STEPH SONG (Jo Bradley)
Six-time Best Actress Nominee, Canadian-Australian Steph Song, is well known in South East Asia for her lead role in the breakout sitcom “Achar!” which was voted second to NBC’s worldwide hit, “Frasier”, in the New York International TV Festival. She has appeared on the cover of over a dozen magazines, as well as being voted Asia’s No1 sexiest by FHM, before returning to her childhood home of Canada. Since then, she has been named by Playback Magazine as one of the “Top Ten people to watch out for” and “The new face of Canadian film” by Chatelaine Magazine. Her nominations at the Gemini and Leo awards stem from her roles in the films Everything’s Gone Green, Dim Sum Funeral, and The Thaw, and television series “J-Pod” and “Dragon Boys”. Steph, who also holds Australian Citizenship and an American Green Card, lent her voice and did motion capture, in the best-selling X-Box and Playstation game, ‘Sleeping Dogs’, alongside Lucy Liu, Tom Wilkinson and Emma Stone. She has appeared in films with Kevin Sorbo (Paradox), Jet Li and Jason Statham (War), and Steven Seagal (Maximum Conviction). She was also the female lead in the Canadian pilot, “Befriend and Betrayed”, and guest-starred as DC Comics villainess, Roulette, in the CW’s long-running series “Smallville”.
BYRON MAN (Evan Ong)
began his career starring with Jean-Claude Van Damme and the late Raul Julia in Universal’s Streetfighter, followed by the cult actioner Crying Freeman, directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill). He furthered his career in the action genre by starring in Invincible, produced by Mel Gibson and Jet Li. The action in Invincible was directed by Hong Kong director Tony Ching Siu-Tung (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), and Mann again worked with Ching on Sony’s Belly of the Beast.
Intertwined with the action genre are noted dramatic turns in MGM’s Red Corner, starring opposite Richard Gere, and directed by Jon Avnet; New Line’s The Corruptor, opposite Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, directed by James Foley; Sony’s Sniper 3, opposite Tom Berenger; and James Cameron’s cult television series Dark Angel, with Jessica Alba. In 2005, Mann headlined the award-winning CBC/Star Movies drama, “Dragon Boys”, alongside Hong Kong’s Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs). Mann was nominated for Best Male Actor in the 2007 Gemini Awards for his role in “Dragon Boys”, Mann’s works also include comedic turns in Shanghai Kiss with Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King), and in Blonde and Blonder, with Pam Anderson and Denise Richards.
In 2009, Mann starred as an ER physician in HBO Canada’s “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures”, based on the Giller Prize-winning book by Weinstein Books. In the same year, Mann completed the thriller Jasmine, shot on location in Hong Kong, and produced by Stratton Leopold (Mission: Impossible 3). Mann kicked off 2011 with Universal’s The Man With The Iron Fists, starring as the main villain opposite Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. This period picture is directed by RZA, and produced by RZA, Eli Roth (Hostel), Marc Abraham (Air Force One) and Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Later that year, Mann co-starred in the Hong Kong cop thriller, Cold War, playing an ex-cop who becomes involved in a hostage situation that rapidly spirals out of control. Cold War stars Tony Leung Ka Fai, Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau, and was also produced by Bill Kong.
In 2012, Mann joined CW’s breakout hit series, “Arrow”, playing an enigmatic man who has a complex connection to the title character Oliver Queen/Arrow. In 2013, Mann re-joined producer Kong again in the big screen remake of legendary Chinese hero Wong Fei Hong in Rise of The Legend, playing one of the film’s arch villains. In 2014, Mann costarred in the Lionsgate feature Absolution with Steven Seagal and Vinnie Jones, playing a triad enforcer who brings down a mob kingpin in Russia. In 2015, Mann joined Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell in the 2016 Best Picture Oscar nominee, The Big Short, based on the #1 New York Times bestseller book about the US subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. The feature is directed by Adam Mckay and released by Paramount Pictures. In the same year, Mann also joined the critically-acclaimed AMC series “Hell On Wheels” as a series regular, playing a powerful railroad contractor and the main antagonist in the series’ fifth and final season. Mann grew up in Hong Kong, and studied at the University of California, in Los Angeles, graduating magna cum laude in Philosophy. He lives in Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Hong Kong.
LORETTA YU (Teresa Fai)
An actress and filmmaker, Loretta started her professional career in Halifax, Nova Scotia after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Acadia University. She’s recently appeared on several television shows such as “Between”, “Nonsense Revolution”, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, “The Listener” and “Hemlock Grove”. She continually trains at The Professional Actor’s Lab and has been training with John Riven in the Meisner Technique since 2011.
ELFINA LUK (Anna Xie)
is an artist/actress, voiceover actor and singer songwriter. She enjoyed being in front of the camera at an early age, finding her way into the film and television roles after a stint in broadcasting. Upon making this transition, Elfina quickly landed her first acting job – a recurring role on Canada’s own “Da Vinci City Hall” alongside American actor and director Charles Martin Smith. Elfina continued to land roles in notable American productions such as “Smallville”, “The L Word” and “Blade: The Series.” In feature films, Elfina has shared screen-time with Aaron Eckhart in Love Happens, Linda Hamilton in “Home By Christmas”, Rena Sofer in ”The Secret of Hidden Lake” and John Corbett in “The Hunt for the I-5 Killer.” With a few jobs under her belt, Elfina has established a reputation for herself as a strong talent. In 2008 she was kept busy with a recurring role on Global’s “The Guard” as Coast Guard Cadet Steffi Chow. She juggled her time on “The Guard” with a lead role in the independent sci-fi feature Helix. In 2009, Elfina made her way into producing as one third of 3 Winds Production. As Executive Producer, Co-Writer and Actor, she helped bring to life “The Jim” a comedy web series that chronicles the day-to-day hijinks at a gym. Elfina plays “Lucky” a personal trainer with a gambling addiction and a burning desire for bald men. This show brought Elfina to receiving awards at the LA Web Fest as well as travelling to the 1st Annual Marseille Web Fest in France where “The Jim” was featured. Shortly after that, she was filming “The Runner” where she played the leading female role of Jin, an expert technophile who assists her co-start in the ongoing run from the police and lending her voice talent to local studios for ads and video games “Sleeping Dogs”, followed by “Behind the Hit: the Unauthorized, Untold Story of Saved By The Bell.” With a Chinese background, Elfina speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin and has had the good fortune to play roles in both dialects, including Nickelodeon’s “Best Player,” and “Snakehead” (Clif Prowse & Derek Lee).
OSCAR HSU (Ronn Xie)
is a Canadian actor whose credits include “Mayday”, “The Girlfriend Experience”, “XIII”, “Transporter: The Series”, “Warehouse 13”, “The Border”, and Existenz.
FIONA FU (Weiran Xie)
is an actor and television personality, and an award-winning television director and producer, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been working in television in Canada and China for over 15 years, both on and off screen. She has been seen in the feature film, Power Rangers (Lionsgate, 2016), the TV series “The Man in the High Castle” (Amazon, 2015), Minority Report (2015) and Second Chance (2016). She has also appeared in commercials for BMW, Toyota, ICBC, Yacht BC, and many others. Born in China, Fiona began her career as a television news anchor in China and worked as a host and director at China Central Television (CCTV). Throughout her extensive career in television in various capacities as news anchor, host, director, producer, newsroom editor and associate editor-in-chief, she has won 25 awards recognizing her achievements on and off screen. For her on-camera performance as a host, she won first prize at the inaugural Laiwu Cup Television Contest.
Fiona moved to Canada in 2002, and she obtained an MBA degree with honors from Lawrence Technology University. Since then, she has also been working as a producer, scriptwriter and presenter for a number of multi-lingual and multi-cultural broadcasters in Canada, while exploring her interests in feature films and television dramas.
With her expertise in live television production and cross-cultural communication, she began actively working on multilingual multinational co-production projects. One of the highlights include co-directing 2010 Global Chinese Spring Festival Celebration a 150-minute gala show, which was filmed in Vancouver and China in 2009. The show aired on 12 channels and 15 websites worldwide, and won the top prize at the 22nd Peony Award, an award given by the National Television Art and Entertainment Program Competition of China 2010.
AIDAN DEVINE (Lt. Dan Barron)
Aidan Devine has been acting on stage and screen for over 30 years. He began his career in theatre in Montreal, moving to Toronto to pursue work in film and television. He is a highly decorated performer with two Gemini award wins out of five total nominations. Aidan has starred opposite some of the best actors of his generation: Susan Sarandon in the CBS movie “Icebound”; Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg’s Oscar nominated A History of Violence; Patricia Clarkson and Tim Roth in Killer Films’ October Gale; and Meg Ryan in Against the Ropes. Recent credits include a regular role on the critically acclaimed series “The Divide” by Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn and a recurring role as Riley Keough’s client and lawyer in the Steven Soderbergh produced Starz series “The Girlfriend Experience.” Aidan also helped serve up some superhero awesomeness in Suicide Squad; and plays opposite Ben Kingsley in the international conspiracy thriller Backstabbing for Beginners.
BC LEE (Victor Li)
Bar-Chya (BC) Lee was born in Macao and raised in Taiwan. Mr. Lee traveled to New York for advanced studies at New York University before settling in Vancouver in 1992. He served as Vancouver City Councillor between 2005-2008. Lee played Waiter Lee in Ang Lee’s Pushing Hands. He also appeared on the two Fox series Almost Human and Fringe. Mr. Lee is active in the theatre community in Vancouver. His recent work includes performances in Vancouver Asian Theatre’s THE FLOWER DRUM SONG, THEORY FOR EVERYTHING and GATING (as a co-production with Frank Theatre Company). He also performed for Pangaea Arts’ Cumberland. Lee is the host of Monday Forum, a half-hour weekly talk show on current affairs for LS Times TV. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese.
TELLY LIU (Zhongchen Li)
started off modeling in the U.S. while putting himself through College. A one-year exchange program in Taiwan introduced him to the world of entertainment. After graduating from UCSD, Telly took the chance and moved to Asia to pursue a career in modeling/acting. Things moved rather quickly as he was participating in a range of different projects whether it was modeling, acting or production. After a successful career in Asia, Telly decided to move to the States because it was an area in which he wanted to explore. Since being back he’s had made great strides, booking “Lost Girl” and 2016 China/Taiwan feature, White Space.
MARIA RICOSSA (Colleen)
Maria has worked in Film, Television, Radio and Theatre in both the US and Canada for over 30 years. As a member of the Stratford Festival for 5 Seasons she played leading roles in KING LEAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LOVE’S LABOUR LOST and HAMLET. Other theatre work includes roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, The Storefront Theatre, The Manitoba Theatre Center and Theatre 180. In film and TV, Maria has been a series lead, guest star and recurring character on numerous series including “Nikita”, “Warehouse 13”, “Flashpoint”, the FX series “The Strain”. Other TV credits include roles in Showtime miniseries, Lifetime and Hallmark movies of the week. Leading roles in feature films include The Inlaws, Some Things That Stay and most recently The Space Between which will be the opening film in the Carmel International Film Festival.
LILY GAO (Jennifer)
is a Chinese Canadian actor, model, and painter. After booking countless major campaigns and commercials in Toronto and Montreal, her success brought her to New York, where she studied Method Acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. During her time in New York, she performed in, casted, and co directed Off Broadway, Fringe Festival, and student plays. She is currently shooting “Second Jen” as a series regular in Toronto.
OWEN KWONG (Guanjing)
was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was kicked out of his high school drama class and was told never to come back. Owen did not return to acting till a few years after high school. His first TV gig was on Fringe created by JJ Abrams which is one of his favorite directors. Since then he has also worked on Arrow, Covert Affairs and Alcatraz to name a few. He booked his very first professional audition which was for a Buick car commercial. He also booked his very first modelling go-see. Owen recently moved to Toronto about 2 years ago to further expand his career. He strongly believes in paying it forward, connecting people together and helping people in need. Owen loves telling jokes and making people laugh. In his spare time he enjoys meditating, reading and writing stories. He is constantly training and loves learning about the human behaviour. Owen aspires to become a great storyteller, making interesting films and playing complex characters.