Actress, Model, Artist, Film Producer & Director
Keynote speaker Lucy Liu is a star who requires no introduction. Known internationally for her impressive performances across television and film, Lucy is a chameleon of the arts and of different genres, proving popular in everything from action to drama pieces. More recently, Lucy has expanded her career and taken on the role of director in prominent television series like Elementary and has gained a reputation for her versatility both in front and behind the camera. Credited with paving the way for Asian-American creatives, Lucy has let her passion lead her career with influential results. As an after-dinner speaker and celebrity guest, audiences of all demographics revel in the opportunity to engage with such a star.
With such a vast and impressive career, it is easy to see how Lucy has become an icon of Hollywood, even gaining her own star on the Walk of Fame in 2019. From taking a leading role in two Charlie’s Angels films to starring in the highly acclaimed comedy crime movie, Chicago, Lucy’s credits are endless. One of her most-watched roles was as Dr Joan Watson in Elementary, where she played the sidekick to Sherlock Holmes for all seven series of the show, a testament to her popularity and talent. Lucy also directed 6 Elementary episodes, proving her abilities behind the camera were just as good as in front. Other notable roles include Kill Bill: Volume 1, and the Kung Fu Panda franchise as a voice actress.
The child of Chinese born parents, Lucy has championed her cultural heritage throughout her career and advocated for greater diversity in the industry. Having paved her own way, despite the set back of few auditions, lack of agency acceptance and discouragement from her family, Lucy knows first-hand the challenges faced by Asian-American actors. Being vocal on the issue of diversity has led Lucy to support others entering the industry, whether they are female, LGBT+ or from an ethnic minority background. Such essential work underpins much of her speaking engagements as she explores the needs for diversity and inclusion across sectors, not just the arts.
Most recently, Lucy has continued her multi-talented approach to television, as the director and leading actress in Why Women Kill. Backed by an incredible array of awards, including Best Villain for Kill Bill and Best Actress for Elementary, Lucy shows no signs of stepping away from the spotlight just yet, and as such she makes for an ideal celebrity guest at events.