Poon Chan-leung is a local actor and graduate of the School of Drama at HKAPA; his works straddle theatre, television and cinema. In 2005 he was awarded the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council to study drama in New York. He has performed as a full time actor at Hong Kong Repertory Theatre for 21 years and is currently an associate actor there.
In 1997 and 1998, Poon’s work as Tong Tik-sang in The Mad Phoenix won him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at both the Golden Horse Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards. He has been nominated 15 times at the Hong Kong Drama Awards, including wins in the Best Actor category for Rabbit Hole (2013), The Professor (2014) and Hu XueYan, my Dear (2017). He also received the Best Supporting Actor award in 1995, 2005 and 2011 respectively***.
In 2010 his original script An Ordinary Man was announced as part of the Prospects Theatre Playwright Scheme IV and was invited to the 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has also written and directed several other productions such as Crossings , Being Poon Chan Leung – Chanting in Silhouette and Boxer .
He has recently performed in The Professor, Into the Womb and A Floating Family. His other works include A Dream Like a Dream, Black Elk Speaks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Small Family Business , De Ling and Empress Dowager Ci Xi, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Ernest, Art, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Bun in The Cave, Communicating Doors, Dr. Faustus, Le Dieu Du Carnag and Shred Skin, Shuraba and The Mad Phoenix.
*** the Best Supporting Actor Awards including:
1995 – The 4th Hong Kong Drama Awards – The Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) / [Black Elk Speaks]
2005 – The 14th Hong Kong Drama Awards – The Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) / [A Small Family Business]
2011 – The 20th Hong Kong Drama Awards – The Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) / [Communicating Doors]