Hawick Lau

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Hawick Lau
Chinese name 劉愷威 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘恺威 (simplified)
Pinyin Liú Kǎiwēi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Hoi2 Wai1 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Ancestry Weihai, Shandong
Born (1974-10-13) October 13, 1974 (age 39)
Hong Kong
Spouse(s) Yang Mi (m. 2014)
Parents Lau Dan

Hawick Lau (劉愷威; born October 13, 1974) is a Hong Kong actor and singer, most famous for his performances in the TVB series A Kindred Spirit, Virtues of Harmony and its sequel Virtues of Harmony II, and My Family.

He is the son of Hong Kong actor Lau Dan, with whom he co-starred in A Kindred Spirit, Virtues of Harmony and Virtues of Harmony II. In A Kindred Spirit, they actually played father and son.

Hawick grew up in Hong Kong, but travelled throughout Asia with his father when he would do promotions and performances for the shows he starred in. Hawick studied architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada before returning to Hong Kong to pursue his acting career.

He is also a singer, having released several albums in the late 1990s, but they were not as successful as his acting career. When he debuted in the late 1990s, TVB had named him as one of the five New Young Dragons - a group of young actors that the network to push to turn into stars.

In 2003, after having a significant amount of success at TVB, he took a leave to go and film in Mainland China, where there was an opportunity to make more money. In addition to this roles in television series for TVB, he has travelled to Singapore to star in the local production Destiny, which is produced by MediaCorp. He has also starred in a number of motion pictures, and won critical acclaim for his role in The Spy Dad.

In April 2006, Hawick signed with ATV, the other main television station and production studio in Hong Kong for one year to star in a new series. At the press conference and contract signing, Hawick was asked if he’s asked his dad, Lau Daan, for his opinion on switching to a different company and if TVB will be mad at him for switching. Hawick replied, “My mom has always complained that she wasn’t able to see me a lot. Working back in HK works out real well for me. As for TVB, TVB is my maternal home. I’m very thankful for them in giving me so many opportunities. Maybe in the future we might be able to work together again. Besides, TVB is a big company. I’m sure I wouldn’t have made them angry."

In November 2006, Hawick's first series with ATV, No Turning Back, began airing in Hong Kong. In the series, Hawick plays a villain who kills his entire family. He is also slated to star in several series in 2007, including a comedy with Patricia Liu.

Ever since his move to act in mainland dramas, his popularity has dramatically increased amongst the Asian community. He was praised for his portrayal of the character Huo Dong Qing in the 2008 mainland drama 凤穿牡丹. He has also acted in a drama with Athena Chu called 一千滴眼泪 (A thousand tears). To this day, there has been no talk regarding another TVB drama collaboration.

He also starred in the Chinese mainland TV series called Royal Embroidery Workshop or Feng Chuan Mu Dan in 2008 with Li Xiao Ran.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Love Correction
緣份有Take 2
Leo
2000 Long Feng Dou Zhi Pan Long Fang
龙凤斗智蟠龙坊
Jin Kezhong
金科中
2003 Honesty
絕種好男人
Bug
阿蟲
2003 The Spy Dad
神勇鐵金剛
Hotel employee
2003 Bless the Child
某年某月某日
Wong Yung
王勇
2008 Irreversi
回路
Adam Liu
劉志明
2012 Holding Love
HOLD住爱
Tao Xiaolei
陶晓磊
2013 Love in Summer

Television drama[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1999 A Kindred Spirit
真情
Andy Lee
李添安
1997 Mystery Files
迷離檔案
Cheung Wai
張偉
Episodes 7–9
1998 Aiming High
撻出愛火花
Cheung Wing-leung
張永亮
1999 Untraceable Evidence II
鑑證實錄II
Yeung Chi-lun
楊志倫
1999–2000 At the Threshold of an Era
創世紀
Yip Wing-chak
葉榮澤
2001 Law Enforcers
勇探實錄
Lee Lap-ming
李立明
2001–2002 Virtues of Harmony
皆大歡喜
Yuen Sau
阮壽
2004 Virtues of Harmony II
皆大歡喜
Lau Ka-sing
劉家星
2004 Hard Fate
翡翠戀曲
Mok Hei-man
莫希文
2004 Shades of Truth
水滸無間道
Ben Fai
費文斌
2004 ICAC Investigators 2004
廉政行動2004
Cheung Lap-san
張立山
2005 My Family
甜孫爺爺
Freeman Man
文逸朗
2005 Destiny
梦在手里
Fan Yijie
范义杰
2006 Deng Huo Lan Shan
灯火阑珊
Luo Jiahui
罗家辉
2006–2007 Relentless Justice
義無反顧
Aaron Yip
葉輝煌
aka No Turning Back
2008 Huan Zi Cheng Long
换子成龙
Chen Tianhong
陈天雄
aka Changing Sons
2008 Shun Niang
顺娘
Chen Wuqiu
陈乌秋
2008 One Thousand Teardrops
一千滴眼泪
Jiang Haotian
江浩天
2008 Da Qing Hui Shang
大清徽商
Chen Yuanliang
陈元亮
aka The Hui Merchants of Qing
2008 Royal Embroidery Workshop
凤穿牡丹
Huo Dongqing
霍冬青
I Love My Drama Award for Most Popular Actor
2008 Letter 1949
我在1949,等你
Lin Xiang
林乡
2009 Single Mother
单亲妈妈
Tai Songping
秦松平
2009 East Hegemon
江湖往事
Xiaotang
小唐
2009 Who Knows the Female of the Women
谁知女人心
Zhao Anhua
赵安华
2010 Niang Qi
娘妻
Gao Yaozhong
高耀宗
2010 Chong Sheng Men
重生门
Lian Chengwen
连承文
also known as Gate of Rebirth
2010 Spell of the Fragrance
国色天香
Xiang Haoyu
香浩宇
2010 Happy Mother-in-law, Pretty Daughter-in-law
欢喜婆婆俏媳妇
Tie Changsheng
铁长生
2011 Da Tang Nujiang Fan Lihua
大唐女将樊梨花
Xue Dingshan
薛丁山
aka Tang's Female General Fan Lihua
2011 Puti Shu Xia
菩提树下
Long Wusheng
龙舞笙
aka Under the Bodhi Tree
2011 Sealed With a Kiss
千山暮雪
Mo Shaoqian
莫绍谦
2011 Love in the War Time
烽火儿女情
Fang Junjie
方俊杰
2012 Ru Yi
如意
Tan Mingkai
谭铭凯
2012 Zhuan Huo Xi Bei Lang
战火西北狼
Lieutenant Long Douyun
龙骁云
2012 In Love with Power
山河恋·美人无泪
Hong Taiji
皇太极
2013 A Clear Midsummer Night
盛夏晚晴天
Qiao Jinfan
乔津帆
also producer
2013 Painted Skin 2
画皮之真爱无悔
General Wang Ying
王英
2013 The Four Scholars of Jiangnan
江南四大才子
Tang Bohu
唐伯虎
post-production
2014 Die Xue Gu Dao
喋血孤岛
Agent Mike
麦客
post-production
2014 Yinian and Xiangbei
一念向北
Lu Xiangbei
陆向北
also known as Heading North
also producer
post-production
2014 Across Heaven and Earth
縱橫天地
Cho Chi-yuen
曹志遠
filming

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