Nicholas Tse

Nicholas Tse Ting-fung (Chinese: ; born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and chef.[1] A multi talented celebrity, he became a TV chef and food critic in 2014. Tse initially entered the entertainment industry in 1996 as a singer. He learned martial arts from Philip Ng, Andy On and Sammo Hung, and Jackie Chan stunt team leader, Chung Chi Li for the screen and television, which he continues to practice. Tse made his film debut in 1998 with the crime film Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, for which he received the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer for his performance. In 2003, Tse founded Post Production Office Limited, a special effects companies in Hong Kong which provides services for movies, video games, and advertisements. The company grosses over one billion Hong Kong dollars, and the company has since been sold.[2]

Nicholas Tse
Tse in 2017
Native name
PronunciationTse Ting-fung
Born (1980-08-29) 29 August 1980
NationalityHong Kong
  • Hong Kong
  • Canada
Years active1998–present
Cecilia Cheung
(m. 2006; div. 2011)
FamilyJennifer Tse (sister)
Musical career
Also known asNic Tse, Lemon (檸檬)
OriginHong Kong
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

In 2011, he won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film The Stool Pigeon.[3]

Early life

Tse was born in Hong Kong on 29 August 1980, to the famous Hong Kong actor Patrick Tse (謝賢) and actress Deborah Lee (狄波拉). Tse moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at a young age.[4] He attended St. George's School, Vancouver, but moved with his family to Hong Kong after constantly getting bullied. Nicholas later attended Hong Kong International School for one year before dropping out for low grades at grade 10.[4] For a year he lived in Phoenix, Arizona, but was also expelled for low grades. He also studied music in Japan before returning to Hong Kong. He holds dual Canadian and Hong Kong citizenship.[4] 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.[4] The album was ranked 3rd on the top selling CD chart of IFPI.[5] It was that year where he won the most popular new artist award.[6]

Tse achieved 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),[7] 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 2002, Tse received the World's Best Chinese Artist award at the 2002 World Music Award for the success of album Jade Butterfly.


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).[8] 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 fellow actors Chow Yun-fat, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, and Nick Cheung.[9] Tse had grew the love for martial arts at a young age but then learned for the screen by Jackie Chan stunt team leader Chung Chi Li for films such as, Gen-X-Cops, Invisible Target and from working with Donnie Yen, for martial arts film, Dragon Tiger Gate. He still practices martial arts for screen and exercise. He's also a wing chun practitioner, being trained by fellow co- star and friend Philip Ng alongside co- star and friend Andy On.

Television series

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.


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.[10] On 19 June 2006, wax statues of both Tse and Cheung were revealed in Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai.[11][12]

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

Musical style

Most of 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.

He 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"[13] 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".

Personal life


Tse once had a relationship with musician Faye Wong, who is 11 years his senior, but they broke up in 2002.[14] 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.[4] The couple's eldest son, Lucas Tse, was born on 2 August 2007.[15] 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 from Cheung.[16] In 2014 it was reported that Tse is back in a relationship with Faye Wong, who had divorced her latest spouse in 2013.[17] As of May 2017 Tse and Faye Wong are reportedly still together.[18]

2002 motoring incident

In the early morning of 23 March 2002, Tse crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central.[19] 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[20] and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for obstruction of justice.[4] 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 offense, 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.[4] Tse have said that money to him has gone down by 40% since the accident.[21] The car was originally a gift from the company EEG, as Tse himself accounted for 56% of the revenue.[21]

2002 assault allegations

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.[22]

2003 motoring incident

Tse had another accident in 2003, where he crashed his Toyota Camry into Wan Chai train station. He was banned from driving for six months and fined HK$4000 for reckless driving. Prior to this, he was fined HK$7000 and had his license suspended for a year for two separate charges of speeding.

2005 motoring incident

He later had another accident in November 2005, where he collided with a Public Security Bureau Bus in an Audi RS4 in Lantau. He was banned from driving for another six months and fined HK$4,000, again for reckless driving. After the incident, Tse has resorted to traveling on a motorbike or scooter instead of an automobile.

After the police charge, Tse spent several months to "discover himself", then releasing the album Reborn. He has stated that he will be taking a break from singing and focusing on his acting for a year.

2008 Edison Chen photo scandal

In February 2008, Tse's wife, Cecilia Cheung, was implicated in the Edison Chen photo scandal, when intimate photographs of her were widely distributed on the internet.[23] The couple and their relationship were under intense media spotlight, particularly from the gossip magazines, as a result.

2016 Friend of Michelin honours

On 28 October 2016, Tse was honoured as the first ever "Friend of Michelin", awarded for Michelin-star-worthy non-professional chefs and restaurateurs.[24] On 30 November 2017, he prepared the dessert course for A Night Among the Stars, a seven course gala dinner with Michelin-star chefs with Alain Ducasse, Kwong Wai-keung, Tam Kwok-fung, Fabrice Vulin, Hidemichi Seki, and Noah Sandoval.[25][26]




Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1998Young and Dangerous: The Prequel新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇Chan Ho-namHong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1999Gen-X Cops特警新人類Jack
A Man Called Hero中華英雄Sword Hua
Metade Fumaca半支煙SmokeyNominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Street Angels少女党
The Mirror怪談之魔鏡Siu-ming
2000Twelve Nights十二夜Kit
Winner Takes All大贏家Ferrari
Time and Tide順流逆流Tyler Yim
2001Comic King漫畫風雲Knife
Master Q 2001老夫子2001Fred/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
2002Inspector Tide Yau
2002 Tiramisu戀愛行星Ko Fung
Demi-Haunted魂魄唔齊Chang Ho-fung
2003The Medallion飛龍再生WaiterCameo
2004Jade Goddess of Mercy玉觀音Maojie
Enter the Phoenix大佬愛美麗Cock HeadCameo
Moving Targets2004新紮師兄Cheung Wai-kit
New Police Story新警察故事Frank ChengHundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005A Chinese Tall Story情癲大聖Tripitaka
The Promise無極Duke Wuhuan
2006McDull, the Alumni春田花花同學會Old man in toilet
Dragon Tiger Gate龍虎門Tiger Wong
The Heavenly Kings四大天王HimselfCameo
2007Invisible Target男兒本色Detective Chan Chun
2008Beast Stalker證人Sergeant Tong Fei
Storm Rider Clash of the Evils風雲決Striding Cloud
2009The Storm Warriors風雲IIHeartless
Bodyguards and Assassins十月圍城Deng SidiAsian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010Hot Summer Days全城熱戀熱辣辣Wai
The Stool Pigeon綫人Ghost Jr.Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
2011Shaolin新少林寺Tsao ManNominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Treasure Inn財神客棧Master Kung
2012The Viral Factor逆戰Man YeungNominated – Golden Horse Award for Best Actor
The Bullet Vanishes消失的子彈Captain Guo Zhui
2013The Midas Touch超級經理人HimselfCameo
2014As 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
201512 Golden Ducks12金鴨
The Spirit of the Swords情劍
2016I Love That Crazy Little Thing那件瘋狂的小事叫愛情
Heartfall Arises驚天破[27]
2017Cook Up a Storm決戰食神Sky Ko
2018Air Strike大轟炸Lei TaoSpecial appearance[28]
2020Raging Fire怒火


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1998Aiming High撻出愛火花Chiu Ka ChunTV debut
2002The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra齊天大聖孫悟空Chung Kwaicameo
Secretly Loving You偷偷愛上你Himselfcameo
2003Hearts of Fencing當四葉草碰上劍尖時Himselfcameo
2005The Proud twins小魚兒與花無缺Hua Wu Que
2007Wing Chun詠春Leung Bik
Big Shot大人物Yang Fan
The Spirit of Sword浣花洗劍錄Hu Yan Da Zang
2012Jian Xia Qing Yuan劍俠情緣Ye Fan / Gu Lang
America's Next Top Model, Cycle 18a judge and also action director in one of the episodes[29]
2013The Next Magic下一個奇跡Liang Hai En
Super Boy(2013)2013快樂男聲one of the main judges in the Finale
2014Chef Nic12道鋒味the show's on-camera chef[30]a Chinese food travelogue show
2015Chef Nic 212道鋒味 2the show's on-camera chefa Chinese food travelogue show
2018Celebrity Chef: East vs West名廚爭鋒the show's on-camera chefa Chinese food competition show
2018Sing! China中国好声音One of the four judgesThe Chinese Voice

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