Gurmit Ottawan Singh, born the 24th of March, 1965, is a popular Singaporean actor, host and comedy performer. He is best known for his role in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd, and is one of the leading artistes in MediaCorp.
Born to a Malaysian Punjabi father, Chainchal Singh, and a Chinese-Japanese mother, Gurmit was brought up a Sikh, but converted to Christianity in 1985. Gurmit Singh studied in Outram Secondary School during his secondary school years. He is married to Melissa, a Cantonese Chinese. He has a fifteen-year-old daughter, Gabrielle (Gabbi Wenyi Ayane Virk); and a seven-year-old son, Elliot. His son has enrolled into SST in 2013. Gurmit is an alumnus of the National Police Cadet Corps, Singapore and held the rank of Cadet Inspector. He drives a Grigio Telesto Lamborghini Gallardo.
Making his debut in the variety show ‘Live On 5,’ he went on to become the host and lead actor of the comedy ‘Gurmit’s World.’ The second season of ‘Gurmit’s World,’ in which the actor 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 1996, made Gurmit a popular icon in the recent years, not just in Singapore, but also in neighbouring countries, especially culturally similar Malaysia. This factor led him to be the host in the ‘Singapore Idol’ variety show.
In the past few years,Gurmit has also won the ‘Top 10 Most Popular Male Artistes’ at the Star Awards.