Nicholas Tse

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Nicholas Tse
Tse in 2005
Chinese name 謝霆鋒
Chinese name (traditional)
Pinyin Xiè Tíngfēng (Mandarin)
Jyutping ze6 ting4 fung1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Tse Ting-fung ()
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Ancestry Panyu, Guangdong, China
Born (1980-08-29) 29 August 1980 (age 35)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Nic , 檸檬 (lemon) , 啊仔 (son)
Occupation Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman/CEO, martial artist, director
Genre(s) Rock, pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonica
Label(s) Emperor Entertainment Group
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Cecilia Cheung
Partner(s) Faye Wong
Children 2
Parents Patrick Tse
Deborah Lee
Influences Wong Ka Kui
Bruce Lee
Official Website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tse.

Nicholas Tse a.k.a. Tse Ting-fung, Chinese: , (born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong actor, singer, songwriter, musician, entrepreneur, and martial artist. Tse is a member of the Emperor Entertainment Group.[1]

Tse initially entered the entertainment industry in 1996 as a singer. He originally learned martial arts from Philip Ng, Andy On and Sammo Hung for the screen and television, which Tse continues to practice. He made his film debut in 1998 with the crime film Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, for which Tse received the Hong Kong Film Award for his performance in the Best New Performer category. In 2003, Tse founded Post Production Office Limited, the biggest special effects companies in Hong Kong which provides services for movies, video games, and advertisements. The company grosses over one billion Hong Kong dollars annually each year.[2][3]

In 2011, he won the award for Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor.[4]

In November 2012, Tse attended a Hong Kong Avenue of Stars Hand Imprint Ceremony.

Tse is the 3rd highest earning actor in Hong Kong with 150 million HKD (19.3 million USD) in 2014.[5]

Early life[edit]

Tse was born in Hong Kong on 29 August 1980, to Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse (謝賢) and actress Deborah Lee (狄波拉). Tse moved to Vancouver, Canada at a young age.[6] He attended St. George's School, Vancouver, until his roommate Tablo and himself were both expelled for getting into a fight with an older student in Grade 9.[7] Nicholas later attended Hong Kong International School for one year before dropping out at grade 10.[6] For a year he lived in Phoenix, Arizona before going back to Vancouver. He also studied music in Japan before returning to Hong Kong. He holds dual Canadian and Hong Kong citizenship.[6] Tse has a younger sister, Jennifer Tse.



Tse was singing at a party for a family friend when he was discovered by Albert Yeung, head of Emperor Entertainment Group. In 1997, Tse signed a record deal with EEG under the Fitto label and released his first album, My Attitude.[6] The album was ranked 3rd on the top selling CD chart of IFPI.[8] It was that year where he won the most popular new artist award.[9]

Tse received mainstream success in 1998 with songs including "早知" (Knew it would be like that) and "如果只得一星期" (If there's only one week) and became a prominent heartthrob in the entertainment industry. He received a musical award during the 1999 Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards with his popular song "非走不可" (No choice but to leave).[10] Recorded on 27 September 1993.

In 2000, Tse released the album with the main hit "活著VIVA", which was regarded as his most popular song ever, and furthered his career significantly. It was after this song which he became an A-list singer at the time. In 2001, he released the album "玉蝴蝶"(Jade butterfly). In which two hits "玉蝴蝶" and "潛龍勿用" are collected.

In 2003, Tse received a World Music Award for "World's Best Chinese Artist" at the 2003 World Music Awards for the success of album "玉蝴蝶".


Tse's most notable films have included Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998), Gen-X Cops (1999), Time and Tide (2000), and Invisible Target (2007). He also collaborated with Jackie Chan in New Police Story (2004).[11] Tse has also acted in romance films including Tiramisu (2002) and Jade Goddess of Mercy (2003). Only later in his career did he participate in comedy roles including Enter the Phoenix (2004), A Chinese Tall Story (2005), and McDull, the Alumni (2006). In the Hong Kong translated version of A Bug's Life (蟲蟲特工隊), the character Flik was dubbed by Tse. He also lent his voice to the Chinese animation film Lotus Lantern (1999). Tse's performance in Bodyguards and Assassins (2009), earned him an Asian Film Award at the 4th Asian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor, and in 2011, Tse received a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards for The Stool Pigeon (2010), beating out fellow actors Chow Yun-fat, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, and Nick Cheung.[12]

TV series[edit]

Tse has starred in two TVB Hong Kong local dramas, Aiming High (撻出愛火花 and The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra (齊天大聖孫悟空). He also participated in a documentary produced by Television Broadcasts LimitedOn the Road II (向世界出發II), made in Cambodia in 2007. The rest of his drama series were filmed and produced by companies in Mainland China . Most of Tse's drama are wuxia series, which are based in ancient Chinese societies.

Personal life[edit]

Tse once had a relationship with musician Faye Wong, who is 11 years his senior but they broke up in 2002.[13] On 31 July 2006, Tse officially admitted dating Cecilia Cheung in an interview with Hong Kong commercial radio station 881/903. On 29 September 2006, Tse showed off his wedding ring at the Hong Kong International Airport, announcing he and Cecilia Cheung were married in a secret wedding ceremony in Pamalican, Philippines.[6] The couple's eldest son, Lucas Tse, was born on 2 August 2007.[14] Cheung gave birth to their second son, Quintus Tse, on 12 May 2010. However, their deemed romantic relationship ended on 14 June 2011 when Tse reportedly filed for divorce with Cheung.[15] On 21 September 2014 it was reported that Tse is back in a relationship with Faye Wong, who had divorced her latest spouse in 2013.[16]


2002 motoring incident[edit]

In the early morning of 23 March 2002, Tse crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central.[17] Initially it was claimed that his driver was responsible for the crash, but further investigation by the ICAC revealed the story was fabricated, involving three other men and a police officer. Tse spent two weeks in prison[18] and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for obstruction of justice.[6] Officer Lau Chi-Wai was sentenced to six months in prison. Although some viewed this charge as lenient, the 240 hours was the maximum punishment for this offence, given that Tse was a young offender at the time (21 years and 7 months). Nonetheless, some claimed that the sentence would send out a wrong message to Hong Kong youths, but it could be argued handing out a harsher sentence because he was a celebrity is just as inappropriate as handing out a lighter one. This incident had caused him to have a downfall in popularity.[6] Tse has said that money he was getting increased by 40% since the accident.[19] The car was originally a gift from the company EEG, as Tse himself accounted for 56% of its revenue.[19]

After the police charge, Tse spent several months to "discover himself", and released the album Reborn in about half an year, following with a tour around the East and Southeast Asia. He has stated that he would be taking a break from singing and be focusing on his acting for a year.

2002 assault allegations[edit]

Tse has had his share of brush-ups with 'paparazzi'. A photographer of Sudden Weekly magazine accused Tse of hitting him outside a restaurant in Taiwan, bruising his nose and elbow. Although Tse denied the assault charge, he settled in July 2002.[20]


Most of Nicholas Tse's songs were based on the cantopop rock genre such as some of his top hits "front, back, left, right" (前前後後左左右右), "Exposure" (曝光) and "Lonely Base" (寂寞堂口). Some of his songs were produced in Tse's own 'Nic Production' which was revealed in TVB interviews several times. "Live Viva" (活著 Viva), one of Tse's most classical pop rock song, in whose MV Tse was featured with his flame guitar and a flamethrower, is widely known in Hong Kong.

Tse has sung a number of duets with fellow cantopop singers, namely "Love" (愛) with Charlene Choi, "Second Life" (第二世), "Amen" (阿門) both with Joey Yung, "Kid" (細路) with Eason Chan, "You Can't Stop Me" with Sam Lee and Stephen Fung as well as "Beauty and the Beast"[21] with Meilin.

Besides being a singer, Tse also showed his interest and talent in song-writing. Plenty of his songs were produced by himself, either of the lyrics or the melody or both. Take his most renowned Mandarin songs "I love you because I love you"(因為愛所以愛) and "Huang Zhong Ren"(黃種人) for example, Tse composed and arranged both of these songs' melodies and also participated in the creation of lyrics in "Huang Zhong Ren".


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1998 Young and Dangerous: The Prequel 新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇 Chan Ho-nam Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1999 Gen-X Cops 特警新人類 Jack
A Man Called Hero 中華英雄 Sword Hua
Metade Fumaca 半支煙 Smokey Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Street Angels 少女党
The Mirror 怪談之魔鏡 Siu-ming
2000 Twelve Nights 十二夜 Kit
Winner Takes All 大贏家 Ferrari
Time and Tide 順流逆流 Tyler Yim
2001 Comic King 漫畫風雲 Knife
Master Q 2001 老夫子2001 Fred/Howard
Heroes in Love 戀愛起義 writer/co-director only
Nominated – Bronze Horse Award for Best Film Stockholm Film Festival
My Schoolmate, the Barbarian 我的野蠻同學 Stone
2002 Inspector Tide Yau
2002 Tiramisu 戀愛行星 Ko Fung
Demi-Haunted 魂魄唔齊 Chang Ho-fung
2003 The Medallion 飛龍再生 Waiter cameo
2004 Jade Goddess of Mercy 玉觀音 Maojie
Enter the Phoenix 大佬愛美麗 Cock Head cameo
Moving Targets 2004新紮師兄 Cheung Wai-kit
New Police Story 新警察故事 Frank Cheng Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005 A Chinese Tall Story 情癲大聖 Tripitaka
The Promise 無極 Duke Wuhuan
2006 McDull, the Alumni 春田花花同學會 old man in toilet
Dragon Tiger Gate 龍虎門 Tiger Wong
Rob-B-Hood 寶貝計劃 Nicholas cameo
The Heavenly Kings 四大天王 himself cameo
2007 Invisible Target 男兒本色 Detective Chan Chun
2008 Beast Stalker 證人 Sergeant Tong Fei
Storm Rider Clash of the Evils 風雲決 Striding Cloud
2009 The Storm Warriors 風雲II Heartless
Bodyguards and Assassins 十月圍城 Deng Sidi Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Hot Summer Days 全城熱戀熱辣辣 Wai
The Stool Pigeon 綫人 Ghost Jr. Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2011 Shaolin 新少林寺 Tsao Man Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Treasure Inn 財神客棧 Master Kung
2012 The Viral Factor 逆戰 Man Yeung Nominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子彈 Captain Guo Zhui
2013 The Midas Touch 超級經理人 Himself cameo
2014 As the Light Goes Out 救火英雄 Sam
From Vegas to Macau 賭城風雲 Cool
But Always 一生一世 Zhao Yongyuan
2015 12 Golden Ducks 12金鴨
The Spirit of the Swords 情劍
2016 Heaven Breaks 驚天破 Filming[22]
The Bombing 大轟炸 Filming[23]


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1998 Aiming High 撻出愛火花 Chiu Ka Chun TV debut
2002 The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra 齊天大聖孫悟空 Chung Kwai cameo
Secretly Loving You 偷偷愛上你 Himself cameo
2003 Hearts of Fencing 當四葉草碰上劍尖時 Himself cameo
2005 The Proud twins 小魚兒與花無缺 Hua Wu Que
2007 Wing Chun 詠春 Liang Bi
Big Shot 大人物 Yang Fan
The Spirit of Sword 浣花洗劍錄 Hu Yan Da Zang
2012 Jian Xia Qing Yuan 劍俠情緣 Ye Fan / Gu Lang
America's Next Top Model, Cycle 18 a judge and also action director in one of the episodes[24]
2013 The Next Magic 下一個奇跡 Liang Hai En
Super Boy (contest)(2013) 2013快樂男聲 one of the main judges in the Finale
2014 Chef Nic 12道鋒味 the show's on-camera chef[25] a Chinese food travelogue show

Commercial endorsements[edit]

Tse has been in many advertisements since he joined the industry, from big names like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sony to Biolyn, New World Mobility, Oris and Matsunichi, Daphne.[26][27][28]

He has also appeared in various magazines, including: Men's Uno, Amoeba, Milk, Ming Pao and East Weekin various forms including television commercials, posters and magazine advertisements.

On 12 January 2006, wax statues of Tse was first exhibited along with seven other well known Chinese figures including basketball star Yao Ming, and Jackie Chan at the Madame Tussauds in London.[29] On 19 June 2006, wax statues of both Tse and Cheung were revealed in Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai.[30][31]


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  16. ^ [1] Retrieved on 21 September 2014
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  20. ^ "HK star settles assault charge", BBC News, 31 July 2002
  21. ^ "Meilin 梅琳 and Nicholas Tse 謝霆鋒 – Beauty and The Beast MV". youtube. Retrieved 2011-06-04. 
  22. ^ "《惊天破》开放媒体探班 谢霆锋"禁问"王菲冷场". People's Daily. April 9, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  23. ^ Julie Makinen (June 29, 2015). "Mel Gibson, other Hollywood directors look to China market". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
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  29. ^ 中国明星蜡像亮相伦敦杜莎夫人蜡像馆
  30. ^ Madame-tussauds. "Madame-tussauds." Latest news. Retrieved on 23 April 2008.
  31. ^ 谢霆锋入住杜莎夫人蜡像馆 当选儿童最喜爱明星

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