Star Awards for Best Actor

The Star Awards for Best Actor is an award presented annually at the Star Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1994.

Star Awards for Best Actor
Star Awards 2019
Awarded forBest Performance by a Mediacorp Actor in a Leading Role
Presented byMediacorp
First awarded1995
Currently held byChen Hanwei 陈汉玮
A Million Dollar Dream 给我一百万 (2019)

The category was introduced in 1995, at the 2nd Star Awards ceremony; Li Nanxing received the award for his role in Wounded Tracks and it is given in honour of a Mediacorp actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role. The nominees are determined by a team of judges employed by Mediacorp; winners are selected by a majority vote from the entire judging panel.

Since its inception, the award has been given to 11 actors. Chen Hanwei is the most recent winner in this category for his role in A Million Dollar Dream. Since the ceremony held in 2019, Chen remains as the only actor to win in this category six times, surpassing Xie Shaoguang who has five wins. Christopher Lee has been nominated on 14 occasions, more than any other actor. Terence Cao holds the record for the most nominations without a win, with six.


Year Actor Title (role) Nominees
1995 Li Nanxing
Wounded Tracks 伤城记
(Xu Le 许乐)
  • Terence Cao 曹国辉 — The Challenger 勇者无惧 (Lin Yongjie 林永杰)
  • Chen Hanwei 陈汉玮 — Twin Bliss 龙凤呈祥 (Xia Letian 夏乐天)
  • Chew Chor Meng 周初明 — Challenge of Truth 铁证柔情 (Lin Haoming 林浩明)
  • Huang Wenyong 黄文永 — Homes in 168 大牌 168 (TBC)
1996 Xie Shaoguang
The Last Rhythm 曲终魂断
(Junxiong 俊雄)
1997 Christopher Lee
The Price of Peace 和平的代价
(Xie Guomin 谢国民)
1998 Xie Shaoguang
Stand by Me 家人有约
(Du Hanmin 杜汉民)
1999 Xie Shaoguang
Stepping Out 出路
(Zhang Jiafu 张家富)
2000 Chew Chor Meng
Hainan Kopi Tales 琼园咖啡香
(Long Yaxing 龙亚星)
  • Terence Cao 曹国辉 — Four Walls and a Ceiling 我爱黄金屋 (Shen Litai 沈利泰)
  • Christopher Lee 李铭顺 — Coup de Scorpion 天蝎行动 (Xie Tingzhang 谢廷璋)
  • Li Nanxing 李南星 — Coup de Scorpion 天蝎行动 (Zheng Nanshun 郑南顺)
  • Tay Ping Hui 郑斌辉 — My Home Affairs 家事 (Hong Guoren 洪国仁)
2001 Chen Hanwei
Love Me, Love Me Not 真爱无敌
(Lin Yiqin 林以勤)
2002 Li Nanxing
The Vagrant 豹子胆
(Bao 阿豹)
2003 Xie Shaoguang
Holland V 荷兰村
(Yang Xiong 杨雄)
2004 Xie Shaoguang
Double Happiness I 喜临门I
(Luo Jialong 罗家龙)
2005 Chen Hanwei
A Life of Hope 活下去
(Pan Zhihao 潘志豪)
2006 Li Nanxing
The Undisclosed 迷云二十天
(Cheng Musheng 程木胜)
2007 Zheng Geping
Like Father, Like Daughter 宝贝父女兵
(Dai Zhigang 戴志刚)
2009 Chen Hanwei
By My Side 不凡的爱
(Chen Bufan 陈不凡)
2010 Chen Hanwei
Daddy at Home 企鹅爸爸
(Ye Zhengkang 叶正康)
2011 Qi Yuwu
The Family Court 走进走出
(Lin Leshan 林乐山)
2012 Tay Ping Hui
Bountiful Blessings 万福楼
(Xie Donghai 谢东海)
2013 Christopher Lee
Show Hand 注定
(Zhang Qiming 张启明)
2014 Pierre Png
The Journey: A Voyage 信约:唐山到南洋
(Heilong 黑龙)
2015 Shaun Chen
The Journey: Tumultuous Times 信约:动荡的年代
(Hu Jia 胡佳)
2016 Qi Yuwu
The Dream Makers II 志在四方 II
(Jason Lam 蓝钦辉)
2017 Chen Hanwei
The Gentlemen 来自水星的男人
(Zhang Naiping 张乃平)
2018 Desmond Tan
When Duty Calls 卫国先锋
(Loke Jun Guang 陆俊光)
2019 Chen Hanwei
A Million Dollar Dream 给我一百万
(Zhang Zicheng 张自成)
  • Shaun Chen 陈泓宇 — Blessings II 祖先保佑 II (Lian Xuegeng 连学庚)
  • Christopher Lee 李铭顺 — Doppelganger 入侵者 (Yang Liwei 杨立威 / Li Ruiming 李锐明)
  • Qi Yuwu 戚玉武 — Mind Matters 心。情 (Zhuo Jinshu 卓谨澍)
  • Desmond Tan 陈泂江 — You Can Be An Angel III 你也可以是天使 III (Xia Yaoyang Sunny 夏耀阳)

^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Star Awards held that year.

Category facts

Most wins
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd
Actor Chen Hanwei Xie Shaoguang Li Nanxing
Total wins 6 wins 5 wins 3 wins
Most nominations
Rank 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
Actor Christopher Lee Chen Hanwei Li Nanxing
Qi Yuwu
Tay Ping Hui Chew Chor Meng Xie Shaoguang Terence Cao
Shaun Chen
Pierre Png
Huang Wenyong Adrian Pang Andie Chen
Edmund Chen
Dai Xiangyu
Elvin Ng
Thomas Ong
Desmond Tan
Romeo Tan
Zhang Zhenhuan
Zheng Geping
Total nominations 14 nominations 12 nominations 10 nominations 9 nominations 8 nominations 7 nominations 6 nominations 4 nominations 3 nominations 2 nominations


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