Li Nanxing

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Li Nanxing
Chinese name 李南星
Pinyin Lǐ Nánxīng (Mandarin)
Birth name Jonathan Lee Nam Chey
Ancestry Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
Born (1964-11-07) 7 November 1964 (age 50)
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1986–present
Official Website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Jonathan Lee Nam Chey (born 7 November 1964), better known as Li Nanxing, is a Singaporean actor and contracted artiste under MediaCorp. He is best known for acting in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. Li is also a Film Director and Film Producer.

Li is perhaps one of Singapore's most prolific veteran actors, and is widely regarded as the 'king' (大哥, "big brother") of Caldecott Hill, alongside Zoe Tay who is known as 'queen' and Chew Chor Meng, who is known as the 'leader', the three of them are having consistently been voted as the 'Top 10 Most Popular Artistes' for their respective genders in the annual Star Awards. Li has also won several Best Actor awards and was nominated every single year from 1997 to 2004.


Li began his career during the 1980s after completing SBC's 6th drama training course and gradually rose to stardom in the 1990s. In 1993 he shot to fame for starring in The Unbeatables I alongside Zoe Tay, the first drama series ever produced in Singapore on gambling. For most of the 1990s, he, Tay and Chew Chor Meng were MediaCorp's three most popular actors and he was voted the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes ten years in a row and also won several Malaysia and Taiwan popularity polls at the Star Awards. In 2004 he was awarded the coveted "All-Time Favourite Artiste Award".

During the late 2000s, his career hit a rocky phase due to personal issues interfering with his work.[1] After a two-year hiatus, he made his comeback in On the Fringe 2011 and also directed his first film, The Ultimate Winner.[2] He produced his film, Imperfect, which he co-starred with Ian Fang and Kimberly Chia.

Some of his more famous shows include The Unbeatables trilogy and The Magnate; Li has also acted in 6 telemovies to date, and even sang the theme song of several of his shows. He mostly played in anti-hero roles such in The Vagrant, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Star Awards 2002 and On the Fringe 2011. In September 2012 it was announced that he will be cast in C.L.I.F. II as a police officer, which will be one of the few times he plays a protagonist.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Li divorced his wife, former MediaCorp actress Yang Libing, in 2005, ending a marriage that had lasted 11 years. The couple had no children. Li is a Christian follower since 2003.


Drama serials[edit]

Year Work Role Notes
2014 The Journey: Tumultuous Times 信约:动荡的年代 Zhang Tianpeng 张天鹏
C.L.I.F. 3 警徽天职3 Wei Lantian 魏蓝天
2013 The Journey: A Voyage 信约:唐山到南洋 Zhang Tianpeng 张天鹏
C.L.I.F. 2 警徽天职2 Wei Lantian 魏蓝天
2012 Beyond X 元素 Jiang Wei 江维
2011 On the Fringe 边缘父子 Tian Yibang 田一邦
2009 Daddy at Home 企鹅爸爸 Liu Bang 刘帮
The Ultimatum 双子星 Zhang Feng 章风 / Zhou Yida 周志达
2007 The Golden Path 黄金路 Ah Jin 阿金 / Jin Long 金龙
The Homecoming 十三鞭
2006 A Million Treasures 百万宝 Ma Da 马达
Through It All 海的儿子 Guo Xianghai
The Undisclosed 迷云二十天 Chen Musheng Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 2006
2004 A Child's Hope II 孩有明天 Hu Yiming 胡逸名 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2004
Double Happiness 喜临门
2003 Home in Toa Payoh 家在大巴窑 Li Baomei 李保美
Baby Boom 我家四个宝 Tim
Romance De Amour 1加1等于3 Huang Weide
2002 The Unbeatables III 双天至尊III Yan Fei 言飞 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2003
The Vagrant 豹子胆 Ah Bao Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 2002
2001 The Hotel 大酒店 Cloudy
Heroes in Black 我来也
In Pursuit of Peace 何日军再来
2000 Dare to Strike 扫冰者 Co-production
Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2001
1999 Coup de Scorpion 天蝎行动 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2000
Bright Future 同一片蓝天
1998 The New Adventures of Wisely 卫斯理传奇 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 1998
The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Lu Liding 陸立鼎
1997 Rising Expectations 长河
Crime and Tribulations 狮城奇案录
My Wife, Your Wife, Their Wives 101老婆
1996 The Unbeatables II Yan Fei 言飞 Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 1997
Dairy of a Teacher 老师日记 Yu Mingxing 余明星
1995 The Shadow Mission 地下猎人
1994 The Magnate 叱咤风云
Twin Bliss 龙凤呈祥
Dreams Come True 美梦成真
1993 The Unbeatables I 双天至尊 Li Jianfei / Yan Fei 言飞
Smouldering Heat 赤道谜情
Angel of Vengeance 暴雨狂花
The Great Conspiracy 莲花争霸
1992 Modern Romance 男欢女爱
My Buddies 浪漫战场
Mystery II 迷离夜II
Breaking Point 暴风边缘
1991 Private Eyes 妙探智多星
Black Phoenix 黑凤凰
1990 Finishing Line 出人头地 Xia Dejian 夏德建
Happy Family 开心家族
Happy World 多多富贵多多情
1989 Splash to Victory 绿水英姿
Good Morning, Sir 早安! 老师
A Mother's Love 亲心唤我心
1988 Song of Youth 生活歌手
My Fair Ladies 窈窕淑女
Teahouse in Chinatown 牛车水人家
On the Fringe 边缘少年
Airforce 空军 Li Zhengting 李政庭
1987 Moving On 变迁
Paint a Rainbow 调色板
Sunshine After Rain 雨过天晴
1986 Crossroads III 红绿灯
Under One Roof 家和万事兴
Neighbours 芝麻绿豆


  • What A Wonderful World 奇异旅程 (1995)
  • The Ultimate Winner 赢家 (2011), as also Director of the film
  • Imperfect (2012), as also Producer of the film


Year Work Role Notes
1997 Courage of Fire 炽火豪情
The Test of Time 三年零八个月
1996 Life on the Line 魂断四面佛
1995 Wounded Tracks 伤城记 Won – Best Actor, Star Awards 1995
Thorny Love 浪子的童话
Somewhere in Time 再世情缘


  • 2007: Singapore Star Award 25th anniversary special "Favourite On-screen Heartthrob" of the 1990s
  • 2007: Singapore Star Award 25th anniversary special "Favourite On-screen Partners" (with Zoe Tay)
  • 2006: Singapore Star Award "Best Actor" (The Undisclosed)
  • 2004: Singapore Star Award "All Time Favorite Award"
  • 2003: Singapore Star Award "Most Popular TV Partner" – shared award with Zoe Tay
  • 2003: Singapore Star Award "Most Popular Actor in Malaysia"
  • 2002: Singapore Star Award "Best Actor" (The Vagrant)
  • 1996 – 2003: Singapore Star Award "Top 10 Most Popular Actors"
  • 1994 – 1995: Singapore Star Award "Top 5 Most Popular Actors"
  • 1995: Singapore Star Award "Best Actor" (Wounded Tracks)
  • 1994: Singapore Star Award "Most Popular Actor"


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