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Aarif Rahman

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Chinese name  李治廷
Role  Actor
Pinyin  Li Zhiting (Mandarin)
Height  1.75 m
Other name(s)  Aarif Lee
Upcoming movie  Kung Fu Yoga
Name  Aarif Rahman

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Jyutping  Lei5 Zi6-ting4 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity  10/16 Chinese, 3/16 Arab, 3/16 Malay
Born  26 February 1987 (age 28) Hong Kong (1987-02-26)
Occupation  Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer, Model
Education  Imperial College London (2008)
Awards  Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer, Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Film Song
Movies  One Night Surprise, Cold War, Bruce Lee - My Brother, Echoes of the Rainbow, Tales of Mystery
Similar People  Fan Bingbing, Janine Chang, Li Chen, Ma Tianyu, Alex Law

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Aarif Rahman (born 26 February 1987), also known as Aarif Lee Chi-ting, is a Hong Kong actor and singer-songwriter.


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Early life

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Born in Hong Kong, Aarif Rahman is of mixed Arab, Malay and Chinese descent. He grew up in Hong Kong and attended King George V School, where he discovered his penchant for music and started playing drums, guitar and the piano; as well as dabbling into song-writing. He was invited to a private jam session where he met Leon Lai, who encouraged him to pursue his musical interest.

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After graduating with a physics degree from the Imperial College London, Aarif signed with East Asia Record Production company.


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Aarif first gained the interest of the Hong Kong music scene when he was exposed as the writer who penned all the lyrics in Janice Vidal's 2009 English album Morning. Following which in 2009, he released his debut album Starting from Today, which won him the Best Newcomer award at the Metro Radio Music Awards.

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Aarif then made his film debut in the movie Echoes of the Rainbow (2010), which won him the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer and Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for Best New Actor of the Year – Silver Award. The theme song which he sung also won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Original Song. He then starred as Bruce Lee in the dramatic biopic film Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010) and as a police investigator in the crime thriller Cold War (2012).

In 2013, Aarif starred in the Mainland romantic comedy One Night Surprise alongside Fan Bingbing. The low-budget film unexpectedly became a commercial success, and received positive reviews. Aarif won the Best New Actor award at the 1st China International Film Festival London and Outstanding Performance award at the Chinese Film Media Awards for his performance. Aarif shortly reunited with Fan in the historical drama The Empress of China, where he played the role of Li Zhi. The 82-episode TV series was broadcast on Hunan Television from 21 December 2014 to 5 February 2015, and earned increased recognition for Aarif in the Mainland region. He won the Best Actor in the Ancient Drama category at the Huading Awards for his performance.


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