|Pinyin||Lǐ Zhìtíng (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Lei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Aarif Rahman|
26 February 1987 |
|Other name(s)||Aarif Lee|
|Occupation||Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer|
|Instrument(s)||vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums|
|Alma mater||Imperial College London (Bachelor of Science in Physics)
King George V School
Aarif Rahman (born 26 February 1987), also known as Aarif Lee Chi-ting, is a Hong Kong actor and singer-songwriter.
Born in Hong Kong, Aarif Rahman is of mixed Arab, Malay and Chinese descent. He grew up in Hong Kong and attended King George V School, where he discovered his penchant for music and started playing drums, guitar and the piano; as well as dabbling into song-writing. He was invited to a private jam session where he met Leon Lai, who encouraged him to pursue his musical interest.
Aarif first gained the interest of the Hong Kong music scene when he was exposed as the writer who penned all the lyrics in Janice Vidal's 2009 English album Morning. Following which in 2009, he released his debut album Starting from Today, which won him the Best Newcomer award at the Metro Radio Music Awards.
Aarif then made his film debut in the movie Echoes of the Rainbow (2010), which won him the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer and Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for Best New Actor of the Year – Silver Award. The theme song which he sung also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song. He then starred as Bruce Lee in the dramatic biopic film Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010) and as a police investigator in the crime thriller Cold War (2012).
In 2013, Aarif starred in the Mainland romantic comedy One Night Surprise alongside Fan Bingbing. The low-budget film unexpectedly became a commercial success, and received positive reviews. Aarif won the Best New Actor award at the 1st China International Film Festival London and Outstanding Performance award at the Chinese Film Media Awards for his performance. Aarif shortly reunited with Fan in the historical drama The Empress of China, where he played the role of Li Zhi. The 82-episode TV series was broadcast on Hunan Television from 21 December 2014 to 5 February 2015, and earned increased recognition for Aarif in the Mainland region. He won the Best Actor in the Ancient Drama category at the Huading Awards for his performance.
|Release date||Title||Music label||Tracklist|
|November 26, 2009||Starting from Today||Amusic||
|February 5, 2010||Starting from Today 2nd Version||Bonus tracks:
|August 16, 2011||Everything||
|March 14, 2014||Aarif's Love||
|2010||Echoes of the Rainbow||岁月神偷||Luo Jinyi|
|Bruce Lee, My Brother||李小龙我的兄弟||Bruce Lee|
|2011||I Love Hong Kong||我爱HK开心万岁||Wu Ming|
|The Allure of Tears||倾城之泪||You Le|
|Dear Enemy||亲密敌人||Heng Lima|
|2012||Cold War||寒战||Billy K.B. Cheung|
|2013||One Night Surprise||一夜惊喜||Tony|
|2014||South of the Clouds||北回归线||Li Ming|
|2015||Tales of Mystery||怪谈||Ye Wei Min|
|2016||Cold War 2||寒战2||Billy K.B. Cheung|
|L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties||爵迹||Ni Hong|
|Making Family||非常父子档||Zhou Liyan|
|2017||Kung Fu Yoga||功夫瑜伽||Jones|
|The Thousand Faces of Dunjia||奇门遁甲||Dao Yizhang|
|2014||The Empress of China||武媚娘传奇||Li Zhi|
|2017||Swords of Legends 2||古剑奇谭二||Xia Yize|
|2009||Metro Radio Music Awards||Best Male Newcomer||Starting From Today|||
|Best New Original Album|
|Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation||Best Male Newcomer - Gold Award|
|2010||IFPI Music Sales Awards||Best Selling Male Newcomer|
|Chinese Music Media Awards||Best Cantopop Male Newcomer|
|Hong Kong Film Award||Best Original Song||Sui Yue Qing Kuang|||
|Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation||Hottest Song of the Year|||
|2013||China International Film Festival London||Best Original Song||One Night Surprise|
|9+2 Music Pioneer Awards||Best Duet Song|||
|Best Film Singer|
|2014||Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation||Best Singer-Songwriter||Shui Qi Wei|||
|9+2 Music Pioneer Awards||Best Singer-Songwriter (Hong Kong)||Bu Ke Si Yi|||
|Best Global Song|
|2015||China Music Awards||Best Singer-Songwriter||Fly|||
|Best Song (Hong Kong/Taiwan)|
|KU Music Asian Music Awards||Most Popular Trans-boundary Artist||N/A|||
Film & Television
|2010||Hong Kong Film Award||Best New Performer||Echoes of the Rainbow|||
|Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild Award||Best Newcomer - Silver Award|
|2013||China International Film Festival London||Best New Actor||One Night Surprise|
|2014||Chinese Film Media Awards||Outstanding Performance|||
|2015||Huading Awards||Best Actor - Ancient Drama||The Empress of China|||
- "Aarif Rahman on his career, physique and thoughts on love". Time Out.
- "Aarif Rahman and Janice Vidal to perform in Genting". Yahoo News.
- "Hong Kong Film Awards Announced". The Wall Street Journal.
- "New Biopic Explores Bruce Lee's Life before Fame". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Q&A: Aarif Rahman". South China Morning Post.
- "New Stills Released Featuring Aarif Lee in "Cold War"". Chinese Films.
- Lee, Maggie. "Film Review: ‘One Night Surprise’". Variety.
- "14th Chinese Film Media Awards held in Beijing". China Daily.
- "Aarif Rahman rules as 'most handsome emperor'". The Straits Times.
- "第17届华鼎奖：佟大为夺视帝 周迅封后否认怀孕". fun.youth.cn (in Chinese).
- "2009新城劲爆颁奖典礼获奖名单". Hunan TV (in Chinese).
- "2010新城国语力获奖名单". Sina (in Chinese).
- "李治廷喜夺“音乐先锋榜”双奖 透露年初出新EP". Sohu (in Chinese).
- "李治廷香港获创作奖 重心将回归音乐". Sina (in Chinese).
- "2014《音乐先锋榜》年度颁奖典礼得奖名单". ent.pengpeng.com (in Chinese).
- "李治廷再唱《无字碑》 获华语榜中榜两项大奖". China Daily (in Chinese).
- "李治廷：未来钱给老婆管". news.ifeng.com (in Chinese).