Tay Ping Hui

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Tay Ping Hui
Chinese name 鄭斌輝 (traditional)
Chinese name 郑斌辉 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhèng Bīnhuī (Mandarin)
Ancestry Hokkien
Origin Singapore
Born (1970-11-10) November 10, 1970 (age 44)
Occupation Actor, host
Years active 1998-present
Spouse(s) Married to A University lecturer
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tay.

Tay Ping Hui is a Singaporean actor best known for acting in many Chinese-language television dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 8. He has also made appearances in the films Summer Holidays (2000) and Infernal Affairs II (2003).

Early life[edit]

Tay attended Catholic High School (Primary and Secondary) and Catholic Junior College.[1] Active in sports and extra-curricular activities, he was deeply involved both as a sportsman and leader, representing his school in basketball, athletics, volleyball, and several other sports. He was a blackbelt exponent in Tae Kwon Do and was the YMCA Tae Kwon Do Open Champion. Tay was also musically gifted, sang with the school choir, played the dizi in the Chinese orchestra, and was the lead singer and guitarist of the Temasek Hall Band " Cognitive Dissonance". As a leader, Tay was appointed Senior Patrol Leader (the highest position attainable in secondary school) in the Catholic High School scout group Stamford 06, he was a Student Councilor in junior college and was also a commissioned officer in the Singapore Armed Forces, holding the appointment of Company Commander, following National Service. He later obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from the Arts and Social Sciences faculty of the National University of Singapore.[2]


Tay was the General Manager of the Singapore franchise of Subway[2] and was planning to pursue a MBA at Harvard University before he was headhunted to join TCS (later MediaCorp) in December 1998. Barely a year after his debut in On the Edge - Mr Personality, Tay won the "Best Supporting Actor" award at the 1999 Star Awards for his realistic and stellar portrayal of a gang leader in Stepping Out. After that, he became the number one leading man, acting in numerous shows opposite veterans as equals. Tay also acted in Hong Kong film productions such as Summer Holiday directed by Jingle Ma, starring with Hong Kong actress Sammi Cheng, and "Infernal Affairs II" alongside Anthony Wong and Francis Ng.

Effectively bilingual in both English and Mandarin, Tay also starred in MediaCorp's English-language channel, Channel 5 dramas like A War Diary- a television drama set in Japanese-occupied Singapore during World War II, playing a resistance fighter and garnering rave reviews. Other prominent works included "Brothers 4" and most recently, was top billing in "Keong Saik Street".

Being the all rounded artiste, Tay also later performed in the stage play Butterflies are Free, handpicked by Hong Kong film director Clifton Ko. And most recently, mandarin stage musical " 记得说再见".

Tay has been nominated for the Best Actor in the Star Awards 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, playing coveted roles and excelling in major productions by MediaCorp. He has also been consistently been voted as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes in the Star Awards 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, receiving the All-Time Favorite Artiste Award at Star Awards 2012. Tay has been voted Media's Top 5 Popular ward in 2009 and was also in the list of Lianhe Zaobao's " Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idol" for five consecutive years.

In 2006, Tay starred as Huang Feihu in the mainland Chinese-produced supernatural fantasy television series The Legend and the Hero alongside China Megastar Fan Bin Bin, Liu De kai and Taiwanese Star Ma Jing Tao. The series was aired on Channel 8 in 2009 in Singapore. Since then, Tay has become a recognized face in China.

Tay was mostly known for playing "manly" characters such as in C.I.D., Honour and Passion and C.L.I.F. but it was his role as a crude Ah beng-turned-chef in Bountiful Blessings that earned him his first Best Actor Award in Star Awards 2012. And for the Star Awards 2013, he won the Best Supporting Actor despite only being in 7 episodes of the TV series "Unriddle 2".


Tay has also performed live numerous times on stage for major events such as National Day and New Year's Day countdown and has performed alongside Taiwanese stars Wu Bai and Harlem Yu. He has also performed the theme songs of several high-profile MediaCorp series such as The Unbeatables III and Double Happiness I. His recording of "Follow Me" (跟着我一起) from Honour and Passion was named the Best Drama Theme Song at the Star Awards 2007.

In 2013, Tay completed his directorial debut with a Singapore/ China co-production feature film " Meet the Giants", first of its kind in such collaboration in the local movie industry. The movie shall be screened in June 2014, concurrently in Singapore, Malaysia and China.

Personal life[edit]

Tay married his girlfriend, a University Lecturer on 18 June 2010.[3]



Year Title Role Star Awards
1998 On the Edge - Mr Personality
1999 Are You My Brother?
1999 Stepping Out
Liu Mei Nominated and Won Best Supporting Actor
2000 My Home Affairs
Hong Guoren Nominated Best Actor
2000 As You Like It
2000 The Stratagem
Zhuo Lingfeng
2001 A War Diary Lim Teck-Meng
2001 The Reunion
Liu Yazhou
2001 The Hotel
2002 Fantasy
Song Ziqian
2002 The Unbeatables III
Luo Shenfeng / Luo Yingfeng
2002 Love Matters - The Marriage Factor
2002 Health Matters
2003 Love is Beautiful
Zheng Liheng Nominated Best Actor
2003 Blueprint - Concerto for a Bus Driver
2003 A Child's Hope
Huang Junsheng
2003 Always on my Mind
Tiger Li Xiaohu
2003 Brothers 4
2004 Spice Siblings
Wen He
2004 The Ties that Bind
Ma Yucai
2004 My Mighty In-Laws
2004 Devil Blues
Di Jun
2005 A Life of Hope
Su Dongping Nominated Best Actor
2005 The Legend of Speed 2
2005 Destiny
Shen Jingwen
2006 C.I.D.
Chen Long (Sean) Nominated Best Actor
2007 Mars vs Venus
Liu Yifan (Steven) Nominated Best Actor
2007 Honour and Passion
Bao Wenjing
2008 The Golden Path
Huang Kaijie Nominated Best Actor
2008 The Truth
Lu Zhiwei
2008 La Femme
Huang Quanhe
2008 Crime Busters x 2
Lü Daxiong
2009 The Legend and the Hero
Huang Feihu
2009 The Dream Catchers
Wang Zhiwei
2009 The Ultimatum
Sun Jie Nominated Best Actor
2009 Baby Bonus
Li Jiacheng
2010 New Beginnings
Li Zihao
2010 Unriddle
Zhang Yuze
2010 The Family Court
Shen Xiping Nominated Best Actor
2011 C.L.I.F.
Zhong Yida
2011 Bountiful Blessings
Xie Donghai Nominated Favourite Male Character, Nominated and Won Best Actor
2012 Rescue 995
Huang Yixun
2012 Unriddle 2
Zhang Yuze Nominated and Won Best Supporting Actor
2013 Break Free
Li Tianming
2013 96°C Café
96 °C 咖啡
Lao Jingfeng
2013 Love At Risk
Wu Qishan
2014 World at Your Feet
Hong Canghai 洪沧海
2015 Love?
2015 Mind Game
Liang Wenjie 梁文杰
2015 Crescendo
Jiang Chufan 江楚帆

Hosted shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2005 Man O Man
2006 Mission Impossible III movie junket Held in Rome, Italy
2006 Superman Returns movie junket Held in Los Angeles, United States
2006 Man O Man II
2007 Singapore Season in China 2007
2008 F1 Singapore Grand Prix


Year Accolade Representative work Notes
1999 Star Awards 1999, Best Supporting Actor Stepping Out Won
1999 Star Awards 1999, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Best Actor My Home Affairs Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2001 Star Awards 2001, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2002 Star Awards 2002, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Nominated
2003 Yahoo! Singaporean of the Year 2003 Won
2003 Star Awards 2003, Best Actor Love Is Beautiful Nominated
2003 Star Awards 2003, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2003 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idols 2003, Lianhe Zaobao Won
2004 Star Awards 2004, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2005 Star Awards 2005, Best Actor A Life Of Hope Nominated
2005 Star Awards 2005, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2005 Top 50 Most Popular Asian Idols 2005, Lianhe Zaobao Won
2006 Star Awards 2006, Best Actor C.I.D. Nominated
2006 Star Awards 2006, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2007 Star Awards 2007, Best Actor Mars VS Venus Nominated
2007 Star Awards 2007, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2009 Star Awards 2009, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2010 Star Awards 2010, Best Actor The Ultimatum Nominated
2010 Star Awards 2010, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2010 Star Awards 2010, Favourite Male Character Baby Bonus Nominated
2011 Star Awards 2011, Best Actor The Family Court Nominated
2011 Star Awards 2011, Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Won
2011 Star Awards 2011, Favourite Onscreen Couple (w Chris Tong) The Family Court Nominated
2012 Star Awards 2012, All-Time Favourite Artiste Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Best Actor Bountiful Blessings Won
2012 Star Awards 2012, Favourite Male Character Bountiful Blessings Nominated
2013 Star Awards 2013, Best Supporting Actor Unriddle 2 Won


  1. ^ 我的老师最难忘 (in Chinese). Lianhe Zaobao. September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Call me a Toa Payoh boy". AsiaOne. 29 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tay Ping Hui ties the knot". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 

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