Mr David Yip 葉西園先生


Date 16 February 2010 Interviewed by Jiali Xu
Language English    

Mr David Yip has just celebrated thirty seven years as an actor. During that time he has worked extensively in Film, Television, Theatre and Radio both in the UK and Internationally.

He is still remembered by many people for creating the role of Detective Sergeant John Ho, 'The Chinese Detective', written by Ian Kennedy Martin for BBC TV in the early 1980s. With the release of the DVD of the series, a lot of new, younger fans are joining the old 'die hards' in appreciating its quirky qualities.

Also roles in feature films like 'Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom' , directed by Stephen Spielberg, James Bond - 'A View To A Kill' directed by John Glen and 'Entrapment' directed by Jon Amiel have served to widen his fan base.

In the past year, he has been fortunate enough to work in three very different theatre pieces in London.

The first was the UK premiere of Brecht's 'Turandot' at the Hampstead Theatre, translated by Edward Kemp, and directed by Anthony Clark.

'The King and I' at the Royal Albert Hall, directed by Jeremy Sams.

'Chun Yi - Legend of Kung Fu' at the Coliseum Theatre, directed by Ray Roderick.

Here are some more examples of David's most recent work:

Television - the live BBC TV performance, 'The Liverpool Nativity' which won a prestigious television award in Prague.

'The Chucklevision Christmas Special' and 'Spirit Warriors' both for BBC TV.

Feature films, 'Act of Grace' directed by Noreen Kershaw , and shot in Liverpool.

'Triage' directed by Danis Tanovic, and shot in Dublin.

Radio, playing Drake Ko in 'The Honourable Schoolboy' by John Le Carre, for BBC Radio 4, dramatised for radio by Shaun McKenna and directed by Marc Beeby.

David has written and presented six documentaries for television and radio about the Chinese Community in Liverpool where he was born, and written and directed his first short film, 'Chinese Whispers'.