Top 11 Most Charismatic Actors of Hong Kong

Having strikingly good looks is never a negative asset, but in order to succeed in the entertainment industry, just being photogenic is not enough to make it big. In order to have the ability to attract the attentions of millions of viewers around the world, having charisma is a must.

Recently, over a hundred of artists among the Hong Kong entertainment industry participated in a poll that asked who they regard as the most charismatic actor in Hong Kong. To be seen as a best actor among the eyes of their colleagues, the actors who make it into this list are definitely the best of the best.

The top 11 from the list of most charismatic actors have been published. Andy Lau (劉德華) and Tony Leung (梁朝偉) share the top spot as the most charismatic actors in Hong Kong. Veteran actors like Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) and Sean Lau (劉青雲) also made it to the list. Even younger rising stars like Raymond Lam (林峯) was placed; Raymond was ranked even higher than hot stars like the perpetually young Aaron Kwok (郭富城) and the multi-talented Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒)!

First Place – Andy Lau and Tony Leung

Both Andy and Tony share the number one spot for the most charismatic actor of Hong Kong, a win that surprises no one. The award-winning movie stars have been superstars since they first debuted in the industry as TVB actors in the early 1980s. Along with Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Kent Tong (湯鎮業), and Felix Wong (黃日華), Andy and Tony were part of the Five Tigers, a group of TVB’s most popular young male actors of the 1980s.

Their success in television had jump-started their historic career in the film industry. When Andy left TVB in the late 80s, he pursued a career in both film and music. Alongside record-breaking singers Jacky Cheung (張學友), Leon Lai (黎明), and Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Andy became known as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings” of the 1990s.

Tony, on the other hand, went to achieve multiple accolades in the film industry. Although Tony’s pair of electrifying eyes has melted the hearts of millions of viewers from around the world, it is Tony’s polished and compelling acting that makes him one of the most respected actors in Hong Kong cinema. Tony’s film collaborations with director Wong Kar Wai (王家衛) are deemed as classics, and so far, no one in Hong Kong’s current film industry has won more celebrated Best Actor awards than Tony.

Third Place – Chow Yun Fat

After nearly four decades in the industry, Chow Yun Fat is still a household name to this day. Since 1986’s A Better Tomorrow <英雄本色>, Fat Gor’s Hong Kong films are often seen as box office guarantees. The 57-year-old has also had a decent career in Hollywood, starring in worldwide box office hits such as Ang Lee’s (李安) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍> and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Fat Gor is also warmly known as “Superstar of the People.” Despite being one of the world’s biggest actors, Fat Gor is still a big consumer of public transportation. He is friendly to his fans, his neighbors, and will be more than happy to snap a picture with fans when he is spotted walking casually on the streets.

Fourth Place – Louis Koo and Daniel Wu

The tanned, sexy hunk looks cold and hard to approach in the outside, but Louis Koo (古天樂) is in fact best known for his portrayals of roles that combine dry humor and wit. Like the stars above, Louis also started out at as a popular siu sang with TVB before becoming a bigger film star. Although Louis has yet to win a Best Actor honor, there is no denying that Louis is next in line to succeed the spot as the industry’s number one brother.

Also sharing the spot as number four is the beautiful Daniel Wu (吳彥祖). Although he is known for his looks, the 38-year-old has done more to prove that having a beautiful face is not his only positive attribute. Not only is Daniel a gifted actor, he is also a doting husband, and has an undying devotion towards filmmaking. Showing an interest in working behind the scenes, Daniel and his best friend, Stephen Fung (馮德倫), established a production studio last year, releasing the financially successful Tai Chi Zero <太極1從零開始>.

Sixth Place – Francis Ng

As a TVB artist training class graduate of 1982, the 51-year-old Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) was also Tony Leung’s classmate. Although Francis’ road to success took much longer than Tony’s, Francis has portrayed many unforgettable roles in Hong Kong television. His humorous parody portrayal of Patrick Tse (謝賢) in the 1997 TVB television drama Old Time Buddy <難兄難弟> is still remembered today. Francis is also credited for contributing to Hong Kong’s booming aviation industry after his successful portrayal as pilot Sam Tong in the 2003 TVB drama,Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲宵>. Many aspiring pilots came knocking at the doors of flight training schools after the broadcast of the serial.

Seventh Place – Raymond Lam and Sean Lau

Raymond Lam is the youngest star on this list. The triple-threat superstar debuted under TVB’s umbrella in 1999, and has starred in many dramas since. Raymond’s success in both the film and music industry is also noteworthy. In just five years, Raymond has already performed at four sold-out solo concerts in the Hong Kong Coliseum, a feat that is not easy to achieve for many Hong Kong singers.

Also in seventh place is award-winning actor, Sean Lau. Sean does not have the best of looks, but his superb acting and charismatic stage presence is more than enough to hold the interests of many fans around the globe. Sean shot to fame after portraying Fong Chin Bok in TVB’s historic hit, The Greed of Man <大時代>, where he also met his beautiful wife, Amy Kwok (郭藹明). Sean’s fun personality, excellent acting and love for his wife, is what makes him to be one of Hong Kong’s most favorite actors.

Ninth Place – Aaron Kwok

It did not take very long for Aaron Kwok to get famous. With his boyish charms and dancing king image, Aaron shot to prominence rather quickly in the 1990s. With a number of best-selling albums under his belt, the Heavenly King is also a music charm in the Hong Kong industry. His award-winning performances in Divergence <三岔口> and After This Our Exile <父子> has also made Aaron a box office guarantee.

Tenth Place – Michael Miu

Not only is Michael the epiphany of charisma, he is also living proof that age is just a state of mind. Michael’s smoldering good looks only gets more attractive with age. The 54-year-old actor is still regarded as the big brother of Five Tigers and occasionally meets with the other members. Although Michael’s focus is not in the film industry, his position as a top actor in Hong Kong television dramas is unwavering.

Eleventh Place – Nicholas Tse

The son of the first chok king, Patrick Tse (謝賢), Nicholas debuted in the industry at 16 years old. Although his road to stardom was rocky and turbulent, his rebellious image had contributed to the mass of new music idols in the late 1990’s. Nicholas pulled himself together very quickly after joining the film industry. His perseverance, hard work, and dedication to his family have changed him from being Hong Kong’s bad boy to Hong Kong’s best man. Nicholas is also the youngest actor to win Best Actor in the industry. Nicholas is now the owner of a billion-dollar (HKD) post-production film company.


This article is written by Addy for

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  1. i like a lot of actors from that list but personally feel only tony leung, chow yun fat and sean lau are what i would call truly charismatic actors. i cannot believe tony has to even share his number one spot. not saying andy isn’t charming in his own right but absolutely no one can beat tony in this department. also agree that leslie cheung should have been added to the list.

  2. Surprised that Ray toped the list! really really shocked and surprised. Shows that he is a good artist and not bad or just about the looks, like a lot of people think due to his fan base.

  3. Raymond Lam is the youngest star on this list. !!!! wish him a very bright future and success!

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