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James Lye

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Chinese name  賴興祥 (traditional)
Occupation  Actor
Ancestry  Hakka
Spouse  Diana Ser (m. 2004)
Birth name  Lai Hing Cheung
Role  Television actor
Chinese name  赖兴祥 (simplified)
Name  James Lye

James Lye wearing a yellow shirt and hugging Wong Li Lin

Pinyin  Lai Xingxiang (Mandarin)
Born  17 June 1969 (age 54) Singapore (1969-06-17)
Movies  2000 AD, When I Fall in Love... with Both, The Truth About Jane and Sam
Children  Jake Lye, Christy Lye, Jaymee Lye
Similar People  Diana Ser, Wong Li‑Lin, Samson Chiu, Gordon Chan, Derek Yee

Education  Arizona State University

Years active   1995-present

Nationality  Singaporean

James Lye - I Will Always Be Here For You music video

James Lye (Chinese: 赖兴祥; pinyin: Lài Xìngxiáng, born 17 June 1969), born Lai Hing Cheung, is a former MediaCorp Singaporean television and Raintree Pictures movie actor. Lye first entered the entertainment industry during the 1990s with the former Television Corporation of Singapore and has starred in both English and Chinese shows. He left the industry after a brief acting career and is currently working as a Cluster Head with Citibank in Singapore.


James Lye and Wong Li Lin wearing a formal attire

Triple Nine - Surf for a Kill trailer

Personal life

James Lye and Diana Ser during their Wedding

On 27 June 2004, Lye married former Channel NewsAsia presenter Diana Ser after a nine-year courtship. The couple have a son, Jake, and two daughters, Christy and Jaymee.


James Lye as Inspector Mike Chin at Triple Nine (TV series)

Lye was educated at an Anglo-Chinese School and an Anglo-Chinese Junior College and studied at Arizona State University in the United States where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

TV Filmography

In the mid to late 1990s, James Lye found success in the Singaporean TV industry. His breakout role was as Inspector Mike Chin in the police procedural drama, Triple Nine, which aired from 1995 to 1999. James Lye’s character, Mike Chin, featured prominently in the show as one of the main characters, although he was absent for the entirety of the third season due to story reasons. Lye’s performance on Triple Nine won him his first award at the 4th Star Awards Ceremony, where he was voted Most Popular Newcomer.

In 1997, James Lye starred in the Singaporean television drama, Price of Peace, which was set in World War II-era Singapore. The series was based on a book of the same title, published in 1995. James Lye starred alongside other experienced TV drama actors Xiang Yun, Chen Shucheng, Rayson Tan, Jacintha Abisheganaden, Christopher Lee, Ivy Lee, Carole Lin, and Lina Ng.

James Lye also starred in VR Man in 1998, as the titular VR Man, Alex Foo. Though the show was critically panned, Lye’s performance, in combination with the campy dialogue of the script, has propelled VR Man to cult classic status in Singapore. James Lye’s performance in the show was so iconic that the Singaporean comedy sketch show, The Noose, parodied VR Man in 2007.

James Lye starred in two more TV dramas: Season of Love in 1998, and The Millennium Bug in 1999. After his role as Liu Xing Yu in The Millenium Bug, Lye starred in a few movies but left the showbiz industry for good in 2000.


A magazine poster featuring James Lye

  • TCS Star Awards Best Newcomer (1997)
  • 2 times TCS Star Awards Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes (1997 & 1999)
  • Scene of James Lye in his music video "I Will Always Be Here For You"

    Banking Career

    After leaving his acting career in 2000, James Lye started a career in banking. Little is known about his banking career, though he was able to consistently work in the industry since 2000. He eventually became the Head of Markets for Citibank International Personal Bank Singapore.

    Starting November 1, 2022, James Lye has taken a new position at Standard Chartered Bank as the Global Head of International Banking.


    2000 When I Fall in Love... with Both
    Chi Sing / Zixing (Chinese pinyin transliteration)
    2000 2000 AD
    Eric Ong
    1999 The Millennium Bug (TV Series)
    Liu Xing Yu
    1999 The Truth About Jane and Sam
    The man in the pet shop
    1997 The Price of Peace (TV Series)
    Dida Cheng
    Archive footage
    2007 The Noose (TV Series)
    VR Man
    - Episode #1.3 (2007)
    1999 The Millennium Bug (TV Series) (performer: "Long Long Ago")


    James Lye Wikipedia