Zen Chong

Zen Chong (Chinese: 章证翔; pinyin: Zhang Zhèngxiáng; born on 15 August 1978) is a Malaysian actor who is based in Singapore and contracted artiste under MediaCorp.

Zen Chong
Born
Zen Chong Cheng Xiong

(1978-08-15) 15 August 1978
Batu Pahat Johor Malaysia
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Geline See
Children2
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese章证翔

Career

Chong joined MediaCorp in 2001 after finishing third in that year's Malaysian edition of Star Search Singapore.[1] One of his first major roles was in the 2003 sitcom Lobang King where he was cast alongside veteran artistes Chew Chor Meng, Huang Wenyong and Irene Ang as the smooth-talking employee of Huang's character.

Chong is known for portraying juvenile "ah beng" characters, antiheroes and villains. He shot to fame for his role as a main antagonist in the hit period drama The Little Nyonya.[2] Although initially a replacement for Andrew Seow, he was praised for his convincing portrayal of antagonist Robert Zhang and won a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 2009 Star Awards, his first ever awards nomination.[3] He was given his first lead role in the 2008 co-production The Thin Line.

Personal life

A native of the "New Villages" in Kuala Lumpur, Chong studied graphic design and worked at an advertising agency prior to joining Star Search Malaysia.[4] He married his long-time girlfriend Geline in January 2011. Guests at the ceremony included fellow MediaCorp artistes Darren Lim, Christopher Lee, Brandon Wong, Alan Tern and Zhang Yaodong.[5]

Filmography

Television

YearWorkRoleNotes
2002The Vagrant
豹子胆
Zhang Disheng
  • Supporting role
Kopi-O II
浓浓咖啡乌
Hong Fuxing
  • Supporting role
2003Lobang King
我是Lobang King
Hong Daji
  • Main role (5th billing)
True Heroes
真心英雄
Wang Wei
  • Main role (7th billing)
Baby Boom
我家四个宝
James
  • Main role (6th billing)
Beautiful Trio
大女人·小女人
Colin
  • Supporting role
Home in Toa Payoh
家在大巴窑
Dino
  • Supporting role
2004An Ode to Life
三十风雨路
Zhang Ruixiang
  • Supporting role
2005Zero to Hero
阴差阳错
Ping
  • Supporting role
Beyond the aXis of Truth II
法医X档案 2
Woody
  • Supporting role
Love ConciergeRuan Yawan
  • Supporting role
2006The Shining Star
星闪闪
Ah Pao
  • Supporting role
Women of Times
至尊红颜
Bruce
  • Supporting role
Love at 0°C
爱情零度C
Victor
  • Supporting role
2007Switched!
幸运星
Jiang Zhiheng
  • Supporting role
Fallen Angel
天使的烙印
Chen Xuewen
  • Main role (2nd billing)
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
2008Where the Heart Is
大城情事
Hong Jiajun
  • Main role (4th billing)
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
Rhythm of Life
变奏曲
Wang Tianbao
  • Supporting role
The Thin Line
还我情真
Chen Tianyou
  • Main role (4th billing)
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
The Little Nyonya
小娘惹
Robert Zhang
Zhang Zuye
  • Supporting role
2009My Kampong Days
家在半山芭
Qiao Junwei
  • Supporting role
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
2010Priceless Wonder
游戏人生
Li Caishun
李彩顺
Unriddle
最火搭档
Yu Zhenbang
于镇棒
  • Supporting role
Injustice
血蝴蝶
Lin Shunyuan
  • Supporting role
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
2011Be Happy
生日快乐
Ken See
  • Supporting role
Dark Sunset
黑色夕阳
Qiu Jiawei
秋佳威
  • Main role (3rd billing)
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
2012Yours Fatefully
孤男寡女
Hong Zhiguo
洪支郭
  • Supporting role
The Quarters
猪仔馆人家
Luo Hanguo
罗汉果
  • Supporting role
  • Singapore-Malaysia co-production
Poetic Justice
微笑正义
Eugene
Game Plan
千方百计
Li Ziguang
李滋逛
2013'It's a Wonderful Life
好运到
Li Siyuan
李思远
Sudden
骤变
Zhang Hongxing
张哄兴
  • Supporting role
2014C.L.I.F. 3
警徽天职 3
Ding Youpeng
顶游碰
  • Supporting role
2015Crescendo
起飞
Zhang Shixin
张诗忻
  • Supporting role
2016House of Fortune
钱来运转
Henry
  • Supporting role
The Queen
复仇女王
Chen Zijian
陈滋建
  • Supporting role
Soul Reaper
勾魂使者
Eddy
2017118 IIQiu Jianguo
秋建国
  • Supporting role
2018118 Reunion
118 大团圆
  • Supporting role
Eat Already? 4
吃饱没 ? 4
Weijie
伟杰
  • Supporting role
Say Cheese
西瓜甜不甜
Pan Zemin
潘泽民
Magic Chef
料理人生
Kenneth
  • Pairs up with Yap Huixin
  • Supporting role

Variety shows

YearWorkNotes
2002King of Variety
2006Battle of the Best
2009Stars for a Cause
2010Let's Party With Food! VIIGuest appearance

Awards and nominations

Star Awards – Acting / Hosting Awards
YearCategoryCeremonyNominated workResult
200915th Star Awards CeremonyBest Supporting ActorThe Little Nyonya
(as Robert Zhang)
Nominated
201117th Star Awards CeremonyUnriddle
(as Yu Zhenbang)
Nominated

References

  1. "Talented wannabes". New Straits Times. 8 June 2001.
  2. "Zzen and the Art of Acting". Channel News Asia. 8 February 2010.
  3. "Andrew Seow helps HIV-positive friend". AsiaOne. 17 July 2009.
  4. "Archived copy" 不回家铁链绑上车 章缜翔越鞭越皮 (in Chinese). Nanyang Siang Pau. 29 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Zzen Zhang's 'messy' wedding". Channel News Asia. 19 January 2011.
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