Steven Ma

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Steven Ma
Chinese name 馬浚偉 (traditional)
Chinese name 马浚伟 (simplified)
Pinyin Mǎ Jùnwěi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Maa5 Zeon3 Wai5 (Cantonese)
Birth name Ma Chi-wai
馬志偉 (Traditional)
马志伟 (Simplified)
Maa5 Zi3 Wai5 (Cantonese)
Mǎ Zhìwěi (Mandarin)
Ancestry Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
Born (1971-10-26) 26 October 1971 (age 42)
Hong Kong
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1993–present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ma.

Steven Ma Chun-wai (born 26 October 1971) is a Hong Kong actor and singer. In 1993, Ma won a record deal after winning first place at an annual singing contest in Hong Kong, later releasing his debut album, Lucky for Meeting You (幸運就是遇到你), that December. Not long after his singing debut, Ma joined TVB and began filming television dramas, later achieving fame through his supporting role in 1995's legal drama File of Justice IV. Many of Ma's television works are critically acclaimed and are popular successes in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Southeast Asia, notably Healing Hands (1998), Return of the Cuckoo (2000), and Where the Legend Begins (2002). Ma currently holds the record for holding the most "Favourite Character" awards with a total of four recognitions. Ma's best known for his portrayals of historical characters in many period television dramas.

Life and career[edit]

Ma was born in a family of "grassroots" background. He was raised in the Pak Tin Estate in Sham Shui Po and lived with his father, a bus driver, his mother, three older sisters, and one younger sister. He attended the Pak Tin Catholic Primary School and later the CMA Secondary School.

In 1993, Ma won first place at an annual singing contest in Hong Kong, also winning a record deal. He released his debut album, Lucky for Meet You (幸運就是遇到你), that December. To promote the album, his record label created the slogan "He's not Leon Lai, he's not Jacky Cheung" to describe Ma's singing talent, which caused their fans to criticize and badmouth Ma. However when Ma's contract terminated, Warners did not want to renew their contract.

At around the same time, Ma signed a per series contract with TVB and portrayed minor roles in various television dramas. In 1994, Ma was cast as the supporting character Dr. Stephen Chan Cheuk-yiu in the fourth installment of the popular legal drama File of Justice series. The drama was a popular success, and Ma gained his first footstep into TVB series. His portrayal of the intelligent Hong-hei Emperor in the 1998 remake of the popular wuxia novel The Duke of Mount Deer garnered even more interest from critics and producers alike, and Ma began earning leading roles.

In 1998, Ma filmed the ever popular TV series, "Healing Hands 1", but unlike his carefree and sunny disposition Dr. Joe character in the said series, from 1998 until his mother's death, Ma was actually deeply depressed over the rapidly declining health of his mother, a cancer patient of 22 years. His mother's death in July 1999 totally devastated him. For months he isolated himself in his bedroom to deal with the pain of losing his beloved mother. Ma eventually put aside his pain to get on with his life. In 2002 he set up a publishing company, and in the same year he published the first of his book series of: Steven Ma's True Tales of Society with "Why Suicide? (2002) followed up Steven Ma's Tales of Society: I Am the Patient's Family (2003).

Ma's portrayal of the historical figure Cho Chik in the drama Where the Legend Begins (2002) was both a popular and critical success. Following Where was the popular but critically mixed Perish in the Name of Love (2003), a 30-part television drama remake of the famous Cantonese opera Di Nü Hua. Gradually, Ma began filming more dramas with historical or period backgrounds, in which Ma subsequently became known for. Ma is also the first actor to win the My Favourite Male Character award at the 2006 TVB Anniversary Awards through his performance in the 2006 low-budget period drama Safe Guards (2006). Ma left TVB and joined Hutchison Telecom in January 2012, however he has continued to work with TVB independently, currently starring in their new series Storm in a Cocoon and filming a new show named Property Protector.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1996 Lost and Found
2000 When a Man Loves a Woman
2000 To Where He Belongs Fung
2001 Doctor No... Lok
2005 Snake Curse Kwan Wai
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Mind Your Own Business Wai
1994 Twilight Tubes
1994 Hangzhou and Ninbo Tour Special Program Himself Host
1994 Splendid Motherland Himself Guest host
1995 File of Justice IV Dr. Stephen Chan Cheuk-yiu
1995 When a Man Loves a Woman Steven Au-yeung Kam
1995 America's Disneyland Tour Himself Host
1995 England Tour Himself Host
1996 Behind the Beauty Fung Television film
1997 File of Justice V Dr. Stephen Chan Cheuk-yiu
1997 Metro of Appeal himself Guest host
1998 The Duke of Mount Deer Hong-hei Emperor
1998 Healing Hands Dr. Joe Cheung Ka-yu
1998 ICAC Investigators 1998 Chiu Man-tak Episode: "Special Passage"
1998 ICAC on Not-for-Sale Items Himself Host
1999 Ultra Protection Kei Yin-jo
2000 Return of the Cuckoo Szeto Lai-shun
2000 Healing Hands II Dr. Joe Cheung Kar-yu
2001 On the Track or Off Kam Yuen TVB Anniversary Award for My Top 13 Favourite Television Characters
2001 In the Realm of Success Chu Ho-yin
2002 Where the Legend Begins Cho Chi-kin (Cho Chik) TVB Anniversary Award for My Top 12 Favourite Television Characters
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 5)
2003 Perish in the Name of Love Chow Sai-hin TVB Anniversary Award for My Top 12 Favourite Television Characters
2003 Better Halves Chuen Ka-fuk
2004 Cul-de-sac Sung Ka-fai Television film
2004 Dark Shadow Au Ho-man / Choi Wing-kei / Lee Sai-kit Television film
2005 Virtues of Harmony II Ivan Sze Chi-shan Sitcom regular
Episodes 343–443
2006 Safe Guards Sheung Chi TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 20)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Most Improved Male Artiste
2006 Land of Wealth Cheung Shung-man Hong Kong of the Decade: Wangyu Award for Best Dramatic Actor
2006 Zhaojun Chu Sai Wang Mang aka Wang Zhaojun Goes Beyond the Borders
2007 The Brink of Law Tong Chi-ko
2007 A Change of Destiny Yuen Hei
2007 Steps Ching Ka-jun Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 10)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 10)
Nominated — Astro Drama Awards for Most Unforgettable Kiss (with Bernice Liu)
2008 The Gentle Crackdown II Tse Wong-sheung StarHub TVB Award for My Favourite Male TVB Character
2008 A Journey Called Life Shing Yat-on
2009 That Was Then Himself Voice-over; 13 episodes
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Variety Show (Top 5)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Most Enjoyable Programme (Top 5)
2009 Sweetness in the Salt Nip Chi-yuen Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 5)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 10)
2009–10 A Watchdog's Tale Chow Yung-kung Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 5)
2010 Apprentice Chef Himself Host; 18 episodes
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Host (Top 5)
2010 Cupid Stupid Chi Yat-po Warehoused; released on DVD
2010 Ghost Writer Po Chung-ling Astro Drama Awards for My Top 10 Favourite TV Characters
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 5)
2010 Links to Temptation Wilson Shing Wai-shun
2011 7 Days in Life Calvin Yik Cho-on
2011 Book of Words 2 Himself Host; 28 episodes
2011 Apprentice Chef 2 Himself Host
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Host
2011 The Life and Times of a Sentinel Nip Dor-po/Kei Chun-kit/Prince Wing Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor (Top 15)
Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character (Top 15)
2012 Daddy Good Deeds Lam Fat
2012 Legend of Yuan Empire Founder Liu Bingzhong
2012 Yuen Yang Pei Li Lai Fu / Tang Ting Xuan
2014 Storm in a Cocoon Poon Ka Yeung

Discography[edit]

  • 1993: Lucky for Meeting You (幸運就是遇到你)
  • 1994: Heading Towards You Now (這刻向你衝)
  • 1995: Deep Passion - New Songs + Special Selection (濃情—新曲+精選)
  • 1996: I Was Also Drunk Before (我也曾醉過) - Mandarin Chinese record
  • 1997: Honey (蜜糖)
  • 1998: DAYNIGHT
  • 1999: Lifestyle
  • 2000: Lifestyle II
  • 2001: Give Me 3'07" (給我3'07")
  • 2001: My Most Missed - New Songs + Special Selection (我最關心—新歌+精選)
  • 2002: Warner Best MV of 25 Years Karaoke VCD - Various Artist I (華納精采視聽25載卡拉OK VCD叱吒傳奇 - 叱吒群星I)
    • 05. "Long Nights, Many Dreams" (夜長夢多)
  • 2002: Warner Best MV of 25 Years Karaoke VCD - Various Artist II (華納精采視聽25載卡拉OK VCD叱吒傳奇 - 叱吒群星II)
    • 11. "Don't Be Sad" (不再悲觀)
  • 2002: Warner Best MV of 25 Years Karaoke VCD - Various Artist III (華納精采視聽25載卡拉OK VCD叱吒傳奇 - 叱吒群星III)
    • "Lucky for Meeting You" (幸運就是遇到你)
  • 2002: Greatest Hits Steven - New Songs + Special Selection
  • 2002: Don't Shut In & Self-Abuse (切勿自閉、糟蹋自己)
  • 2003: New Princess Cheung-ping (新帝女花)
  • 2003: My Theme Song (我的主題曲)
  • 2006: EEG TVB Kids Song Selection (EEG TVB 兒歌大放送)
  • 2008: Love TV (Love TV 情歌精選)
  • 2009: Love TV 2 (Love TV 情歌精選 2)

Other works[edit]

Other works
Year Work Role Notes
1998 Francis Yip and The Phil '98: Simply the Best Concert Himself Live concert; guest star
2000 Fai Wong True Friendship 2000 Concert Himself Live concert; guest star
2007 Hamlet Prince Hamlet Stage play
2008 Joyce Koi and HKCO III Concert Himself Live concert; guest star

Television songs[edit]

Year Title TV series Type Album Other notes
1995 "Hoping to Love You Forever" (願望用一生愛你) File of Justice IV Sub-theme Honey
1997 "Not Suppose to Happen" (不應該發生) File of Justice V Sub-theme Honey
1998 "The Skies Above" (頭頂一片天) The Duke of Mount Deer Ending theme DAYNIGHT
"Once" (曾經幾許) Healing Hands Sub-theme DAYNIGHT
"Miss You Finally" Healing Hands Sub-theme DAYNIGHT
1999 "Good Morning, Good Night" (早安晚安) Ultra Protection Theme Lifestyle
2001 "Wanting to Fly" (想飛) On the Track of Off Theme Give Me 3'07"
"Let Me Go First" (讓我先走) On the Track or Off Sub-theme Give Me 3'07"
"Caring You" (重視你) In the Realm of Success Theme My Most Missed
"My Most Missed" (我最關心) In the Realm of Success Theme My Most Missed
2002 "Angel in the Water (水中仙) Where the Legend Begins Theme Greatest Hits Steven
"Flowing Sand (流沙) Where the Legend Begins Ending theme Greatest Hits Steven with Rain Lee
2003 "Daughter's Fragrant Soul" (帝女芳魂) Perish in the Name of Love Theme New Princess Cheung-ping with Charmaine Sheh
"Confess" (錯認) Perish in the Name of Love Ending theme New Princess Cheung-ping
"Soldiers and Chariots (兵車還) Perish in the Name of Love Sub-theme New Princess Cheung-ping
"Good Men of the Lands" (萬民萬家都好漢) Perish in the Name of Love Sub-theme New Princess Cheung-ping
"Beautiful Fate" (美麗緣份) Better Halves Theme My Theme Song
"Loving String" (情牽一線) Better Halves Sub-theme My Theme Song with Maggie Cheung Ho-yee
2006 "Home of Friends" (會友之鄉) Safe Guards Theme Singing Every Year (唱旺年年)
2007 "Breakthrough" (突圍) At the Brink of Law Theme Singing Every Year with Ron Ng
"Counting Destiny" (天數) A Change of Destiny Theme with Joel Chan
2008 "Wolf and Goat" (豺狼與羊) The Gentle Crackdown II Theme Super Model (超模) with Yumiko Cheng
"Little Story" (小故事) A Journey Called Life Theme Love TV with Linda Chung
2009 "How to Say Love" (愛怎麼說) Sweetness in the Salt Theme Love TV 2 with Tavia Yeung
"A Watchdog's Tale" (老友狗狗) A Watchdog's Tale Theme with Linda Chung
2010 "Heard" (聽說) Cupid Stupid Theme
"Clear Thought" (心竅) Ghost Writer Theme
2011 "Changing Sky" (變天) The Life and Times of a Sentinel Theme
2014 "Heaven's Fate" (天意) Storm in a Cocoon Theme

Publications[edit]

  • September 2002: Steven Ma's Veritable Records of Society I: Why Commit Suicide? (馬浚偉社會實錄I-點解要自殺?)
  • May 2003: Steven Ma's Veritable Records of Society II: I Am the Patient's Family (馬浚偉社會實錄II-我是病人家屬)
  • May, 2004: Steven ma's Veritable Records of Society III: To Good Direction, To Bad Direction (馬浚偉社會實錄III-向好走 向壞走)
  • July, 2003: The Women In Ma Jai's Eyes (馬仔眼中的女人)
  • July 2008: Correct Designs (圖文並謬)
  • July 2011: Steven Ma comfortable Eating Attitudes (馬浚偉自在飲食態度)

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Awards and achievements
TVB Anniversary Awards
Preceded by
N/A
My Favorite Male Character
2006
for Safe Guards
Succeeded by
Moses Chan
for Heart of Greed