Gurmit Singh

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Gurmit Singh
Born Gurmit Ottawan Singh
(1965-03-24) 24 March 1965 (age 53)
Nationality Singaporean
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Host
Years active 1994 - present
Notable work Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd
Phua Chu Kang Sdn Bhd
Spouse(s) Melissa Wong
Children 3
Awards Star Awards 2002 - Star Awards 2003 : Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes
Star Awards 2006 - Star Awards 2008 : Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes

Gurmit Ottawan Singh (born 24 March 1965; Punjabi: ਗੁਰਮੀਤ ਓਤ੍ਤਵਨ ਸਿੰਘ; Chinese: 葛米星; pinyin: Gémǐ Xīng), better known as Gurmit Singh, is a Singaporean former actor, host and comedy performer. He was prominently a full-time Mediacorp artiste from 1994 to 2014. A former artiste of Mediacorp, he is best known for his role in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, for which he won the Asian Television Awards prize for Best Performance by an Actor (Comedy) five times, from 1998 to 2001 and in 2003.[1] From 2004 to 2005, he won the Highly Commended prize.[2]


Born to a Punjabi Indian father Chainchal Singh and a ChineseJapanese mother,[3] Gurmit was brought up as a Sikh, but converted to Christianity in 1985.[4] Gurmit Singh studied in Outram Secondary School during his secondary school years.

Gurmit is married to Melissa, a Cantonese Chinese, he has three children, Gabrielle (Gabbi Wenyi Ayane Virk, born 1997), Elliot (born 2000) and Mikaela (born 2013).[5] Gurmit is an alumnus of National Police Cadet Corps, Singapore[6] and held the rank of Cadet Inspector.


Making his debut in the variety show Live on 5 in 1994, he then became the host and lead actor of sitcom Gurmit's World, the second season of Gurmit's World, in which Gurmit portrayed his 'relatives' in a series of skits (unlike the first season where he played a wide assortment of mostly non-recurring characters), featured the first appearance of a character named Phua Chu Kang. The Singlish-based spin-off sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd in 1997 made Gurmit a popular icon in the recent years, not only in Singapore, but also in neighbouring countries (especially culturally similar Malaysia), this factor led him to be the host of Singapore Idol. In 2003, Gurmit also won the Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes at the Star Awards.[7]

In 2013, Gurmit was nominated for the Best Actor prize at the 1st Golden Wau Awards, aimed at promoting Chinese-language Malaysian films, for his role in Phua Chu Kang The Movie (2010).[8]

In October 2014, the Madame Tussauds Singapore museum unveiled a wax figure of Gurmit as Phua Chu Kang.[9]

In November 2014, Gurmit aindustry due to he would leave the entertainment industry the end of his full-time television career at Mediacorp after exactly 20 years. Gurmit shared that he planned to spend more time with his family and would take on artiste engagements on a more selective basis.[10]



Year Name of Film Role
2000 Fire-Eater TBA
2001 One Leg Kicking Tai Po
2005 We Are Family Phua Chu Kang (guest appearance)
2007 Just Follow Law Lim Teng Zui
Sumolah Akira
2010 Phua Chu Kang The Movie Phua Chu Kang
2011 It's a Great, Great World Security Guard
2012 The Million Dollar Job Alvin
2013 Taxi! Taxi! Professor Chua See Kiat
Everybody's Business John Lu
The Million Dollar Job 2: Raffles' Gold Alvin
2016 Young & Fabulous Mr Boo


Year Name of Show Role
1997–2007 Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd Phua Chu Kang
1997 Can I Help You Sam Perreira
1998 Shiver Father
2001 The Hotel Phua Chu Kang (guest appearance)
2002 The Amazing Race 3 Phua Chu Kang (guest appearance)
2003 Living with Lydia Season 3 Phua Chu Kang (guest appearance)
My Sister Harmie Rani Kaur's brother
Brothers 4 Tony Chung
2004 Living with Lydia Season 4 Himself (guest appearance)
2005–2008 Lifeline CPT Daniel De Souza
2006 ABC DJ Phua Chu Kang (guest appearance)
2007 80's Rewind Larry Goh
2008–2009 Calefare Andy Lau Hong
2008–2009 Cosmo and George Cosmo
2009–2010 Phua Chu Kang Sdn Bhd Phua Chu Kang


Year Name of Show Role Notes
1994 Live on Five Host
Gurmit's World Host and lead actor
1995 Family Fun Show
Toa Payoh Roadshow
TCS 1st Anniversary
1996 'Gotcha! Host
Courtesy Show 1996–1997
TCS 2nd Anniversary
Singapore National Day Parade Host 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
1997 A National Day Special Host
Anti-Smoking Show
Terry Fox Run
A Nation Connects
Anti-Drug Show 1997–1999
Disney Fest
1998 Tonight With Gurmit Host 1998–2000
Courtesy Campaign 20th Anniversary
Asian Television Awards Show
SingTel Hello Concert
High on Life
Swing Singapore Party
President Star's Charity 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006
1999 MediaCorp All Star Charity
Millennium Swing
2001 2MM
National Crime Prevention Show
2002 Miss Singapore/Universe 2002
The Amazing Race 3 Phua Chu Kang Guest appearance
Health Matters
2003 Gurmit's Small Talk
2004, 2006, 2009 Singapore Idol Host
2005 Our Makan Places: Lost & Found Host 2005–present
A Blessed Christmas Phua Chu Kang
Sky Symphony Countdown 2006 Host
2006 Coffee Talk & Hawker Woks Season 3 Guest appearance
Countdown 2007 at VivoCity Host
2007 Countdown 2008 at VivoCity Host
2008 Don't Forget the Lyrics! (Singapore) (English version) Host
Countdown 2009 at Marina Bay Host
2009 New City Beat 城人新杂志 Co-hosted with Bryan Wong, Kym Ng and Adrian Pang
2016 Don't Forget to Remember Host


Year Name of Show Role
1998 Beauty World: The Musical TBA
2000 My Lonely Tarts TBA
2005 Phua Chu Kang - The Musical Phua Chu Kang


Year Award Result
2002 Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes Top 10
2003 Top 10
2004 Top 20
2005 Top 10
2006 Top 10
2007 Top 10
2008 Top 20
2009 Top 20
2010 Top 20
2011 Top 20
2013 Top 20



  • Sing Singapore 2002 : One (We Are One) (2002) duet with Tay Ping Hui
  • One Leg Kicking Original Soundtrack: 'Calling': "Into The House" (2001)
  • "Moments" Gurmit's debut album (2015)
  • Gurmit Goes Local (1995) comedy album


  • A Happy Journey Starts Like That! (2009)
  • The PCK Sar-vivor Rap (2003)
  • Love, No Boundaries: "Into the House" (2001) [album single]


  1. ^ Fong, Kai (March 19, 2012). "I'm not the funnyman people think I am: Gurmit Singh". Yahoo. Yahoo Singapore. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Winners - Asian Television Awards". Asian Television Awards. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Mak Mun San (5 September 2006). "The real Gurmit Singh". The Star. Malaysia. 
  4. ^ "A peak into Singapore's sitcom hero and Malaysia's too". Korean Press. 23 April 2010. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gurmit Singh's family enjoys new member". AsiaOne. August 16, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "campsite of npcc alumni: Gurmit Singh". NPCC Alumni. Singapore: National Police Cadet Corps Alumni Association. 24 January 2007. 
  7. ^ Fong, Kai (March 19, 2012). "I'm not the funnyman people think I am: Gurmit Singh". Yahoo. Yahoo Singapore. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Ma, Kevin. "Golden Wau nominations favour Aniu, Chiu, Teh". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 1 June 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Singh, Bryna (26 October 2014). "Readers vote: Which Madame Tussauds Singapore wax figure looks most like the real McCoy?". Singapore Press Holdings, the Straits Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Seah, May (28 November 2014). "Gurmit quits his day job". MediaCorp. TODAY. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 

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