Nicholas Tse (aka Tse Ting-fung, (謝霆鋒, born 29 August 1980) is a Hong Kong based Chinese singer-songwriter, actor and musician, and son of actor Patrick Tse. He is a member of the Emperor Entertainment Group.[1] Throughout his career, he has been a singer, an actor, a director, a producer, and a composer.

He learned martial arts for the screen and television and to this day still practices. "[2]" "[3]"

Early life Edit

Tse is the first of two children born to Hong Kong natives, actor Patrick Tse (Template:Lang) and actress Deborah Lee (Template:Lang) raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2]He has a younger sister, Jennifer Tse. He was educated at St. George's School, Vancouver, and later attended Hong Kong International School for one year before dropping out at grade 10.[2] For a year he lived in Phoenix, Arizona before going back to Vancouver. He also studied music in Japan before returning to Hong Kong. He has dual Canadian and Hong Kong citizenship.[2]



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 would sign a record deal with EEG under the Fitto label, releasing his first album, "My Attitude".[2] The album was ranked 3rd on the top selling CD chart of IFPI.[3] It was that year where he won the most popular new artist award.[4]

Tse received mainstream success in 1998 with songs like "早知" and "如果只得一星期" and became a prominent successor in the entertainment industry. His first Jade Solid Gold Top 10 song award came in 1999 with his popular song "非走不可".[5]

In 2000, Tse released the album and song "活著VIVA", regarded as his most popular song ever, 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." The album had two hit songs: "玉蝴蝶" and "潛龍勿用".


Nicholas Tse's most notable action films are Dragon Tiger Gate, Gen-X Cops, Young and Dangerous: The Prequel, and Invisible Target. He also collaborated with Jackie Chan in New Police Story.[6] Tse has also acted in romance films including Tiramisu and Jade Goddess of Mercy. Only later in his career did he participate in comedy roles including Enter the Phoenix, McDull, the Alumni, A Chinese Tall Story. In the Hong Kong translated version of A Bug's Life (Template:Lang), the character Flik was dubbed by Tse. He also lent his voice to the Chinese animation film Lotus Lantern. Tse has also won a film award for Bodyguards and Assassins in 2010, at the 4th Asian Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor.[7]

TV seriesEdit

Tse has starred in two (or three) TVB Hong Kong local dramas depends how you look at it this including Aiming High (Template:Lang), The Monkey King: Quest for the Sutra (Template:Lang) which is more of comedy or adventure than a drama and the documentary On the Road II (Template:Lang) in Cambodia. The rest of his drama series are filmed and produced by Mainland China companies. Most of Tse's drama are wuxia series, which are based in ancient Chinese societies.


2002 motoring incidentEdit

In the early morning of 23 March 2002, Tse crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central.[8] 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[9] and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for obstruction of justice.[2] 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.[2] Tse have said that money to him has gone up by 40% since the accident.[10] The car was originally a gift from the company EEG, as Tse himself accounted for 56% of the revenue.[10]

2002 assault allegationsEdit

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.[11]

2003 motoring incidentEdit

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 incidentEdit

He later had another accident in November 2005, where he collided with a Public Security Bureau Bus in a 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 scandalEdit

In February 2008, his wife was implicated in the Edison Chen photo scandal, when intimate photographs of her were widely distributed on the internet.[12] The couple and their relationship were under intense media spotlight, particularly from the gossip magazines, as a result.

Personal lifeEdit

Tse once had a relationship with musician Faye Wong, who is 11 years Tse's senior.[13] 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 the Philippines.[2] The couple's son, Lucas, was born on August 2, 2007.[14] Cheung gave birth to their second son, Quintus, on May 12, 2010.


Main article: Nicholas Tse discography

Most of Nicholas Tse's songs are based in the Cantopop rock genre. Including "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 are produced in Tse's own 'Nic Production' which was revealed in TVB interviews several times. However, one of Tse's most classical pop rock song is "Live Viva" (活著 Viva), which MTV features Tse with his flame guitar and a flamethrower, this song is widely known in Hong Kong.

Tse has also sang 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 Cant Stop Me" with Sam Lee and Stephen Fung and "Beauty and the Beast" with Meilin 梅琳.


TV seriesEdit

Commercial endorsements Edit

Tse has been in several advertisements from brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sony, Biolyn, New World Mobility and Matsunichi.[16][17]

He has appeared in various magazines including: Men's Uno, Amoeba, Milk, Ming Pao and East Week, in various forms including television commercials, posters and magazine advertisements.

On 19 June 2006 wax statues of both Tse and Cheung were revealed at the Madame Tussauds Shanghai branch.[18]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Kungfucinema. "Kungfu." Nicholas TSE by Albert Valentin. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
  3. EEGmusic. "EEGmusic." Nicolas Tse other info. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
  4. TVB. "TVB." 1997 Jade solid gold award. Retrieved on 2008-11-09.
  5. TVB. "TVB." 1999 Jade solid gold award. Retrieved on 2008-11-09.
  6. Moviexclusive: "NPS" Retrieved on 2008-04-23
  7. Article in Manila Newspaper Manila Paper
  8. Sina.China. "Sina.China." Nicholas Tse incident. Retrieved on 2008-04-23.
  9. Kate Drake, 10 questions for Nicholas Tse, Time Asia
  10. 10.0 10.1 "" 10 questions for Nicholas Tse. Retrieved on 2008-07-04.
  11. "HK star settles assault charge", BBC News, 31 July 2002
  12. "" Edison's Conquests Sex Photos – Suspect Arrested Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  13. "Millennial Fair: Faye Wong Retrieved on 2008-04-22
  14. "Cecilia Cheung back on stage" Retrieved on 2008-04-22
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  16. EEGmusic. "EEGmusic." Nicolas Tse advertisements. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
  17. Youtube. "Youtube." Nicolas Tse in pepsi commercial. Retrieved on 2008-04-22.
  18. Madame-tussauds. "Madame-tussauds." Latest news. Retrieved on 2008-04-23.

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