Erra Fazira (born Fazira Wan Chek; February 9, 1974) is a Malaysian actress, singer, fashion model, TV Host, film producer, as well as former beauty queen. Also known as "Primadona Malay Films of the New Millennium"
She rose to fame in the early/mid 1990s following her roles in Sembilu, Sembilu 2, Maria Mariana and Pasrah. She received critical acclaim and a Malaysia Film Festival award for her portrayal of "Nora" in the film Hingga Hujung Nyawa. She received another three Malaysia Film Festival award nomination for her performance in Soalnya Siapa?, Persona Non Grata, and Anak.
Fazira was born in Sungai Choh, a small town in Selangor, Malaysia, the first child and the only daughter of Wan Chek and Azizah Zaik. Her parents were of Chinese and Bangkahulu origin. Fazira was an active student during her school days and developed a passion for acting, which she showed an interest in at a very early age. She also joined many school's clubs and societies such as Scouting, St John Ambulance of Malaysia, English Language Society and Culture Club. She was also an active sports student back then and has represented herself and her school in Netball. She said that the knowledge and socialization which she gained in joining those clubs played an important role in making who she was as Erra Fazira today.
Fazira attended several different schools including SMK Putri Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.
At the age of 18, Fazira went to take part in the 1992 Malaysian beauty pageant after being persuaded by her aunt. She competed against thirteen others and eventually won the title of Miss Malaysia/World 1992. As Miss Malaysia, Fazira went on to compete in Miss World 1992 pageant, representing Malaysia which was held in Botswana.
Fazira was approached by director, Yusuf Haslam, to star as the lead role in Sembilu. The film opened in cinema on August 18, 1994. The film also marked the first time Erra worked together with her then former dating partner, Awie. Other films roles followed, including a sequel of Sembilu, Sembilu 2 the following year. Fazira reprised her role as Wati.
From 1996 until 2000, Fazira starred in four of Haslam's directed films including the portraying of Maria Zakaria in both Maria Mariana and its sequel Maria Mariana 2. In the 2000s, Soal Hati film, Fazira starred played the character of Nurul Ain. Fazira won the Malaysian Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Starting 2001, Fazira begun to work with many different directors for her films including Ahmad Idham's Mr. Cinderella (2002); A. Razak Mohaideen's Cinta Kolestrol (2003) and others. In 2004, Fazira went on to star opposite her then former husband, Yusry bin Abdul Halim, in the 2004 Hingga Hujung Nyawa, one of the four films she starred in directed by Mohaideen. Through this film, Fazira once again was awarded the Malaysian Film Festival Award for Best Actress as for the portrayal of Nora Halim in the movie.
In 2002, Fazira acted in a telefilm and hosted the show, Fesyen Tempo.