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Raymond Lam (;
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Hong Kong
actor and singer who has acted roles in the television dramas ''
A Step into the Past ''A Step into the Past'' is a 2001 Hong Kong television series produced by TVB and based on Huang Yi's novel of the same Chinese title. The series tells the story of a 21st-century Hong Kong VIPPU officer who travels back in time to the Warring ...
'', ''
Moonlight Resonance ''Moonlight Resonance'' (Traditional Chinese: :zh:溏心風暴之家好月圓, 溏心風暴之家好月圓) is a 2008 grand production HDTV drama by Television Broadcasts Limited, TVB. It is a spiritual sequel to 2007's award-winning series, ''Hea ...
'', ''
Highs and Lows ''Highs and Lows'' () is a Hong Kong television crime drama serial produced by TVB under executive producer Lam Chi-wah. The drama stars Michael Miu, Raymond Lam, Kate Tsui, Elaine Ng, Ella Koon and Ben Wong. It originally aired from 24 September ...
'' and '' Line Walker'' and was dubbed the King of Chok after his role in ''The Mysteries of Love''.


Early years

Raymond Lam was born in Xiamen, China, on 8 December 1979, but moved to Hong Kong at the age of 2. His father, Lam Kwok-Wah (林國華), is a real-estate property developer in the mainland referred to as "Xiamen's Li Ka-shing" (廈門李嘉誠) who sits on the board of seven real estate and construction companies. Raymond has a younger sister and a younger brother. His paternal great-grandmother is Spanish, making Raymond 1/8 Spanish. While his first languages are Cantonese and Hokkien, Lam studied in Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School, a primarily Mandarin-speaking primary school in pre-Handover of Hong Kong, Handover Hong Kong and is thus also fluent in Mandarin and English. Raymond Lam's childhood dream was to become a professional dancer. He studied in St. Paul's College, Hong Kong for Secondary School. Following that, he studied architecture in
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for 1st Year, and then completed the rest at
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University of Southern California
, majoring in architecture and minoring in music.


Career


Success in Hong Kong

Lam attended the 13th TVB artists training class in 1998 as an auditing student and was offered a contract with TVB upon graduation in September 1998. In the earlier part of his career, Lam appeared as a walk-on in numerous television series and as a host for TVB8. Lam rose to fame for his portrayal of the ruthless Qin Shi Huang in the historical/science fiction drama ''
A Step into the Past ''A Step into the Past'' is a 2001 Hong Kong television series produced by TVB and based on Huang Yi's novel of the same Chinese title. The series tells the story of a 21st-century Hong Kong VIPPU officer who travels back in time to the Warring ...
'' (2001). He was then offered his first lead role in ''Eternal Happiness'' (2002). In 2003, Lam won the TVB Anniversary Award for "Most Improved Male Artiste" for his performance in the legal drama, ''Survivor's Law''. In 2004, Lam gained fame in China for his role as Kou Chong in ''Twin of Brothers'', and won several awards. After a one-year hiatus in 2005 due to inner conflicts in TVB, Lam made his comeback in ''La Femme Desperado'' (2006), which became the highest rated drama of the year. In 2007, Lam was cast in ''The Drive of Life'', a grand production by TVB to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong, Hong Kong reunification. He was also invited to guest star in ''Heart of Greed''. Though initially slated to appear for about 10 episodes in ''Heard of Greed'', his appearance was extended to 30 episodes due to popularity. The following year, Lam returned to star in the ''
Moonlight Resonance ''Moonlight Resonance'' (Traditional Chinese: :zh:溏心風暴之家好月圓, 溏心風暴之家好月圓) is a 2008 grand production HDTV drama by Television Broadcasts Limited, TVB. It is a spiritual sequel to 2007's award-winning series, ''Hea ...
'', the sequel to ''Heart of Greed''. The series was met with critical acclaim, and subsequently became the highest rated Hong Kong drama since 1991. Also in 2008, Lam starred in the wuxia drama ''The Four (2008 TV series), The Four''. His portrayal of the character "Wu Qing" was met with critical acclaim from fans of the original novel by Woon Swee Oan. This was followed by a starring role in the martial arts series ''The Master of Tai Chi (TV series), The Master of Tai Chi'', for which he won "Best Actor" at the Asian Television Awards. In 2010, Lam starred in ''The Mysteries of Love'', where he portrayed a genius scientist, physics professor. Lam's portrayal of a professor was described by audience using the slang word "Chok", which means "cool or handsome, to the point of electrifying". Lam stated that he thinks the word means "professional/serious" instead. Subsequently, the term went viral and Lam was named as the "King of Chok". The same year, Lam also made his foray into films, starring in ''Perfect Wedding'' with Miriam Yeung and ''The Jade and the Pearl'' with Charlene Choi.


Breaking into China

In 2011, Lam starred in the Chinese film ''The Sorcerer and the White Snake'', portraying Xu Xian. The film was one of the top 5 grossing Chinese films of the year, and Lam was ranked on Forbes China Celebrity List for the first time. In 2012, Lam played a policeman for the first time in ''
Highs and Lows ''Highs and Lows'' () is a Hong Kong television crime drama serial produced by TVB under executive producer Lam Chi-wah. The drama stars Michael Miu, Raymond Lam, Kate Tsui, Elaine Ng, Ella Koon and Ben Wong. It originally aired from 24 September ...
''. ''High and Lows'' was the most watched Hong Kong drama in China that year, and Lam won "Best Actor" at the Huading Awards. The same year, Lam starred in the comedy film, ''Love Is...Pyjamas''. The same year, he took on the role of Zhuge Liang in the time-travel historical drama, ''Three Kingdoms RPG''. In 2013, Lam starred in ''Saving General Yang'', portraying the fifth son Yang Yande. He also headlined the horror film, ''Baby Blues''. On the small screen, he starred in historical drama, ''Loved in the Purple''. In 2014, he portrayed Han Wudi in the drama ''The Virtuous Queen of Han'', which won him the "Top 10 Most Popular Actor" award at the 9th Chinese TV Audience Festival. He also starred in the hit Hong Kong drama, '' Line Walker'' (使徒行者). His character Sit Ka-keung "Bao Seed" was praised by critics for being the "soul/essence" of the drama. His onscreen partnership with Charmaine Sheh was also favoured by viewers. He became a stronger contender for "Best Actor" award in 2014 TVB Anniversary Awards. Lam won the "Best Actor" award at the 15th Huading Awards for his performance in both dramas. In 2015, Lam portrayed Lu Xiaofeng in the wuxia drama, ''Detectives and Doctors''. He is the fourth Chinese actor to portray the character, and was praised by critics for being the most outstanding Lu Xiaofeng. In 2016, Lam starred in the wuxia drama, ''Six Doors'', acting as a constable detective. In 2017, Lam starred in the palace drama, ''Rule The World'', playing Huang Taiji. In 2018, Lam is set to star in ''The Legends of Monkey King'', playing the titular Sun Wukong. He was also cast in the police procedural drama, ''Police Tactical Unit''.


Return to TVB

In 2018, Lam signed with Louis Koo’s (古天樂) management agency Sky High Entertainment.
In 2019, Raymond Lam announced he would be working with TVB and The Voice Entertainment Group (星夢娛樂) during the press conference of TVB Homecoming on 17 March 2019. In 2020, Lam reprised his role as "Bao Seed" Sit Ka-keung in ''Line Walker: Bull Fight'' (使徒行者3).


Music

Apart from his acting career, Lam also performed some of the theme songs for the television series he acted in. In 2007, Lam signed on with Emperor Entertainment Group, EEG under its Music Plus Label, and released his debut album, ''Finding Love in Memories'', on 23 November. The title track of the album served as one of the theme songs for TVB's ''The Drive of Life''. On September 10, 2008, Lam released his second album ''Your Love (Raymond Lam album), Your Love''. The album secured a double IFPI Platinum Award. A song from the album, ''Love With No Regrets'', became the theme song of ''
Moonlight Resonance ''Moonlight Resonance'' (Traditional Chinese: :zh:溏心風暴之家好月圓, 溏心風暴之家好月圓) is a 2008 grand production HDTV drama by Television Broadcasts Limited, TVB. It is a spiritual sequel to 2007's award-winning series, ''Hea ...
'', and won many awards including the Gold Song award at the Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award and Jade Solid Gold Awards Presentation. In 2009, Lam released his third album ''Let's Get Wet'' and stepped on the Hong Kong Coliseum for his first concert, held on 17 and 18 June. On July 17, 2010, Lam released his fourth album ''Come 2 Me''. On March 4, 2011, Lam released his first Mandarin album ''First (Raymond Lam album), First''. On July 22, 2011, Lam released his sixth album ''LF (Raymond Lam album), LF'', which includes the hit single "CHOK". The same year, Lam held his third concert, ''Light Up My Live'', which was also his first world tour. In 2012, Lam continued his ''Light up my Live'' World Tour at other countries such as Macau and several cities in America. On August 17, 2012, Lam released his seventh album ''Self Portrait (Raymond Lam album), Self-Portrait''. On 26 January 2013, Lam held his fourth concert and world tour, ''A Time 4 You'', with his eighth album of the same name released one day before the concert. In 2016, Lam released his ninth album, ''Trap''. From 29 April until 1 May 2016, Lam held his fifth concert, ''Heart Attack LF Live In HK''. Lam left Emperor Entertainment Group, EEG in 2017 after contract expired. Lam has signed with TVB’s record label, Voice Entertainment on March 17th,2019. Also, in 2020 will be Lam’s 20th debut anniversary, and he plans on doing a concert tour to commemorate it On May 20 2021, Weibo Starlight Awards 2020 ceremony was held online. The winners were all over the world, including Lam, Louis Koo, Takuya Kimura and his two daughters, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, , etc.


Personal life

Lam married Carina Zhang, a Chinese model, in December 2019. They had a daughter in September 2020.


Filmography


Films


Television dramas

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Discography


Albums


Soundtracks


Awards


Acting awards


TVB Anniversary Awards


TVB Star Awards Malaysia


StarHub TVB Awards


Huading Awards


"Next" Magazine TV Awards


Music awards


Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards


RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards


IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award


Global Chinese Music Awards


China Music Awards


9+2 Music Pioneer Awards


References


External links


Raymond Lam's Official Weibo

Raymond Lam's Official Instagram
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