Kevin Cheng

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Kevin Cheng
KevinCheng2007.jpg
Kevin Cheng in 2007.
Chinese name 鄭嘉穎 (traditional)
Chinese name 郑嘉颖 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhèng Jiāyǐng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zeng6 Gaa1-wing6 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Nanhai District, Foshan, Guangdong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1969-08-15) 15 August 1969 (age 45)
San Francisco, California, United States[1]
Occupation Actor, singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Voice type(s) Baritone
Label(s) PolyGram
UMG
Years active 1993–present
Official Website www.kevincheng.com.hk
Official TVB Blog
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Cheng.

Kevin Cheng Ka-wing (born 15 August 1969) is a Hong Kong American actor and singer who is currently under the management of the Hong Kong television network TVB. Cheng rose to fame in late 2004 after playing his first lead role in the TVB drama Hard Fate. He is best known for his role as "Law Lik-ah" in the 2011 TVB legal drama Ghetto Justice, which earned him a TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor.

Early life[edit]

Cheng was born in San Francisco but he moved to Hong Kong at a very young age and spent most of his childhood there. He attended Pun U Association Wah Yah Primary School, Wah Yan College and the Hong Kong International School in Hong Kong, and in Alhambra High School[citation needed] in the United States. During his school days, his mother sent him back to San Francisco, where he lived with his uncle for two years before returning to Hong Kong after his mother changed her mind about migrating to the United States. He completed his high school education in Canada. He pursued a civil engineering degree at the California State University in Los Angeles,[2] but did not finish his studies because his father died and he wanted to move back to Hong Kong to be with his mother.

Career[edit]

1993–2005[edit]

When Cheng was 16 years old, he participated in a singing contest organised by the Hong Kong television network TVB but dropped out halfway because he felt that he was not ready to be a singer at that time. Later, after he moved back to Hong Kong in his early 20s, he decided to continue his pursuit of a singing career. He signed a contract with the record label PolyGram in 1993 and released his first album in the same year to mixed reviews. He was seen as a newcomer with good potential and managed to win several Best New Artist awards in 1994. Cheng's manager later helped him launch his career in the Taiwanese entertainment industry. In Taiwan, Cheng released several Mandarin albums and acted in some television dramas, but all of them were only moderately successful.

Cheng was noticed by TVB after he portrayed the villain "Jiang Yulang" in the 1999 Taiwanese television series The Legendary Siblings. He returned to Hong Kong and signed a management contract with TVB in the following year and started playing minor roles in some television series produced by the network. In 2004, he played a leading role for the first time in the TVB drama Hard Fate.

2006–present[edit]

Cheng soared to popularity after portraying "Alan Shum" in the 2006 romantic drama Under the Canopy of Love, for which he also won the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor that year. His singing career also gradually improved after the Taiwanese musician Liu Chia-chang composed a single, "Helpless" (無可奈何), for him. In the same year, he also released a Cantonese compilations album and held his very first mini concert. Niki Chow, Raymond Lam and Miriam Yeung were among the guest singers who appeared at his concert.

Cheng's first critical breakthrough role was in the 2007 crime drama The Ultimate Crime Fighter, in which he played the villain "Aaren Chong" and earned good reviews for his performance. In the 2008 thriller-suspense drama Last One Standing, his portrayal of the ex-convict "Sing Hei" earned him further critical acclaim and widespread praise from viewers. He was also one of the top five nominees for the TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor in 2008, but the award went to the veteran TVB actor Ha Yu.

In 2010 Cheng took up the role of 8th Prince in Startling by Each Step (Bu Bu Jing Xin) which later brought his career to greater heights and has since gained him recognition in China.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Tigers - The Legend of Canton
廣東五虎之鐵拳無敵孫中山
Rickshaw Puller
1995 Hong Kong Graffiti
香江花月夜
Kelvin Cheung
1996 Boy's?
假男假女
Jaffee
2001 Fing's Raver
Fing頭K王之王
2003 Twilight Tubes Part III
不可思議星期二(第三輯)
2004 Instant Marriage
新婚告急
2007 Super Fans
甜心粉絲王
Yee-cheng
2007 Wonder Women
女人.本色
Dr Yim Hok-fung
2010 72 Tenants of Prosperity
七十二家房客
Firefighter guest star
2011 The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake
競雄女俠秋瑾
Wang Tingjun
2013 Ip Man: The Final Fight
葉問-終極一戰
Ip Man (young)
2013 Badges of Fury
不二神探
TV star cameo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Awards / nominations Notes
1994 Mind Your Own Business
開心華之里
Lee Sheung-Jun TVB cameo
1999 The Legendary Siblings
絕代雙驕
Jiang Yulang TTV
2000 Legend of Heaven and Earth: Mermaid
2001 Shaolin Seven Sets
2002 Network Love Story
一網情深
Luk Nai-shing TVB / CCTV
2002 Burning Flame II
烈火雄心II
Mark Kei Hing-tin TVB
2002 Slim Chances
我要Fit一Fit
Sean Sze TVB
2003 The Threat of Love 2
LovingYou我愛你2
Shek Man-kit, Yeung Chi-kwong, Ho Jai, Chung Jai, Cheung Ho-chu, Sam, Lui Bong, Ho Kam-tim TVB
2003 Better Halves
金牌冰人
Yip Chi-chau TVB
2003 Not Just A Pretty Face
美麗在望
Wilson Fok TVB
2003 Point of No Return
西關大少
Chan Kai-tong TVB
2003 Life Begins at Forty
花樣中年
Ken Ying TVB
2004 Hard Fate
翡翠戀曲
Ken Leung Ka-ming TVB Astro Drama Awards for My Favourite Character
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for My Favourite Male Character
2004 Split Second
爭分奪秒
Vincent Wong Ka-fai TVB
2005 Yummy Yummy Chan Kar-lok TVB Astro Drama Awards for My Favourite Character
2006 Under the Canopy of Love
天幕下的戀人
Alan Shum Long TVB TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
Astro Drama Awards for My Favourite Character
Astro Drama Awards for My Favourite Couple (shared with Niki Chow)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 5)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Most Improved Male Artiste (Top 5)
2006 Trimming Success
飛短留長父子兵
Jason Fan Tin-long TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Most Improved Male Artiste (Top 5)
2006 Placebo Cure
心理心裏有個謎
Joe Cheung TVB 2004 warehoused drama
2007 Life Art
寫意人生
Ryan Fong TVB
2007 Devil's Disciples
強劍
King Lui TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Actor (Top 20) 2006 Warehoused drama
2007 The Ultimate Crime Fighter
通天幹探
Aaron Chong Man-hei TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Awards for My Favourite Male Character (Top 24)
2008 The Seventh Day
最美麗的第七天
Wayne Yau Chi-wing TVB
2008 Forensic Heroes II
法證先鋒II
Ivan Yeung Yat-sing TVB
2008 Last One Standing
與敵同行
Cheung Sing-hei TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 5)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 10)
2009 Burning Flame III
烈火雄心3
Rex Cheuk Pak-yu TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 15)
2009 Beyond the Realm of Conscience
宮心計
Ko Hin-yeung TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 5)
2010 A Fistful of Stances
鐵馬尋橋
Ku Kin-shing / Ku Yu-cheung TVB Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 15)
2010 Home Troopers
居家兵團
Joseph Chukot Ching TVB
2011 Only You
只有您
Summer Ha Tin-sang TVB
2011 Ghetto Justice
怒火街頭
LA Law Lik-ah (Law Ba) TVB Asian Television Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character
My Astro On Demand Awards for Best Actor
My Astro On Demand Awards for My Top 15 Favourite Characters
2011 Scarlet Heart
步步驚心
Yinsi, the Eighth Imperial Prince HBS
2012 Mystery in the Palace
深宮諜影
Getai
2012 Gloves Come Off
拳王
Tong Sap Yat TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 10)
2012 Ghetto Justice II
怒火街頭2
LA Law Lik-ah (Law Ba) TVB Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 10)
2012 Hero
英雄
King Fuchai of Wu CTS
2013 Ip Man
葉問
Ye Wen Suzhou Funa Films and Television

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album title Notes
1993 Kevin 鄭嘉穎 Self-titled Debut Album
1994 全因身邊有
2006 Kevin 鄭嘉穎新曲加精選 Compilation + New Songs
2013 說來話長 Mandarin Album

TVB drama songs[edit]

Year Song title Drama Notes
2005 與朋友共 (With Friends) Yummy Yummy duet with Raymond Lam
2005 三角兩面 (Three Corners With Two Sides) Yummy Yummy
2006 愛平凡 (Love Ordinary) Trimming Success
2006 請講 (Please Say) Under the Canopy of Love duet with Niki Chow
2007 活得寫意 (Live an Enjoyable Life) Life Art
2007 強劍 (Sacred Sword) Devil's Disciples duet with Bosco Wong
2008 最美麗的第七天 (The Most Beautiful Seventh Day) The Seventh Day
2008 抱著空氣 (Embracing the Air) The Seventh Day duet with Niki Chow
2009 有意 (Intentions) Burning Flame III duet with Myolie Wu
2010 雪下思 (Thinking Under Snow) A Fistful of Stances
2012 一擊即中 (One-Shot Hit) Gloves Come Off

Others[edit]

Year Song title Notes
2006 Put Your Hands Up 2006 World Cup Theme, performed with Raymond Lam, Ron Ng and Bosco Wong

Awards[edit]

TVB Anniversary Awards[edit]

Won
Year Award Performance Notes
2006 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Alan Shum Long" in Under the Canopy of Love
2011 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Law Lik-ah" in Ghetto Justice
2011 My Favourite Male Character "Law Lik-ah" in Ghetto Justice
2011 TVB.COM Popularity Award
Nominated
Year Nomination Performance Notes
2004 My Favourite Male Character "Kent Leung Ka-Ming" in Hard Fate
2006 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Alan Shum Long" in Under the Canopy of Love
2006 My Favourite Male Character "Alan Shum Long" in Under the Canopy of Love
2006 Most Improved Actor Nomination
2007 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Ging Lui" in Devil's Disciples
2007 My Favourite Male Character "Aaren Ching Man-Hei" in The Ultimate Crime Fighter
2008 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Cheung Sing-Hei" in Last One Standing
2008 My Favourite Male Character "Cheung Sing-Hei" in Last One Standing
2008 Most Fashionable Charming Artist
2009 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Rex Cheuk Pak-Yu" in Burning Flames III
2009 My Favourite Male Character "Ko Hing-Yeung" in Beyond the Realm of Conscience
2011 My Favourite Male Character "Law Lik-ah" in Ghetto Justice
2011 Best Actor in a Leading Role "Law Lik-ah" in Ghetto Justice
2011 TVB.COM Popularity Award

Others[edit]

Year Award Notes
1994 Metro Radio Golden Song Awards — Best New Artist
1994 TVB Jade Solid Gold Music Awards — Most Popular Newcomer (silver)
1994 RTHK Top 10 Chinese Song Awards — Most Promising Newcomer (bronze)
1994 Commercial Radio Music Awards — Best New Artist (gold)
2003 Men's Uno — Stylish Actor
2004 Hong Kong Designer Awards — Top 10 Best Dressed People
2005 Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi Awards — Favourite Character (Leung Ka-ming in Hard Fate)
2006 TVB Magazine Popularity Awards — Top 10 Most Popular TV Character (Alan in Under the Canopy of Love)
2006 TVB Magazine Popularity Awards — Most Popular Magazine Cover (with Niki Chow)
2006 Jessica Magazine — Extraordinary Charm
2006 TVB Children Song Awards — Top 10 Children Songs & Children Songs Gold Award for Keroro (军曹)
2006 TVB Jade Solid Gold Best Songs Round 2 — Most Popular Mandarin Song for Helpless (無可奈何)
2006 TVB8 Gold Songs 2006 4th Quarter Selections — Gold Song for Helpless (無可奈何)
2006 TVB 39th Anniversary Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role (Alan in Under the Canopy of Love)
2007 Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi Awards — Favourite Character (Chan Ka-lok in Yummy Yummy)
2007 Hong Kong Media Top 10 Artist Awards — 4th Place
2007 Hong Kong Media Top 10 TV Program Awards — 9th Place (Under the Canopy of Love)
2008 Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi Awards — Favourite Character (Alan in Under the Canopy of Love)
2008 Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi Awards — Favourite Theme Song (請講 from Under the Canopy of Love)
2008 Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi Awards — Favourite On-Screen Couple (Kevin Cheng and Niki Chow)
2011 My Astro On Demand Awards — Best Actor (Ghetto Justice)
2011 My Astro On Demand Awards — My Top 15 Favourite Characters (Law Lik-ah in Ghetto Justice)
2011 Asian Television Awards 2011 — Best Actor in a Leading Role (Law Lik-ah in Ghetto Justice)
2011 Beijing's TV Drama Awards Made in China 2011 — Most Popular Network Actor of the Year Award (Ghetto Justice)

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
Roger Kwok
for Life Made Simple
Best Actor
2006
for Under the Canopy of Love
Succeeded by
Moses Chan
for Heart of Greed
Preceded by
Wayne Lai
for No Regrets
Best Actor
2011
for Ghetto Justice
Succeeded by
Wayne Lai
for The Confidant
Preceded by
Raymond Lam
for The Mysteries of Love
My Favourite Male Character
2011
for Ghetto Justice
Succeeded by
Kenneth Ma
for The Hippocratic Crush
Preceded by
Raymond Lam
TVB.com Popular Artist
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Asian Television Awards
Preceded by
Bowie Lam
for Sister of Pearl
Best Actor in a Leading Role
2011
for Ghetto Justice
Succeeded by
Moses Chan
for When Heaven Burns
My AOD Favourites Awards
Preceded by
Moses Chan
for Can't Buy Me Love
My Favourite TV Actor
2011
for Ghetto Justice
Succeeded by
Kenneth Ma
for The Hippocratic Crush