Bernice Liu

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Bernice Liu
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Born (1979-01-06) January 6, 1979 (age 40)
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress, singer, commercial model
Years active2000present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 廖碧兒
Simplified Chinese 廖碧儿
Musical career
Also known asLiu Bik-yee
Origin Hong Kong
Website www.berniceliu.hk

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Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant

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Liu was best known for her role as Princess Sam-tin in the long-running TVB sitcom, Virtues of Harmony , which was also her first role after joining TVB in 2001. Liu's singing breakthrough came to an attention in 2005 after she lent her voice for the theme song of the 2005 TVB serial drama, Into Thin Air . The theme song, "Truth," was Liu's first theme song and was one of the primary promotional songs for the TVB compilation album, Lady in Red (2006), which sold past 10,000 copies in the first day of release. [1] Liu was also listed by critics as one of the few TVB artists to look forward to in a future singing career. [2] Liu left TVB in 2011.

Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) is a television broadcasting company based in Hong Kong. The company operates five free-to-air terrestrial television channels in Hong Kong, with TVB Jade as its main Cantonese language service, and TVB Pearl as its main English service. TVB is headquartered at TVB City at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate.

<i>Virtues of Harmony</i>

Virtues of Harmony is a Hong Kong television sitcom produced by Tsui Yu-on for TVB, which originally aired on TVB Jade from 17 September 2001 to 28 December 2002. It stars Nancy Sit, Frankie Lam, Michael Tse, Joyce Chen, Bondy Chiu, Cutie Mui, Louis Yuen, Yvonne Lam, Johnny Tang, Bernice Liu, Lau Dan, Stephanie Che, Joseph Lee, Hawick Lau, Johnny Ngan, Helen Ma, Timmy Hung, Sherming Yiu, Kingdom Yuen & Maggie Shiu. The series, set in the fictional town of Chi Lik Kung Tsan, revolves around the Kam House, a new rich family during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor. The story is inspired by the 2000 TVB comedy drama Colourful Life.

Biography

Early life and Miss Chinese International

Liu was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia on January 6, 1979. [3] She attended Pineridge Elementary School and Prince Rupert Secondary School. After graduating from secondary school, she moved to Vancouver to attend University of British Columbia to study for a business degree which she did not complete. Although both of her parents spoke Cantonese, she had limited knowledge of the language. For the fastest and easiest way to learn it, her friends recommended she enter the Miss Chinese (Vancouver) Pageant, which she did in 2000. The pageant is an annual beauty contest organized by Fairchild Television, and it helps selects Vancouver representatives to enter the Miss Chinese International Pageant of Hong Kong. Eventually, she won the crown along with the title "Miss Photogenic." She then represented Vancouver and entered the promising Miss Chinese International Pageant a year later and took the Miss Chinese International 2001 title, as well as winning the "Miss Cosmopolitan" and "Miss Talent" awards. [4] Soon after, Liu was offered an artist contract to Hong Kong's leading television company, TVB, the same channel that hosted the Miss Chinese International pageant. [4]

Prince Rupert, British Columbia City in British Columbia, Canada

Prince Rupert is a port city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Located on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of British Columbia's North Coast, and has a population of 12,220 people.

Prince Rupert Secondary was a public high school in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Prince Rupert Secondary was a part of School District 52 Prince Rupert.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

Career

Liu received her first role that same year and portrayed Princess Sam-tin in the 2001 costume sitcom, Virtues of Harmony . The sitcom was a ratings hit, becoming a popular prime-time family watch for the audiences of Hong Kong. Originally a 100-episode sitcom, TVB extended the sitcom to 300 half-hour episodes, becoming the longest costume sitcom TVB has ever produced. Liu's role as the runaway princess was also highly recognized, and she became unofficially nicknamed as "Princess" by fans and the media for a while. However, in her early acting career, her portrayal earned mixed reviews due her lack of fluency in Cantonese.

Cantonese standard dialect of Yue language that originated in the vicinity of Guangzhou (Canton) in southern China

Cantonese is a variety of Chinese spoken in the city of Guangzhou and its surrounding area in southeastern China. It is the traditional prestige variety and standard form of Yue Chinese, one of the major subgroups of Chinese.

Stabilizing career

In 2002, after a successful reception of Virtues of Harmony, TVB decided to produce a modern spin-off for the sitcom. [5] Liu was given the role Joey Wong, an undergraduate fashion designer working for her father's company. That same year, Liu recorded songs for Happy Together, a soundtrack consisting of songs recorded by the Virtues of Harmony cast. The album was released on February 6, 2003. While Virtues of Harmony II filming was active, Liu was given a recurring guest role in the 2002 serial drama, Golden Faith as Alice Yiu, starring opposite Gallen Lo. Golden Faith did well in Hong Kong but received mixed reviews from critics. While some critics regard it as a masterpiece, other critics whiplashes the series for its unrealistic characters. Nonetheless, the drama achieved a high rating spot, becoming one of the top ten most viewed Hong Kong series of 2002. Virtues of Harmony II was released in 2003 and also well received with good ratings. Liu, however left the series in 2004 due to co-star Frankie Lam's rocky marriage to actress Kenix Kwok. Lam ultimately never returned to the series even when it concluded in January 2005. The incomplete ending for Liu left viewers upset.

<i>Virtues of Harmony II</i>

The Virtues of Harmony II is a long-running TVB television series, which follows its first series, Virtues of Harmony, a series set in Imperial China. It stars Nancy Sit, Frankie Lam, Michael Tse, Joyce Chen, Bondy Chiu, Cutie Mui, Louis Yuen, Yvonne Lam, Johnny Tang, Bernice Liu, Lau Dan, Stephanie Che, Joseph Lee, Hawick Lau, Johnny Ngan, Helen Ma, Timmy Hung, Sherming Yiu, Kingdom Yuen & Maggie Shiu. This new, second series of the Virtues of Harmony is set in Modern Hong Kong.

<i>Golden Faith</i>

Golden Faith is a 2002 Hong Kong television drama produced by TVB, starring a cast that includes a strong mix of new generation actors such as Gallen Lo, Deric Wan, Jessica Hsuan, Raymond Lam, Anne Heung, Myolie Wu, Tavia Yeung, and Michelle Ye and old generation powerhouse actors such as Paul Chun, Lau Dan, Shek Sau, Kwok Fung, Lau Kong, and Gigi Wong. It is Gallen Lo's final dramatic epic before he left TVB, Deric Wan's comeback drama, Myolie Wu's breakthrough role and Felix Lok's first major role from random support characters. It is billed as a major production from the makers of At the Threshold of an Era.

Gallen Lo Ka-leung is a Hong Kong actor and singer who primarily acts in television series. He is sometimes credited as King Gallen or Law Ka-leung.

Her first theatrical motion picture role was in My Wife is 18 (2002). Liu portrayed the supporting role, Miss Lee, a Physical Education teacher who is attracted to Ekin Cheng's character, Sap-Saam. The film won "Best Comedy Film 2002" in Hong Kong. Liu then attracted broader attention for her role as Jessica Chiang in the 2003 serial drama Survivor's Law , in which she played a sweet and clumsy trainee solicitor. The role received her critical praise and she became a popular candidate for Most Improved Actress at the annual TVB Anniversary Awards. Survivor's Law was the eighth most viewed series of 2003, peaking at 37 ratings points.

Ekin Cheng Hong Kong actor and singer

Ekin Cheng is a Hong Kong actor and singer. Early in his career, he used the name Dior as a first name. He has also been referred to as Noodle Cheng, (鄭伊麵) after a popular noodle product with a similar name and his wavy long hair. Currently Ekin is the name used.

<i>Survivors Law</i>

Survivor's Law is a 25-episode TVB drama broadcast between July 14, 2003 to August 15, 2003. It is the direct prequel to 2007's Survivor's Law II (律政新人王II).

The TVB Anniversary Awards, officially known as the TV Awards Presentation of TVB, is an annual awards ceremony honoring TVB's programming achievements in Hong Kong television; despite claims that it is the region's equivalent to the American Emmy and the Australian Logie, no other networks are allowed to enter their programmes into TVB competition, and it is awarded solely to TVB programming. Winners are awarded a copy of the golden TVB anniversary statuette, which depicts a man and a woman holding up TVB's square logo. The TVB Anniversary Awards are only one of three TVB awards given out. The other two types of TVB awards that are given out before the anniversary awards are: TVB Star Awards Malaysia and StarHub TVB Awards (Singapore). A list of all TVB awards winners is compiled here in the TVB Awards Winners Lists.

Liu's singing career began a rise in 2005, when she sang the theme song for Into Thin Air . The theme song became a promotional single for Lady in Red , a compilation album consisting of TVB theme songs and sub songs. The single became a number one hit and won a Jade Solid Gold recognition in 2006. Following the success of the single that same year, Liu won the "Best Newcomer Awards at the Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards. Liu then began to sing a chain of other songs for television series, such as "Break Up" (also a track in the Lady In Red compilation), "Do You Still Need to Care," and "So in Love With You."

Liu emerged as a dark horse candidate as TVB's top-earning artists of 2006, mostly due to her numerous endorsement contracts. In the summer of 2006, Liu earned a contract with Nike, and became the first Asian spokesperson for the company. Her posters are now all over Asia promoting Nike products.

In 2007, Liu beat award-winning-actress Charmaine Sheh to claim TVB's top earning artist spot of 2007 earning HK$4.8 million. Liu, along with Myolie Wu, Nancy Wu, and other TVB stars, became judges for 2007 Mr. Hong Kong.

After TVB

In early 2011, after filming Show Me the Happy and Home Troopers with TVB, Liu left the station. [6] She is currently filming for Ricky Wong's new network, HKTV. She is also starring in Singapore's MediaCorp 5 Lion Moms TV series.

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
2002 My Wife is 18 Miss Lee
2003My Dream GirlWinnie
2004Heat TeamMacy
2009 The King of Fighters Vice [7] Direct-to-video
2010 Bad Blood Audrey
72 Tenants of Prosperity Bullet-tooth Jane
The Legend is Born – Ip Man Yumi Kitano
Perfect Wedding Mimi
2016 Lost in the Pacific Nikki Lee
2018Eight Women, One Stage Play

Television dramas

YearTitleRoleNotes
200103 Virtues of Harmony Princess Sam-tin / Kung Yan-so / Tin-sam Sitcom regular
2002 Golden Faith Alice Yiu Si-laiGuest appearance (Episodes 1618)
2003 Survivor's Law Jessica Chiang Si-kaNominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
200304 Virtues of Harmony II Joey Wong YeeSitcom regular
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
2004Supreme FateYau Man-yi
2005 Love Bond Kei Mei-laiAstro Drama Awards for My Favourite Character
Astro Drama Awards for My Favourite Couple shared with Moses Chan
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Healing Hands III Betsy Tsang Suk-kei
Into Thin Air Man Tai-boNominated — Astro Drama Awards for Favourite Theme Song
2007 The Brink of Law Tsui WingNominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Best Selling Secrets HerselfCameo appearance (Episode 18)
Devil's Disciples Pak-tong Chi-lungNominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Steps Samantha Lee Sam-yingNominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Actress (Top 20)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for My Favourite Female TV Character (Top 20)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Most Improved Actress (Top 5)
Nominated — Astro Drama Awards for Most Unforgettable Kiss with Steven Ma
2007-08 Survivor's Law II Jessica Chiang Si-kaCameo appearance (Episode 2)
2008 Wasabi Mon Amour Ally Ko Yau-lai / Yim LeiNominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Top 10)
When a Dog Loves a Cat Kit Man Chi-kei
2010 The Mysteries of Love Nickole Ling Man-ka
201011 Show Me the Happy Cherry Lui Ying-hungSitcom regular
Home Troopers "Kam" Tung Kam-po
2012Mystery in the PalaceImperial Noble Consort
The Greatness of a Hero Dik Ching-luenPreviously warehoused; released overseas and on DVD in April 2009
2013 The Slicing of the Demon Fok Sin-yiuPreviously warehoused; released overseas and on DVD in March 2007
Sheng YanDu Ningxiao
Earth God and Earth Grandmother趙月 Zhao Yue
2014Gao Shan Qing
2015 Once Upon a Song Agnes Man
Ji Xiang Tian BaoDu San Niang
Lion MomsJennifer TanLead role (MediaCorp's drama)
2016Margaret and David: Green Beans [8]
2017 Lion Mums 2 Jennifer TanLead Role (Mediacorp)

2018 Infernal Affairs

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Television songs

YearTitleTV seriesTypeAlbumOther notes
2003"Everyone Laughs" (皆大歡笑) Virtues of Harmony Sub-themeHappy Togetherwith Virtues of Harmony cast
"Fighting Lovers" (鬥氣冤家)Virtues of HarmonySub-themeHappy Togetherwith Frankie Lam
"A Woman Waiting For Love" (等愛的女人)Virtues of HarmonySub-themeHappy Togetherwith Nancy Sit, Bondy Chiu, Joyce Chen
2005"Heart's Words" (心裡話) Love Bond Sub-themewith Michael Tao, Kenix Kwok, Moses Chan
"Truth" (實情) Into Thin Air Theme Lady In Red
2006"Chocolate and Vanilla" (朱古力與雲呢拿) Sugar Sugar Rune ThemeEEG TVB Children Themeswith Myolie Wu
2007"Break Up" (分手) The Brink of Law Ending songLady In Red
"Do You Still Need To Care" (還用在意嗎) The Slicing of the Demon Theme
"I'm So In Love With You" Steps ThemeIn Love With Drama
2008"Dream" (夢) Doraemon Theme
2010"Show Me the Happy" (依家有喜) Show Me the Happy Themefeatures Show Me the Happy cast
2018"Infernal Affairs"Theme

Music video appearances

Awards

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Awards and achievements
Miss Chinese Vancouver
Preceded by
Crystal Pan
Miss Chinese Vancouver
2000
Succeeded by
Shirley Zhou
Miss Chinese International
Preceded by
Sonija Kwok
Miss Chinese International
2001
Succeeded by
Shirley Zhou