Maya Karin Biography
Maya Karin (Maya Karin Roelcke) is a German born Malysian actress, television host, and singer born on 29th October 1979 in Germany. She is popularly known for her roles in Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam and Ombak Rindu. She is the first of the two Malaysian actresses to have won the prestigious Best Actress Award at the Asia- Pacific Film Festival.
She is the elder child of Gottfried Roelcke, a German, and Che Zan, a
Malaysian of Malay, Chinese and Indian parentage. She has two siblings Armin and Irina.
Maya Karin Career
At the age of 17 Maya Karin started modelling and acting in theatres. She later graduated from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Kuala Lumpur in Media and Marketing.
In 2000 she was cast as television show host of ‘Wavelength’, a lifestyle entertainment programme which aired on Malaysia’s TV3. She made her film debut as one of the lead roles in Aziz M. Osman’s Seri Dewi Malam.
Later that year she was starred in her second movie ‘No Problem’ in which she played a girl living in a rural village. The movie was a critial & box office failure.
In 2001 she won the New Popular Artist Award at Malaysia’s Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian and the Anugerah Media Hiburan. In 2003 she was cast in a supporting role in a hit movie, ‘Mr. Cinderella 2’.
In mid-2004, she was cast by director Shuhaimi Baba in the lead role in Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam. The film was both critically and commercially successful. She won the Best Actress Award at the49th Asia Pacific Film Festival 2004 in Fukuoka, Japan. She was also received her first nomination for Best Actress In A Leading Role at Malaysia Film Festival (FFM).
In 2004 Maya Karin was invited by Channel [V] International to join their VJ team and in 2006 she was voted Best VJ in Star Buzz Editor’s Choice Awards 2006.
Also in 2004 she hosted the bridal programme ‘Ratu Sehari’ (Queen for a Day) for Malaysia’s Astro Ria channel and the travelogue programme ‘Beauty Secrets From The East’ in 2005 for TV3.
In 2005 she reprised her role as the lead in the sequel ‘Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam II’. She won the award for Best Actor (male/female) at the Estepona Fantasy and Terror Film Festival 2005 in Málaga, Spain and, her second nomination for FFM’s Best Actress for the role. She also won the Most Popular Actress (Film) Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2005.
In 2007 Maya Karin played a variety of lead roles in Pesona Pictures’ Waris Jari Hantu and 1957: Hati Malaya and Tayangan Unggul’s Anak Halal and continued to receive nominations in various award functions. In 2008 she won Best Actress Awards in Malaysia Film Festival and Anugerah Oskar Malaysia for her genuine portrayal as a tomboy girl in Anak Halal.
In 2010, she played a famous entertainment show host who fall in love with a guy from a rural village in the romantic comedy movie Cun alongside Remy Ishak.
In November 2011 she was featured in ‘Ombak Rindu’ where she played a young women from a rural village struggling with life and love. The role earned her the Best Actress Award at both the Anugerah Skrin and Malaysia Film Festival in 2012 and her third Most Popular Actress (Film) Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2011.
Afterwards, Maya Karin portrayed two roles she never played before in Lagenda Budak Setan 2 and Sejoli, and managed to stand out despite acting alongside other fellow established actors. Her genuine tickling portrayal of a girl looking for her true love in the latter film gained her the award of Best Actress in Comedy Role in the second Anugerah Lawak Warna in 2014. Waiting to be released are her two thriller/suspense movies of Jwanita and Nota, with the latter film directed and produced with collaboration between local and Japanese film producers and crews.
Maya Karin Musical Career
In 2002, Maya Karin recorded her debut music album, Erti Cinta. The album garnered her nominations for Best New Singer and Best Video awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik. Her second album is Bukan Qalamaya (2004). On 3 June 2013, Maya signed up with Warner Music Malaysia and made her comeback from a 9-year hiatus with single “Bintang Syurga”. Her long- awaited latest album titled Teka-Teki was released on 24 March 2014, and official launched then on 18 April at No Black Tie. The official music video of Teka-Teki was also launched after that on Warner Music Malaysia’s YouTube channel.
Maya Karin Movies
- 2001: Seri Dewi Malam as Seri
- 2001: No Problem as Rosnah
- 2003: Mr. Cinderella 2 as Anis
- 2004: Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam as Meriam/Maria/Pontianak
- 2004: 7 Perhentian as Dr. Maya
- 2005: Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam 2 as Meriam/Maria/Pontianak
- 2007: Waris Jari Hantu Tina
- 2007: 1957 Hati Malaya as Salmi/Normala
- 2007: Anak Halal as Johanna
- 2008: Duyung as Puteri/Duyung
- 2008: Punggok Rindukan Bulan as Umi
- 2009: Pisau Cukur as Bella
- 2010: Magika as Bunian
- 2010: Cun! as Luna Latisha
- 2011: Ombak Rindu as Izzah
- 2012: Lagenda Budak Setan 2: Katerina as Katerina
- 2014: Sejoli: Misi Cantas Cinta as Gina
- 2014: Lagenda Budak Setan 3: Kasyah Lagenda Berakhir as Katerina
- 2015: Nota as Erin
- 2015: Jwanita as Jwanita
- 2018: Olympic Dream as Mother Fatimah
- 2018: Munafik 2 as Sakinah
Maya Karin TV Shows
- 2000–2001: Wavelength
- 2004: Ratu Sehari
- 2005: Beauty Secrets From The East
- 2010–2011: Nona
- Theatres & Musicals
- 1995: Bugsy Malone
- 1999: In The Mind’s Eye
- 2009: Natrah
- 2010: Natrah 2
- 2013: SuperMokh The Musical 1
- 2014: SuperMokh The Musical 2
Maya Karin Husband
In 2008 she married Steve David Shorthose but they divorced in 2010.
Maya Karin News
‘My family became victim of cyber-bullying last year’ – reveals actress Maya Karin
The cyber-bully was a stranger who “struck” sporadically on Instagram and Facebook every month.
She hurled profanities in Malay and English and made the family fear for their safety.
This was award-winning actress Maya Karin’s recollection of her family’s five-month ordeal at the hands of a female Netizen from Melaka.
The 20-something’s cyber-threats to injure Maya and damage her property were fortunately stopped by police last January.
Maya, the star of Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam, Ombak Rindu and Jwanita almost gave up Facebook and Instagram.
Nevertheless she chose to fight back lodging a police report in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
The cyber-bully was fined after pleading guilty during her subsequent trial.
“I can’t divulge the details of these insults and threats, but they targeted my family in Malaysia and Germany,” said Maya at the launch of the End Cyber-Bullying And Spreading False Information campaign at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre here, today.
“At first I thought we were bullied by a group of people. Thank goodness, police found out that only an individual was involved.”
The cyber-bullying resulted in Maya, 38, “toning down” her Facebook and Instagram presence.
Nowadays, she only talks about her projects in music and films.
“I’m not going to let cyber-bullies deter me from using social media.
“Nevertheless, for the safety of my loved ones, I’ve decided not to reveal my off-screen activities too much.”
When asked about her new projects, Maya said she will soon record duets with Kaka Azraff and Awi Rafael, and launch a new single after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“My single is written and composed by Aizat Amdan, one of my favourite artistes,” said Maya, adding that she will be in the film Olympic Dream directed by Don Hoe.