Selena Li

Quick Facts

IntroCanadian actress
A.K.A.Selena Li Sze Wa
Is Actor
From Canada

Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 12 February 1981, British Hong Kong, British Empire
Age40 years
Star signAquarius
University of Toronto


Selena LEE Sze-wa (Chinese: 李施嬅, born 12 February 1981), formerly Selena Lee Sze-Wan (Chinese: 李詩韻), is a Hong Kong-born Canadian actress and former beauty pageant contestant. Lee has since starred in several TVB dramas. In 2019, Lee gained recognition for portraying Alex and Coco in the supernatural romance drama Barrack O’Karma . Lee left TVB in 2020
& was announced in May 2019 that she will be managed by American talent agency Authentic for work in North America.

Early life and career

Born in Hong Kong, Lee immigrated with her parents to Toronto in 1988. She attended the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Business Commerce in 2001. She entered the 2003 Miss Hong Kong pageant as an overseas contestant, winning Miss Photogenic and Miss Talent. Lee subsequently signed with broadcasting giant TVB and debuted as an actress in The Last Breakthrough (Chinese: 天涯俠醫).

In 2014, Lee portrayed the role of Jessica Tan in the Singaporean sitcom Spouse for House.

In 2015, Lee announced on her Weibo blog that she decided to change her Chinese stage name, Lee Sze Wan (李詩韻), back to her birth name, Lee Sze Wa (李施嬅), in memory of her grandmother, who had passed away that year.

In 2017, Lee won Best Actress at the European Cinematography Awards and Los Angeles Film Awards for her role in the American short film Once More.

In 2018, Lee participated in Canadian television crime drama Blood and Water (Chinese: 血與水) for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 7th Canadian Screen Awards. In April 2019, Lee announced that she will not be renewing her contract with TVB, with intentions to pursue opportunities internationally. Her last drama at TVB, Forensic Heroes IV, aired in February 2020. It was announced in May 2019 that she will be managed by American talent agency Authentic for work in North America.

Lee’s portrayal of Alex Cheung and Coco in the 2019 Hong Kong supernatural romance drama Barrack O’Karma gained popularity. At the 2019 TVB Anniversary Awards, she won Most Popular On-Screen Partnership with her Barrack O’Karma co-star Joel Chan. Nominated for the fourth time for Most Popular Female Character, she won the award alongside Miriam Yeung for her dual role as Alex Cheung/Coco.

Variety programmes


YearName of showEpisodesOther guests
2008Living Up Season 6All Suki Chui, Maggie Cheung, Leanne Li
2016Three Hungry SistersAll 8Paisley Hu, Samantha Ko


YearName of showEpisodesOther guests
200615/16?? Francois Huynh, Otto Chan
2008Fan and Kam 《范後感》18 October 2008 Raymond Lam, Ron Ng, Kate Tsui, Kenneth Ma
Lady’s Talk 《三個女人一個墟》?? Mandy Cho, Leanne Li
2009Boom Boom Ba 《耳分高下》15-16 Michael Tse, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui
Outsmart 《財智達人》04 Sammul Chan, Nancy Wu, Lee Lung Kei
2010Have Fun With Liza and Gods 《荃加福祿壽》06 Angel Chiang, Denise Ho, Lee Yee Man, Benji Chiang
Super Trio Game Master20 Charmaine Sheh, Moses Chan, Kenneth Ma
2015The Million Dollar Minute《超強選擇1分鐘》12 Vincent Wong Ho Shun, Evergreen Mak Cheung-ching
2018Cooking Beauties《美女廚房(第三輯)》03 Nancy Wu, Venus Wong
2019Liza’s Online《娛樂大家 (無綫電視節目)》04 Nancy Wu, Mandy Wong, Paisley Hu
The Green Room《今日VIP》187Interviewed by Luisa Maria Leitão
2020Cantopop at 50《流行經典50年》02 Raymond Wong Ho-yin, Shaun Tam, Alice Chan, Roxanne Tong


2010Vaseline Skin Care

2011Vaseline Skin Care -Aloe Vera

2019AXA Insurance


Peak chart positions
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Second Love 二次緣 Sing with 海俊傑 Gabriel Harrison14*16*

Nominations and awards

2004Chik Chak TV AwardsTop 5Newcomer Nominees
2005TVB 38th AnniversaryTop 20Best Supporting Actress
TVB 38th AnniversaryTop 5Most Improved Actress Awards
2006Next Magazine TV AwardsTop 15Best Newcomer Actress Awards
TVB 39th AnniversaryTop 20Best Supporting Actress
TVB 39th AnniversaryTop 5Most Improved Actress
2007TVB 40th AnniversaryTop 5Most Improved Actress
2008TVB 41st AnniversaryTop 5Most Improved Actress
2009TVB 42nd AnniversaryTop 15Best Supporting Actress
TVB 42nd AnniversaryTop Popularity Award
2010TVB 43rd AnniversaryTop 15Best Supporting Actress
TVB 43rd AnniversaryTop 5Most Improved Actress
TVB 43rd AnniversaryTop Popularity Award
2011TVB 44th AnniversaryTop 15Best Actress
2012StarHub TVB AwardsWinnerMost Improved TVB Female Artist
2014TVB 47th AnniversaryTop 15Best Actress
TVB Star Awards MalaysiaWinnerMy Favorite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters
19th Asian Television AwardsHighly CommendedBest Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress
2015TVB Star Awards MalaysiaNominatedMy Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
WonMy Top 16 Favourite TVB Drama Characters
Singapore Starhub AwardsWonMy Favourite TVB Female Character
TVB Anniversary AwardsNominatedBest Serial Drama (Brick Slaves)
NominatedBest Actress in a Leading Role
NominatedMost Popular Female Character
2016Singapore Starhub AwardsWonMy Favourite TVB Female Character
NominatedMy Favourite TVB Supporting Actress
NominatedTokyo Bust Express The Sassy Award
2016TVB Anniversary AwardsNominatedBest Actress in a Leading Role
2017European Cinematography AwardsWonBest Actress in a Leading Role (“Once More” as Selina”
Los Angeles Film AwardsWonBest Actress (Once More as Selina)
2018TVB Anniversary GalaNominatedMy Favourite TVB Best Actress
20197th Canadian Screen AwardsTop 5Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
TVB Anniversary AwardsWonThe Most Popular Female Character
WonThe Most Popular On-screen Partnership (with Joel Chan)
Top 5Best Actress
Audience at the Civil TV Awards 2019WonElected Civil Best Actress Award