Samantha Ko Headlines New TVB Drama “Agent C9”

The TVB fadan exodus is leading to the rise of a new leading lady — Samantha Ko (高海寧).

The 31-year-old actress, who made her debut in 2009 through the Miss Hong Kong competition, will be headlining the new TVB comedy drama Agent C9 <C9特工> as the titular character, a housewife who works as a secret agent.

Samantha will be co-leading the drama with Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Lai Lok-yi (黎諾懿).

Agent C9 is not Samantha’s first drama as lead. Early last year, she teamed up with Mat Yeung (楊明) to film the TVB comedy Marriage Partners <婚姻合伙人>, which was her first drama as female lead. Marriage Partners is currently awaiting release.

Netizens are divided about Samantha’s rise to female lead. Some netizens commented saying they believe Kenneth deserved a better leading lady, while others said Samantha was able to rise quickly because of Wong Jing (王晶).

Nonetheless, Samantha has been showing steady improvements since her debut into acting in 2010, and a lot of avid TVB drama watchers are looking forward to her performance. A new generation of fadans is on the rise.


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  1. Still don’t thinks she has the acting chops or charisma to lead a drama. Find her acting mediocre and not very memorable. Also, Agent C9 sounds very similar to that Priscilla Wong + Edwin Siu drama from a while ago.

      1. @megamiaow
        Agree Samantha’s performances have mainly been really flat so far apart from her part in ‘the last steep Ascent’. She has mostly been given the same boring non-cute serious characters to play. Hopefully there are are more subtle characteristics and mannerisms to her lead roles.

  2. i don’t think she has the charisma to lead a drama. she kinda looks like a wicked woman. as far as acting, i think she’s okay. i quite like her character in the lawyer drama and her performance in the last steep ascend was memorable.

    what’s her relationship w/ wong jing anyway? usually those girls aren’t of the “innocent” next door type kinda of girl.

    1. @m0m0 Supposedly, Samantha is one of Wong Jing’s recent favorites, which is why he’s been including her in his own series and also movies (she filmed one of his movies that hasn’t been released yet). With her voluptuous figure, it’s actually not surprising that Wong Jing would set his sights on Samantha, since most of his “Jing Ladies” are the sensual, pretty type with good bodies who usually get cast in sexy roles meant to show off their assets (though with that said, I don’t think Samantha is officially a “Jing Lady,” at least not yet). There were also rumors a few years back that TVB’s current owner Charles Chan pegged Samantha as his new favorite, replacing Kate Tsui (who used to be his favorite), which is why she’s been getting so many opportunities at TVB – Charles Chan also happens to be good friends with Wong Jing so that’s probably how Samantha’s connection to WJ started….

      1. @llwy12
        samantha’s got the looks that wong jing would like but i think his recent tastes have really declined. the girls he’s been promoting all look old fashion beauty “loung” but they all have disproportionate bodies.

  3. An automatic miss for me. She hardly has the charisma to play second lead.

  4. Wow, TVB is that desperate now they have to cast Samantha as lead? She doesn’t have the charisma to lead a series for one and two her acting is mediocre at best. The story itself sounds lame and the rest of the cast is nothing to shout about either…..looks like this will definitely be another “auto-skip” for me.

  5. You know that Tvb is really scraping the bottom of the barrel when people like Samantha, Natalie and Benjamin are leading dramas. Won’t be surprised if Benjamin and Samantha become the next tv king and queen.

    1. @mindee that’s fine with me. Just voicing my opinion lol. To me his acting is acting, he’s not that person he’s trying to portray, just my opinion.

  6. I think it’s better than having the newer Miss HKs lead series.
    Tbb lacking even more in the fadans category than with the male leads.
    I would say the only ” relatively” yonger ones are Ali, Priscilla, and Natalie. Even they are all like 35+, and their acting still gets bashed.

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