Simon Yam

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Simon Yam
File:Simon Yam @ NYAFF 2010.jpg
Chinese name 任達華 (traditional)
Chinese name 任达华 (simplified)
Pinyin Rén Dáhuá (Mandarin)
Jyutping Jam6 Daat6-wa4 (Cantonese)
Born (1955-03-19) 19 March 1955 (age 63)
Hong Kong
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Ho Sui-yi (1981–86)
Sophia "Qi Qi" Kao (1997–present)
Children Ella Yam (b. 2004)

Simon Yam (born 19 March 1955), also known as Yam Tat-wah (任達華), is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He received international acclaim for his performances in international film festival hits and box offices such as Naked Killer, SPL (aka Kill Zone), Election, Election 2 (aka Triad Election), Exiled, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, The Thieves.


Yam started off as a model before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television series prior to "apply his trades" in the film industry in 1987. His elder brother is Yam Tak-wing, a retired former Deputy Commissioner of Hong Kong Police.


In 1989, he starred in the Japanese-Hong Kong co-production of Bloodfight. This was the first of its kind in which English was spoken throughout the entire film. In 1992, Yam gained critical acclaim for his role as the maniacal Judge in the crime film Full Contact, where he faced off in a bloody battle against Chow Yun-fat's character. In 1993, he starred as "Dhalsim" in the action-comedy film Future Cops, a parody of Street Fighter directed by Wong Jing. In 1996, Yam began his role as Chiang Tin-Sung, the leader of the Hung Hing triads in the first three instalments of the Young and Dangerous film series.

In 2000, Yam starred as Cheung San, the progenitor of all vampires, in the television series My Date with a Vampire II, produced by ATV. In 2003, Yam made his Hollywood film debut in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life as Shaolin crime lord.

In 2013, Yam directed his first film, as part of the Hong Kong portmaneau horror film Tales From the Dark 1.[1]

Personal life

Yam is married to Sophia Kao, known as Qi Qi, an international model. Born in Shanghai, but raised in Austria, Kao is a spokesperson for SKII. They have a daughter, Ella.

Awards and nominations

Hong Kong Film Awards

(6 Best Actor Nominations, 4 Best Supporting Actor Nominations)

Golden Horse Awards

  • Best Actor Nomination for PTU

Golden Bauhinia Awards

  • Best Actor for PTU
  • Best Actor for Election

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

  • Best Performance by an Actor for Sparrow




TV series

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  1. Elley, Derek (14 October 2013). "Tales from the Dark 1". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 19 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Simon Yam at
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Cheung
for Beast Stalker
Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor
for Echoes of the Rainbow
Succeeded by
Nicholas Tse
for The Stool Pigeon
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for Infernal Affairs
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
for PTU
Succeeded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for 2046
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for 2046
Golden Bauhinia Awards for Best Actor
for Election
Succeeded by
Lau Ching-Wan
for My Name is Fame