Originally from Toronto, pop culture fanatic Lawrence Chau found his big showbiz break in Asia, first on the small screen and in theater in Hong Kong then big time in Singapore hosting a number of top rated unscripted programs like Showbuzz, Hollywood Squares Singapore and Miss Singapore Universe, as well as acting in romantic comedies like Money, Phua Chu Kang, Pte Ltd and Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Lawrence returned to North America in the 2000s where he landed hosting duties for the award-winning paranormal TV series Ghostly Encounters, which has haunted the American, Canadian, British and Asian airwaves for several years. Taking another leap of faith by risking everything and starting from scratch, Lawrence relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to pursue his greatest passions: acting and film-making.
In 2018, he penned, produced, executive produced and starred in his first short film Justice For Vincent (JFV), which is based on the historic Vincent Chin case that sparked the first Asian civil rights movement in America. The story, rife with racism and injustice, has haunted Lawrence for decades. "When I saw Vincent's mother, Lily, I saw my own mother," he says.
Since the completion of JFV in Oct 2018, it has gone on to win a string of awards, including Best Dramatic Short Film (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2019), Best Short Film (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2019), Best Picture (Oregon Short Film Festival), and the Audience Choice Short Film Award (DisOrient Asian American Film Festival 2019), to name a few.
A former communications consultant, journalist and tutor for immigrants, Lawrence is devoted to diversity and inclusion in all that he does. Showbiz aside, Lawrence is a devoted dog lover. He and is his beloved Westie (who is now in Doggy Heaven) used to brighten the days of cancer care patients and sick kids at hospitals. Lawrence's charitable causes include raising awareness and funds for a range of health, pet/wildlife, environmental and social justice causes.