B I O g r a p h y
Starting out as a commercial model in tropical Singapore, Gillian Tan (aka Jilly) has made a living as a professional performer since 1999, carving out a career in Singapore television, the main media in her local industry.
Besides a multitude of lead episodic, guest and recurring roles on all the local network channels, she has also landed series regular roles on four different TV dramas and comedies, three in the English language (Channel i's Durian King, Kids Central's Kids Rock, Channel News Asia's Bertha's Nest) and one in Mandarin (Channel U's Hu Jia).
Fortunate enough not to be stereotyped as any particular character type or specific Asian race, she has taken on various challenging roles from the start to develop versatility in her craft. Though local feature films were independent and rare, she played lead and supporting roles in three in 2007.
Outside of Singapore, she was also blessed to play the lead in The Black Rabbit, written & directed by Eric Dapkewicz (Dreamworks' talented editor for Puss in Boots, Monsters vs Aliens, etc) in 2007. Jilly had a ball in Vietnam as the campy villain, Linh, for the French TV series, Deja Vu (France 2), directed by Luccio Di Rosa in 2009. She also flew to China to work with Pearry Reginald Teo & Amy Krell on the North American telemovie Witchville (Syfy, USA) in 2010.
Jilly has always supported new ideas and short films as she believes that the industry is ever evolving. Therefore she is also constantly learning and growing as an performer. She can also be seen in local plays and musicals, be it for the literary or corporate stage. Grateful for her stage debut as "Oberon" in Action Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by the Dennis Tan, under Krishen Jit's supervision, her stage credits now include Hemang Yadav's Stage, Lionel Chok's Adultery, and Elangovan's Oh!.
She has also served as a production manager, writer, youth theatre trainer, emcee, host and singer, most often in the genre of jazz.
However, her original music and EP Four Tunes (available at Earshot cafe) features more folk undertones. Finally feeling confident, and after years of saving, Jilly also wrote, produced and directed her first fully independent short film, My Ah Ma & Me, with original music. More on that later...
Having worked in and for Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, the USA, and of course Singapore, Jilly now intends to build a respectable acting career all over the world.
Full of energy, enthusiasm, positivity, a strong sense of justice, and a punny sense of humour, Jilly relishes in the joy of just being a simple low-maintenance team player in the magical process of storytelling.
You can also see her international credits on IMDb by searching 'Gillian Tan' or by visiting : imdb.com/name/nm1919865