Karena Lam (Chinese: 林嘉欣; pinyin: Lín Jiāxīn; Cantonese Yale: Làm Gāyān; born 17 August 1978) is a Taiwanese-Canadian, actress and singer based in Hong Kong. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 2015, she won the Best Actress award at the Golden Horse Awards for her role in Zinnia Flower, making her the first person ever to have won all of the following three Golden Horse awards: Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer.
|Chinese name||林嘉欣 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||林嘉欣 (simplified)|
|Born||17 August 1978|
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Steve Yuen (m. 2010)
Lam was working at her Vancouver family restaurant when she was discovered by a talent scout from Taiwan in 1993, at age fifteen. The scout persuaded her to fly to Taiwan that Christmas, alone, for a singing audition in the hope of securing a professional contract. The audition was a success and she released two albums, her debut album in 1995 and her second album later in 1999. However both were met with modest success.
Her film debut in 2002 changed all this and propelled her to real stardom. Karena starred in three successful Hong Kong films in the same year, winning the awards of Best Supporting Actress and Best New Performer for her role in July Rhapsody directed by Ann Hui (at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards) and for Inner Senses by Lo Chi Leung (at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards), gaining her recognition as a talented young actress and marking the start of her film career.
In recent years she took on more challenging roles, such as the 2005 horror film Home Sweet Home, where she plays an insane and deformed "phantom" monster who kidnaps a boy from his kin mother to claim as "its" own. The role earned her numerous nominations for major awards.
- "Taiwan's Karena Lam wins Golden Horse best lead actress". The Central News Agency. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- A Conversation with Karena Lam By François (29/04/2003)
- "Hong Kong Film Awards: Stephen Chow's Record-Breaking 'The Mermaid' Picks Up 8 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 March 2017.