BY: Michelle Liew
Malaysian born actor Christopher Lee has won Best Actor in a Mini-series or Television Film trophy at the Golden Bell Awards held in Taipei on Saturday for his performance in the well-known series Workers.
The prestigious television awards show is Taiwan’s equivalent of the Emmys, and this is Christopher’s second accolade in the event and first for the particular category. Christopher previously won Best Leading Actor in a Television Series in 2014 and was nominated for Best Actor in a Mini-series or Television Film in 2017.
Christopher dialled into the show from Singapore when his category was announced. The 50-year-old expressed his happiness and gratitude via video from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
He thanked his family, actress wife Fann Wong and their seven-year-old son in his emotional speech.
“I want to thank my wife, Fann, and my son, Zed. In particular, I’m really thankful to my wife. It is because of your dedication and your unconditional support that I feel at ease acting and filming dramas outside.”
Christopher was a favourite in his category going into the night. He also thanked the cast and crew of the HBO Asia drama and said the win was special as it is the first drama, he has filmed speaking largely in Taiyu, the Southern Min dialect. The series revolves around a group of happy-go-lucky blue-collar labourers.
Christopher is by no means a stranger to the local acting scene and has expanded his presence to Singapore, China and Taiwan throughout his 27-year-long career. The Malacca-born actor rose to prominence in his career after winning the Best Actor award at the Star Awards 1997 and continued excelling ever since.