Maya Karin

 

Maya Karin Roelcke

Malaysian (mix german) Actress

 

Born in Bayreuth (Germany) in 1979

Maya Karin is a Malaysian actress, television personality, and singer, she is more famously known for her roles in supernatural horror and thriller films.

Maya is born to a German father, and a mother of  Malay, Chinese and Indian parentage.

Maya began her entertainment career as an endorsement model for brands such as Pantene, Wella and Halle and Yishion.

She also experimented in theatre productions, and was involved in plays for Actor’s Studio such as ‘Mahna Mahna’ and ‘In the Mind’s Eye’.

In 2000, she was cast as a television show host for Malaysia’s TV3 lifestyle entertainment programme "Wavelength", which began her mainstream career and exposure. She began to receive film offers within a year and was soon cast in her first film role as one of the leads in Aziz M. Osman’s Sri Dewi Malam. The role brought her significant public and media acclaim, and lead her to win the Best New Popular Artist Award at Malaysia’s Anugerah Bintang Popular and the Anugerah Media Hiburan in 2001.

In 2003 she was involved in film Mr.Cinderella 2 opposite established stars Erra Fazira and Yusry (KRU). Other films filmed followed, including Metrowealth Pictures’ ‘Tujuh Perhentian’ (7 Stops), which resulted in her being nominated for the Most Popular Female Artist Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards) in 2004.

                             

In 2004, her praised performance as the lead female role in Pesona Pictures’ Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam enhanced Maya’s position as one of the leading Malaysian and regional talents. She received international awards including the Best Actress at the 49th Asia Pacific Film Festival 2004 (Fukuoka, Japan) and the Best Actress Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival 2005 (Malaga, Spain). In 2005, she won the coveted Most Popular Actress Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards).

Despite her growing feature film career, Maya continued her involvement in television, and in 2004 was invited by Channel [V] International to join their VJ team. In 2006, she was voted Best VJ in Star Buzz Editor’s Choice Awards 2006. Other shows that she has hosted are the bridal programme ‘Ratu Sehari’ (Queen for a Day) in 2004 for Malaysia’s ASTRO Ria channel and the travelogue programme ‘Beauty Secrets From The East’ in 2005 for Malaysia’s local TV3 channel.

In 2005, Maya reprised her role as the lead in Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam II. Maya received critical acclaim for her portrayal, and received the award for Best Actress at Penghargaan Seniman Pelakon Wanita Terbaik 2006 (Malaysian equivalent to the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards) and a nomination for Best Actress at Pilihan Persatuan Pekerja Filem Malaysia (PPFM) (Malaysian equivalent of the Academy Awards).

In 2007, Maya played the lead in Pesona Pictures’ Waris Jari Hantu, Persona Pictures’ 1957: Hati Malaya and Tayangan Unggul’s Anak Halal. An upcoming film Maya is involved in is KRUfilm's Duyung, where Maya plays the mermaid of the title. The film is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2008. In this film, Maya did all the underwater scenes on her own in the open sea of Sipadan Island.

In 2002, Maya recorded her debut music album ‘Erti Cinta’ (Definition of Love). The album garnered her nominations for Best New Singer and Best Video awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (Malaysia's local Grammys). A third album is currently in production.

Maya’s mass popularity as an actress and entertainer led to her appointment as the first Malaysian Ambassador and Power Icon for local telecommunications giant Celcom in June 2006. By 2007 she is also the only female brand ambassador for Celcom, a role she shares with other celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Wang Lee Hom and Robert Pires. In August same year Maya was appointed spokesperson for L’Oreal Paris Malaysia and endorsee of its 2006-2007 skincare and cosmetics line.

Having been influenced by her father, Maya has been very passionate about the environment from a young age. Maya is actively involved with the World Wildlife Federation (WWF). Maya Karin and WWF are in the midst of planning an Elephant Collaring Expedition so as to garner more information about our local elephants in order to help these animals from being extinct.

Maya Karin's Official Website: http://www.mayakarin.com/

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