Chinese drama Growing Through Life stars singer-actor Raymond Lam as an heir embroiled in a treacherous battle to control the future of his wealthy family's enterprise. You may already know that the handsome Hong Kong star is a real-life heir, find out more with these 7 interesting facts about Raymond Lam.

1. Raymond is 1/8 Spanish because his paternal great-grandmother was Spanish.

His Chinese name is 林峯, pronounced as Lin Feng in Mandarin or Lam Fung in Cantonese.

2. He could have been an architect. 

Because of his love for singing since childhood, he went to Shanghai at the age of 12 to study with opera singers. After studying architecture at the Xiamen University in China for year, he completed his undergraduate study at the University of Southern California, majoring in architecture and minoring in music.

He is now an award-winning singer with best-selling albums and often holds concerts. He has held concerts in Canada, USA, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

3. He started his acting career as an acting trainee in 1998.

He began gaining fame after performing well in supporting roles. In 2002, he was offered his first lead role in Eternal Happiness.

For Eternal Happiness, he was nominated in the top five finalists for the Best Actor Award at the TVBS Anniversary Awards. 

4. He has won multiple awards for acting, singing, and popularity. 

In January 2015, he won "Best TV Series Actor" for the Huading China Award for his performance in historical saga The Virtuous Queen of Han and crime thriller drama Line Walker.

(By the way, Korean actors Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ye Seul won "Best Global Drama Actor" and "Best Global Drama Actress" respectively at the same Huading Award.)

5. He can play an emperor or an undercover police agent. 

Raymond has proven himself adept at playing a variety of roles across historical and modern eras.

For The Virtuous Queen of Han, he played a handsome emperor who excelled at ruling a great nation. You can also find him in these other dramas on DramaFever: Heart of GreedHighs and Lows, and Three Kingdoms RPG.

6. He has a girlfriend.

The 35-year-old actor is dating 21-year-old Chinese model-actress Karena Ng. They met in 2012 and Raymond confirmed their dating relationship in 2013. 

There has been speculation about Karena not being a good enough match to Raymond because of his immensely wealthy family and his own top-tier status. However, Raymond has always defended Karena during interviews.

7. He often sings the theme songs for his dramas and movies. 

Here is Raymond singing the soaring opening theme for Growing Through Life at a concert: 

Raymond speaks 3 Chinese dialects: Cantonese, Mandarin, and Hokkien, and he is also fluent in English. His multilingual fluency has enabled him to reach diverse markets, and he often sings the same Chinese songs in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

Interestingly, the Chinese title for Growing Through Life is actually 摘星之旅, meaning, "Journey to Reach the Stars." Raymond's character is named Hoi Sin, meaning "Sea Star."

Want to see more of Raymond Lam? The Growing Through Life series will be available on DramaFever starting Friday, September 25.

~ NancyZdramaland

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