequency”. Though he always failed to get the girls he was chasing, we are pretty sure he got the hearts of many female TV watchers. Here’s the theme soundtrack of the TV drama just for a bit of nostalgia!