8. Vincent Ng, 40, founder of martial arts school Wufang Singapore
Vincent Ng best known for playing Monkey King Sun Wukong in period drama Legend Of The Eight Immortals (left). Images: Shin Min, Chew Seng Kim
Best known for: Playing Monkey King Sun Wukong in period drama Legend Of The Eight Immortals (1998) and cop Ricky Soh in the crime-busting Channel 5 series Heartlanders (2002- 2005)
Martial arts champion Vincent Ng is learning new moves these days – on a yoga mat. He has been perfecting his poses in a 200-hour yoga teacher’s course over the past month or so.
But do not count on signing up for classes with this ripped bachelor. The wushu coach is not planning on a career switch. The yoga lessons are part of his journey of self-discovery as he hits 40 this year. He is contemplating penning another fitness book, picking up cooking and making an action movie.
When he started Martial Arts School Wufang Singapore in 2004, it had about 200 students. Now it has more than 1,000.
Classes are held at the Civil Service Club in Balestier and at community centres.
He has five Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes trophies from the Star Awards – all of which are on display at his sleek bachelor pad in Sentosa Cove.
Despite leaving MediaCorp after his contract ended in 2007, his healthy sportsman image still gets him endorsement deals. He can be seen downing a bottle of chrysanthemum tea in a new Yeo’s drink advertisement.
No wonder that passers-by on the streets of Singapore, Malaysia and China still recognise him.