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Star of Marvel's Shang-Chi, First Asian-Fronted Movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Simu Liu: Biography at a Glance

  • Simu Liu made history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which garnered him the People’s Choice Award for Action Movie Star of 2021 and a nomination for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in a Superhero Movie.
  • He can recently be seen as part of the star-studded cast of Barbie, which earned a Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. 
  • Liu is also known for his role as “Jung” in the hit TV show, Kim's Convenience, for which he has received rave reviews.
  • Liu released the bestselling memoir, We Are Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, which details his battles with cultural stereotypes and his own identity as a Chinese immigrant as well as his journey to stardom.
  • His short that he wrote, directed, and starred in, Crimson Defender vs. The Slightly Racist Family, won the “Best Ensemble Cast Award” at the Asians On Film Festival Awards.
  • Other film credits include Pacific Rim, Beauty and the Beast, Nikita, and Taken



Simu Liu made history as the star of the first Asian-fronted movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which garnered him the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Star.

For five seasons, Liu starred in the CBC/Netflix comedy series Kim’s Convenience, which won the ACTRA Awards for Outstanding Ensemble. Kim's Convenience also went on to win the award for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards. The first Canadian television series with an all-Asian lead cast, the series chronicles the day-to-day micro-dramas encountered by a Korean immigrant family that runs a corner grocery store.

Liu’s first major role was in the critically acclaimed OMNI crime drama Blood and Water, the first trilingual series (English, Mandarin, and Cantonese) produced by Canadian television, for which he received nominations at the ACTRA Awards and Canadian Screen Awards. Aside from his performance on screen, Liu participated in the writing room for the series by contributing to the show’s second season as a story editor and as the main writer for one episode. 

He recently completed production on Greta Gerwig’s feature Barbie for Warner Bros. opposite Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling and can be seen starring alongside Mark Wahlberg in Arthur the King and on the film adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestseller One True Loves opposite Phillipa Soo. 

Liu’s other film and television credits include ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens, NBC’s Taken, and Amazon’s The Expanse.

Liu’s New York Times Bestselling memoir, We Are Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story, details his family’s journey from Harbin, China to Hollywood, California and was released by HarperCollins. Liu immigrated to Canada at the age of five and is fluent in Mandarin. He is currently developing long-form projects under his 4:12 Entertainment banner, through which he has previously directed, produced and optioned content for film and digital.


Simu was easily the best speaking guest we’ve had in a long time - and we’ve had some big names. He was kind, open, vulnerable, passionate, and so wise. We got amazing feedback across the board.


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