Erra Fazira

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Erra Fazira
عيرا فزيرا
Erra Fazira on MeleTOP.jpg
Fazira on MeleTOP in 2015.
Fazira binti Wan Chek

(1974-02-09) 9 February 1974 (age 49)
  • Actress
  • singer
  • host
  • producer
  • radio presenter
Years active1992–present
Yusry Abdul Halim
(m. 2003;div. 2006)

Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin
(m. 2007;div. 2014)
ChildrenEngku Aleesya Engku Emran
Musical career
  • Vocals
Labels Sony Music

Erra Fazira (born Fazira Wan Chek, 9 February 1974), is a Malaysian actress, singer, fashion model, TV host, film producer, as well as beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Malaysia World 1992. [1]


She rose to fame in the early and mid 1990s following her roles in Sembilu , Sembilu 2, Maria Mariana and Pasrah. She received critical acclaim and a Best Actress in a Leading Role trophy at Malaysia Film Festival twice for her portrayal of inspiring young sales girl and part time student Nurul Ain in Soal Hati (2001) and as Nora, an old lady with dark past in the film Hingga Hujung Nyawa (2005). She received another three Malaysia Film Festival's Best Actress award nomination for her performance in Soalnya Siapa? (2003), Persona Non Grata (2006), and Anak (2008).

Early life

Fazira was born in Sungai Choh, a small town in Rawang, Selangor the first child and the only daughter of Wan Chek and Azizah Zaik. Her parents were ethnic Malays. [2] Fazira was an active student during her school days and developed a passion for acting, which she showed an interest in at a very early age. She also joined many school's clubs and societies such as Scouting, St John Ambulance of Malaysia, the English Language Society and the Culture Club. She was also an active sports student back then and has represented herself and her school in Netball. She said that the learning and involvement she did in those clubs played an important role in her later career. [2]

Fazira attended several different schools including SM Puteri Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur.


Left to right:Fazira, Amy Mastura and Ziana Zain on MeleTOP in 2015. Erra Fazira, Amy Mastura and Ziana Zain on MeleTOP.jpg
Left to right:Fazira, Amy Mastura and Ziana Zain on MeleTOP in 2015.

Beauty pageant (1992)

At the age of 18, Fazira went to take part in the 1992 Malaysian beauty pageant after being persuaded by her aunt. She competed against thirteen others and eventually won the title of Miss Malaysia World 1992. [3] As Miss Malaysia, Fazira went on to compete in the Miss World 1992 pageant, representing Malaysia which was held in Sun City, South Africa. She secured the 15th place during the preliminary competition.

Music career (1993–2007)

In 1994, after the release of her first feature film "Sembilu", Fazira released her eponymous self-titled EP under Polygram Records. She later records two albums with the label before leaving Polygram to join Sony Music. Her first studio album is Aku dan Dia (1995) with its hits single "Yang Terindah Hanyalah Sementara", and followed by 2.5 Sayang in 1996 with "Pertemuan" released as single.

Three years later, in 1999, Fazira's fourth album and the first with Sony Music, Kini was released. Her 2001 single, "Sandarkan" along with Siti Nurhaliza’s song, "Lakaran Kehidupan" (from Siti's seventh album, Safa) was chosen by TV3 as part of the network's 3D campaign. Music videos for both songs were filmed in 3D where TV3 viewers wearing 3D glasses while watching it.

In 2002, her fifth album, Sampai Bertemu was released, followed by sixth album, Kini Kembali (2004). She is one of few Malaysian artists who contributed a special song titled "Suluhkan Sinar" ("Shine the Light"). Produced by KRU and released in January 2005, the song was specially dedicated to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. [4] In 2006, Fazira released her seventh and last studio album, Ya Atau Tidak.

Acting career (1994–present)

Fazira was approached by director, Yusof Haslam, to star as the lead role in Sembilu . The film opened in cinema on 18 August 1994. The film also marked the first time Erra worked together with her then former dating partner, Awie. Other films roles followed including a sequel of Sembilu the following year, where Fazira reprised her role as Rosmawati Sofian.

From 1996 until 2000, Fazira starred in four of Yusof's directed films including the portraying of Maria Zakaria in both Maria Mariana and its sequel Maria Mariana II . In the 2000 film Soal Hati, Fazira starred played the character of Nurul Ain. Fazira won the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.

Starting 2001, Fazira began to work with many different directors for her films including Ahmad Idham for Mr. Cinderella (2002) and Abdul Razak Mohaideen for Cinta Kolestrol (2003) among others. In 2004, Fazira went on to star opposite her then former husband, Yusry bin Abdul Halim, in the 2004 film Hingga Hujung Nyawa, also directed by Abdul Razak. Through this film, Fazira once again was awarded the Malaysia Film Festival Award for Best Actress as for the portrayal of Nora Halim in the movie.

In 2002, Fazira acted in a telemovie and hosted the show, Fesyen Tempo. Since 2018, she became part of the cast member of longest-running Malaysian action drama series, Gerak Khas , playing the role of ASP Jeslina.

Personal life

Erra Fazira married Malaysian singer and actor Yusry Abd Halim from KRU, on 15 June 2003, Yusry's 30th birthday. They officially divorced on 16 June 2006. [5] [6]

She later married former Suria FM Chief Operating Officer, Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin from 2007 to 2014, they have a daughter named Engku Aleesya 2(9)/1(2). [7] They later divorced on 18 January 2014.


Studio albums

Compilation albums



1994 Sembilu WatiDebut film appearances
1995Sembilu II
1996 Maria Mariana Maria Zakaria
Tragedi OktoberWatiNominated, Best Actress – 13th Malaysia Film Festival
1998 Maria Mariana II Maria Zakaria
2000PasrahFarah Dhiba
Soal HatiNurul AinWon Best Actress – 15th Malaysia Film Festival
Won Best Actress – Anugerah Skrin TV3
2001 Gerak Khas The Movie Inspector Shafikah
Putih Bawang Putih (voice)Animation film
2002Mr. CinderellaPuteri Megawati Darul Kasih
Soalnya Siapa?Nurul AinNominated, Best Actress – 16th Malaysia Film Festival
2003Gila Gila PengantinAliah Hamdan
Janji DianaDiana Murad
Cinta KolestrolFazira Osman / Erra
Mr. Cinderella 2Puteri Megawati Darul Kasih
MX3 HerselfGuest appearance
2004Kuliah CintaJohanna Abdul Rahman (Jojo)
Hingga Hujung NyawaNora HalimWon, Best Actress – 18th Malaysia Film Festival
7 PerhentianSue
I Know What You Did Last RayaDr Mira
2005Potret MistikKartini
Sembilu 2005Teacher Ira
Lady BossSalmi
Gila Gila Pengantin PopularSheera Mustapha
KL Menjerit 1Nina
2006 Castello Chalita
Persona Non GrataHeyNominated, Best Actress – 19th Malaysia Film Festival
2007Qabil Khusry Qabil IgamKarisma Saat
2008 Cuci Siti Jasmin Rahim (CJ)
AnakHasnitaNominated, 21st Best Actress – Malaysia Film Festival
Los dan FaunPuan Jasmine Al Sogood
2009Sifu & TonggaFatimah Omar (Tammy)
2010Andartu Terlampau – 21 Hari Mencari SuamiMarkonah Rempeyek
2011HiddenDianHollywood production
2016Warna Cinta ImpianErra
2017Soulmate Hingga Ke JannahIra
2018 Hantu Kak Limah WatiSpecial appearance
Polis EVO 2 SAC Dato' Azizat
2019 Wangi Nor
2020Bikin FilemDatin Azizah
2022 Kongsi Raya Sarah


YearTitleRoleTV channel
2002Siapa Mau Potong Baju?Herself TV2
2008Joe & FaridahFaridah Astro Ria
2009BonanzaMastura Astro Prima
Cinta LelongEmma Astro Ria
201030 Hari Mengenal Cinta
Selamat Tinggal Alexandria Astro Prima
2011Pontianak Kampung Batu Astro Ria
Sanggul BeracunSiti Aminah Astro Citra
Hantu Susu Astro Ria
Pontianak Beraya Di Kampung Batu
Mak OK Jer! Astro Prima
2012Parut AsyikinNur Asyikin Astro Citra
Hantu Susu Kembali Astro Ria
2015Aku Benci Raya

Television series

YearTitleRoleTV channel
2008Mertua VS MenantuNurul Ain Astro Prima
2009Kasih TerciptaLisa
Mertua VS Menantu (Season 2)Nurul Ain
2011Kelaasss Kau Maria!Meera Astro Ria
2012Mana Hilangnya JuwitaJulia
2013Ammara BatrisyaBatrisya TV9
Nur MelindaCikgu Nur Astro Prima
2016Rumi & JawiKeisya
Tuan Anas Mikael 5 Hari BerayaNina Astro Ria
2017Dia BidadarikuSuri
My Darling Inspektor DanielMaria
2018–2021 Gerak Khas ASP Jeslina TV2, TV3
2018Mak Cun (Season 4)Olio TV3
DianEva Raisha NTV7
2021–presentGerak Khas UndercoverJeslina TV3


YearProgramRoleTV channel
2001–2002Fesyen TempoHost TV1
2009Gugu Gaga ErraReality television series, featuring Erra, Engku Emran and their daughter Engku Aleesya Astro Ria
Pentas Akhir Anak Wayang (Season 1)Judge on the first series (with Nasha Aziz & Rashid Sibir)
Dunia WanitaHosting with Umie Aida, also as a producer TV1
2010Tiger Futbol StarzHost Astro Ria
2011Mentor (Season 5)Reality singing competition with protege Salma A Asis (Won the competition with Salma TV3
VOKAL "Bukan Sekadar RupaJudge (with Azmeer)
Pilih Kasih (Season 3)Judge (with Umie Aida and Rosyam Nor) TV2
2012–2015PrimadonaAs talk show host (with Ziela Jalil, Raja Azura and Rozita Che Wan) Astro Prima
2016Sepahtu Reunion LiveZulaikha Astro Warna
2018Sepahtu Reunion Al-RayaPenjaga
2019Sepahtu Reunion LiveJulia
Cinta Overhaul AidilfitriLaila
Arena Panggang Warna Live
2019–2020Mingguan WanitaHost Astro Prima

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