Chow Chi Fai is a graduate of the Chinese Department, Hong Kong Baptist University. He joined the HKRep as part-time actor in 1979, becoming a full-time company member in 1981. He is the reigning veteran actor in the HKRep and one of the Hong Kong’s best-known stage artists.
He has played in countless productions. Some of his roles are well-loved by the public, such as Pak Long in I Have a Date With Spring, Uncle Fu in Sweet & Sour Hong Kong, the cross-dressing role of Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Black Box production Papa Mama, Thy Wind Blows Ever based on his personal life. Recent performances include The Big Meal, A Dream Like a Dream, La Cage aux Folles, The Gin Game, Scrooge – the Musical, Buried Child, Field of Dreams 2017 LIVE+, Hu Xueyan, my Dear (1st run), The Abandoned Harbour and The Imaginary Invalid. He was assistant director in Reincarnation of the Prunus Mume.
Chow was awarded Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for The Story of Qu Yuan, Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for The Legend of the Mad Phoenix and Proof, and Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Shed Skin. He was also nominated as Best Actor for The Big Meal, Before the Rain Stops and as Best Supporting Actor for Other People’s Money, The Importance of Being Earnest and Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land. In 2004, Chow was nominated Best Actor for his performance in Sweet & Sour Hong Kong at the 15th Shanghai Magnolia Stage Award.
A veteran voice artist, Chow has appeared in more than a hundred local films and overseas animated features. Among his most beloved characters are Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story and Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda.