March 27, 1976 |
|Other names||Carl Ng Ka-Lung
Wu Jia Long
The third of four children, Ng was born in Hong Kong and is of mixed ethnicity. His father is comedy actor Richard Ng, while his mother, a British woman, worked as a hair stylist for Bruce Lee in the 1970s. At the age of 12, he moved with his family to live in England, where he would remain for the next thirteen years. As a child he had no desire to become an actor like his father, but while studying global corporate strategy at the University of Westminster he began attending evening drama classes at the Tony Grecos Acting Studio.
After graduating, Ng took up acting full-time, working as a waiter and cook in various restaurants until he started gaining roles in West End and Off West End plays. However, he became dissatisfied with the work he was getting, saying: "I was seen as neither Asian nor Caucasian. Either that or I'm cast in stereotyped roles." In 2002, Ng took a six-month break from acting, working as a scuba diving instructor in Thailand.
He then moved back to Hong Kong, where he again waited on tables before landing a number of prominent modelling jobs, featuring in advertisements for Motorola and Sony MiniDisc. Since 2000 he has appeared in a number of films, including Heat Team, Yesterday Once More, Colour Blossoms, and Half Twin. Regarding his choice in film roles, Ng has said: "I do gravitate towards darker roles, roles that other people hesitate to touch. I find them intriguing and an opportunity to try something different." He has appeared alongside his father in several productions, including the 2008 TV film Pulau Hantu.
In 2010, Ng was cast in the lead role of a biographical film based on the life of Cheng Guorong, aka "Brother Sharp", a Chinese man who became a minor celebrity while living homeless on the streets of Ningbo after pictures of him were posted online. The film was due to start production in September 2010.
Ng has been involved with a number of AIDS benefits. While working in London he took part in a production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the proceeds from which were given to a local AIDS centre. As of 2006, Ng was working with the Society for AIDS Care in Hong Kong, as well as a teen support group that deals with topics such as safe sex.
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