In 1997, Charmaine participated in ‘Miss Hong Kong Pageant’ organized by TVB. She emerged as the second runner-up with Virginia Yung as the winner of the crown and Vivian Lee as first runner-up.
Following the beauty pageant, she was signed under TVB and thus began her new journey in the world of acting and entertainment.
She made her acting debut with the 1998 TVB series ‘Time Off’. In her initial acting pursuits, she essayed starring roles in many TVB series, but received criticism for her acting. Such criticisms, however, could not bog her down and she kept working towards improving her acting.
She landed up with her big break in the TVB modern drama ‘Return of the Cuckoo’ that aired from July 10, 2000 to August 4, 2000. Her leading role of Chuk Kwan-Ho in the series fetched her Favorite On-screen Partners award (shared with Julian Cheung) and Top 10 Favorite Television Characters award at the TVB Anniversary Awards that year.
She made her big-screen debut with the December 7, 2000, released film ‘Perfect Match’, written and directed by Shu-Kai Chung.
Her next notable series was the TVB television period drama ‘Country Spirit’ that aired for 42 episodes starting from October 29, 2001 to December 22, 2001. Her performance as Lai Sun-fung in the series earned her TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Television Character that year.
Moving on with other films and TV series, she bolstered her career with the period drama ‘War and Beauty’ that aired originally on TVB Jade from August 23, 2004 to October 2, 2004. Regarded as the best drama in TVB production of that year; it fetched her My Favourite Television Character award at the 2004 TVB Anniversary Awards apart from others.
Her fame and popularity reached new heights with the TVB drama ‘Maidens' Vow’ that aired from August 28, 2006 to October 6, 2006. Her brilliant performance portraying four characters over four generations Ngai Yu-fung / Wong Tze-kwan /Jenny Bak Wai-jan / Dai Si-ga earned her several accolades in her homeland and beyond.
She won two major awards namely Best Actress Award and My Favourite Female TV Character award at the TVB Anniversary Awards in 2006 for her performance in ‘Maidens' Vow’. This made her the first TVB actress to achieve such feat in the same year in the history of the award ceremony.
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'Maidens' Vow’ fetched her many other accolades including Most Popular TV Drama Actress for Hong Kong Region at the China TV Drama Award in 2006; Best TV Actress Award – Gold at the Annual Artiste Award 2006; and the Most Popular HK-Taiwan TV Actress award at the Annual Golden TVS Award in 2008.
While cementing her position as one of the revered and famed actresses in Hong Kong, Charmaine also contributed as a singerin ‘Maidens' Vow’, ‘The Dance of Passion’ and ‘When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West’ with Joe Ma.
The theme song for HK Children's version of ‘Jewel in the Palace’ won her several awards including Best Female Singer award at the 2007 Hong Kong Metro Hit Radio Children Songs Award. That year, she was shortlisted at the 35th International Emmy Awards in the semi-finals of its Best Actress award category.
Moving on with several other TVB television series, she landed up with the channel’s costume drama romantic comedy series ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ that not only fostered her burgeoning acting career in homeland but also upped her fame and popularity overseas.
Her leading role of Princess Chiu-yeung in ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ that aired from August 23, 2010 to October 3, 2010 brought her several national and international accolades. These included My Favourite Female Character award at the 2010 TVB Anniversary Awards; and Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 16th Asian Television Awards in 2011 among others.
In pursuit of developing her acting endeavours in China, she left TVB after an association with the network for around fourteen years. A couple of years later she signed a contract with TVBC for two years. It is a joint venture between TVB, the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and China Media Capital (CMC).
She made her comeback in TVB productions with the modern crime action thriller television series ‘Line Walker’ that aired from August 25, 2014 to October 3, 2014. It emerged among the highest rated and most viewed series of the network that year.
Her role of Ding Siu-Ka in ‘Line Walker’ not only manifested her mettle as a brilliant actress once again earning her huge acclaims but also fetched her several awards. These included TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Actress and My Favourite Female Character; Singapore Starhub TVB Awards for Best Actress; and TVB Star Awards Malaysia for Most Favourite Leading Actress among others.
The popularity of ‘Line Walker’ led to its film adaptation. This Jazz Boon directed Hong Kong-Chinese suspense crime action drama flick that released in Hong Kong and China on August 11, 2016 saw Charmaine reprising her role. The film grossed CN¥606.2 million in China and US$92.3 million worldwide.
While ruling the TV industry for years, Charmaine continued to perform in several flicks, including ‘The Lady Iron Chef’ (2007), ‘Love is the Only Answer’ (2011), ‘Triumph in the Skies’ (2015), ‘Return of the Cuckoo’ (2015) and ‘Accompany You’ (2017).