Sean Lau

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Sean Lau
Chinese name 劉青雲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘青云 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Qīngyún (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Cing1-wan4 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Sanshui, Guangdong, China
Born (1964-02-16) 16 February 1964 (age 50)
Hong Kong
Spouse(s) Amy Kwok (m. 1998)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lau.

Sean Lau Ching-wan (born 16 February 1964) is a Hong Kong actor who has acted in both films and television series. He won Best Actor in the 2007 Hong Kong Film Awards and in the 2000 and 2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards.

Lau was born in Hong Kong in 1964. He joined the TVB acting classes in 1983 and made his first appearance on television in the following year in the drama Draw Out the Rainbow. Dark-skinned with no matinee-idol look, he struggled to be cast until in the immensely popular stock market drama The Greed of Man (1992), when he acted opposite Adam Cheng. His wife, Amy Kwok, who won the Miss Hong Kong Pageant in 1991, is also a well-known former television actress and co-starred with him on The Greed of Man. Lau starred in two series with ATV in 1991 and again 2000.

Lau is one of a handful of Hong Kong actors who has made the successful transition from television to film; he is now exclusively a film actor (since 2000).

Career[edit]

Lau made his film debut in 1986 as a child star and since then has been cast in an increasing number of roles. Amongst his more memorable roles include acting opposite Anita Yuen as a down-and-out musician in C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993) and in a number of cop thrillers, such as Big Bullet (1996), Full Alert (1997), The Longest Nite (1998), Running out of Time (1999), Running Out of Time 2 (2001) and Mad Detective (2007). He has proven himself to be one of Hong Kong's most versatile actors, handling comedy roles with aplomb, as in La Brassiere (2001) and Three of a Kind (2003). He is also well known for his supporting role as the troll in Finn MacCool, an independent piece by James Throgmorton III.

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

TVB


ATV

Films[edit]

Voice Over[edit]

Lau has done voice over of translated films from English in Cantonese and animated features:

  • Over The Rainbow Under the Skirt (記得…香蕉成熟時2:初戀情人) 1994
  • Toy Story (反斗奇兵) 1995 - Cantonese version
  • Toy Story 2 (反斗奇兵 2) 1999 - Cantonese/Hong Kong version
  • Toy Story 3 (反斗奇兵 3) 2010 - Cantonese/Hong Kong version
  • Yesterday You, Yesterday Me (記得…香蕉成熟時3:為你鍾情
  • Finding Nemo (海底奇兵) 2003 - Cantonese/Hong Kong version
  • Garfield 2 (加菲貓2) 2006 - Cantonese/Hong Kong version
  • The Secret of the Magic Gourd (寶葫蘆的秘密) 2007
  • Garfield's Pet Force (加菲貓3D) 2009 - Cantonese/Hong Kong version
  • 關雲長 2011

Awards[edit]

Lau has won Best Actor Awards at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards in 1997 and 2001) and the Golden Bauhinia Awards in 1999. He also won his first Best Actor award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2007. He won this award acting in the movie My Name is Fame. He won his first Golden Horse Award in 2012 for his performance in Life Without Principle.

Year Award Category Film Result
1994 14th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Thou Shalt Not Swear Nominated
C'est la vie, mon chéri Nominated
1996 16th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Big Bullet Nominated
1997 17th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Full Alert Nominated
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Won
1998 18th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor The Longest Nite Nominated
1999 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor The Victim Nominated
Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Where a Good Man Goes Won
2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor La Brassiere Won
2003 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Lost in Time Nominated
2006 26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor My Name is Fame Won
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actor Won
2007 27th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Mad Detective Nominated
2009 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Overheard Nominated
2011 31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Life Without Principle Nominated
Overheard 2 Nominated
2012 49th Golden Horse Awards Best Actor Life Without Principle Won

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Francis Ng
for Once Upon a Time in Triad Society
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
1997
for Full Alert
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for Beast Cops
Preceded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for Beast Cops
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
2000
for Where a Good Man Goes
Succeeded by
Andy Lau
for A Fighter's Blues
Preceded by
Francis Ng
for 2000 AD
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actor
2001
for La Brassiere
Succeeded by
Anthony Wong Chau Sang
for Internal Affairs
Preceded by
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
for Election
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actor
2007
for My Name is Fame
Succeeded by
Jet Li
for The Warlords
Preceded by
Simon Yam
for Election
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
2007
for My Name is Fame
Succeeded by
Vacant