Idy Chan

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.
Idy Chan
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Yùlián (Mandarin)
Jyutping Chan4 Yuk6 Lin4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Tiu Keng Leng, Hong Kong
Born (1960-03-25) 25 March 1960 (age 54)
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Lin mui ()
Occupation Actress
Entrepreneur
Years active 1977-1993
2007-
Spouse(s) Peter Chan Siu-Moo
(1984-1992; divorced)

Idy Chan Yuk Lin is a popular Hong Kong TV actress, especially during the 1980s.

Career[edit]

She joined showbiz in 1977. She is most famous for her portrayal of three of the characters from The Condor Trilogy; her heavenly role of Xiaolongnü along with Andy Lau as Yang Guo in the 1983 TVB adaptation of Louis Cha's Wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes, as the witty Huang Rong in Taiwan CTV's The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1988) along with Howie Wong as Guo Jing and as the innocent Xiaozhao with Adam Cheng as Zhang Wuji on The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (1978). In 1982, she also portrayed Wang Yuyan in television and film adaptations of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils.

Idy was more popular in her small screen work, however she was in many good films from the early 1980s to the early 1990s like Casino Raiders.

Off-screen, the long 5-year (1978–1983) romance between Idy and Chow Yun-fat also made headlines in the early days of their TV careers. The shooting of the TVB series "The Return of the Condor Heroes" resulted in Andy Lau's unrequited love with her.[1] Idy also settled in New York, U.S. during her short marriage with business man Peter Chan Siu-Moo.

Idy Chan has become less active in the showbiz since 1993. In 2007, she returned to shoot the TVB series Catch Me Now, which also marked her comeback to the showbiz. Ever since, she occasionally appears on TV shows in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Besides running her own and family businesses in advertising and restaurant, she's also an active volunteer of many charities.

Lottery streak[edit]

Within Hong Kong culture she is known to have won the lottery multiple times. One of the most publicised response was in the 2007 episode of Be My Guest. She was interviewed by Stephen Chan Chi Wan, who asked whether winning the Canadian lottery of 17 million and the Hong Kong lottery of 30 million dollars was true. She shrugged off the question in hoping to answer it in private.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles 名媛望族 (TVB, 2012) - TVB 45th Anniversary Drama
  • Love Thy Family 愛回家 《愛在生命終結前》 (RTHK, 2010)
  • Catch Me Now 原來愛上賊 (TVB, 2008)
  • Can't Stop Loving You 愛到盡頭 (TVB, 1993) - Telemovie
  • Thief Of Time 群星會 (TVB, 1992) - TVB 25th Anniversary Special
  • The Key Man 巨人 (TVB, 1992)
  • Red Lanterns Hanging High 大紅燈籠高高挂 (CTS, 1992)
  • Days of Glory 豪門 (aTV, 1991)
  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 玉梨魂 (aTV, 1990) - Telemovie
  • Queen Singer 賽金花 (TTV, 1989)
  • The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射雕英雄傳 (CTV, 1988)
  • The Grand Canal 大運河 (TVB, 1987) - TVB 20th Anniversary Series
  • The Upheaval 小島風雲 (TVB, 1986)
  • The Battlefield 楚河漢界 (TVB, 1985)
  • The Brave Squad 好女當差 (TVB, 1985)
  • Pink Lady (lit.) 紅粉佳人 (CTS, 1985)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not 信是有緣 (TVB, 1984)
  • The Return of the Condor Heroes 神鵰俠侶 (TVB, 1983)
  • In The Same Boat 四海一家 (TVB, 1983)
  • The Wild Bunch 十三太保 (TVB, 1982)
  • Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils I & II 天龍八部 之 六貾神劍 - 虛竹傳奇 (TVB, 1982)
  • The Hawk 飛鷹 (TVB, 1981)
  • Come Rain, Come Shine 風雨晴 (TVB, 1981)
  • This Land Is Mine 風雲 (TVB, 1980)
  • Chor Lau-heung 楚留香 之 無花傳奇 - 最後一戦 (TVB, 1979)
  • The Twins 絕代雙驕 (TVB, 1979)
  • The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龍記 (TVB, 1978)
  • Vanity Fair 大亨 (TVB, 1978)
  • Below the Lion Rock 獅子山下 (RTHK, 1977)

Films[edit]

  • The Way We Are 天水圍的日輿夜 (2008) - Cameo
  • A Warrior's Tragedy 邊城浪子 (1993)
  • The Monks From Shaolin 智勇和尚(1992)
  • Sisters of the World Unite 莎莎嘉嘉站起來 (1991)
  • Blood Stained Tradewind 血在風上(1990)
  • Whampoa Blues 壯志豪情(1990)
  • Kawashima Yoshiko 川島芳子 (1990)
  • Stage Door Johnny 舞台姊妹(1990)
  • L'Air du Temps 時代之風(1990)
  • Casino Raiders 至尊無上 (1989)
  • Maybe Next Time 緣份游戲 (1989)
  • Rule of The Game 遊戲規則 (1989)
  • The Crazy Companies 最佳損友(1988)
  • Edge Of Darkness 陷阱邊沿 (1988)
  • I Am Sorry 說謊的女人(1988)
  • On The Run 亡命鴛鴦(1988)
  • The Siamese Twins 連體(1984)
  • Last Night's Light 昨夜之燈 (1983)
  • The Sweet and Sour Cops Part II 摩登雜差 (1982)
  • Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龍八部 (1982)
  • Shaolin and Wu Tang 少林與武當(1981)
  • The Extras 茄哩啡 (1978)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1983-02-27 Mingpao Weekly #746
  2. ^ Be My Guest, 11 August 2007 episode.

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