Tan Kheng Hua is a renowned and well-respected actor and producer from Malaysia and Singapore. The Philanthropist (NBC), The Patriarch (UFA), and Serangoon Road have all featured Kheng (HBO Asia Original Series). Many viewers have taken notice of her most recent appearance as the “Empress Dowager” in the Netflix original series Marco Polo. She may currently be featured in the Crazy Rich Asians film adaption, which is based on Singapore-born author Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book of the same name. She plays “Kerry Chu,” the mother of Constance Wu’s Rachel Chu.
In addition to her work in cinema and television, Kheng is a well-known actress and independent creative producer in Singapore’s theatre scene. She develops and produces a wide range of stage and television productions, including musicals, comedies, dramas, and cabaret. She has created and produced several television dramas, including Do Not Disturb, the first local English-language TV show to obtain The Straits Times’ highest possible rating of five stars. Festivals like The SIN-PEN Colony during the Georgetown Festival in Penang and The 20-Something Festival in Singapore are among those she has also planned and produced.
One of the 20 modern Singaporean artists selected to represent Singapore in Singapore: Inside Out in New York City, London, and Beijing. Additionally, Kheng has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including the DBS Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress, the Art Nation Award for Best Actress, the Asian Television Award for Best Dramatic Performance by an Actress, the Star Awards for Best Supporting Actress, the Asian Television Award for Best Current Affairs & Magazine Presenter, the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Awards for Contributions to Singapore, and the Critics’ Choice Award.
Since Crazy Rich Asians, Kheng Hua has gone on to land roles in the feature film The Garden of the Evening Mist, based on the novel of the same name by Tan Twan Eng, and the four-part miniseries Chimerica on UK Channel4. Additionally, she has acted in the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, the criminal drama Magnum P.I., and the Netflix series Medical Police. She just received word that she had been cast in the pilot episode of American TV network The CW’s revival of the 1970s martial arts drama serial Kung Fu.
Kheng enjoys playing sports, owning cats, and raising her only child, Shi-An. She’s competed in track, gymnastics, and canoeing. She likes to run, jump rope, dive, and ski and is a qualified yoga instructor.
Language Proficiency: English, Mandarin