Simu Liu (born April 19, 1989 in Harbin, China) is a Chinese-born Canadian actor, stuntman, writer, and filmmaker.
Liu is best known for his role as Jung Kim in the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience, based on the play of the same name by Ins Choi, and Paul Xie in the drama Blood and Water, for which he received much acclaim. He previously often worked as a stunt performer and played bit roles in Canadian television.
In July 2019, Liu was announced to portray the Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, becoming the first Asian lead of an MCU film entry.
- Nikita (2012) as Hong Kong Constable
- Warehouse 13 (2013) as Bartender
- Mayday (2013) as Narita Air Traffic Controller
- Pacific Rim (2013) note
- Out With Dad (2014) as Waiter
- Make It Pop (2015) as Randy
- Taken (2016) as Faaron
- Kim's Convenience (2016 — 2021) as Jung Kim
- Orphan Black (2017) as Mr. Mitchell
- Slasher: Guilty Party (2017) as Luke
- The Expanse (2018) as Lt. Paolo Mayer
- Fresh Off the Boat (2019) as Willie
- Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (2020) as Garbage Boy
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (2021 — present) as Shang-Chi
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
- Untitled Shang-Chi sequel (TBA)
- Star Wars: Visions: The Ninth Jedi (2021) as Lah Zhima (voice)
- Bright: Samurai Soul (2021) as Izou (voice)
Tropes related to his career:
- Joke and Receive: He was actually being mostly playful when tweeting out to Marvel about playing Shang-Chi. Imagine Simu's surprise when Kevin Feige took him up on the offer and called him up.
- Old Shame: His brief stint as a stock photo model haunts him, as they are still being used to this day and according to him he doesn't get any royalties from them. Not that it stops him from using them for shits and giggles, though.