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Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu is a Chinese-Filipino actress best known for her leading roles in dramas "Sana Maulit Muli" (2007), "Tayong Dalawa" (2009), "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo" (2010), "My Binondo Girl" (2011), "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" (2013), "Ikaw Lamang" (2014), and in the film "Bride for Rent" (2014).

Born Kimberly Sue Yap Chiu, she gained prominence by winning the reality series "Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition." After winning, Ms. Chiu became part of Star Magic. She and her on-screen partner Gerald Anderson became a regular in ASAP XV and appeared together in several ABS-CBN shows "Love Spell," comedy sitcom "Aalog-Alog" and in the film "First Day High."

In 2007, she starred in the primetime TV series entitled "Sana Maulit Muli" alongside Mr. Anderson, which was released to significant acclaim. That year, she was nominated and eventually won the 38th Guillermo Mendoza Box Office Awards as Most Promising Female Star and Best New Female TV Personality (for Sana Maulit Muli) at the 21st PMPC Star Awards. Sana Maulit Muli was later released in Taiwan under the PTS network, under the title "Chances."

Ms. Chiu then launched her debut album "Gwa Ai Di" (ๆˆ‘็ˆฑไฝ ; Minnan, "I Love You") under Star Records, which included the single "Crazy Love." It reached a Gold Record status. Gaining recognition for her acting roles, she then starred in the movie "I've Fallen For You" under Star Cinema and continually appeared in numerous advertisements.

In 2008, she was casted in the Philippine adaptation of the South Korean TV series "My Girl."

In January 2009, she starred in the TV series entitled "Tayong Dalawa," which garnered her several acting awards. Her movie "I Love You, Goodbye" became part of Star Cinema's official entry to the 2009 Metro Manila Film Festival. It was her first role as a villain and her first film to hit P100 million mark, with her receiving several nominations under different award giving bodies including PMPC, 12th Gawad PASADO Awards and the 34th MMFF for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2010, she then starred in the romance film "Paano Na Kaya," released nationally and internationally. She also starred in the well-received primetime drama, "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo," the highest rating teleserye of 2010 in the Philippines. In October 2010, she and Mr. Anderson teamed up again in the film "Till My Heartaches End." In the midst of movie promotions, it was reported that the long-time couple (known as Kimerald) had split, yet the reason for the breakup was not discussed.

In 2012, Ms. Chiu starred in a horror film with Vilma Santos entitled "The Healing," wherein she received a number of Best Supporting Actress nominations from almost all of the film award-giving bodies, missing only the Gawad Urian and The Young Critics' Circle.

She also returned to melodrama acting via "Ina, Kapatid, Anak," alongside Xian Lim, Maja Salvador and Enchong Dee. The teleserye ended with an average TV rating of 30.3% provided by Kantar Media/TNS and was awarded the Best Teleserye of the Year (2013) in Philippine's Yahoo OMG! awards, leading it to be aired internationally as "Her Mother's Daughter," released in foreign territories including MIPTV in France and at DISCOP West Asia in Turkey. Her portrayal also earned her an award for Best TV Drama Actress. She reunited in a movie with Mr. Anderson titled "24/7 in Love," Star Magic's ensemble film in view of the agency's 20th year anniversary.

She starred in a film adaption of Ramon Bautista's novel co-starring Xian Lim, "Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo?" released on July 17, 2013. On January 2014, she cemented her top star status with the romantic-comedy movie entitled "Bride for Rent." The film achieved various milestones and established her as one of the country's top stars having both a successful film and television career. It was Star Cinema's first movie offering of 2014 and holds the title of sixth highest grossing Filipino film of all time, having grossed P325 million.

After the success of her two films, Ms. Chiu returned to television through "Ikaw Lamang," a period drama series with Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Jake Cuenca and KC Concepcion, produced by ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment Television. On October 9, 2014, Walt Disney released an official statement and confirmed that she'll be part of an upcoming Disney project in Southeast Asia and will portray the character of MULAN. 

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