Andy Lau Tak-Wah MH, JP is a famous Hong Kong Cantopop singer, film actor, and producer. He has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since mid-1980s, performing in more than 120 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same time. In the 1990s, he was branded by the media as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop (四大天王) with Aaron Kwok, Jacky Cheung and Leon Lai.
Despite the fact that Lau was born from a family with little fortune, he is well-known as one of the most hardworking and dedicated actors and singers in Hong Kong. As a young boy he 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 is also known as a talented Chinese calligrapher. Lau still remains as one of the strongest icons in Asia.
In 1980, Lau signed up for the artist training program offered by TVB, which is where his acting career began. The first lead role that made his initial popularity was the 1982 TVB series The Emissary. In 1983, Lau's role as "Yang Guo" in the TVB series The Return of the Condor Heroes