Nancy Sit

Nancy Sit
Nancy Sit M.H.
Chinese name 薛家燕
Pinyin Xuē Jiāyàn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Sit3 Gaa1 Jin3 (Cantonese)
Born 30 March 1950 (1950-03-30) (age 61)
Hong Kong
Years active 1960s - present
Spouse(s) Shek Bo-hing (m.1983-1996)
Children Justina Shek
Jackson Shek
Jamie Shek

Nancy Sit Ka Yin (Chinese: 薛家燕, MH born 30 March 1950) is a Hong Kong actress on the TVB network. Her acting career dated back to the 1960s, when she was a popular teen idol alongside Connie Chan Po-chu, and Josephine Siao. Sit recorded many albums in her teens, and later served as a mentor to Anita Mui, who went on to become one of the biggest superstars in Hong Kong history.

Sit left the entertainment business after she got married and raised a family, but in the early 1990s, her marriage fell apart when her husband left her. Sit was devastated and has said she contemplated suicide. But she thought of her children, which gave her the will to continue with life. She decided to get back into show business and was able to capitalize on the popularity she had achieved as a teen idol, even though it was so many years later.

She first starred in the long-running series A Kindred Spirit, playing one of the show's central figures. It was the longest-running series in Hong Kong history, with more than 1,000 episodes.

In 1975 she joined to Flatfoot Goes East, a film of Italian director Steno with well-known actor Bud Spencer. In this film, she plays the brief and touching role of a young mother which sacrifices herself to save the life of her son Yoko (Day Golo) from a gangster band.

Sit's recent work in TVB's TV series made her very popular in Southeast Asia. Sit stars in the sitcoms, Virtues of Harmony and its sequel Virtues of Harmony II. In Virtues of Harmony, Sit plays a boss of a Chinese restaurant in Ming Dynasty. She reprises a similar role in a modern setting in its sequel, Virtues of Harmony II.

In 2005, Nancy and co-star William Hung, were featured in the Hong Kong movie Where Is Mama's Boy. The accompanying soundtracks included theme songs from the movie that were performed by Nancy, William and Huang Yi-Fei (Wong Yat-Fei).

She also visited several countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, to promote shows in which she performed such as A Kindred Spirit and to host the Channel U variety special.

In late 2009, rumours circulated about Sit in regards to serious health problems (she had surgery to remove Gallstones and cholangitis).[1] Around this time, she was seen walking uneasily and needing assistance in public by her daughter. As of late 2010, Sit appears to have made a full recovery.



TVB series

Year Title Role TVB Anniversary Awards Notes
1995 A Kindred Spirit Leung Yun Ho All-Time Most Memorable Female Leading Role
1997 A Recipe for the Heart Yin Jan-jan (Cameo)
2000 Return of the Cuckoo Chu Sa Giu My Favourite Television Character
Nominated - Best Actress (Top 5)
The Threat of Love
2001 Virtues of Harmony Yau Nim Chi My Favourite Television Character
Nominated - Best Actress (Top 5)
2002 Police Station No. 7 Wong Ying Goo
2003 The Threat of Love 2 Fung Ying/Chu Sau Yuk/Tam Siu
/Ng Sui Gil/Fok Lau Sui Bik/Lee Han
2004 Virtues of Harmony II Yau Nim Chi
2007 Heavenly In-Laws Lo Fa/Flower Queen (warehoused)
2008 The Silver Chamber of Sorrows Choi Siu Diep Nominated - Best Actress (Top 10)
2009 Born Rich Sheung Hoi-mei
2011 River of Wine Kwan Wai-lan Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 15)

ATV series

Year Title Role
1979 Dragon Strikes
It Takes A Thief[disambiguation needed ]
1990 The Third Radio Staion

Other series

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Princess Ji Zhuang
穆赢太后 (Taiwan Television Station Series)
2005 Love Concierge
谢美娇 (Media Corp Series)
2007 Double Happiness[disambiguation needed ]
(China Central Television Series)

Feature Films

Year Title Role
1967 Seven Princesses
1996 God of Cookery Judge
1999 Anti-Crime Squad
2010 72 Tenants of Prosperity Lolita
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011
I Love Hong Kong


Nancy Sit is one of five sisters. She has three children from her marriage to Shek, Jamie, Justina and Jackson Shih. Justina and Jackson reside in the United States and Jamie with her in Hong Kong.

Since Nancy Sit fell ill in 2009, as of 2010 all three of her children returned to Hong Kong to lessen her work load and start a career in Hong Kong. Justina acts as Sit's manager as well as looking after Mother Hong Kong Arts Centre.


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