Ma Tianyu

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Ma Tianyu
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Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
PinyinMă Tiānyǔ (Mandarin)
Born (1986-07-12) July 12, 1986 (age 32)
Dezhou, Shandong, China
Other namesRay Ma
EthnicityHui
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
Occupation
Years active2006–present
Genre(s)Mandopop
Instrument(s)Vocals
Label(s)Ma Tian Yu Studio (under Summer Star 盛夏星空)
WebsiteOfficial website

Ma Tianyu (Chinese: 马天宇; pinyin: Mă Tiānyǔ, born 12 July 1986), also known as Ray Ma, is a Chinese Mandopop artist and actor. He graduated from the Beijing Film Academy.

Career[edit]

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 Southeast Music Chart Awards and 11th Tencent Star Award Ceremony.[4][5] The title song of the album, "The Death of Gentleness" was also chosen as the Top Ten Songs of the Year.[6]

2009–2013: Acting debut and breakthrough[edit]

Ma made his acting debut in the film Evening of Roses, based on a novel of the same name by Cai Zhiheng.[7] In 2010, he played Jia Baoyu in the television series The Legend of Daiyu.[8]

Ma first gained attention in 2011 when he starred in The Vigilantes in Masks alongside Wallace Huo and Cecilia Liu.[9] He won the Breakthrough Actor award at the 2011 Youku Television Awards.[10] He then starred in Hunan TV's family drama Treasure Mother Treasure Girl (2012), which topped viewership ratings in its time slot. Ma gained increased recognition as a result.[11] The same year, he had a guest starring role in Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky, which was well-received by the audience.[12]

In 2013, Ma starred in the comedy film, The Cosplayers,[13] and was chosen as the Most Promising Film Actor for his performance.[14]

2014–present: Rising popularity[edit]

Ma rose in popularity after starring in the drama Young Sherlock (2014). His portrayal of the elegant and dandy Wang Yuanfang was praised.[15] He continued his success streak with dual roles in Swords of Legends (2014), which was a commercial success.[16] The same year he released a single titled "Narcissus". The song received positive reviews from both the media and fans and topped various music charts in China.[17]

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".[18] 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".[19][20] Ma received the "Outstanding Male Artist" award at the Esquire Man At His Best Award.[21]

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.[22] He became known to wider international audience following the airing of the drama.[23] The same year, he released the album Flower in Hand to celebrate his 10th anniversary since debut.[24]

In 2018, Ma starred in the crime action film A Better Tomorrow 2018 by Ding Sheng.[25] The same year, he starred in the historical drama Secret of the Three Kingdoms, playing Liu Xie;[26] and romance melodrama All Out of Love.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Ma Tianyu lost his mother at the age of five and his father left the family due to incurred debts. His younger brother was lost at a young age. He and his elder sisters were brought up by their grandfather who passed away several years later. Later, he has reconciled with his father but unfortunately lost his father recently.[28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Chinese title
2006 Only Missing Autumn 只欠秋天
2007 Beautiful Light 宇光十色
Happy Childhood 快乐童话
2008 Fly
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

Singles[edit]

Year English title Chinese title
2007 "We Are Ready" 我们准备好了
2008 "One World One Dream" 世界的梦想
2008 "Believe in Love" 相信爱
2008 "Give You My Energy" 给你我的力量
2011 "Save the world" 拯救世界
2014 "Narcissus" 纳西索斯

Soundtracks[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album
2014 "Falling Flowers" 落花 Young Sherlock OST
2014 "Orchid Bell Song" 兰铃曲 Swords of Legends OST
2015 "Let Time Rewind in the Wind" 让时光在微风中倒流 Sister Over Flowers OST
2015 "The Things We Want to Do and Accomplish" 想到和做到的 Kung Fu Mother-in-Law OST
2016 "Love As Sakura" 愛如櫻 Ice Fantasy OST
2016 "Whose" Edge of Happiness OST
2016 "Summer" 念夏
2018 "The Everlasting" 生生不息 All Out of Love OST

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 Evening of Roses 夜玫瑰 Lan Heyan
2010 Illusion Apartment 异度公寓 Meng Yifan [29]
2011 East Meets West 东成西就 2011 Cameo[30]
2013 The Cosplayers 百万爱情宝贝 Ye Chong
2015 Love Without Distance 土豪520 Yu Haiyan [31]
Surprise 万万没想到 Mu Rongbai
2017 The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Lin Biao [32]
2018 A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色4 Zhou Chao
TBA The Choice: A Story of the Old Shanghai 君子道:上海滩后传 Xiao Hai [33]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2008 You Are My Dream 你是我的梦 Ma Yu Cameo[34]
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[35]
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 Special appearance
2013 Romance of Tang Kongfu 唐朝浪漫英雄 Silver Hawk Cameo[36]
辣妈俏爸 Yuan Zhida [37]
Longmen Express 龙门镖局 Qingdong Cameo[38]
2014 The Home of Lady 淑女之家 Su Zhiwen [39]
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 [40]
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 [41]
The Gossip Girl 米粒向前冲 Meng Yan [42]
2016 Edge of Happiness 缘来幸福 He Mu [43]
Singing All Along 秀麗江山之長歌行 Yan Ziling Cameo[44]
By Marriage to Remember 毛丫丫被婚记 Xiang Hui Special appearance[45]
Ice Fantasy 幻城 Ying Kongshi / Li Tianjin
Beauty Private Kitchen 美人私房菜 Li Ma [46]
2017 Ice Fantasy Destiny 幻城凡世 Ma Tianci / Ying Kongshi [47]
2018 Secret of the Three Kingdoms 三国机密 Liu Xie / Liu Ping
All Out of Love 凉生,我们可不可以不忧伤 Liang Sheng
TBA Time To Love 抓紧时间爱 Shi Wenjun [48]
Scouring Marriage 淘婚记 Li Xiaojun [49]
Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河 Qi Ming [50]
Humans 完美芯机人 Li Yao [51]
My Mowgli Boy 我的莫格利男孩 Mo Geli

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 China Billboard Award Ceremony Best Selling New Album Beautiful Light Won [3]
Newcomer with the Most Potential N/A Won
11th Tencent Star Award Ceremony Most Popular Male Singer N/A Won [5]
6th China Gold Record Award Newcomer Award N/A Won [52]
7th China Original Song Award Best-selling Album Beautiful Light Won [53]
5th Southeast Music Chart Awards Most Popular Singer N/A Won [4]
Top Ten Songs "The Death of Gentleness" Won
Music Radio China Top Chart Awards Top Broadcast Song of the Year Won [54]
2008 7th 9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Newcomer of the Year (Mainland) N/A Won [55]
Top Ten Songs "The Death of Gentleness" Won
Music Radio China Top Chart Awards Top Broadcast Song of the Year "Green Clothes" Won [56]
2009 Recommended Album Fly Won [57]
Golden Song of the Year "Green Clothes" Won
2011 11th 9+2 Music Pioneer Awards Musical Improvement Award N/A Won [58]
Trendy Singer of the Year "My Dear, Where Are You?" Won
2016 KuGou Music Awards Most Popular Digital Album Flower in Hand Won [24]
2018 34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actor The Founding of an Army Nominated [59]

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