Ronald Cheng

Ronald Cheng
Chinese name 鄭中基 (traditional)
Chinese name 郑中基 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhèng Zhōngjī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zeng6 zung1 gei1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Ronald Cheng Chung-kei
Born (1972-03-09) 9 March 1972
Hong Kong
Occupation Singer, record producer, musician and actor
Label(s) Gold Label (2003present)
Universal Music (19962000)
Years active 1995present
Spouse(s) Charlene Choi (2006-2010)
余思敏 (2011 - present)
Ancestry Hsinchu, Taiwan

Ronald Cheng Chung-kei is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actor.


Originally intending to work behind the scenes as a composer and record producer, Cheng did odd jobs at his father (Director of EMI Asia)’s company EMI— which included doing back-up vocals for the likes of Alan Tam and Priscilla Chan — during summers as a youth. The lessons were apparently effective, as producers started taking notice of Cheng’s voice and he was signed to a recording contract soon thereafter. Cheng first shot to popularity in Taiwan before returning home and enjoying some success in Hong Kong. However, his singing career went into a lull from 2000 to 2003 due to the infamous “air rage incident” and has only recently rebounded.

Cheng returned to the Cantopop market in 2003, however success for him did not arrive until 2005, where his signature song "無賴" (Rascal) was voted one of the Top 10 songs at various music award shows, notably TVB's Jade Solid Gold, where it was voted the most popular song of 2005.[1]

Cheng won his first Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Vulgaria (film) at the 32nd Hong Kong Film Award.[2]

Personal life

His father, Norman Cheng (鄭東漢), is the chairperson and CEO of EMI, and formerly of the Asia Pacific division of PolyGram and then Universal Music.

Ronald Cheng started his relationship with Charlene Choi, a popular Hong Kong female singer and actress, in 2004, after starring as lovers in the film Hidden Heroes. In 2010, while Choi announced ending the relationship with Cheng, the press revealed that they had registered their marriage in Los Angeles, United States in 2006.[3][4] Both Cheng and Choi recognized the marriage, but decided to divorce.[5] Later, he dated with Sammie Yu, a former hostess in Cable TV Hong Kong and Sammie Yu gave birth to a daughter. They married in July 2011.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation Siu Lan-fu voice only
2000 Twelve Nights Johnny
2001 Blue Moon Fai
Bullets of Love Ma
Dance of a Dream Yip Wai-shih
2002 Interactive Murders JASH / Lam Wan-san
My Wife Is 18 Bruce
Market's Romance Chicky Keung
2003 My Lucky Star Crab Duen / Guard Duen
Give Them a Chance Disco triad boss aka Give Me a Chance
Dragon Loaded 2003 Dragon
Golden Chicken 2 Mr. Chan
2004 Super Model Mandam Fung Yan-bing
Hidden Heroes Ho Yoiji
My Sweetie owner of Lo's office lift cameo
2005 Himalaya Singh Singh
Dragon Reloaded Dragon
2006 McDull, the Alumni marketing head / musical instruments sal
Undercover Hidden Dragon Fat Chai (Sunny Sun) / Wind To
Fatal Contact Captain Chan Shing
Mr. 3 Minutes Scott Chung
2007 It's a Wonderful Life Thunder God / Ray Ban also director and writer
Dancing Lion lion dancer
Mr. Cinema Zhou Chong
Ratatouille Remy (voice, HK version)
2008 La Lingerie Lucas
Legendary Assassin Uncle Zhi aka Wolf Fang
2009 All's Well, Ends Well 2009 Yu Bo
Kung Fu Cyborg Xiao Jiang aka Kungfu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 General Mak Bing-wing
Just Another Pandora's Box Qing Yise / Zhao Yun / Zhang Ziyi's transvestite
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Delivery Boy
Treasure Hunt
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012
Marry a Perfect Man
The Four
McDull - Pork of Music
Love Is... Pyjamas
2013 Hotel Deluxe
Princess and the Seven Kung Fu Masters
Special ID Captain Cheung
The Four II
2014 Hello Babies
Golden Chicken 3
Just Another Margin
The Truth About Beauty
The Four III
Sifu vs Vampire
The Seventh Lie
Grey Met Shrek
2015 Full Strike Ng Kau-cheung
Undercover Duet
2016 House of Wolves Fung Yan-ping
Secret Treasure[8] also director
Concerto of the Bully

TV series

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Sky is the Limit
2001 Colourful Life Ching Chi-yung
2002 Slim Chances So Bing-man
2003 Virtues of Harmony II Chiu Choi guest star


  1. "Jade Solid Gold 2005 Awards: Most Popular Song". TVB. Retrieved 2007-06-01.
  2. "32nd Hong Kong Film Awards 2013". HK Neo Reviews. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  3. Charlene-Ronald romance over
  4. Splitsville for Charlene Choi and Ronald Cheng
  5. Ronald-Charlene: It's actually a divorce
  6. 正宗K (Jing Jung K) is a pun of the Cantonese pronunciation of Cheng's name — Cheng Chung-Kei. It literally means "Genuine Karaoke" in Cantonese.
  7. Kevin Ma (16 July 2014). "Bona launches Secret Treasure". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
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