Lim Kay Tong only Singapore actor to win at Asian Television Awards

Singapore actors and actresses “definitely have some catching up to do” with their Asian counterparts, says actor and theatre veteran Lim Kay Tong. Lim was the only Singapore actor to win an acting award yesterday evening at the 20th...


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Singapore actors and actresses “definitely have some catching up to do” with their Asian counterparts, says actor and theatre veteran Lim Kay Tong.

Lim was the only Singapore actor to win an acting award yesterday evening at the 20th Asian Television Awards (ATA) held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The 61-year-old was honoured for his role as a mysterious old man in the HBO Asia horror mini-series Grace.

Yesterday’s results were a stark contrast to last year, when Pierre Png and Rayson Tan picked up accolades for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actor in a Supporting Role while comedienne Irene Ang won Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress.

The annual ATA celebrates the region’s best on the small screen.

Lim, who played the late Lee Kuan Yew in local movie 1965 earlier this year, told The New Paper after the awards ceremony: “This year, there is a lot of competition. There are actors from China, Japan, Thailand, et cetera. The TV industries in these countries are more developed, so naturally the actors are more developed too.

“In fact, I would say that most of the Asian region has had a head start, so our local actors definitely have some catching up to do.

“But it’s a good thing. Awards like the ATA will push our actors to continue improving their skills so that they can compete with the big guns.”

In his acceptance speech on stage, Lim said: “While HBO, being an international company, has assembled people from the US, Taiwan and Australia for Grace, the bulk of this drama’s cast and crew are Singaporeans.

“I thank HBO for putting their faith in us.”

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