Carina Lau

Carina Lau
Chinese name 劉嘉玲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘嘉玲 (simplified)
Pinyin Liú Jiālíng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Gaa1-ling4 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1965-12-08) 8 December 1965
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s) EMI
Spouse(s) Tony Leung Chiu-wai (2008-)
Ancestry Rong County, Yulin, Guangxi
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lau.

Carina Lau Kar-ling (born 8 December 1965) is a Chinese-born Hong Kong actress and singer. She holds citizenship from Hong Kong and Canada. She was especially notable in the 1980s for her girl-next-door type roles in films.[1] Lau started her acting career in TVB, where she met fellow actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai who became her boyfriend in 1989. The couple wed in 2008.[2]


Lau was born in Suzhou, China, in 1965. She emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of fifteen, and joined TVB's acting classes.[3]

She has been in a relationship with Tony Leung Chiu-wai since 1989. The couple married on 21 July 2008 at the Uma Paro resort in Bhutan in front of about 100 guests.[4] According to Ming Pao Daily News, Faye Wong took the couple to India to visit the 17th Karmapa, together with her husband, actor Li Yapeng. They had an audience with the Karmapa, who suggested Bhutan as a wedding venue.[5] The wedding itself cost more than HK$30 million and Lau's 12-carat (2.4 g) Cartier wedding ring is worth over HK$10 million. They have been a celebrity couple for 19 years.[6] Guests included singer Faye Wong who performed for them on their special day. Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai also directed the ceremony.[6] They were introduced to Bhutanese royalty by fellow actor Eric Tsang.[7] Other guests include Stanley Kwan and Brigitte Lin. The hotel was also heavily guarded to keep the paparazzi away.[8]

The wedding created a media frenzy in Hong Kong, with companies spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue the wedding party.[9]


She was executive president of Hong Kong's TVMART channel, but was replaced by the board after a loss of 40 million Taiwan Dollars.[10] She told the media that because she had no education, the decisions made by her had some negative influences on the company.[10]


1990 abduction

In 1990, during the filming of Days of Being Wild, Lau was abducted for several hours, and topless photos of her were taken. At the time, local papers, through Reuters news agency, reported that Lau was kidnapped, though a police report was not filed.[1] [11] It was believed that the man behind the kidnapping is Albert Yeung, a successful businessman with whom Lau was having a financial dispute. Leung has said that Lau never wanted to talk about what happened in those missing hours with anyone, including him.[12]

Lau revealed in 2008 that she was abducted by four men working for a triad boss, as "punishment" for having refused a film offer.[3] She said that she had not been taken advantage of during her two-hour ordeal.[13]

2002 East Week magazine photo incident

Naked pictures of Carina Lau were published in the 30 October 2002 edition of East Week (magazine), years after Lau was kidnapped by triads who punished her for refusing to take part in a film they were funding.[14][15]

The nude photos revealed the actress in distress. Massive protests and petitions were held by fellow Hong Kong entertainers, and media ethics by Hong Kong tabloids and gossip magazines were questioned.[15] The magazine was shut down in November 2002, only to be resumed in late 2003.[1][16] Mong, the publisher of the photo who is 52 years old as of 2009, received a 5-month jail sentence after pleading guilty in December 2008 to publishing obscene photos. Mong now lives in Beijing.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1984The Duke of Mount Deer Fong Yee
Police Cadet Cheung Ka-man
1985Take Care, Your Highness! Suen Fuk-yu
The Yang's Saga Princess Chai
1986Naughty Boys
1987Project A Part II Carina
Rich and Famous Lau Po-yee
Tragic Hero Lau Po-yee
Scared Stiff
Armour of God Lorelei
1988The Romancing Star II Fong Fong
Four Lovers
Profile of Pleasure Miss Chu
1989Looking Back In Anger Sandy Ngai Chor-gwun
Return of the Lucky Stars Banana Tso
China White Yin-hung
Four Loves Siu-guen
Her Beautiful Life Lies Carole Chang Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
1990Queen's Bench III Ms. Chen
She Shoots Straight Huang Cha-ling
Dragon Versus Phoenix
My American Grandson Jiao Li
1991City Warriors Mak Ying-yang
The Banquet Woman at dinner
Days of Being Wild Mimi/Lulu Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Three Continents Festival Award for Best Actress
Saviour of the Soul Madam of Pets
1992The Night Rider Laura
Lord of East China Sea Ms. Liu
Girls Without Tomorrow 1992 Wa
Love: Now You See It... Now You Don't Susan Chong
Centre Stage Li Lili
1993Kung Fu Cult Master
Crazy Hong Kong Shirley
Deadful Melody Tan Yuehua
Rose Rose I Love You Pearl Chan/White Rose
Lady Super Cop Wenine Chang Mi-hua
Lover of the Swindler Ling
The Eagle Shooting Heroes Zhou Botong
Shadow Cop Witty
No More Love, No More Death Ching-ching
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Father Laura Watt
Love on the Rooftops Cameo (flat buyer)
Lord of East China Sea 2 Ms. Liu
1994He's a Woman, She's a Man Rose
Gigolo and Whore Chung Siu-hung Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Ashes of Time Peach Blossom
C'est la vie, mon chéri Tracy
1996Who's the Woman, Who's the Man Rose
Forbidden City Cop Kar-ling
1997Intimates Wan Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
1998Love Generation Hong Kong Maggie
Flowers of Shanghai Pearl
2000 Showbiz Tycoon Lui Mung-wah
2001La Brassiere Samantha
Cop Shop Babes Mona Lui
2002Mighty Baby Samantha
2003Infernal Affairs II Mary Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Infernal Affairs III Mary
20042046 Mimi/Lulu, 2046 android
Itchy Heart Bing
Sex and the Beauties Selina
2006Curiosity Kills the Cat Rose Feng Golden Rooster Awards for Best Actress
Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Wu Zetian Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Let the Bullets Fly Nominated - Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Golden Horse Awards for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011All's Well, Ends Well 2011 Mona Tai
2013Bends Anna Osaka Asian Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Wu Zetian Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014Beijing Love Story Jia Ling
2015From Vegas to Macau II Molly
Cairo Declaration Soong Mei-ling
2016 From Vegas to Macau III Molly


Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
1989 Hong Kong Film Award Her Beautiful Life Lies
Best Actress
1991 Her Beautiful Life Lies Nominated
Golden Horse Awards Nominated
Three Continents Festival Won
1995 Hong Kong Film Award Gigolo and Whore
Best Actress
1998 Intimates Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Won
2004 Hong Kong Film Award Infernal Affairs II
Best Actress
2006 Golden Rooster Awards Curiosity Kills the Cat Won
Golden Horse Awards Nominated
2007 Hong Kong Film Award Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame Won
Let the Bullets Fly Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Asian Film Award Nominated
Golden Horse Awards Nominated
2013 Osaka Asian Film Festival Award Bends
Best Actress
Hong Kong Film Award Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Nominated


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  2. International Herald Tribune. "IHT." Actors' wedding leads to Hong Kong media frenzy. Retrieved on 22 July 2008.
  3. 1 2 Clara Mak (19 July 2008). "Lau tells of kidnap". South China Morning Post.
  4. Vivienne Chow (22 July 2008). "After 20 years, stars wed in royal style". South China Morning Post. p. C1.
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  10. 1 2 "Carina Lau to be short-lived CEO",; retrieved 17 February 2008.
  11. "HK celebrities protest secret filming of pop star". Channel News Asia. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  12. Karen Durbin (7 August 2005). "Still in the Mood for a Collaboration". The New York Times.
  13. "Triads made me pose in the nude: HK star Carina Lau". The Straits Times. 13 July 2008. Archived from the original on 14 July 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2007.
  14. 1 2 "Editor jailed for publishing obscene photo of kidnapped actress", South China Morning Post; retrieved 12 May 2009.
  15. 1 2 "Journalism requires ethics: expert",; retrieved 17 February 2008.
  16. "Hong Kong police arrest suspect in connection with racy star photos case. Associated Press",; retrieved 17 February 2008.
  17. Archived June 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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