Shaun Chen

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Shaun Chen
Chinese name 陳泓宇 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈泓宇 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Hóngyǔ (Mandarin)
Ancestry Guangdong, China(Hakka)
Born (1978-11-03) 3 November 1978 (age 36)
Seremban, Malaysia
Other name(s) Tey Kim Soon
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2003 – present
Spouse(s) Michelle Chia (2009–2011)

Shaun Chen (Chinese: 陳泓宇; pinyin: Chén Hóngyǔ, born 3 November 1978) is a Malaysian actor currently based in Singapore. Chen is most notable for starring in the long-running drama series Holland V and for playing villains in several drama series. He received his first award, the Rocket Award, at the Star Awards 2015 Show 1, for being the most improved artiste in 2014. He starred as the lead character in both Blessings and The Journey: Tumultuous Times. He further clinched the Best Actor award for The Journey: Tumultuous Times and was voted into the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes list at the Star Awards 2015 Show 2.[1][2][3]


Prior to coming to Singapore, Chen was a former spectacles dealer and model in Malaysia and used to be the face on billboards for Maxis, Malaysia's largest telecom operator.[4] His endorsements include Silky For Men.

Chen first joined Mediacorp in 2002 where he filmed three drama series before leaving to join MediaWorks in early 2004. In mid-2005 when the two companies merged, Chen returned to MediaCorp as a full-time artiste, enjoying moderate success. Early in his career Chen was known for playing villains and earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination in the Star Awards 2006 for his role in CID.[5]

Chen was then nominated for the Best Actor award and was in the running for the Top Ten Most Popular Male Artistes in the Star Awards 2011 ceremony. Unfortunately, he did not win any award. [6]

In 2011, Chen starred in the top-rated drama serial Love Thy Neighbour, alongside Hong Kong veteran actor Ha Yu and Felicia Chin.

In 2015, Chen won the Best Actor award on his second nomination in the Star Awards 2015 ceremony for his role as a kindhearted gangster in blockbuster drama The Journey: Tumultuous Times. He also picked up his first Top Ten Most Popular Male Artistes award in the same ceremony.

Personal life[edit]

Chen married his girlfriend of 6 years, fellow MediaCorp artiste Michelle Chia in May 2009.[7] Their wedding was televised live on MediaCorp Channel 8 and hosted by colleagues Guo Liang, Lee Teng and Pornsak. Fellow locally based Malaysian actors and good friends Zzen Zhang and Zhang Yaodong were his best men.

The couple confirmed their divorce on 27 April 2011 but insist they still remain friends.[8][9]


Year Work Role Notes
2002 Kids United
2003 True Heroes 真心英雄 Zhang Hanliang 张汉良
Holland V 荷兰村 Yu Hongzhi
Always on My Mind 无炎的爱
2004 To Mum With Love 非一般妈妈
Power of Love 甜蜜风暴
Changing Lanes
Zero 零楼
2005 Heartlanders IV James Channel 5 production
Yummy Yummy 吴世龙 Singapore-Hong Kong co-production
Love Concierge 爱的掌门人
2006 C.I.D 刑警2人组 Lin Chenghui 林成辉 Nominated – Best Supporting Actor Star Awards 2006
The Beginning 原点 Fang Yucheng 方宇诚 Malaysia-Singapore Co-production
Let It Shine 萤火虫的梦 Ma Zikang 马子康
2007 Making Miracles 奇迹 Kelvin
Switched! 幸运星 Qin Shixuan 秦世轩
Men in White
Fallen Angel 天使的烙印 Ye Ziyang Co-production
Live Again 天堂鸟 Du Xiangyi 天堂鸟
2008 The Truth 谜图 Alex Su
La Femme 绝对佳人
Crime Busters x 2 叮当神探 Jiang Zaixi 姜在熙
2009 The Dream Catchers 未来不是梦 Jiang Chengfeng 江乘风
Your Hand in Mine 想握你的手 Li Liqin 李立勤 180 episodes
Nominated – Best Actor, Star Awards 2011
2010 Happy Family 过好年 Chen Haojie
Unriddle 最火搭档 Luo Zhongxiao
2011 The Seeds of Life 漁米人家 Luo Shicong 罗世聪 Malaysia-Singapore Co-production
Love Thy Neighbour 四个门牌一个梦 Ye Meng
Kampong Ties 甘榜情 Wang Lihai Malaysian production
2012 Game Plan 千方百计 Zeng Junwei 曾骏纬 Wawa Pictures production
Beyond X元素 Qiu Hanxiang 丘汉祥
Justice in the City 庭外和解 Qiu Jianzhi 邱健志 Malaysia-Singapore Co-production[10]
Love, Now 《真愛趁現在》 Yan Kai 嚴凱 SETTV production
2013 The Dream-Makers 志在四方 Du Zhan Peng 杜展鹏 Nominated – Best Supporting Actor, Star Awards 20
2014 Blessings 祖先保佑[11] Lian Wending 连文鼎
The Journey: Tumultuous Times 信。约:动荡的年代 Hu Jia/Zhang Jia 胡佳/张佳 Won - Best Actor, Star Awards 2015
2015 The Journey: Our Homeland 信。约 : 我们的家园 Zhang Jia 张佳


Year Accolade Category Work Notes
2006 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor C.I.D. Nominated
2007 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated
2010 Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated
2011 Star Awards Best Actor Your Hand In Mine Nominated
Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Nominated
2014 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor The Dream Makers Nominated
2015 Star Awards Best Actor The Journey: Tumultuous Times Won
Rocket Award N/A Won
Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes N/A Won


  1. ^ Han, Wei Chou (20 April 2015). "Jeanette Aw wins big at Star Awards 2015 Show". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Shaun Chen, Rebecca Lim win Best Actor, Actress at Star Awards 2015". Channel NewsAsia. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  3. ^ Seah, May (6 June 2015). "Shaun Chen: Man of the moment". Today. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  4. ^ "It's now or never". Today Online. 9 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Star Awards 2006, Best Supporting Actor nomination list". Wikipedia. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Official Star Awards 红星大奖 2011 Nominations List is Here!". Bagua TV. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "MediaCorp artistes Shaun Chen, Michelle Chia marry". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Michelle Chia and Shaun Chen announce divorce". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Shaun Chen grapples with sorrow, six-pack abs and a new start". Channel News Asia. 26 September 2011. 
  10. ^ 陳泓宇大馬跳溝渠吞死魚 (in Chinese). China Press. 15 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Shaun Chen awaits true love". xinmsn Entertainment. 21 March 2014. 

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