Lucy Sheen Chau Lai-Tuen

Freelance Actor, Published writer, Poet, Playwright, Advocate for BEAA & Transracial Adoptees

Lucy Sheen was born in Hong Kong, orphaned and then adopted by an English family. She was flown over to the UK in the late fifties early sixties.

Lucy trained at The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. One of the first if not the first British-Chinese actress to be accepted into a recognised UK adult drama school. Lucy graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts in 1984.

Lucy's first professional job was the female lead in the ground breaking British feature film PING PONG directed by fellow compatriot Po Chi’h Leong. This was the first feature film to try to explore the complex issues of the British-Chinese community. Though not in competition it received great critical attention at the Venice Film festival and much critical acclaim from the central European press such as La Figaro.

Lucy has over thirty years experience as a freelance actor working extensively in Film, TV, Radio, Theatre, Role Play, Forum Theatre and Drama tutor support.

Lucy has worked alongside many of the premier actors, actresses, directors, writers and filmmakers of the UK, and US, including:-
Karim Alrawi ·Nick Broadhurst ·Peter Cataneo ·George Chakiris Malcolm Craddock ·Julia Davis ·Alan Dobie ·Tony Dow ·Souad Faress ·Pam Ferris ·Rosa Fong ·Mark Gattis ·Kulvinder Gh’ir ·Jim Goddard ·Russell Hoban ·Ian Holm ·David Holman ·Dewi Humphreys ·Kathryn Hunter ·Vincent Ibrahim ·Glenda Jackson ·Pedr James.Vadam Jean Peter Jeffrey ·Shobu Kapour Caroline Langrishe ·Sara Lam ·Robert Lee ·Mike Leigh ·Susie Leong ·Po Chi’h Leong ·Alec McCowen ·Ian McShane ·Stephen Marcus ·Patrick Miller ·Helen Mirren ·Cyril Nri ·Con O’Neil ·Richard Olivier ·Adrian Pang ·Alan Platter ·Roger Rees ·Alexander Siddig ·David Threlfall ·Eamon Walker ·Zoe Wannamaker ·Josephine Welcome.Benedict Wong ·Leo Wringer and David Yip, to mention a few.

Lucy’s first theatre job in 1986 was at The Royal Exchange. Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker a visually stunning and physically demanding theatre piece. Since then Lucy has walked the boards in most major UK cities. In 1987 Lucy spent a season with the Bristol Old Vic’s Company 3. An inspirational attempt by a mainstream established theatre, to form a multi-cultured based company. Reflecting the diversity of the changing ethnic and cultural mix of the UK. Hoping, by example to encourage a wider audience to the theatre. By making the experience a more inclusive, both for the audience and the actor. By mounting theatre productions from a wide variety of sources, Shakespeare, German Classics and modern day masters. The first Company 3 production was Julius Caesar (Portia) directed by Roger Rees.

Following on from the critical success of Portia at the BOV Lucy then joined the now legendary theatre company Joint Stock. She embarked upon two very “controversial” theatre productions both directed by Nick Broadhurst and written by Karim Alrawi.

Child in The Heart - an investigation into cultural displacement and the western ideal of wallet charity.
Promised Land - the ongoing struggle between two cultures what lies beneath the struggle between the Palestinian and Israel Jew?

In 1990, Lucy was cast as Ioka in David Holman’s Drink The Mercury at The Bolton Octagon. Her performance in this production was nominated for the 1991 TMA drama award as Best Supporting Actress - one of the first, if not the first British-Chinese actress to be afforded such an accolade.

Lucy has always endeavoured by the mere fact of being British-Chinese to be a positive presence in mainstream theatre, film, TV and radio drama. Constantly trying to redress the imbalance of stereotypical inaccurate perceptions of the Chinese.

Lucy’s TV roles include being the first ever female British East Asian to appear in the British soap East Enders, Chinese Jean in Julia Davis’ black comedy Nighty Night serie 2 and more recently Oilen Chen in Call The Midwife and as Aunt Ling in Casualty

In 2010, Lucy played Pin-de in Tim Luscombe’s play Hungry Ghosts for which her performance was nominated for an OFFIE award.

In 2011, Lucy went to the Sheffield Crucible to be part of the David Hare retrospective season (Mme Ong in Plenty) working with the award-winning director Thea Sharrock. Followed by 73a the award winning play by Hong Kong writer Yat Yau in which she played the Mother.

In 2017, Lucy was one of the thirteen strong cast in the first all British East Asian cast; ever to play at the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Swan Stage. In modern adaptation of, Snow In Midsummer.

Lucy’s debut documentary, Abandoned Adopted Here was completed in July 2016 and has since been screened at a number of national and international Film Festivals including Berlin and Estonia to great critical claim. This is what CineWomen had to say about Lucy and her documentary.

Since writing as a professional in 2010 Lucy received several writing commissions including the renowned theatre company, Paines Plough for Come to Where I’m From: London. You can hear Lucy’s piece along with all the other contributions both in London and regionally by downloading the free app Come To Where I’m From.

In 2015 Lucy was one of four British East Asian writers to be commissioned by The Royal Court to write a short play (Hidden) for their Live Lunch program

In 2017 a collection of Lucy’s poetry, Ungrateful: A Paper Daughter was published by Poets Haven an independent US publishing firm it is available for purchase from Amazon

In January 2018 Lucy is one of eight British East Asian playwrights to be published by Oberon Books, Foreign Goods. The first anthology of stage works by British East Asians ever to be published in the UK.

Lucy is developing a variety of written projects for small and large screen as well as the stage. Including, Comfort Women a play about a small group of ‘Japanese Comfort Women’ survivors. Conversations With My Unknown Mother, a play about the adoption triad. Char Siu Bao, a short narrative film, that brings a whole new meaning to the classic Hong Kong dimsum favourite. And finally a web series, Deidre and Violet, about two old age pensioners and the shenanigans they get up to!

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Updated on 22 February, 2018


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Lucy We saw you last night in the hungry Ghosts and you are truly amazing, compelling performance and truly a inspirational actress. Well done

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