Maya Karin (born on October 29, 1979) is a Malaysian film actress, television host, and singer.
In 2005, she won the coveted Most Popular Actress Award at the Anugerah Bintang Popular (Popular Star Awards). Despite her growing feature film career, Maya continued her involvement in television, and in 2004 was invited by Channel [V] International to join their VJ team.
In 2006, she was voted Best VJ in Star Buzz Editor’s Choice Awards 2006. Other shows that she has hosted are the bridal programme ‘Ratu Sehari’ (Queen for a Day) in 2004 for Malaysia’s ASTRO Ria channel and the travelogue programme ‘Beauty Secrets From The East’ in 2005 for Malaysia’s local TV3 channel.
Maya’s mass popularity as an actress and entertainer has seen her appointed as ambassador for various products starting with Wella in 2001, followed by Pantene, and Yishion in 2003.
In 2006 she was appointed Malaysian first Ambassador and Power Icon for local telecommunications giant Celcom By 2007 she is the only female brand ambassador for Celcom, a role she shares with other celebrities such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Leehom Wang, Robert Pires and Indonesian popular band, Peterpan.
In 2008′s Duyung, she plays the title role, a mermaid. In this film, Maya did all the underwater scenes on her own in the open sea of Sipadan Island. Her following movies Pisau Cukur a comedy parody on Gold diggers was released in 2009, Cun also a comedy in early 2011 and her biggest hit so far Ombak Rindu a love drama in November 2011. Ombak Rindu is currently Malaysia’s overall highest collecting feature film.