Born and bred in Hong Kong, Poon Chan Leung graduated from the School of Drama, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, in 1991. For 21 years of his career, he was a full-time company member of the HKRep. Currently he is an Associate Actor with the company.
Poon’s output includes productions on stage, television and film; he frequently collaborates with local and international artists and directors. Among his recent productions are Project Roundabout’s The Truth (as Michael), Wong Chau-wing in the Hong Kong Arts Festival’s A Floating Family – A Trilogy, the title roles in Hu Xueyan, my Dear and The Professor, as well as Alan in Dionysus Contemporary Theatre’s Le Dieu du carnage. Other major works with the HKRep include The Legend of the Mad Phoenix (in the role of Tong Tik-sang), A Dream Like a Dream, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, 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 Earnest, Art, Bun in a Cave, Communicating Doors, Dr. Faustus, Le Dieu du carnage, Shed Skin and Rabbit Hole,. He also appeared in the W Theatre Group’s Shuraba and Yakusha Theatre’s Into the Womb.
Poon is also a playwright and director. In 2010, An Ordinary Man was presented at Prospect Theatre’s Playwright Scheme, a full production followed at the 39th Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2011, directed by Poon for a 23-show run. Other works include Crossings (playwright, director, actor) and Being Poon Chan Leung – Chanting in Silhouette (co-playwright, actor) and Boxer (director).
Most recently, Poon has devoted much of his energy to television and film. Memorable roles include Master Hill in HKTV’s drama To Be or Not To Be and Chiu Tsz Lung in ViuTV’s premiere drama series Margaret & David – Green Bean, which garnered much praise. Other television performances include HKTV’s Doom+5’s ‘Resurrection’ and The Election, episodes of RTHK’s Under the Lion Rock in 2014 and 2015, and Fox Asia’s The Trading Floor. His films include The Mad Phoenix, The Umbrella Story, Love Au Zen, Weeds on Fire, Pseudo Secular, The Moment and most recently, Men on the Dragon.
Poon has received numerous accolades, including 16 nominations in the Hong Kong Drama Awards, of which he won three Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) awards for Rabbit Hole (2013), The Professor (2014) and Hu Xueyan, my Dear (2017). He also received three Best Supporting Actor awards in 1995, 2005 and 2011. Poon’s portrayal of Tong Tik-sang in the film The Mad Phoenix (1997) won him nominations for Best Supporting Actor in both the 34th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan and the 17th Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2005, Poon received the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council to further his studies in New York. He was awarded Best Artist (Drama) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2012.
Apart from performing, Poon Chan Leung was a co-founder of Project Roundabout in 2017, a three-year project focusing on actors and their practice, with Louisa So and Harry Cheung.