In 2018, more top artistes continued to leave TVB due to life changes or desire to find greater opportunities elsewhere. Among the major artistes that decided to not renew their contracts, who will fans miss the most?
Three-time TV King, Roger Kwok (郭晉安), ended his contract with TVB in May and chose to sign with Wong Cho Lam’s (王祖藍) company instead. Roger began his acting with TVB in 1986 and has starred in numerous dramas. He is well known for his lead role in Square Pegs <戇夫成龍>, Life Made Simple <阿旺新傳>, and Black Heart White Soul <忠奸人>. He has left TVB before in 1996 before returning back a year later.
In a previous interview, Roger shared that he wants to transition to the Mainland Chinese market and that Wong Cho Lam can help him with connections. Though his contract is over, fans can anticipate his TVB drama Big White Duel <白色強人> in 2019. He also commented that he would return to TVB to film one drama a year under a per series contract.
Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) entered TVB after winning Miss Chinese International 2004. In her 13 years at TVB, she became very popular and left a positive impression among her viewers. Countless fans consider her to be their Best Actress. In 2016, she announced her marriage to Canadian chiropractor, Jeremy Leung, and has been focused on raising her two children in Vancouver. This March, she officially announced leaving TVB, but occasionally flies back to Hong Kong for promotional events.
Eliza Sam (岑麗香) not only won Miss Chinese International 2010, but also the hearts of many viewers with her cheerful image. In 2016, she married Canadian-Chinese boyfriend, Joshua Ngo, in Vancouver and the couple moved to Hong Kong so that Eliza could continue her acting career. This June, Eliza’s contract with TVB ended and she signed under Wong Cho Lam’s company. Recently, she announced that she is pregnant, so the 34-year-old actress will likely slow down her career next year to take care of her baby.
Rosina Lam (林夏薇) graduated in 2009 from the Beijing Central Academy of Drama and signed with TVB in 2011. She starred in numerous dramas including Burning Hands <乘勝狙擊>, Daddy Cool <逆緣>, and upcoming drama Our Unwinding Ethos <十二傳說>. Even after her marriage to businessman Jason Mok (莫贊生) in 2015, she still continued working. In July, she chose to leave TVB after her contract ended to spend more time with her husband and rest her body for potential baby plans. She hopes to return to TVB again with a different partnership.
Jason Chan (陳智燊) entered TVB in 2006 through their annual TVB Artiste Training Class. With his English fluency, he began hosting on lifestyle program, Dolce Vita <港生活·港享受> and then transitioned to dramas. His most noted role was for his 2012 drama Missing You <幸福摩天輪>. This July, he announced leaving TVB after 12 years. He mentioned that he would really miss the company, but hopes to expand in other aspects of his life. He and his wife, Sarah Song (宋熙年), have a YouTube channel and share vlogs about their lives and love for food, travelling, and cars. Recently, the couple welcomed their baby son, Damon.
Benz Hui (許紹雄) graduated from the 1st TVB Artiste Training Class and worked for TVB for 47 years. He has participated in numerous TV dramas and films as a supporting role, but his acting has received countless praise. This February, Benz ended his contract and moved to Singapore with his family. Before leaving, he filmed The Defected <鐵探> and Wonder Women <多功能老婆>. As well, he also films in Mainland China and has accumulated a huge fan base there.
Florence Kwok (郭少芸) entered the industry as a finalist in Miss Hong Kong 1992. Filming many dramas, Florence is most known for her role in Come Home Love <愛·回家> as the witty aunt. In 2001, she left TVB to invest in the restaurant business, but returned in 2005. This July, she announced that she is leaving TVB for a bit to explore film opportunities before coming back in September.
Raymond Chiu (趙永洪) also graduated from TVB’s Artiste Training Class and has filmed over 100 dramas in supporting roles. He gained recognition for Best Selling Secrets <同事三分親> and The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>. This March, he signed with another company to focus on the film industry.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.