Steve Ma Jingtao (Chinese: 馬景濤; born 14 February 1962) is a Taiwanese actor best known for acting in many Taiwanese, mainland Chinese and Singaporean television series since the early 1990s. Most of the more notable television series he acted in are of the wuxia and historical drama genres. Some of his notable roles in television series include: Zhang Wuji in The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (1994); Lü Dongbin in Legend of the Eight Immortals (1999); Linghu Chong in The Legendary Swordsman (2000); Dorgon in Xiaozhuang Mishi (2002); Nurhaci in Taizu Mishi (2005); King Zhou of Shang in The Legend and the Hero (2007).
|Alma mater||National Taichung Second Senior High School|
Taipei World News Vocational School
Ma was born and raised in Taichung County, Taiwan, as the second of four children in his family. His ancestral home is in Suizhong County, Liaoning, China. He attended National Taichung Second Senior High School and graduated from Taipei World News Vocational School's Department of Radio and Television with a certificate in journalism.
Ma started his acting career by appearing in minor roles in Taiwanese television series such as The Former Husband, The Morning Fog and Guilty, before making his film debut in Spring Swallow in 1989. In the same year, he was nominated for the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor for portraying Zhang Changgui in Spring Come Again After Leave. He was nominated for the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor again in 1990 for his role as Luo Zhigang in Xue Ke.
In 1994, Ma starred as Zhang Wuji alongside Hong Kong actresses Kathy Chow and Cecilia Yip in the Taiwanese wuxia television series The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, an adaptation of the wuxia novel of the same title by Louis Cha. In 1998, he portrayed Lü Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals in Chinese mythology, in the Singaporean television series Legend of the Eight Immortals. In 2000, he starred as Linghu Chong in the Singaporean television series The Legendary Swordsman, an adaptation of the wuxia novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer by Louis Cha.
Ma became more prominent in television after portraying the Qing dynasty regent Dorgon in the 2002 Chinese historical television series Xiaozhuang Mishi, which reached the top position in viewership when it was aired in mainland China and Taiwan. In 2003, he portrayed the Qing dynasty prince Yunreng in Huang Taizi Mishi. He starred as Nurhaci, the founder of the Qing dynasty, in the 2005 Chinese television series Taizu Mishi.
In 2007, Ma starred as the antagonist King Zhou of Shang in The Legend and the Hero, a 2007 Chinese television series adapted from the 16th century Chinese mythological fantasy novel Fengshen Yanyi. In 2012, he appeared as King Fuchai of Wu in the Chinese historical television series The Legend of Xishi.
Ma was twice married. His first marriage was to Tang Yun (唐韻) and they have a daughter, Ma Shiyuan (馬世媛; born 1991). After divorcing Tang in 1993, he married Chinese actress Wu Jia'ni (吳佳妮) in 2007; the couple divorced in 2017. They have two children, Ma Shitian (馬世天) and Ma Shixin (馬世心).
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|1990||Honor Thy Father||感恩岁月|
|1991||When Dreams Come True||明月几时圆|
|2012||Lu Junyi||玉麒麟卢俊义||Lu Junyi|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|1985||The Morning Fog||晓雾|
|The Former Husband||前夫|
|1989||Spring Come Again After Leave||春去春又回||Zhang Changgui|
|1990||Xue Ke||雪珂||Luo Zhigang|
|没有合约的爱情||Wei Changfeng/ Wei Changlin|
|刺客列传||Crown Prince Dan|
|Green Green Grass By The River||青青河边草||He Shiwei|
|1994||The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber||倚天屠龙记||Zhang Cuishan/ Zhang Wuji|
|1995||Huang Feihong and Shi Sanyi||黄飞鸿与十三姨||Qi Tianci|
|今生今世||Ye Yilong/ Liu Hanxing|
|1996||The New Longmen Roadhouse||新龙门客栈||Zhou Huai'an|
|The Good Old Days||再见艳阳天||Fong Ho Sang/ Chen Kang|
|1997||Love Is Payable||侬本多情||Bai Lang|
|Fated Love||天长地久||Fu Sounam|
|1998||Legend of the Eight Immortals||东游记||Lü Dongbin|
|1999||The Legendary Swordsman||笑傲江湖||Linghu Chong|
|移山倒海樊梨花||Xue Dingshan/Xiang Yu|
|The Legendary Siblings||绝世双骄||Ba Dao||guest|
|2003||Huang Taizi Mishi||皇太子秘史||Yunreng|
|Love in a Miracle||爱在有情天||Sum Yau Yin / Suen Yau Yin|
|The Jade King||翡翠王||Tang Yuren|
|The Legend and the Hero||封神榜封神榜||King Zhou of Shang|
|2011||The Legend of Xishi||西施秘史||King Fuchai of Wu|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|1992||Death of a Salesman||推销员之死||Buf|
|2008||Like Shadows||如影随行||Da Qiao|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1989||Spring Come Again After Leave||Golden Bell Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|1990||Xue Ke||Golden Bell Award for Best Actor||Nominated|
|2005||Drama Festival - Favorite Actor||Won|
|2012||Anhui Television - Asian Idol Award||Won|
- "Amy Chan Sau Man and Steve Ma Jing Tao recently has promoted their ATV series".
- "Top 10 Most Popular TV Series of Qiong Yao". 2013-05-01.
- 解读《皇太子秘史》五大主演换汤不换药. sina (in Chinese). Retrieved 28 June 2004.
- 组图：《太祖秘史》剧照曝光马景涛出演激情戏. sina (in Chinese). 1 October 2005.
- "Steve Ma shares photos of his children online". MSN. 2014-06-01. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
- 马景涛、吴佳尼和他们的两个天使(图). sina (in Chinese). 2009-07-25.
- 马景涛家有妻儿万事足：现在是我最幸福的时候. Tencent (in Chinese). 5 December 2009.