Lewis Tan

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Lewis Tan
Lewis Singwah Tan

(1987-02-04) 4 February 1987 (age 32)
Manchester, England, UK
OccupationActor, stuntman, model
Years active1990–present

Lewis Singwah Tan (born February 4, 1987) is a British actor, model and martial artist. Born to a Singaporean father and an English mother. He is known for his roles as Zhou Cheng in Netflix's Iron Fist, Gaius Chau in the AMC series Into the Badlands, Lu Xin Lee in the Netflix's Wu Assassins and Shatterstar in Deadpool 2 (2018).

Early life[edit]

Lewis Singwah Tan was born in Manchester, England, and was raised primarily in Los Angeles, living also in France, Thailand, Spain, and China. Tan identifies as half-Asian, half-British. His father, Philip Tan, is a martial artist, actor, and stunt coordinator of Chinese descent from Singapore.[1] His mother is British and a retired fashion model from the UK. His family moved to Los Angeles when his father was hired as a fight coordinator for Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. He is the eldest of four brothers. His younger brother, Sam Tan, is also an actor. His youngest brother, Evan Tan, is a photographer based in LA whose work has been featured on the art for songs from artists such as Kali Uchis and Zack Villere. Tan's father trained him in martial arts from a young age. He also began training in theatre as a young teen, leading many plays. He studied performing arts with coach John Kirby.[2][3][4][5]


Tan studies under acting coach John Kirby, performing plays from Tennessee Williams to John Patrick Shanley.[3] Tan performs his own stunts, using multiple styles including Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Ju-Jitsu and Japanese katana swordplay.[3]

Tan appeared in small supporting roles in other major pictures such as Hangover 3 and Olympus Has Fallen.[6] He began working on major television shows such as CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NCIS: Los Angeles, Hawaii 5-0, 24, Rush Hour and Mortal Kombat X: Generations.[6]

In 2016, Tan was cast in a recurring role in the first season of the Netflix television series Iron Fist. He starred in the role of Zhou Cheng.[7] In the same year, Tan was cast in the action film Den of Thieves starring Gerard Butler.[8]

Tan starred as Gaius Chau in the third season of the AMC television series Into the Badlands.[9]

In 2018, Tan starred as Shatterstar in the superhero film Deadpool 2.[10] In the same year, it was announced that Tan was cast in the series regular role of Lu Xin Lee on the Netflix crime drama series, Wu Assassins.[11]

In August 2019, Tan was cast in the Mortal Kombat reboot in an undisclosed lead role.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Stunts
Mini's First Time Skatepunk No. 2
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Stunts
2008 Red Velvet Maniac
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Korean Commando Stunts
The Hangover Part III Prison Guard Stunts
2015 Sacrifice Ben Kittman
2018 Den of Thieves Secret Service Lobby Guard #1
Deadpool 2 Gaveedra-Seven / Shatterstar
2021 Mortal Kombat Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 CSI: NY Kym Tanaka
2007 Day Break Jimmy Yan Stunt double
24 Stunt double
2010 CSI: Miami Aiko Okanagi
2011 NCIS: Los Angeles Hiro Yakuza
The Protector Zachary
2013 The Girlfriend Bruce Wayne / Batman Short
2014 10,000 Days Jiro Farnwell Television film
2015 Mortal Kombat X: Generations Kung Jin
Hawaii Five-0 Luke Nakano
2016 Mortal Kombat: Legacy Kung Jin
Rush Hour Chen
2017 Iron Fist Zhou Cheng Episode: "The Blessing of Many Fractures"
2018–2019 Into the Badlands Gaius Chau Recurring role
2019 Wu Assassins Lu Xin Lee Main cast


  1. ^ Duan, Virginia (3 September 2019). "The Underlying Truth: An Interview with Lewis Tan". Mochi. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ Delgado, Sara (18 May 2018). "Interview - Lewis Tan". Schon Magazine. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Slaughter, Melissa (7 March 2018). "Interview: Actor Lewis Tan". Hapamag. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ Goulakos, Katina; Williams, Michelle. "Lewis Tan". Imagista. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  5. ^ Bonnet, Alexandra (7 August 2019). "Lewis Tan". Vulkan Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b Francisco, Eric (20 April 2018). "The Man Who Was Almost Iron Fist Trained with Wonder Woman". Inverse. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  7. ^ Wong, Jeff (22 October 2016). "Iron Fist on Netflix Cast for Villanous Zhou Cheng". Geekdriven. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (26 September 2017). "'Into The Badlands': Sherman Augustus, Babou Ceesay & Ella Rae-Smith Join Season 3 As Series Regulars". Deadline. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  10. ^ Schmidt, Joseph (28 March 2018). "'Deadpool 2': Lewis Tan of 'Iron Fist' Playing Shatterstar". Comicbook. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (20 July 2018). "'Wu Assassins': Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan & Tzi Ma Join Netflix Martial Arts Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  12. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (26 August 2019). "Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee and Josh Lawson Join 'Mortal Kombat' At New Line". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 August 2019.

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