The TVB Anniversary Awards are fast approaching! Having a new voting system implemented for this year’s anniversary awards, it has become difficult to predict the ultimate top five nominees and winners. However, there is still one award category that may be the easiest to predict – the Most Improved Female Artist award. And who will win that honor? Mandy Wong (黃智雯), without a doubt.
L’Escargot <缺宅男女>, The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>, Tiger Cubs <飛虎>, and Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽..> are all high-rated dramas that have aired in Hong Kong this year, and Mandy Wong has starred in all of them.
From portraying the socially awkward “quail girl” in Suspects in Love <搜下留情>, to the hateful “Kwan Yi So” in L’Escargot, to the overly determined houseman in The Hippocratic Crush, Mandy has performed commendably in her diversified roles. No other rising TVB actress this year has received the same amount of exposure as Mandy, and in a situation without any strong competitors, Mandy will no doubt snag this year’s Most Improved Female Artist award.
Mandy joined TVB after becoming a top five finalist in the 2007 Miss Hong Kong pageant. She graduated from the station’s acting class in 2008. The actress rose to prominence in early 2010 from her comedic role in the period comedy, A Chip Off the Old Block <巴不得爸爸…>, and earned further recognition from her “quail girl” role in Suspects in Love.
Along with “onscreen husband” Oscar Leung (梁烈唯), Mandy and Oscar became the couple that everyone loved to hate through their despicable roles as “Kwan Yi So” and “Kwan Yi Gor” in L’Escargot. The pair’s popularity surged, and they were invited to portray similar roles for the upcoming Hong Kong comedy film, Natural Born Lovers <天生愛情狂>, which stars Chilam Cheung (張智霖) and Annie Liu (劉心悠). Oscar Leung, as well as Mandy’s other popular “onscreen boyfriend” Him Law (羅仲謙), are both popular candidates to win this year’s Most Improved Male Artist award as well.
Regarding her guaranteed win for this year’s Most Improved Female Artist award, Mandy humbly said, “There are still many dramas that are not out yet! It might not be me!”
Mandy also thanked producer Poon Ka Tak (潘嘉德) for supporting her throughout her career. “I really want to thank Tak Gor for giving me so many opportunities. It’s a great honor to be a ‘regular’ in his dramas!”
Mandy is currently filming Nelson Cheung’s (張乾文) new drama, A Good Heart Goes Haywire <好心作怪>, which stars Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Joey Meng (萬綺雯), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), and Niki Chow (周 麗淇). In the drama, Mandy portrays a call girl and a con artist who has strong feelings for Bosco’s character. This controversial role may become Mandy’s breakthrough role in the industry, and may be the marker for Mandy’s future “fadan” status.
An insider revealed TVB has plans to market Mandy as the “next Tavia Yeung (楊怡),” and train her to become TVB’s next leading actress.