TVB Queens-to-be: Rising stars feature at awards
Rising female stars gain recognition at StarHub TVB Awards 2016 held here
In the last couple of years, viewers of TVB dramas saw four of the Hong Kong broadcaster's top female stars - Myolie Wu, Kate Tsui, Fala Chen and Tavia Yeung - leave in pursuit of careers in China.
But fret not if you are wondering whether that means there will be no more eye candy on TVB dramas.
As The New Paper on Sunday found out on Saturday (Oct 22), there are still plenty of gorgeous babes at the station.
A group of rising stars - Selena Li, Mandy Wong, Tracy Chu, Ali Lee, Grace Wong and Rosina Lam - are gradually gaining prominence, scoring meaty lead roles and winning accolades. (See report below.)
The six women sent temperatures rising at last night's StarHub TVB Awards 2016 - an annual local celebration of the best in Hong Kong television - where they strutted down the red carpet at the Marina Bay Sands skating rink.
Fans of these TVB queens-to-be said their idols had something in common - they were not one-trick ponies, and they toiled their way up.
"Mandy definitely worked very hard. It was a slow climb for her to the top and I am really happy to see her playing main roles now," said Ms V.V. Tan, 24, a human resources executive.
Kenneth Ma and Mandy Wong
Mandy Wong, 33, started her career in 2007 with cameos and uncredited appearances, followed by a slew of supporting roles.
To her fans' delight, she won a My Favourite TVB Female TV Character award for legal drama Law dis-Order.
Another winner in the same category, 28-year-old Chu, snagged her first and winning lead role in time travel crime thriller Over Run Over only after Myolie Wu and Kate Tsui had turned down the part.
"Tracy will be one of the next queens of TVB - there's no doubt about it," said Ms Alicia Ting, 19, a student at Temasek Polytechnic.
"She has the looks and the X-factor, and her acting has improved greatly since her debut in 2013."
Grace Wong and Benjamin Yuen
It also helps that these ladies are down-to-earth, interacting with their fans as though they are friends.
Li, 35, whom local audiences might recognise from her role in Channel 5 comedy Spouse For House, "has not changed one bit" despite her increased popularity, said long-time fan Jessica Lee, 27, an administrative officer.
Li was one of six winners in the My Favourite TBV Female TV Character category.
Wayne Lai and Rosina Lam
Ms Lee said: "I've followed Selena's career for 10 years. At events, she behaves the same way as when she was a newbie. She truly cares for her fans."
A total of 16 awards were presented at the StarHub TVB Awards 2016.
Viewers can catch the delayed telecast on Oct 29 via TVB First (StarHub Ch 860) in the original Cantonese.
It will also be aired on VV Drama (StarHub Ch 855) and E City (StarHub Ch 111/825) on Nov 5 and Nov 12 respectively.
List of main winners at 2016 StarHub TVB Awards
Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu
My Favourite TVB Actress
Mu Favourite TVB Actor
Ruco Chan and Wayne Lai
My Favourite TVB Female
TV Character (six winners)
Kristal Tin (Brother's Keeper II), Mandy Wong (Law dis-Order), Alice Chan (Lord Of Shanghai), Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls), Selena Li (Presumed Accidents) and Tracy Chu (Over Run Over)
My Favourite TVB Male
TV Character (six winners)
Edwin Siu (Brother's Keeper II), Benjamin Yuen (A Fist Within Four Walls), Moses Chan (Fashion War), Kenneth Ma (Lord Of Shanghai), Bobby Au Yeung (House Of Spirits) and Vincent Wong (Over Run Over)
My Favourite TVB Drama
A Fist Within Four Walls
Most Improved TVB Artiste
Ali Lee and Mat Yeung
My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress
Rosina Lam My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor Raymond Cho
Best New TVB Artiste
Moon Lau and Matthew Ho