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Adam Chen
Born (1976-06-24) 24 June 1976 (age 47)
Other names Zhan Jinquan
  • The Chinese High School
  • Hwa Chong Junior College
Alma mater National University of Singapore
  • Actor
  • host
  • businessman
Years active 2001–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 詹金泉
Simplified Chinese 詹金泉
Hanyu Pinyin Zhān Jīnquán

Adam Chen (born 24 June 1976) is a Singaporean actor, host and businessman.

Early life

Chen was educated at The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College. Whilst a civil engineering student at the National University of Singapore he did some modelling and joined Route to Glamour, a talent show organised by SPH MediaWorks. He was offered a contract and joined MediaWorks after graduating.


Before going into acting, Chen worked as a model for numerous print and television commercials in Singapore.

In 2001, Chen participated in the Chinese talent competition, Route to Glamour, by SPH MediaWorks' Channel U. He was then signed by SPH Mediaworks to be an artiste for Channel U.

In 2003, Chen extended his contract with SPH Mediaworks for one year and then in 2004, extended for another three years.

He earned himself a role in the Singapore-Hong Kong co-produced TV series Yummy Yummy in 2005, before proceeding to work together with other famous actors such as Nicholas Tse, Dicky Cheung and Li Yapeng in TV series jointly produced by Singapore and other countries.

When SPH MediaWorks closed in 2005, he was transferred to MediaCorp, which SPH had merged with. Chen has also acted in English language TV dramas produced by MediaCorp Channel 5.


In 2002, Chen and his friends set up a merchandising company.

In 2009, Chen opened two Japanese burger restaurants, R Burger, in the town area. The chain closed in 2013. He also owns Three Kings Kitchen, a duck and chicken rice stall with three outlets.

In 2013, Chen and his friends spent $500,000 to open Park Cafe at Holland Village, Singapore. Chen also has a yakitori restaurant, Birders, and a donburi restaurant, Ebisu Bowls. All three food outlets have since shuttered. He later opened a Japanese izakaya, Ikki Izakaya, at Metropolis of Star Vista, One-north.

He is also the owner of bar chain, Five, which has four outlets and also a bistro, Golden, located in arthouse cinema, The Projector, at Golden Mile Tower.

In 2023, Chen opened a rooftop café, Sunset on 11 (abbreviated as Soll), at the 11th-floor of Louis Kienne Serviced Residences at Havelock Road.

Beside the food and beverage business, Chen also owns Japanese watch boutique, Maker’s Watch Knot, in Tiong Bahru.

Personal life

Chen grew up in the Havelock Road neighbourhood and currently still resides in the area.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 18 Grams of Love

Television series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Making Headlines
2002 Cash Is King Qi Guanghui
Wonderful Life – Fantasy
Wonderful Life – Pass It Forward
Feel 100%
2003 Back to Basics
2004 Project J
100% Feel
OK, No Problem
Be Somebody
2005 Green Pals Wen Huasheng
Yummy Yummy – Food for Life Rambo
Lifeline Pang Choon Kiat
2006 The Shining Star Ah B
Yours Always Zeng Letian
Life Story
An Enchanted Life Xiao Fei
House of Joy
The Proud Twins Murong Zhong
The Royal Swordsmen Lin Xiaoquan
2007 Let It Shine Lin Haifeng
Lifeline 2 Pang Choon Kiat
The Heroic Swordsman
Metamorphosis Ke Mingde
Maggie and Me 2
2008 Just in Singapore Ma Zhigang
Love Blossoms Guo Zipeng
Love Blossoms II
2009 Welcome Home, My Love Ken
Your Hand In Mine Roland
Daddy at Home Chen Jinfeng
2010 Happy Family Zhen Yingxian
The Score David Zhang
Breakout Alex
2011 C.L.I.F. Lim Boon Loong
Bountiful Blessings Morning
2012 Rescue 995 Bryan
Unriddle 2 Wu Zhiyun
The Enchanted Yongsheng
Poetic Justice Benny
2013 The Enchanted Hu Yong Cheng
Gonna Make It! Ice
2015 Tanglin Adam Tong
2019 Hello From The Other Side - Its Time (阴错阳差 — 时辰到) Wu Guohui
2020 A Jungle Survivor (森林生存记) Eddie
2021 The Peculiar Pawnbroker (人心鉴定师) Coby
2022 Healing Heroes (医生不是神) Huang Qinsheng
2023 Oppa, Saranghae! Lawrence
Cash on Delivery Juncong's father
The Sky is Still Blue Jack

Variety shows

Year Title Notes Ref.
2001 Route To Glamour (新卧虎藏龙) Contestant
2003 Live Unlimited (综艺无界线)
2004 Mission Possible (地球无界限)
2005 Planet Shakers (自游疯)
Man O Man (男人帮)
2006 On the Beat! (都是新发现)
Mighty Race at Frasers Centrepoint Malls
2008 U Are The One (唯我独尊)
Icons on Wheels
2010 Taiwan – My Taste Paradise (食分不一样)
Let's Party With Food (食福满人间) Guest appearance

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2006 Star Awards Best Supporting Actor The Shining Star (as Ah B) Nominated
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