Dai Xiangyu

Dai Xiangyu (Chinese: 戴向宇; pinyin: Dài Xiàngyǔ; Wade–Giles: Tai4 Hsiang43), previously known as Dai Yangtian (simplified Chinese: 戴阳天; traditional Chinese: 戴陽天; pinyin: Dài Yángtiān; Wade–Giles: Tai4 Yang2 T'ien1), is a Chinese former actor and model based in Singapore. He was a prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 2007 to 2013. In 2013, Dai left Mediacorp after his contract expired.

Dai Xiangyu
Born
戴阳天 (pinyin: Dài Yángtiān)

ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
OccupationActor, model
Years active2007-present
Spouse(s)Chen Zihan
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese戴向宇
Simplified Chinese戴向宇

Career

Born in China, Dai did some modeling in Japan and Shanghai. While in Shanghai he was talent-spotted by MediaCorp and moved to Singapore to sign the contract. His big break came in 2008 when he played Yamamoto Yousuke, a Japanese photographer, in the blockbuster series The Little Nyonya and earned a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Star Awards. This role was supposed to go to Elvin Ng who was injured just before filming.[1]

Dai acted the first time with Elvin Ng in Together and second time in No Limits. Dai acted his first antagonist role in Breakout. This is the third time Dai acted with Elvin Ng. Then, 8 Days touted them as the male version of Zoe Tay and Fann Wong. They appeared together in several cover page of 8 Days and I magazine.

In 2011, he briefly returned to China to film a co-production drama Precious. He played Ling Zhi Chu in Precious.[2] Qi Yuwu replaced him, who was originally selected to play the role of Mo Li Guang, as the male lead in the drama series A Song to Remember. In 2012, Dai acted in Poetic Justice, his last MediaCorp project before his contract ended in 2013, where he was coupled with Rui En for the first time.

As of 29 July 2013, Dai officially changed his name from Dai Yangtian to Dai Xiangyu.[3] In the same year, Dai left the Singapore entertainment industry. After his departure, Romeo Tan replaced him, who was originally selected to play the role of Hong Khee Leong, as the male lead in the drama series Sudden, where he was coupled with Rui En for the second time.

In 2019, he did the remake of Singapore’s most successful TV drama series ever, reprising the same role that shot him to fame in The Little Nyonya with casts Xiang Yun & Jeffrey Xu.

Filmography

Television

YearWorkRoleNotes
2008Taste of Love
缘之烩
Fang Youfang
方佑芳
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
  • Pairs up with Dawn Yeoh
The Little Nyonya
小娘惹
Yamamoto Yousuke
山本洋介
  • Guest Lead 客串主角
2009Table of Glory
乒乓圆
He Jiajun
贺家军
  • 2nd Male Lead 第二男主角
Together
当我们同在一起
Lin Xiaobei
林小杯
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
  • Pairs up with Jeanette Aw
2010Carlsberg Telemovie Showcase
皇帽瑞狮喜迎虎电视电影系列
Tiancai
天才
No Limits
泳闯琴关
Wang Yule
王宇乐
Breakout
破天网
Yang Zhenfeng
杨振锋
  • Main villain of the drama
  • 2nd Male Lead 第二男主角
2011Precious
千金
Ling Zhichu
凌之初
Singapore-China co-production
2012The Quarters
猪仔馆人家
Bai Jinhai
白金海
  • Malaysian production
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
  • Pairs up with Zhou Ying
Poetic Justice
微笑正义
Fang Zhengye
方正业
  • 1st Male Lead 第一男主角
  • Pairs up with Rui En
2016Demon Girl
半妖倾城
Duan Shaoqin
2016-2017Demon Girl 2
半妖倾城2
Duan Shaoqin
2019New Little Nyonya
新。小娘惹
Yamamoto Yousuke
山本洋介
Three Lives Three Worlds, The Pillow Book
三生三世枕上书
Nie Chuyin

Film

YearWorkRoleNotes
2007Making Love 美克拉
2011The Ultimate Winner 赢家
X3 Trouble 行X踏錯1st friend
2014Midnight Hair
2016Lost in the Pacific[4]PilotHollywood-China co-production

Accolades

Star Awards – Acting Awards
YearCeremonyCategoryNominated workResult
200915th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActorThe Little Nyonya
(as Yamamoto Yousuke)
Nominated
15th Star Awards CeremonyBest NewcomerN/AWon
201016th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorTogether
(as Lin Xiaobei)
Nominated
N/AMale Media DarlingN/AWon
16th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 10
201117th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
201218th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20
201319th Star Awards CeremonyBest ActorPoetic Justice
(as Fang Zhengye)
Nominated
19th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 10
201420th Star Awards CeremonyTop 10 Most Popular Male ArtistesN/ATop 20

References

  1. "Dai Yang Tian is a ray of solemn sunshine". Channel News Asia. 30 March 2009.
  2. "TV heart-throb says 'forget me not'". ird AsiaOne. 19 March 2012.
  3. "No more Dai Yang Tian". Channel NewsAsia. 29 July 2013. Archived from the original on October 16, 2013.
  4. Seah, May (25 April 2015). "Dai Xiang Yu gets a foot in the Hollywood door". Today. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
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