Julian Cheung

Julian Cheung
Chinese name 張智霖 (traditional)
Chinese name 张智霖 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Zhìlín (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zoeng1 Zi3 Lam4 (Cantonese)
Born (1971-08-27) 27 August 1971
Hong Kong
Other name(s) Chilam
Occupation Singer, actor
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Label(s) Neway Star
Years active 1991 – present
Spouse(s) Anita Yuen (m. 2001–present)
Children Morton Cheung (b. 2006)
Ancestry Nanhai, Guangdong, China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Cheung.

Julian Cheung Chi-lam (born 27 August 1971), better known as Chilam, is a Hong Kong singer and actor. Cheung is popularly known for his role as Guo Jing in the 1994 TV series adaptation of the Wuxia novel, The Legend of the Condor Heroes, and also as Chi-Kin from the TVB drama Cold Blood Warm Heart (1996).

Cheung hit instant fame in 1991 with the release of his first single, "A Modern Love Story" with Maple Hui and has since been the only artist that has sold the most copies for a debut album under IFPI. In 1992, Cheung received a TVB Jade Solid Gold award as Best Newcoming Singer (Bronze) for his first album. In 2000, Cheung reap 2 notable awards from TVB for the drama, Return of the Cuckoo.

Cheung has earned 60 million HKD in 2014.[1]

Early life

Born in Hong Kong, Cheung spent most of his early years in Hong Kong attending all-male schools. He has an elder sister and a younger sister. When he was 13, his parents divorced and he and his father emigrated to Australia when he was 15. He attended Pendle Hill High School[2] in Sydney. In 1986, his parents remarried but later divorced a second time. He was a good actor and singer and his father thought he had a gift and sent him to an acting school.


In 1990 when Cheung was 19, Cheung visited Hong Kong during his summer vacation and was reacquainted with his cousin and childhood friend, Anna Ueyama (上山安娜). Anna introduced Cheung to his first manager, Tony. Impressed with Cheung's voice, Tony immediately signed him into IFPI and started to train him. Cheung then recorded his first sing, a duet album with Hong Kong singer Maple Hui (許秋怡). The debut single, "A Modern Love Story", was released by the record company Fitto in 1991 and was an immense success. This single was on IFPI Album Sales Chart for 11 weeks, and as of today still holds the IFPI record for newcomer singers.

That same year, Cheung signed into TVB and starred in his first television series, Peak of Passion, released in 1992. A year later, he filmed his very first movie, A Warrior's Tragedy. Cheung reached to the peak of his popularity in 1994 when he took part as the role of Guo Jing from The Legend of the Condor Heroes, which helped him to become one of the most favourite actors at that time. In 1996, he starred in the TVB classic hit drama Cold Blood Warm Heart, which acclaimed him notable praises of his performance, making him a household name and boosted his career in the Hong Kong entertainment industry.

After the release of Cold Blood Warm Heart, he transitioned into movies such as Perfect Match and Comic King. He returned to TVB in 2000 in the series Return of the Cuckoo, which was a tremendous success with Charmaine Sheh, reaching a peak of 40 points. His status and recognition as an actor dramatically increased to countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and China. He also reaped 2 awards in the TVB award ceremony (My Favorite Couple-with Charmaine Sheh and My Favorite Themesong), adding to his string of already impreesive wins. in 2003, he won My Favorite Leading Character again for his role as Yeung Kwong from Take My Word For It. His performance with Charmaine Sheh in the 2004 drama Point of No Return also won the pair the Best Onscreen Couple award at the 2005 Astro Awards in Malaysia. Cheung has also found success in the Mainland entertainment industry with starring roles in the television series Ni Shui Han, Lu Xiao Feng, and Red Powder.

In 2012, he returned to TVB to film sequel to TVB's 2003 blockbuster television drama Triumph in the Skies. His role as Captain Koo has boosted his popularity once again and earned him a spot in people heart...

His first concert at Hong Kong Coliseum was held on 27 March 2011 which the title for the concert was I Am An Alien. On 6 July 2014, he had his second concert at Hong Kong Coliseum on four-sided stage, called Crazy Hours.


He has recorded albums in both Cantonese and Mandarin. He has been with various record labels, such as Fitto Entertainment, Sony Music, EMI (Cantonese albums only), Rock Records (Mandarin albums only), Cinepoly Records (subsidiary of Universal Music Hong Kong), Starj & Snazz and Neway Star.

Note: The album was later re-released under the EMI label and later, Warner Music.


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1992 The Peak of Passion 沖天小子 Cheung Pui-chun
1993 The Mystery of the Condor Hero 射鵰英雄傳之九陰真經 Chan Yuen-fung
1994 Remembrance 黃浦傾情 Yam Hong-fei
The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射鵰英雄傳 Kwok Ching
1995 The Ching Emperor 天子屠龍 Kangxi Emperor
1996 Cold Blood Warm Heart 天地男兒 Law Tze-kin
1999 Romance of the White Haired Maiden 白髮魔女 Zhuo Yihang
2000 Return of the Cuckoo 十月初五的月光 Man Chor Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
Dare to Strike 掃冰者
2001 Palm of Rulai 如來神掌
2002 The New Judge 草民縣令 Zhang Fugui
Take My Word For It 談判專家 Yeung Kwong Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
2003 Flying Daggers 飛刀又見飛刀 Li Huai
Point of No Return 西關大少 Chow Tin-chi
2004 Ni Shui Han 逆水寒
ICAC Investigators 2004 廉政行動2004 Wong Kai-chung
Shades of Truth 水滸無間道 Ha Chung Yam/Mo Chung Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
2006 A Beautiful New World 美麗新天地
2007 Red Powder 紅粉 Pu Jiawei
The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng 陸小鳳傳奇 Lu Xiaofeng
Long Men Yi Zhan 龍門驛站 Xun Chengma
2010 Who's the Hero 勝者為王 Fu Kam-po
2011 The Rippling Blossom 魚躍在花見 Yue Chi-ying Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actor
Nominated – TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Male Character
ICAC Investigators 2011 廉政行動2011 Yeung Kwok-chu
2013 Triumph in the Skies II 衝上雲霄II Jayden Koo (Captain Cool) Nominated – 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards for Best Actor (Top 5)
Won – 2013 TVB Anniversary Awards for My Favourite TV Male Character
Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1993 Legend of the Liquid Sword 笑俠楚留香 Prince cameo
A Warrior's Tragedy 邊城浪子 Swift Sword
1994 Right Here Waiting... 等愛的女人 Albert
1995 Happy Hour 歡樂時光 Cheung Pak-seung
Tragic Commitment 沒有老公的日子 Alex Wong
Highway Man 馬路英雄II非法賽車 Chiu Chi-chung
1996 Banana Club 正牌香蕉俱樂部
Those Were the Days 四個32A和一個香蕉少年 Chan Yan-kin
To Be No. 1 金榜題名 Fei Chuen
Best of the Best 飛虎雄心2傲氣比天高 Coolman Ho
1997 Love, Amoeba Style 愛情Amoeba Mo Yan-dung
Theft Under the Sun 豪情蓋天 Leung Ka-ho
Option Zero G4特工 Ben
1998 Love and Let Love 生死戀 Cliff
The Suspect 極度重犯 Max Mak
Extreme Crisis B計劃 Insp. Ken Cheung
2000 Bruce Law Stunts 特技猛龍 himself Documentary
Dragon Heat 龍火
The Island Tales 有時跳舞 Han
And I Hate You So 小親親 Yuen Cheng-hau
Perfect Match 跑馬地的月光 Edmond
Twilight Garden 幽谷約會 Chi
2001 Comic King 漫畫風雲 Yip Fung
Martial Angels 絕色神偷 Lok Chi-yang
Esprit D'Amour 陰陽愛 Joe Chan
Blue Moon 月滿抱西環 Officer Chung / Kit
Stowaway 驚天大逃亡 Chow Dai-fook
The Replacement Suspects 困獸 Rick
2002 Reunion 手足情深 Jacky Cheung
Possessed 奪魄勾魂 James
2005 Bar Paradise 美麗酒吧 Beauty's bodyguard
2006 Wo Hu 臥虎 Tommy
Heavenly Mission 天行者 Lawyer Ma
2007 Love to be Found in Nowhere 青蘋果
A Mob Story 人在江湖 Chat / Seven
Kidnap 綁架 Chow Siu-chi
2009 The First 7th Night 頭七 Pony
2012 Natural Born Lovers 天生愛情狂 Taylor
2013 The Grandmaster 一代宗師 opera singer
Born to Love You 大叔,我愛你
Time Lapse mini movie for Georgia Coffee
2014 The Fox Lover 白狐 Wang Yuanfeng
2015 Triumph in the Skies 衝上雲霄 Jayden Koo (Captain Cool)
You Are the One
Return of the Cuckoo
Z Storm II



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