Ma Tianyu

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Ma Tianyu
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From Ma Tianyu's official Weibo
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Ma Tiānyǔ (Mandarin)
Ethnicity Hui
Origin China
Born (1986-07-12) July 12, 1986 (age 30)
Dezhou, Shandong, China
Other name(s) Ray Ma
Occupation Singer, Actor
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) Diantong Yule
Years active 2006–present
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
Website Official website

Ma Tianyu, also known as Ray Ma, is a Chinese Mandopop artist and actor. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy.


2006–2008: Debut as a singer[edit]

In 2006, Ma Tianyu entered the My Hero competition. He was the regional champion for the province of Wuhan and came sixth in the final round, and was chosen as the most popular contestant.[1]

In 2007, Ma released his first album Beautiful Light.[2] The album was well-received, and topped the Asia Music Chart for Chinese albums. Ma won two newcomer awards at the China Billboard Award Ceremony,[3] and Most Popular Singer awards at the 5th South-East Music Chart Awards and 11th Tencent Star Award Ceremony.[4] The title song of the album, "The Death of Gentleness" was also chosen as the Top Ten Songs of the Year.[5]

2009–2013: Acting debut and Breaking into TV[edit]

Ma made his acting debut in the film Evening of Roses, based on a novel of the same name by Cai Zhiheng.[6]

Ma first gained attention in 2011 when he starred in The Vigilantes in Masks alongside Wallace Huo and Cecilia Liu.[7] He won the Breakthrough Actor award at the 2011 Youku Television Awards.[8] He then starred in Hunan TV's family drama Treasure Mother Treasure Girl (2012), which topped viewership ratings in its time slot. Ma was also praised for his acting breakthrough, and he ranked first on Baidu's search portals.[9] The same year, he guest starred in Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky where he received attention for his acting.[10]

In 2013, Ma starred in the comedy film, The Cosplayers. He was chosen as the Movie Actor with the Most Potential at the 4th LeTV Awards.[11]

2014–Present: Rising popularity[edit]

Ma rose in popularity after starring in the drama Young Sherlock (2014). His role as the elegant and dandy Wang Yuanfang was well-loved by the audience and gained him more fans.[12] He continued his success streak with dual roles in Swords of Legends (2014), which gained him more recognition as an actor.[13] The same year he released the singe "Narcissus", which received positive reviews from the media and fans and topped various music charts in China.[14]

In 2015, Ma joined the cast of travel-reality show Sisters Over Flowers, and sung the theme song titled "Let Time Rewind in the Wind".[15] The same year, he starred in the comedy film Surprise. The film broke a million admissions and Ma received acclaim for his dynamic portrayal of a "tragic hero".[16][17] Ma received the "Outstanding Male Artist" award at the Esquire Man At His Best Award.[18]

In 2016, Ma starred in the epic fantasy drama Ice Fantasy, based on Guo Jingming's best-selling novel City of Fantasy, playing the role of the silent and mysterious ice prince, Ying Kongshi/Li Tianjin.[19] He became known to wider international audience following the airing of the drama.[20] The same year, he released the album Flower in Hand to celebrate his 10th anniversary since debut.[21]



Ma Tianyu's 2016 Album Flower in Hand
Year Title
2006 Only Missing Autumn (只欠秋天)
2007 Beautiful Light (宇光十色)
Happy Childhood (快乐童话)
2008 Fly (飞)
2009 The Longest Night in Shanghai (夜上海)
2010 Bright Moonlight (月光晴朗)
2010 Confidence (自言自宇)
2013 Out of the World (世界之外)
2016 Flower in Hand (手花)


Year Title Album Notes
2007 "We Are Ready" Beijing Olympics song
2008 "One World One Dream" (世界的梦想)
"The Things We Want to Do and Accomplish" (想到和做到的) Xiao Long Da Gong Fu OST
"Believe in Love" (相信爱) Charity song
"Give You My Energy" (给你我的力量)
2015 "Let Time Rewind in the Wind" (让时光在微风中倒流) Sister Over Flowers OST
2016 "Love Like Cherry Blossoms" (愛如櫻) Ice Fantasy OST


Ma Tianyu as Ying Kong Shi in Ice Fantasy


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 Evening of Roses 夜玫瑰 Lan Heyan
2010 Illusion Apartment 异度公寓 Meng Yifan
2011 East Meets West 东成西就 2011 Cameo
2013 The Cosplayers 百万爱情宝贝 Ye Chong
2015 Love Without Distance 土豪520 Yu Haiyan
Surprise 万万没想到 Mu Rongbai
2017 The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Lin Biao
A Better Tomorrow 4 英雄本色4 Zhou Chao
TBA The Choice: A Story of the Old Shanghai 君子道:上海滩后传


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2008 You Are My Dream 你是我的梦 Ma Yu Cameo
2010 The Legend of Daiyu 黛玉传 Jia Baoyu
The Vigilantes in Masks 怪侠一枝梅 He Xiaomei
2011 Scarlet Heart 步步惊心 Huang Di Cameo
2012 Precious Mother, Precious Girl 宝贝妈妈宝贝女 Zhang Hanzhe
Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky 轩辕剑:天之痕 Lü Chengzhi
2013 Romance of Tang Kongfu 唐朝浪漫英雄 Silver Hawk Cameo
La Ma, Qiao Ba 辣妈俏爸 Yuan Zhida
Longmen Express 龙门镖局 Qingdong Cameo
2014 The Home of Lady 淑女之家 Su Zhiwen
Young Sherlock 少年神探狄仁杰 Wang Yuanfang
Swords of Legends 古剑奇谭 Fang Lansheng
Romantic Kitchen 浪漫满厨 Mi Qing
2015 In the dream to find the answer 四手妙弹 Wen Shaohui Cameo
Kung Fu mother-in-law 功夫婆媳 Huang Lezong
The Gossip Girl 米粒向前冲 Meng Yan
2016 Edge of Happiness 缘来幸福 He Mu
Singing All Along 秀麗江山之長歌行 Yan Ziling Cameo
Ice Fantasy 幻城 Ying Kongshi / Li Tianjin
Beauty Private Kitchen 美人私房菜 Lee Ma
2017 Ice Fantasy Destiny 幻城凡世 Ma Tianci / Ying Kongshi
TBA Liang Sheng, Can We Not Be Sad 凉生,我们可不可以不忧伤 Liang Sheng
Three Kingdoms Secret 三国机密 Liu Xie / Liu Ping
By Marriage to Remember 毛丫丫被婚记 Xiang Hui
Scouring Marriage 淘婚记 Lee Xiaojun


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  2. ^ "马天宇首张专辑《宇光十色》1月29日全国上市". Tencent. 2007-01-26. 
  3. ^ "马天宇原创榜大丰收 接替仔仔代言某奶糖". Tencent. 
  4. ^ "东方网:星光大典群星璀璨 刘德华马天宇受欢迎". Tencent. 
  5. ^ "马天宇两天连获四奖 最受欢迎奖实至名归". Sina. 2007-11-12. 
  6. ^ "《夜玫瑰》情人节只放两场 马天宇首次触电". Sina. 
  7. ^ "《怪侠一枝梅》成收视黑马 观众呼吁拍续集". Tencent. 2011-01-14. 
  8. ^ "优酷指数 2011开年盛典最终获奖名单". 
  9. ^ "马天宇新剧《宝贝妈妈宝贝女》收官 夺收视冠军". Tencent. 2012-06-09. 
  10. ^ "马天宇《轩辕剑》友情客串 获好评希望拓宽戏路". Tencent. 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ "马天宇首获电影类奖项". 2013-12-20. 
  12. ^ "《少狄》收官暴虐马天宇 网友:不舍元芳". Sohu. 2015-08-10. 
  13. ^ "马天宇《古剑》陷入感情漩涡 自飙演技变身高冷狠". Xinhua News Agency. 2014-08-20. 
  14. ^ "马天宇新歌《纳西索斯》获好评 横扫音乐榜单". Tencent. 
  15. ^ "马天宇新歌横扫榜单 歌声情续花样姐姐". Sina. 
  16. ^ "《万万没想到》点映破亿 马天宇被赞演技惊艳". NetEase. 
  17. ^ "An expected surprise". Global Times. 
  18. ^ "马天宇现身年度先生盛典 获年度杰出内地艺人奖". NetEase. 
  19. ^ "马天宇晒照任"幻城"颜值官 网友:靠脸吃饭典范". NetEase. 2016-07-08. 
  20. ^ "5 surprising things to know about Ma Tian Yu, the enigmatic Prince Shi in Ice Fantasy". DramaFever. 
  21. ^ "马天宇全新数字EP酷我独家首发 《手花》回馈歌迷". ent.ifeng. 

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