Feature: Ma Tian Yu

Someone kept requesting a feature on Ma Tian Yu. I have tried my best, but since I don’t follow him as closely and I have never seen his work, I don’t have as many tidbits as I would like.

Ma Tian Yu (马天宇) was born on July 12th, 1986 in Dezhou City, China. He is an actor and singer, who graduated from Beijing Film Academy. He made his debut in 2006 during the My Hero competition. He was the regional champion for Wuhan and came in sixth place on the final competition. He won Most Popular contestant during the competition. This is the same competition in which Li Yi Feng won Most Popular contestant the following year. 

He made his acting debut in the film Evening of Roses. From what I have seen online, he is regarded as a good actor and he is quite popular. I was shocked to learn that he is also a singer and that he has been acting for a long time. For some reason I thought he was a very young actor. I will only mention his most relevant acting roles.

Relevant TV Roles: 

  • The Vigilantes in Mask (2010)

  • Scarlet Heart; cameo (2011)
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky (2012)

  • Sword of Legends (2014)

  • Singing all Along (2016)

  • Ice Fantasy (2016)

Relevant Movie Roles:

  • Evening of Roses (2009)
  • Love without Distance (2015)

  • Surprise (2015)

  • The Founding of an Army (2017)

Upcoming Works:

  • Liang Sheng, Can We Not Be Sad with Wallace Chung

  • Secret of the Three Kingdoms

  • Cry Me a Sad River with Zheng Shuang

He has participated in some variety shows like Let Go of My Baby.


Ma TianYu is considered very polite and private.

He has worked with Zheng Shuang in three dramas and they are considered to be really good friends. There has been some rumors about them being more than friends, but they both have denied it.


He recently graduated in August of this year.

And his nephew was born in September of this year.

I hope this was a decent introduction to Ma Tian Yu. If you have additional information please leave it in the comments.


33 thoughts on “Feature: Ma Tian Yu

  1. He graduated in August in the drama “Cry Me A Sad River”, not graduated in August in real life. In real life, he acted from the Beijing Movie Institution in 2010, probably. He apply to the school after he complete his competition. Rather than signing a contract with the TV station which staged the competition, he decided to go for his studies to learn and strengthen his basics to allow him to go far.

    One more popular drama he acted in is “Young sherlock Holmes” along with Bosco Wong in 2014/2015. He sang the ending song in this drama called “withering flowers”, a real touching song.

    His sentimental songs are a pleasure to listen to.

    And of course he recently acted in the movie “A Better Tomorrow 2018” which is shown in the States and also going to be shown in Europe in some of the Asian film festival.

    And he has a few other dramas such as Beauty Private Kitchen and Romantic Kitchen, the former he acted with Zheng Shuang and in the latter, he acted as a chef.


  2. Thank you for making this post. I feel it is too short facts on him. Probably many facts are unbeknownst. Can someone post more anything on him?


  3. I’ve read novel version and by that i can say for yingkong shi, tianyu is the ri8 choice and he act beautifully and made bookish character live.


  4. For those wanting to know more about Tianyu, I am no expert, but I was pretty obsessed with him a year ago because of his amazing performance in Ice Fantasy. Here’s what I know… his childhood was very rough. I don’t know how his parents got past China’s 1-child law, but they did. His dad was an alcoholic. When Tianyu was 5 years old, he woke up next to his mother who had died in her sleep. Unable to handle this situation, his dad took off, leaving the children’s grandparents to raise the kids. This is why Tianyu is such a hard worker and a grateful person. He spent his youth helping his grandparents with their farm and would go to Beijing to sell their goods. When he was 20, he was encouraged by friends and family to try out for a music show. He came in 6th place, but everyone was so impressed with him, he was enrolled in acting school (I don’t know who paid for it), and the rest is history! Somehow that hard childhood never tainted his good looks or his humble personality! He and his sisters recently reconciled with their dad. Tianyu forgave him for everything. He has a heart of gold! I have no idea why such a prize is still single. His future wife will be treated like a queen, no doubt!


    1. aww, he is such an amazing and great person. I agree he is a splendid and outstanding performer. Really words can’t describe him and his role in ice fantasy is such that I think no other actor apart from him could do justice for such a role. He proved himself as the best and showed no one is better than him for playing multiple remarkable roles. He is so dedicated and talented person. Sad to know that he had troubled childhood. can you tell more about him in details? I’m curious to know now.


      1. Sorry, that’s really all I know. I learned everything about him online. There are so many videos about him on YouTube, not just his music or clips from his TV shows and movies, but things about his personality and lifestyle. He truly is an amazing person!


        1. I too agree. He won millions hearts with his stupendous acting. He is too perfect and be worthy of success. May his life filled with happiness.


    2. OMG, I never thought TY gone through such bad state of life. Too bad happened with him but he never gave up. So strong and courageous man. He really deserves what he has now. He worked too hard & overcome his difficulties. Truly, he is a person of gem. I’m now glad that he got back his family. But what’s that you talking about? @(i don’t know how his parents got past China’s 1-child law, but they did.)


  5. Ray is particularly skilled at playing multiple roles in one show and known for displaying a deftness in portraying a wide range of characters. Recent example is 2016 guo jingming fantasy drama ice fantasy where he played flawlessly four different characters of ying kong shi, li tian jin, yun fei and sword fairy. He has published two books also. Many don’t know but he is also active in charity work and organises yearly donation drives to rural villages in china.

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  6. He is 31 years old but he is blessed with such good health and good genes, he can easily pass for an 18 year old! Maybe that’s why you thought he was a younger actor. He is so versatile and multi-talented, he can play almost any part flawlessly! He ranks as one of my top Chinese actors for this reason.


        1. He has dated other celebrities in the past, some of them older women, such as his “Ice Fantasy” co-star Alina Zhang. He’s also been rumored to have a thing going with Zheng Shuang, a younger actress who has filmed many dramas with him. However, they both have denied a relationship other than being good friends.


    1. omg you are right, I just googled Ma Yian Yu and the TV drama to add each picture, so I didn’t look too closely. I will change it.


    1. I don’t know. I didn’t even know he had more than one sister. I pretty much added everything I know about him into the feature, I don’t really know much but it was a request. ^^


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