Veronica Ngô Thanh Vân (1979) is a Vietnamese dancer, singer, actress, and model. She is also known as Veronica Ngo or her initials NTV.
She was born on 26 February 1979 in Trà Vinh, Vietnam. When she was 10, she moved to Norway with her family, but later relocated to Vietnam, starting her public career.
In 1999, NTV went back to Vietnam and participated in a beauty pageant of the Vietnamese Women's World magazine where she finished as second runner-up. After that, she started her career in Vietnam as a model for magazines, calendars, fashion collections, et cetera. At that time, she had a chance to appear on the small screen with a main role in Huong De, a short TV series on HTV Channel.
Singing career begins:
In 2002, she started her career as a pop-dance style singer with the help of producer Quoc Bao. She recorded the duet album called Vuon Tinh Nhan (Lovers' Garden) with Tuan Hung.
One year later, with the help of producer Quoc Bao, NTV released her debut album, The Gioi Tro Choi (Playworld), on February 26. This album was a power pop-dance LP with a story about "NTV Virus". Two music videos were taken from the album; "The Gioi Tro Choi" & "Ngay Tuoi Sang", a cover version of JTL's "A Better Day", which was directed by Jackie Chen. These two videos were the first Vietnamese music videos to feature professional special effects and are listed as the most expensive Vietnamese music videos to date.
In 2004, continuing the story of NTV Virus, Ngo Thanh Van presented her second album, Bi An Vang Trang (Mystery of the Moon), which featured a moon theme, on March 15. Three videos were released from this album: "Bi An Vang Trang", the cheerleader theme "Vuon Toi tam Cao (Reach for the Sky)", and the ballad "Khi Nao Em Buon (Whenever I'm Sad)", which later was covered by Mat Ngoc, Minh Thuan and Thanh Thao.
Television & international approach:
During 2004, Ngo Thanh Van made her first international appearance in Rouge, a 13-part MTV television series that is shown mostly around midnight on AZN Television. 'Rouge' was produced by MTV Asia & MediaCorp Singapore and was broadcast widely in Asia and Australia. For the remainder of the year, NTV was busy with the promotion campaign of Rouge throughout Asia and recording her third album. She was also chosen as the favourite actress in Rouge on the MTV Asia website.
On September 5, 2005, My Way, Ngo Thanh Van's third album, was released. This album was produced by NTV herself and featured a collaboration with a group of producers called The Dreams. My Way featured multiple genres, from alternative rock to pop, R&B, and hip hop. She remixed her way the famous Trinh Cong Son's song called "Quynh Huong".
In 2005 she was involved in a scandal with the website ngothanhvanxao.com.
After My Way, NTV engaged herself in acting, with many roles in big screen movies like Saigon Love Story by Ringo Le, 2 In 1 by Dao Duy Phuc, and The Rebel by Charlie Nguyen Chanh Truc with Johnny Tri Nguyen. The Rebel is a big hit in Vietnam movie history, Ngo Thanh Van's performance was highly praised by both critics and the public. She was nominated for "Best Actress" at the 'Canh Dieu Vang' award for the second time. In spring of 2007, NTV starred in a new thriller called Ngoi Nha Bi An (Haunted Manor), which reached cinemas in November 2007. In December 2007, Ngo Thanh Van was awarded "Best Actress" at the 15th Vietnam Film Festival.
Return to music:
In autumn 2006, after the two months break in America, NTV went back to Vietnam, and started recording her 4th album which she promised would be a dance anthem record. On October 2006, NTV also premiered one of her new songs "I Won't Stop Loving You," a new collaboration with Quốc Bảo, on the final episode of 21st Century Woman which was on VTV. But due to heavy promotion of The Rebel movie, the album release was pushed back to the summer of 2007. In May 2007, Ngo Thanh Van announced that the fourth album title would be Studio 68 and claimed that 68 was her lucky number. She released Studio 68 on January 10, 2008.
In 2006 Ngo Thanh Van signed a contract to appear in the Van Son DVD musical & comedy shows, produced by Van Son Entertainment, a Vietnamese Overseas Music Production. She has since appeared in every Van Son DVD to date.
During the first months of 2008, Ngo Thanh Van was working on her new album Nuoc Mat Thien Than (Tears of Angel), while Studio 68 was awarded "Most Creative Album" in monthly "Album Vang" prize.
2009 saw NTV once again starred beside Johnny Tri Nguyen in Chanh Phuong action movie Clash. She also opened her own talent agency called VAA.
In 2010, NTV starred in Vietnamese version of Dancing With The Stars. She finished first place in the competition and became the winner of Vietnam's Dancing With The Stars season 1. After winning, NTV revealed that she would return to music in 2011. In Autumn, she embarked on a national promotion tour.
In December 2010, after 2 years training, NTV presented the first act of her agency, a five-piece boy-band called 365.
In 2011, NTV was busy with the promotion of 365, commercial contracts. She also played the leading role in the thriller Ngoi Nha Trong Hem (House In The Alley). The movie premiered nationwide in February 2012.