Nurul Aini

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Nurul Aini
Nurul Aini.jpg
Born23 July 1982
Years active2002 - present
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)Sofian Roslan (m. 2008)
ChildrenShan Ehan (b. 2010)

Shaista Eman (b. 2012)

Shania Eva (b. 2019)

Nurul Aini Abdul Rahim (born 23 July 1982) has been a TV presenter and actress for MediaCorp Suria since 2002.[1][2][3] As of February 2020, she has a following of 165,000 on Instagram. Outside of show business, Nurul Aini is a wife to Sofian Roslan and a mother of three children. The Singaporean actress is of Malay, Peranakan, Pakistani and Dutch lineage.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

A picture from Nurul Aini's childhood. Photo from The Straits Times.

Nurul's parents divorced when she was seven years old.[5] Nurul's mother singlehandedly raised her and her four siblings while working in a factory to financially support the family.[6][7] In a 2015 interview with The Straits Times, Nurul shared that she was still in contact with her biological father who had since remarried and moved to Johor.[8] Nurul Aini was a student in East View Secondary School.[9][10]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Before entering show business, Nurul worked as frontline staff at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. For a while, Nurul juggled two careers in acting and hospitality. In 2005, she resigned from her executive position at the hotel to focus on her acting and hosting.[11]

Nurul Aini (far right) pictured in 2002 after winning Suria's Juara talent competition. Photo from The Straits Times.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Nurul Aini pictured with her husband and 3 children. Photo from Instagram.

Marriage to Sofian Roslan (2008)[edit | edit source]

Nurul Aini started dating Sofian Roslan when she was 17 years old.[12] The couple got married in 2008 after eight years of dating.[13][14]

Children[edit | edit source]

As of February 2020, they have three children together - Shan Ehan (born 2010), Shaista Eman (born 2012) and Shania Eva (born 2019).[15]

MediaCorp career[edit | edit source]

In 2002, Nurul Aini landed third place in Juara, a talent competition organised by MediaCorp's Suria.[16] This accomplishment kickstarted Nurul's popularity in the Malay television scene. Had it not been for her friend-turned-sister-in-law, Diah Mastura Roslan, Nurul would not have even signed up for the competition.[17]

Nurul Aini is one of the leading roles in Lion Mums Seasons 1 to 3. Photo from IMdb.

Acting[edit | edit source]

Being trilingual, Nurul has acted in Malay, English and Mandarin dramas on MediaCorp's Suria, Channel 5 and Channel 8 respectively.[18] Nurul has also been involved in overseas productions such as Kasih Berbisik (Love Whispers),[19] a joint production between Singapore and Malaysian studio houses, and Setulus Janji in 2015.[20] Nurul is known to be playful on set. During an attempt to prank a cameraman on the set of a Suria period drama, Bunga Tanjong, she fractured her arm and had to wear a cast for a month.[21]

Year Channel Title Character Drama/ Movie/ Telemovie Refs.
2019 Channel 5 Lion Mums Season 3 Durrani Drama [22]
2017 Channel 5 Lion Mums Season 2 Durrani Drama [23]
2016 Suria Bunga Tanjong Wan Katijah Telemovie [24][25][26][27]
2015 Suria 31Disember (31 December) Amanda Telemovie [28][29]
2015 Channel 5 Lion Mums Season 1 Durrani Drama [30][31]
2015 Widuri TV1 Setulus Janji Juwita Movie [32][33]
2015 Suria Anakku Duniaku (My Child, My World) Lead Role Telemovie [34][35][36]
2015 Channel 5 Love Is Love: Sunshine Sarah Telemovie [37][38]
2014 Suria Kasih Berbisik (Love Whispers) Nora Drama [39]
2014 Channel 5 Code Of Law Season 2 Guest Star Drama [40]
2009 Suria Di Pinggir Hati (At The Edge Of The Heart) Lead Role Drama [41]
2005 Channel 8 Love Concierge Supporting Role Drama [42]
2003 Suria Garisan Takdir (Lines Of Fate) Lead Role Drama [43][44]
2002 Suria Cinta Bollywood Supporting Role Drama [45]

Hosting[edit | edit source]

Year Channel Television Programme Refs.
2020 Suria Suria Elektra 2020 [46][47]
2018 Suria Gara-Gara Nurul & Shahril [48][49]
2015 Suria Project Kasih (Love Project) [50][51]
2012 Suria Kita Gerek [52][53]
2004 Suria Zoom Thailand [54]

Awards & accolades[edit | edit source]

Estée Lauder Ambassador[edit | edit source]

Nurul Aini (left) pictured at Estée Lauder’s Power of Night event in 2019. Photo from CNA Lifestyle.

In early 2019, Nurul Aini was named Estée Lauder’s ambassador. The actress attended Estée Lauder’s Power of Night exclusive pop-up on 24 March 2019.[55][56]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Year Event Award Title Awarding Organisation Refs.
2019 Pesta Perdana Best Host (Variety) MediaCorp [57][58]
2013 Pesta Perdana Most Popular Female Personality MediaCorp [59]
2012
2011
2008
2007 Pesta Perdana Best Host (Zoom Thailand) MediaCorp [60][61]

Entrepreneurship[edit | edit source]

Studiofrost (2007 - 2019) - Co-founder[edit | edit source]

Nurul co-founded an online fashion business, Studiofrost, in 2007. The two co-founders, Nurul Aini and Diah Mastura, were the designers behind the brand's apparel.[62] As of February 2020, the Studiofrost's website is defunct. The brand's social media has also been inactive since 2017.

Studio Cafe SG (2014 - 2016) - Co-founder[edit | edit source]

In December of 2014, Nurul opened Studio Cafe SG in Toa Payoh Lorong 6, with three fellow Suria artists.[63][64] The restaurant served a mixture of local and international cuisine ranging from local delights like mee goreng and beef kway teow to western food such as sirloin steak. On 10 June 2015, one of the owners of eatery, singer-actor Ashmi Roslan, passed away.[65][66] He died a week after he had been hospitalised for a heart attack.[67]


On 22 May 2016, Studio Cafe SG opened a booth at the Halal Food Expo with Chulop SG.[68] A few weeks later, the cafe announced on their Facebook page that they were “relocating to a better location”. As of 14 February 2020, their Instagram bio states:

“We are relocating and will keep you updated. Thanks for the support all this while.”[69]

The last update on their Instagram page was on 23 June 2016.[70] According to food review site Burpple, Studio Cafe SG is permanently closed.[71]

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