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Karena Lam

Although born in Vancouver, Canada, Karena Lam is a celebrated Taiwanese actress and singer based in Hong Kong. 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.

At the tender age of 15, Ms. Lam was working at her Vancouver family restaurant when she was discovered by a talent scout from Taiwan in 1993. 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 after she starred in three successful Hong Kong films that led to her winning the Best Supporting Actress and the Best New Performer for her roles 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).

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.

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