|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
|Chinese name||劉愷威 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||刘恺威 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Liú Kǎiwēi (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Lau4 Hoi2 Wai1 (Cantonese)|
13 October 1974 |
|Spouse(s)||Yang Mi (m. 2014)|
Hawick Lau (劉愷威; born 13 October 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.
|2000||Long Feng Dou Zhi Pan Long Fang
|2003||The Spy Dad
|2003||Bless the Child
|2013||Love in Summer
|1995–1999||A Kindred Spirit
|1999||Untraceable Evidence II
|1999–2000||At the Threshold of an Era
|2001–2002||Virtues of Harmony
|2004||Virtues of Harmony II
|2004||Shades of Truth
|2004||ICAC Investigators 2004
|2006||Deng Huo Lan Shan
|aka No Turning Back|
|2008||Huan Zi Cheng Long
|aka Changing Sons|
|2008||One Thousand Teardrops
|2008||Da Qing Hui Shang
|aka The Hui Merchants of Qing|
|2008||Royal Embroidery Workshop
|I Love My Drama Award for Most Popular Actor|
|2009||Who Knows the Female of the Women
|2010||Chong Sheng Men
|also known as Gate of Rebirth|
|2010||Spell of the Fragrance
|2010||Happy Mother-in-law, Pretty Daughter-in-law
|2011||Da Tang Nujiang Fan Lihua
|aka Tang's Female General Fan Lihua|
|2011||Puti Shu Xia
|aka Under the Bodhi Tree|
|2011||Sealed With a Kiss
|2011||Love in the War Time
|2012||Zhuan Huo Xi Bei Lang
|Lieutenant Long Douyun
|2012||In Love with Power
|2013||A Clear Midsummer Night
|2013||Painted Skin 2
|General Wang Ying
|2013||The Four Scholars of Jiangnan
|2014||Die Xue Gu Dao
|2014||Yinian and Xiangbei
|also known as Heading North
|2014||Across Heaven and Earth