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Fans of Fiona Xie, rejoice! Seven years after leaving Mediacorp, the (now formerly) retired actress is set to make her television comeback as a psychiatrist in Left Behind, which debuts on Channel 5 in August this year. She is currently in the midst of filming the seven-episode series.
“The stars were aligned, Family Commitments and a Nostalgic Heart,” she shared in an abstract statement, in typical Fiona Xie fashion.
The 34-year-old was one of Mediacorp's 7 princesses during her tenure with the company, and racked up a long resume of both acting and hosting gigs in the eight years she was there. One of her most iconic scenes involved her running down Orchard Road in a skimpy bikini for 2004's The Champion, but she was also known for other roles such as a tomboyish night market hawker in 2008's Just in Singapore and a ghost in 2006's Maggi & Me, which earned her a nomination at the 2007 Asian Television Awards. She was crowned Best Newcomer for My Genie at the 2001 Star Awards, and made it into the coveted Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes list in 2001 and 2006.
In December 2009, she confirmed that she was leaving Mediacorp – and Singapore – to pursue her own interests (photography, art and fashion) in Hong Kong and New York. She previously made headlines for bowing out of Channel 8's Together at the last minute, because her boyfriend was unhappy with the intimate scenes she would have to film for the show.
Despite her long absence from the scene, Fiona maintains a strong following of over 107,000 on her Instagram account, which she uses to post abstract, artistic shots, as well as the occasional selfie. Her last role was opposite Taiwanese heartthrob Mike He in 2012 rom-com The Golden Couple.
More information on Left Behind will be available at a later date, so stay tuned for more!