Nicholas Tse was born as the son of actor Patrick Tse and Deborah Lai in 1980 in Hong Kong. His youth was spent in Vancouver, Canada, where he attended St. George 's School, and Phoenix in the U.S. state of Arizona. His educational career he finished off at an international school of his native town, which he visited almost a year.
Mid-1990s, he turned to the music and wrote in 1996 a long-term contract with Fitto Entertainment. A year later he sang on the invitation of Hong Kong-based radio station as a guest at the celebrations of Chinese music awards. Followed in 1997 with the platinum winning debut album "My Attitude", which reached third place in the Hong Kong IFPI charts, the breakthrough as a singer. Tours in Southeast Asia followed.
In 1998, Tse his first film job with the role of young Chan Ho -Nam in Young and Dangerous: The Prequel next to Sam Lee, Shu Qi and Daniel Wu. For his performance Nicholas Tse was honored at the 1999 Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Young Actor.
Nicholas Tse was married to actress Cecilia Cheung from 2006 to 2011. They have two sons.