Did actress Eliza Sam quit TVB because she lost a coveted role?

Hong Kong-based Canadian actress Eliza Sam’s eight-year TVB contract has just come to an end. Instead of renewing her contract, she just decided to leave Hong Kong and fly back to Canada.

And, that has led to numerous speculations about her reasons for doing so.

Some say she is heading back home to have a baby, while others say she is unhappy about losing a coveted role to another actress.

So, in order to quell such rumours, she has taken to social media to put things straight.

Writing in a combination of Chinese and English on her Instagram, Sam began her message with: “I still recall my first time stepping foot into TVB to participate in the Miss Chinese International Pageant … I can’t believe so many years have come and gone and that our contract is now finished. Words can not fully express the gratitude, respect and appreciation that I have for my TVB family in my heart.”

我還記得我第一次踏入TVB去參選國際中華小姐… I can’t believe so many years have come and gone and that our contract is now finished. Words can not fully express the gratitude, respect and appreciation that I have for my TVB family in my heart. 呢咁多年唻我相信神係擺咗好多天使係我身邊… Ms Lok, 你一直保護同埋教導and guide我,因為你唔想一個傻傻地嘅我行錯路. 沒有說話可以表達 the gratitude I have for you, our mamabear. Thank you? 珍姐, you trusted me as an actress and gave me the opportunity for my dream career in acting. Thank you? Sandy姐,您一直鼓勵我 to “be myself” 我會記住,thank you!? Felix, 我知道你每一套TVB劇都有睇,多謝你教我什麼是勤力!?? 8樓藝員部同事,多謝你們一路以來咁錫我,教我咁多野同埋陪我成長.❤️ 多謝監製: Joe, 俾我香香公主呢個名的德哥baba, 家豪哥, 忠哥, 聲哥, Nelson, 莊生, 岳少, 材叔, 阿細, 徐生,俾我機會發掘我自己對演戲嘅愛. 感謝你們。? 多謝咁多位梳頭化妝服裝同事,唔止令到我每日都可以靚靚,仲同我補習中文添!? 多謝咁多位保安員及清潔姐姐, 當我06:00開工好攰嘅時候, 簡單嘅對話令我笑同充滿正能量! ? 所有幕前幕後同事朋友, without your protection, patience, guidance, encouragement and teaching there would not be the 香香公主 that the audience knows today. 感謝你們一步一步陪我成長. As a proud TVB daughter I carry a heart of 不捨得and forever thankfulness as I take the next step into the future. 感謝傳媒和觀眾朋友的關心和愛護,我暫時俾心機同屋企人放假 , 讓身體回復最佳狀態! 放完假再努力工作,到時再見✌?? Love, 香香

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She took the opportunity to express her gratitude to all the people who have helped her in the course of her career.

“Without your protection, patience, guidance, encouragement and teaching there would not be the (Princess Fragrant) that the audience knows today. Thank you for accompanying me every step of the way as we progressed together.

“As a proud TVB daughter I (am unwilling to part) and (am) forever thankful as I take the next step into the future.”

In a separate message, the actress added: “My contract with TVB is expiring in a few days. I have flown back to Canada. I am now visiting my family and other relatives. At the same time, I can take a rest and go on a holiday.

“I also have a lot of weddings to attend and celebrate. I wish to say to everyone ‘thank you for all your concern’. After taking this break and recharging, I will return to Hong Kong …”

Born in Vancouver, Canada, Sam got her start in showbiz after she won the 2009 Miss Chinese Vancouver Pageant and the 2010 Miss Chinese International Pageant.

The 33-year-old actress then signed to TVB and has appeared in more than 30 drama serials. She won numerous acting accolades for her roles in Inbound Troubles, Triumph In The Skies 2, Sniper Standoff, The Hippocratic Crush 2, and My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan.

She has also starred in three films – The Fortune Buddies (2011), I Love Hong Kong 2012 and Special Female Force (2016), which was filmed in Malaysia.

In 2016, Sam married her investment banker boyfriend Joshua Ngo. Both Sam and Ngo have been residing in Hong Kong but their families are in Vancouver.