Chinese name 劉德華 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘德华 (simplified)
Pinyin Liú Déhuá (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Dak1 Waa4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Lau Tak-wah
Ancestry Xinhui, Guangdong, China
Born 27 September 1961 (age 54)
Tai Po, Hong Kong
Other name(s) Wah Zai (華仔)
Lau Wah (劉華)
Ngau Wah (牛華)
Hui Guo (慧果)
Singer actor lyricist film producer presenter
Voice type(s) Baritone
Fitto Record UFO Record Philips Record Sony Music Entertainment
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Five Tiger Generals
Spouse(s) Carol Chu 朱麗倩 (2008 – present)
Official website http://www.andylau.com
Andy Lau Tak-wah MH, JP (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong singer and actor. He has been one of Hong Kong’s most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same time. In the 1990s, Lau was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop.
Lau was entered into the Guinness World Records for the “Most Awards Won by a Cantopop Male Artist”. By April 2000, he had already won a total unprecedented 292 awards. In 2005, Lau was awarded “No.1 Box office Actor 1985–2005” of Hong Kong, yielding a total box office of HKD 1,733,275,816 for shooting 108 films in the past 20 years. In 2007, Lau was also awarded the “Nielsen Box Office Star of Asia” by the Nielsen Company (ACNielsen).
Andy Lau was born in Tai Po, Hong Kong. A son of a fireman (劉禮), as a young boy Lau had to fetch water for his family up to eight times a day because their house was not equipped with plumbing. He later graduated from a Band One secondary school, Ho Lap College in San Po Kong, Kowloon. He also practices Chinese calligraphy. Lau converted to Buddhism in the 1980s. He was raised in a nominally Buddhist household and is now a follower of the Lingyan Mountain Temple in Taiwan.
In 2008, Lau married Malaysian Chinese Carol Chu after 24 years of speculation over their relationship. The couple registered their marriage in Clark County, Nevada, in the United States. On 9 May 2012, Chu gave birth to his first child, a daughter named Hanna.
In 1994, Lau established the Andy Lau Charity Foundation which helps people in need and promotes a wide range of youth education services. In 1999, he was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, being the third person from Hong Kong at that time to bestow this distinguished honour. In 2008, Lau took a main role in putting together the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign for donation relief toward the victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. It was one of the largest and most ambitious charity event ever assembled in the territory.
Lau has been noted for his active involvement in charity works throughout his 30 years of showbiz career and was honoured “Justice of Peace” by the Hong Kong SAR government in 2008. In May 2010, he received the “World Outstanding Chinese” award and an “honorary doctorate” from the University of New Brunswick, Canada.