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Simu Liu

Star of Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

A Conversation with Simu Liu


Oct. 21, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Moderated by Shaunda Musick ’13, UTA Alumni Relations Coordinator

Actor, author, and activist Simu Liu made his debut this summer as the title character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring alongside Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, Liu makes history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For five seasons, he starred in the CBC/Netflix comedy series Kim’s Convenience, which won the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Ensemble in 2017 and was also nominated for the same award in 2018. The first Canadian television series with an all-Asian lead cast, Kim’s Convenience chronicles the day-to-day micro-dramas encountered by a Korean immigrant family that runs a corner grocery store.

Liu’s first major role was on the critically acclaimed OMNI crime drama Blood and Water, the first trilingual series (English, Mandarin, and Cantonese) produced by Canadian television, for which he received nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards. Aside from his performance on screen, he participated in the writing room for the series by contributing to the show’s second season as a story editor and as the main writer for one episode.

Liu most recently completed production on the adventure feature Arthur the King, directed by Simon Cellan Jones and starring opposite Mark Wahlberg. His other film and television credits include ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, NBC’s Taken, and Amazon’s The Expanse.

Born in Harbin, China, Liu immigrated to Canada at the age of five and is fluent in Mandarin. He is currently developing long-form projects under his 4:12 Entertainment banner, through which he has previously directed, produced, and optioned content for film and digital.