Veteran HK actor Benz Hui is now a resident in Yishun

Veteran Hong Kong television actor Benz Hui (third from left, in white shirt) posing for a photo with Yishun GRC MP Lee Bee Wah (centre) in a Facebook post on 21 October, 2018. PHOTO: Facebook/Lee Bee Wah

He is a familiar face in classic Hong Kong television drama serials and movies. Now, veteran actor Benz Hui could become a familiar sighting around the Yishun neighbourhood.

Yishun GRC MP Lee Bee Wah put up a Facebook post on Sunday (21 October) with a photo of her among nine residents in her constituency. And among them was 69-year-old Hui, who has appeared in many supporting roles in Hong Kong TV serials in the 1980s, such as The Legend of the Condor Heroes, The Return of the Condor Heroes and The Duke of Mount Deer.

Lee wrote in her post, “Guess which Hong Kong TVB star will be our resident soon??”

She told The Straits Times that she was near Hui’s home near a private housing estate in her constituency when she met him. He and his family were very friendly during the meeting, she added.

The Facebook post garnered positive comments from netizens, with many recognising Hui from their favourite Hong Kong TV dramas.

Some are surprised by the fact that Hui has a home in Yishun. For example, Facebook user Ivan Loh wrote, “Wow! Is this for real?”

Hui, whose full name is Hui Shiu-hung, has had a long acting career which began in 1970. The name “Benz” was apparently given to him as he was the first actor at the now-defunct ATV channel to drive a Mercedes-Benz car to work.

He has featured in many notable supporting roles, and received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2000 for his role as an inspector in Running Out of Time, which starred Andy Lau and Lau Ching Wan.

He met his wife in Singapore while working here in the 1980s. The couple’s daughter was born in Singapore before the family moved back to Hong Kong.

In an interview last year with Shin Min Daily News, Hui said that he has homes in Hong Kong and Singapore, and his family frequently flies between both cities, visiting Singapore whenever they have the time.

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