Law Lan

For the Taiwanese writer and radio personality with the same name, see Luo Lan.
Helena Law
Chinese name 羅蘭
Chinese name 羅蘭 (traditional)
Chinese name 罗兰 (simplified)
Birth name Lo Yin Ying (盧燕英)
Born (1934-11-13) 13 November 1934
Hong Kong
Years active 1950 – present
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Law.

Helena Law Lan MH[1] (born November 13, 1934) is a veteran Hong Kong actress in both the film and TV industry.


She started out in the film industry, cast in antagonistic roles during the black and white film era. It was during this time that she took the stage name of "Law Lan" based on the advice of her boss because he said the name was reminiscent of Shanghai socialites (交際花), and this name better suited the type of roles that she played.[2]

In 1971, Law Lan joined TVB and took part in numerous drama series. Here, she played a variety of different characters instead of only being cast in antagonistic roles as she had previously. She also took part in the popular nightly variety show, Enjoy Yourself Tonight, which included skits, singing, dancing, and variety games, filmed in front of a live audience.

As well, Law Lan has been popularly cast playing roles as a supernatural medium in over 36 Hong Kong horror movies, despite the fact that she is a devout Roman Catholic. It was her performance as 龍婆 (lung poh, which is old dragon lady) in the movie, Bullets Over Summer, which garnered her the "Best Actress" award at the 19th Hong Kong Film Award in 2000, making her the oldest winner of this coveted award.[3]

She has been living alone since 1994 when her Indian mother died, thus saving her from emigrating to Canada.


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Television series

Year Title Role Awards
1976 Hotel Mrs. Chui
1977 A House Is Not a Home
1978 The Giant
1979 Chor Lau-heung So Sam-tse
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
1980 The Brothers
1981 Young's Female Warrior
1982 You Only Live Twice
1983 The Return of the Condor Heroes Kau Chin-chak
1985 The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain Old Mrs Seung
Take Care, Your Highness! Granny
1988 Two Most Honorable Knights Granny Fa
1993 The Buddhism Palm Strikes Back Tin-yan
1995 The Condor Heroes 95 Kau Chin-chak
1996 Journey to the West Spider Demon (Shishi and En'en's mother)
1998 Journey to the West II Spider Demon (En'en), Golden and Silver Horned Kings' mother
State of Divinity Ting-yat
The Duke of Mount Deer Kwai Yee-neung
2000 Crimson Sabre Wan Fong-san's wife
2001 Gods of Honour Yiu Tin-heung
2003 The 'W' Files Mrs Cheng
Ups and Downs in the Sea of Love Grandmother Wah
Triumph in the Skies
2004 Angels of Mission
The Last Breakthrough Chow Kuk
Summer Heat Mo Ah-Lui
2005 Wong Fei Hung - Master of Kung Fu
The Academy
Just Love
Central Affairs
2008 When East Meets West
2011 Police Station No.7
2012 The Hippocratic Crush Ho Dai Tai
The Last Steep Aliment Leung Mei Kuen Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Supporting Actress
The Stamp of Love
Missing You Hui Yuk Mui
2013 Inbound Troubles Lai Hiu Lan
Awfully Lawful Lady Lauren
Karma Rider Lang-Nu aka Pretty
2014 Come On, Cousin Fong Gwai Lan
2014-2015 Officer Geomancer
2015 Eye in the Sky Ho Ye-gu
Brick Slaves Kimchi Wong Kam-hei
2016 The Last Healer In Forbidden City Empress Dowager Cixi
Blue Veins Lam Wong Chi-hung
House of Spirits Mrs. Bak - Yi Lan
No Reserve Post-production


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External links

Honours and awards

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

Hong Kong Film Awards

Golden Bauhinia Awards

TVB Anniversary Awards


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sandra Ng
for Portland Street Blues
Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actress
for Bullets Over Summer
Succeeded by
Maggie Cheung
for In the Mood for Love
Preceded by
Kwan Hoi San
TVB Anniversary Life Achievement Award
Succeeded by
Wu Fung
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