Nicholas Tse

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Nicholas Tse
Tse in 2005
Chinese name (traditional)
Jyutpingze6 ting4 fung1 (Cantonese)
Birth nameTse Ting-fung ()
EthnicityHan Chinese
AncestryPanyu, Guangdong, China
Born(1980-08-29) 29 August 1980 (age 33)
Hong Kong
Other name(s)Nicholas(霆锋)
OccupationMusician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman
Genre(s)Rock, pop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonica
Label(s)Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active1996–present
ParentsPatrick Tse, Deborah Lee
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Nicholas Tse
Tse in 2005
Chinese name (traditional)
Jyutpingze6 ting4 fung1 (Cantonese)
Birth nameTse Ting-fung ()
EthnicityHan Chinese
AncestryPanyu, Guangdong, China
Born(1980-08-29) 29 August 1980 (age 33)
Hong Kong
Other name(s)Nicholas(霆锋)
OccupationMusician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman
Genre(s)Rock, pop
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonica
Label(s)Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active1996–present
ParentsPatrick Tse, Deborah Lee

Nicholas Tse a.k.a Tse Ting-fung, Chinese: , (born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong singer, songwriter, musician, actor and entrepreneur. Tse is a member of the Emperor Entertainment Group.[1]

Tse initially entered the entertainment industry in 1996 as a singer. He originally learned martial arts for the screen and television, which Tse continues to practice. He made his film debut in 1998 with the crime film Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, for which Tse received the Hong Kong Film Award for his performance in the Best New Performer category. In 2003, Tse founded Post Production Office Limited, the biggest special effects companies in Hong Kong which provides services for movies, video games, and advertisements. The company grosses over one billion Hong Kong dollars annually each year.[2][3]

In 2011, he won the award for Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor.[4]

In November 2012, Tse attended a Hong Kong Avenue of Stars Hand Imprint Ceremony.

Early life[edit]

Tse was born in Hong Kong on 29 August 1980, to Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse (謝賢) and actress Deborah Lee (狄波拉). Tse moved to Vancouver, Canada at young age.[5] He attended St. George's School, Vancouver, and later Hong Kong International School for one year before dropping out at grade 10.[5] For a year he lived in Phoenix, Arizona before going back to Vancouver. He also studied music in Japan before returning to Hong Kong. He holds dual Canadian and Hong Kong citizenship.[5] Tse has a younger sister, Jennifer Tse.


Tse was singing at a party for a family friend when he was discovered by Albert Yeung, head of Emperor Entertainment Group. In 1997, Tse signed a record deal with EEG under the Fitto label and released his first album, My Attitude.[5] The album was ranked 3rd on the top selling CD chart of IFPI.[6] It was that year where he won the most popular new artist award.[7]

Tse received mainstream success in 1998 with songs like "早知" (Knew it would be like that) and "如果只得一星期" (If there's only one week) and became a prominent successor in the entertainment industry. He received a musical award during the 1999 Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards with his popular song "非走不可" (No choice but to leave).[8] Recorded on 27 September 1993.

In 2000, Tse released the album with the main hit "活著VIVA", regarded as his most popular song ever, furthered his career significantly. It was after this song which he became an A-list singer at the time. In 2001, he released the album "玉蝴蝶." The album had two hit songs: "玉蝴蝶" and "潛龍勿用".。

In 2003, Tse received a World Music Award for "World's Best Chinese Artist" at the 2003 World Music Awards.


Tse's most notable films have included Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998), Gen-X Cops (1999), Time and Tide (2000), and Invisible Target (2007). He also collaborated with Jackie Chan in New Police Story (2004).[9] Tse has also acted in romance films including Tiramisu (2002) and Jade Goddess of Mercy (2003). Only later in his career did he participate in comedy roles including Enter the Phoenix (2004), A Chinese Tall Story (2005), and McDull, the Alumni (2006). In the Hong Kong translated version of A Bug's Life (蟲蟲特工隊), the character Flik was dubbed by Tse. He also lent his voice to the Chinese animation film Lotus Lantern (1999). Tse's performance in Bodyguards and Assassins (2009), earned him an Asian Film Award at the 4th Asian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor, and in 2011, Tse received a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards for The Stool Pigeon (2010), beating out fellow actors Chow Yun-fat, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, and Nick Cheung.[10]

TV series[edit]

Tse has starred in two TVB Hong Kong local dramas. The drama are Aiming High (撻出愛火花 and The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra (齊天大聖孫悟空). He also participated in a documentary On the Road II (向世界出發II), made in Cambodia. The rest of his drama series are filmed and produced by Mainland China companies. Most of Tse's drama are wuxia series, which are based in ancient Chinese societies.

Personal life[edit]

Tse once had a relationship with musician Faye Wong, who is 11 years his senior.[11] On 31 July 2006, Tse officially admitted dating Cecilia Cheung in an interview with Hong Kong commercial radio station 881/903. On 29 September 2006, Tse showed off his wedding ring at the Hong Kong International Airport, announcing he and Cecilia Cheung were married in a secret wedding ceremony in Pamalican, Philippines.[5] The couple's son, Lucas, was born on 2 August 2007.[12] Cheung gave birth to their second son, Quintus, on 12 May 2010. Nicholas Tse reportedly filed for divorce on 14 June 2011.[13]


2002 motoring incident[edit]

In the early morning of 23 March 2002, Tse crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central.[14] Initially it was claimed that his driver was responsible for the crash, but further investigation by the ICAC revealed the story was fabricated, involving three other men and a police officer. Tse spent two weeks in prison[15] and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for obstruction of justice.[5] Officer Lau Chi-Wai was sentenced to six months in prison. Although some viewed this charge as lenient, the 240 hours was the maximum punishment for this offence, given that Tse was a young offender at the time (21 years and 7 months). Nonetheless, some claimed that the sentence would send out a wrong message to Hong Kong youths, but it could be argued handing out a harsher sentence because he was a celebrity is just as inappropriate as handing out a lighter one. This incident had caused him to have a downfall in popularity.[5] Tse has said that money he was getting increased by 40% since the accident.[16] The car was originally a gift from the company EEG, as Tse himself accounted for 56% of the revenue.[16]

2002 assault allegations[edit]

Tse has had his share of brush-ups with 'paparazzi'. A photographer of Sudden Weekly magazine accused Tse of hitting him outside a restaurant in Taiwan, bruising his nose and elbow. Although Tse denied the assault charge, he settled in July 2002.[17]

2003 motoring incident[edit]

Tse had another accident in 2003, where he crashed his Toyota Camry in Wan Chai. He was banned from driving for six months and fined HK$4000 for reckless driving. Prior to this, he was fined HK$7,000 and had his license suspended for a year for two separate charges of speeding.[citation needed]

2005 motoring incident[edit]

He later had another accident in November 2005, where he collided with a Public Security Bureau Bus in an Audi RS4 in Lantau. He was banned from driving for another six months and fined HK$4,000, again for reckless driving. After the incident, Tse has resorted to travelling on a motorbike or scooter instead of an automobile.[citation needed]

After the police charge, Tse spent several months to "discover himself", then releasing the album Reborn. He has stated that he would be taking a break from singing and be focusing on his acting for a year.


Most of Nicholas Tse's songs are based in the cantopop rock genre. Including "front, back, left, right" (前前後後左左右右), "Exposure" (曝光) and "Lonely Base" (寂寞堂口). Some of his songs are produced in Tse's own 'Nic Production' which was revealed in TVB interviews several times. However, one of Tse's most classical pop rock song is "Life Viva" (活著 Viva), which MTV features Tse with his flame guitar and a flamethrower, this song is widely known in Hong Kong.

Tse has also sang a number of duets with fellow cantopop singers, namely "Love" (愛) with Charlene Choi, "Second Life" (第二世), "Amen" (阿門) both with Joey Yung, "Kid" (細路) with Eason Chan, "You Cant Stop Me" with Sam Lee and Stephen Fung and "Beauty and the Beast"[18] with Meilin.


YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
1998Young and Dangerous: The Prequel新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇Chan Ho-namHong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1999Gen-X Cops特警新人類Jack
A Man Called Hero中華英雄Sword Hua
Metade Fumaca半支煙SmokeyNominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Street Angels少女党
The Mirror怪談之魔鏡Siu-ming
2000Twelve Nights十二夜Kit
Winner Takes All大贏家Ferrari
Time and Tide順流逆流Tyler Yim
2001Comic King漫畫風雲Knife
Master Q 2001老夫子2001Fred/Howard
Heroes in Love戀愛起義writer/co-director only
Nominated – Bronze Horse Award for Best Film Stockholm Film Festival
My Schoolmate, the Barbarian我的野蠻同學Stone
2002Inspector Tide Yau
2002Tiramisu戀愛行星Ko Fung
Demi-Haunted魂魄唔齊Chang Ho-fung
2003The Medallion飛龍再生Waitercameo
2004Jade Goddess of Mercy玉觀音Maojie
Enter the Phoenix大佬愛美麗Cock Headcameo
Moving Targets2004新紮師兄Cheung Wai-kit
New Police Story新警察故事Frank ChengHundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005A Chinese Tall Story情癲大聖Tripitaka
The Promise無極Duke Wuhuan
2006McDull, the Alumni春田花花同學會old man in toilet
Dragon Tiger Gate龍虎門Tiger Wong
The Heavenly Kings四大天王himselfcameo
2007Invisible Target男兒本色Detective Chan Chun
2008Beast Stalker證人Sergeant Tong Fei
Storm Rider Clash of the Evils風雲決Striding Cloud
2009The Storm Warriors風雲IIHeartless
Bodyguards and Assassins十月圍城Deng SidiAsian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010Hot Summer Days全城熱戀熱辣辣Wai
The Stool Pigeon綫人Ghost Jr.Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2011Shaolin新少林寺Cao ManNominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Treasure Inn財神客棧Master Kung
2012The Viral Factor逆戰Man YeungNominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
The Bullet Vanishes消失的子彈Captain Guo Zhui
2013The Midas Touch超級經理人cameo
2014As the Light Goes Out救火英雄Sam
From Vegas to Macau賭城風雲Cool
The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom白髮魔女傳之明月天國Awaiting release April 25, 2014
The Whole Life一生一世Filming

TV series[edit]

Commercial endorsements[edit]

Tse has been in More advertisements from brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sony, Biolyn, New World Mobility, Oris and Matsunichi.[20][21][22]

He has appeared in various magazines including: Men's Uno, Amoeba, Milk, Ming Pao and East Week, in various forms including television commercials, posters and magazine advertisements.

On 19 June 2006, wax statues of both Tse and Cheung were revealed at the Madame Tussauds Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai.[23] Seven other famous figures were represented including basketball star Yao Ming, and Jackie Chan at the Madame Tussaud's in London.[24][25]


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  16. ^ a b "" 10 questions for Nicholas Tse. Retrieved on 4 July 2008.
  17. ^ "HK star settles assault charge", BBC News, 31 July 2002
  18. ^ "Meilin 梅琳 and Nicholas Tse 謝霆鋒 – Beauty and The Beast MV". youtube. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  19. ^ Goodcare, Kate (Feb 10, 2012). "America's Next Top Model reveals British theme, new cast, guest judges". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
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  23. ^ Madame-tussauds. "Madame-tussauds." Latest news. Retrieved on 23 April 2008.
  24. ^ 中国八明星蜡像亮相伦敦杜莎夫人蜡像馆
  25. ^ 谢霆锋入住杜莎夫人蜡像馆 当选儿童最喜爱明星

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