TVB Prepares a New Line of Leading Actors
TVB’s current generation of in-house leading actors include Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Vincent Wong (王浩信), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Lai Lok-yi (黎諾懿), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥), but the lack of new faces in TVB isn’t helping the station stay competitive in the industry. And while TVB likes to invite old friends back to star in their dramas, such as Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Dicky Cheung (張衛健), and Gallen Lo (羅嘉良), it’s about time for the Hong Kong station to introduce a new generation of actors to grace TV screens.
Among the new generation of stars is 31-year-old Owen Cheung (張振朗), best known for his supporting role “GoGo” in last year’s Legal Mavericks <踩過界>. It is confirmed that he will lead the new TVB drama Airport Security Unit <機場特警> alongside Mat Yeung (楊明), who will soon be seen alongside Vincent Wong and Philip Ng (伍允龍) in the anniversary drama Fist Fight <兄弟>.
Owen auditioned and graduated from TVB’s 25th acting class, debuting in 2012. Though he was known for his resemblance to Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Owen had a lukewarm career of playing small roles in TVB dramas for a few years. It wasn’t until his appearance on 2014’s Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk <Sunday扮嘢王> when he shot to fame for his accurate imitation of Chilam Cheung (張智霖) in Triumph in the Skies II <衝上雲霄II>. In 2017, Owen won My Favorite Supporting Actor at the StarHub TVB Awards, establishing his position as TVB’s new rising star.
Airport Security Unit is not Owen’s first time leading a TVB drama. He is also the male lead in The Offliners <堅離地對堅離地> and Finding Her Voice <牛下女高音>, though both dramas are still in post-production.
A familiar name, Mat Yeung has been in the industry since 1999, and was in the 13th graduating class with Raymond Lam (林峯) and Tavia Yeung (楊怡). Once considered to be a rising young star alongside his classmates, the 37-year-old’s personal life spiraled out of control, and he was put back in acting class, becoming the first TVB actor in history to take the class two times. After graduating from the 21st class of 2007, Mat found his new breakthrough role with 2011’s Be Home for Dinner <誰家灶頭無煙火>, earning his first nomination for TVB’s Most Improved Male Artiste. His popularity skyrocketed after starring in 2015’s Momentary Lapse of Reason <收規華> and in 2017, Mat won Most Improved Male Artiste for his performance in My Dearly Sinful Mind <心理追兇Mind Hunter>, 18 years after his debut. Mat will soon be seen leading the anniversary drama Fist Fight. His drama with Samantha Ko (高海寧), which was shot in 2017, has no confirmed air date.
Another rising star to TVB lead is Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), who was Mr. Hong Kong 2007. He had his first shot of popularity after his supporting appearance in 2012’s Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>, but it was really 2016’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄> that pushed him to leading status, with the role winning him Most Popular Male Character at the TVB Anniversary Awards. He has since appeared as male lead in various TVB dramas, such as Threesome <三個女人一個「因」> and Stealing Seconds <棟仁的時光>. Currently, Benjamin is starring in Another Era <再創世紀> alongside Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Frankie Lam (林文龍), and Pakho Chau (周柏豪). He is also the male lead in The Defected <鐵探>, a new TVB co-production with Penguin Pictures, starring alongside Kara Wai (衛英紅).
The singer-turned-actor had a controversial love life. As the former lover of Florinda Ho (何超雲), Joel dropped his promising acting career to date the casino heiress. When he returned to TVB, he started from the bottom again, and steadily worked his way back to the top.
Joel experienced a steady rise to stardom ever since joining TVB in 2000. Critically praised for his acting talent, Joel portrayed a myriad of different characters throughout his acting career. Though mainly known for playing the antagonist in many TVB dramas, Joel found his place in TVB again after starring in 2015’s The Executioner <刀下留人> alongside Maggie Shiu (邵美琪) and Kenny Wong (黃德斌). In 2017, Joel won Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Unholy Alliance <同盟>. Joel will soon be seen leading the TVB drama Golden Night Building <今宵大夏> with Selena Lee (李施嬅), and starring alongside Shaun Tam in The Killing from 18 Years Ago <十八年後的殺人告白>.
Like Joel, Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) came from a singing background. Hubert joined TVB after winning second place in The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2>, and became a prominent voice in TVB drama theme songs. In 2015, Hubert had his first shot of acting with Young Charioteers <衝線>. In 2017, he co-starred with Kenneth Ma in The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, and was well-received for his performance. He will lead the new drama Wife Interrupted <救妻同學會> alongside Moon Lau (劉佩玥).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.