|This article is about the Taiwanese actor. For other uses, see Ken.|
Zhu Xiao Tian (Chinese: 朱孝天; pinyin: Zhū Xiàotiān, born January 15, 1979 in Nanjing, Taiwan), also known as Ken Chu, is a Taiwanese actor, singer and composer. He is best known for appearing in Meteor Garden (2001). Chu is also a former member of F4, which he formed with his Meteor Garden castmates.
Chu was born on January 15, 1979 in Nanjing, Taiwan. He was raised by his guardian in Singapore for eight years. Chu attended Bukit Merah Primary School and Boon Lay Secondary School, while living in Singapore.
In 2000, Chu had his television debut in Spicy Teacher, co-starring Jerry Yan and Blue Lan. He starred in Meteor Garden with Yan in 2001. Chu was discovered by the series producer Angie Chai, while working as a waiter in Taiwan. After Meteor Garden's success, Chu, Yan, Vic Chou, and Vanness Wu formed F4, named after their group on the show. Chu reprised his role in the sequels, Meteor Rain (2001) and Meteor Garden II (2002). Also in 2001, he starred in Marmalade Boy and Poor Prince. Chu appeared with his F4 bandmates in CTV's Come to My Place in 2002.
Chu starred in his first film, Sky of Love, with Gigi Leung in 2003. The same year, he starred alongside Chou, Beatrice Hsu, and Vivian Hsu in Love Storm. In 2004, Chu reunited with Rainie Yang and Michelle Saram in City of Sky. The following year, he released his first solo album, On Ken's Time. Chu went on to appear in the period film, The Tokyo Trial, in 2006. He starred as the title character in 2007's The Legend of Chu Liuxiang. Later that year, he appeared in the Filipino film, Batanes. Chu starred in Wish to See You Again with Chou and Wu in 2008.
In 2009, he had a cameo in the film L-O-V-E and appeared as the older brother of Cyndi Wang's character in Momo Love. He starred in Remember, About Us opposite Michelle Chen in 2011. Chu appeared in the wuxia fantasy Hero in 2013. In recent years, Chu has appeared mainly in Chinese productions, including The Story of Youth (2014), The Dream Come True (2015), The Times We Had, and Gorgeous Workers (both 2017). He is currently set to co-star in Xiang Xin Ai (相信爱).
Chu started dating Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin in 2005, after filming The Tokyo Trial together. The couple dated for five years, breaking up in 2010. In February 2015, Chu announced that he was in a relationship on Sina Weibo. He and actress Vivien Han (韓雯雯 Hán Wénwén) registered their marriage on April 12, 2016. They held a wedding ceremony on September 3, 2016 in Bali. Chu's former bandmates Yan and Wu attended the ceremony.
In late 2017, Chu revealed to the public that he suffers from fibromyalgia. He made the announcement after the media made fun of his weight gain, which was a side effect from his medication. Chu has also expressed reluctance at having children due to his condition possibly being passed on.
|2000||Spicy Teacher||Chen Jia Bao|
|2001||Meteor Garden||Xi Men|
|Meteor Rain||Xi Men|
|Sunflower||Zhou Xiao Long|
|Marmalade Boy||Song Pu Yu|
|Poor Prince||He Fu|
|2002||Come to My Place||Guan Tian Jian|
|Meteor Garden II||Xi Men|
|2003||Hi Working Girl||Himself||Cameo|
|Love Storm||Wan Bao Long|
|2004||City of Sky||Lu Bin Fei|
|2007||The Legend of Chu Liuxiang||Chu Liuxiang|
|2008||Wish to See You Again||Ding Yu Hao|
|2009||Momo Love||Chen Qi|
|2010||And the Taste of Happiness||Meng Qiang|
|2011||Remember, About Us||Luo Jia Jun|
|2013||Meiyou Chengnuo De Ai||Han Jia Qi|
|2014||The Story of Youth||Cai Ming Zhen|
|2015||The Dream Come True||Lin Chong|
|2017||Gorgeous Workers||Zhong Ping|
|The Times We Had||Chun Yu Qiu|
|TBA||Xiang Xin Ai||Han Min|
|2003||Sky of Love||Wen Jia Hui|
|2006||The Tokyo Trial||Hsiao Nan|
|2018||Blue Goldfish||Yu Lin Feng|
- Chu and his F4 bandmates are close friends. The four of them are all very busy, but they try to meet every once in a while.
- In September 2018, Chu appeared on a talk show with Barbie Hsu, in which she revealed that she had attempted to set him up with her sister when they were younger. Chu was shocked since he had not realized her intentions at the time.
- Chu and Jerry Yan appeared on the variety show Trump Show (王牌對王牌) in April 2019 with Meteor Garden (2018) stars Shen Yue and Darren Chen.
- F4 had an "unconventional" reunion on Jiangsu TV in October 2020. Chu, Jerry Yan, and Vic Chou were prerecorded and projected onto the stage, likely due to COVID-19 restrictions. Vanness Wu was the only one who was there live.