Allan Wu

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Allan Wu
Chinese name吳振天 (traditional)
Chinese name吴振天 (simplified)
Pinyinwú zhèn tiān (Mandarin)
Born吴振宇 (pinyin: Wú Zhènyù)
(1972-06-11) 11 June 1972 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, United States
OccupationActor, host, model
Wong Li Lin
(m. 2003; div. 2013)
ChildrenSage Wu (daughter)
Jonas Wu (son)
AncestryShenyang, Liaoning, China

Allan Wu (Chinese: 吴振天; pinyin: Wú Zhèntiān, born Chinese: 吴振宇; pinyin: Wú Zhènyù on 11 June 1972) is a Singapore-based Chinese-American actor, host, VJ and former model.

He is perhaps best known for being the host of 3 different editions of the popular reality game show, The Amazing Race. He was the host of 5 seasons of AXN Asia's The Amazing Race Asia, 3 seasons of International Channel Shanghai's The Amazing Race: China Rush and 4 seasons of Shenzhen Media Group's Chinese edition of The Amazing Race.

Wu decided to change his Chinese name because it was similar to Hong Kong film star Francis Ng (Chinese: 吳鎮宇; pinyin: Wú Zhènyù).[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Wu was born in Los Angeles, California, United States to Chinese immigrant parents from Shenyang, Liaoning, China. His first language was Mandarin as his parents spoke it at home.[2] He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the United States and worked in the biotechnology industry for several years. He eventually discovered his desire to become an actor after an accident made him reassess his life. He did some modeling for a while and also participated in an episode of the reality competition series Fear Factor, where he placed 2nd. He moved to Hong Kong where he worked as an actor.[3]


Despite struggling with limited knowledge of Cantonese, MTV Taiwan gave him a stint as a VJ, during which he co-hosted a Christmas concert. He moved to Singapore and began acting in Chinese language drama series on Channel 8.

He has been the host for all five seasons of The Amazing Race Asia. He is also the host of The Amazing Race: China Rush, the Chinese version of The Amazing Race. In Season 16 of the American version of the Amazing Race, Allan Wu made a cameo appearance in Singapore, handing out clues.

Personal life[edit]

In September 2011, Wu and his family relocated to Shanghai, China to be nearer to job commitments.[4]

Wu was married to former Mediacorp actress Wong Li Lin and they have a daughter Sage and son Jonas. Sage was 1 and a half years older than Jonas, she was born in 2004 while he was born in 2006. The couple is managed by Fly Entertainment.[5] In 2013, the couple separated.[6]


Year Work Role Notes
2002 Bukit Ho Swee 河水山
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Beautiful Connection 九层糕 Du Zhengyu
  • Supporting Role 男配角
The Unbeatables III 双天至尊III Ding Wei
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2003 True Heroes 真心英雄 Wang Feng 王峰
  • Supporting Role 男配角
A Child's Hope 孩有明天
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Always On My Mind 无炎的爱
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2004 My In-Laws 我的岳父岳母 * Sitcom
A Child's Hope II 孩有明天II
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Fear Factor
  • 1 episode
2005 My Lucky Charm 情来运转
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Baby Blues 谁家母鸡不生蛋
  • Supporting Role 男配角
2006 C.I.D. 刑警二人组 Steve
  • Supporting Role 男配角
House of Joy 欢乐满屋 Zheng Sanji 郑三吉
  • Supporting Role 男配角
Police & Thief
  • Sitcom; 1 episode
2011 Miss Universe China Host
  • Hosting
2012 Rally On
  • Channel 5 Production
2014 Mata Mata: A New Era Alan Leong
  • Channel 5 Production
2018 Divided
  • Unit Male Lead 单元男主角
  • Toggle Original Series
Year Work Role Notes
2011 Overheard 2 窃听风云2
2010 Love Cuts
2008 Kung Fu Hip Hop Tang Ge
2008 The Leap Years Steven
2005 I Do I Do 爱都爱都 Chen Jianfeng 陈健锋
2004 Rice Rhapsody 海南雞飯 Ronald
2003 Night Corridor 妖夜迴廊 Vincent Sze
1999 Never Compromise 逆我者死 Chun Yu Ng


Star Awards – Acting Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2002 Best Newcomer N/A Nominated


Year Show Notes
2003 Discover Australia 奥妙无及现
2005 Hua Yu, Cool! Mediacorp Channel 5 [7]
2006-now The Amazing Race Asia
2010 The Amazing Race 16 Cameo appearance
2010–2012 The Amazing Race: China Rush
2014–now The Amazing Race (China) From Season 1 Episode 3

Brand Ambassador/ Spokesperson[edit]

Year Brand Notes
2003 TAG Heuer [8]
2009 Carlsberg [9]
2014 Oakley [10]


  1. ^ "What's Up with My Chinese Name??". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  2. ^ "Allan Wu back in the race". AsiaOne. 10 February 2012.
  3. ^ Men’s Health, November 2006
  4. ^ "Allan Wu's culture shock". The New Paper. 6 September 2011. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Amazing Race Asia a 'wild ride' for Allan Wu". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2006-11-01.
  6. ^ Yap, Desmond (17 June 2013). "Allan Wu & Wong Li Ling divorced due to affair". Yahoo. Yahoo News Singapore. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Be cool and catch Hua Yu, Cool!" (18 January 2005). Today. 18 January 2005. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ "A new star for TAG Heuer". Newspaper SG. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  9. ^ "早早报喜!". eAdvine February 2009. Singapore Press Holdings. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ "When Oakley Meets Ferrari". GolfPunk-Singapore Edition. Archived from the original on 5 August 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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