Shawn Dou (simplified Chinese: 窦骁; traditional Chinese: 竇驍; pinyin: Dòu Xiāo; born December 15, 1988) is a Chinese-Canadian actor. He won recognition soon after Zhang Yimou’s movie The Love of the Hawthorn Tree in 2010 and received numerous awards with co-star Zhou Dongyu. Dou was born in Xi’an, the capital city of Shaanxi province, China. His parents migrated to Canada when Dou was ten years old. According to his interview with “Xianren” he worked at different places to earn money. He desired to become a hair stylist. In 2007 he participated in the Sunshine Boy competition and finished first place. His friends suggested that he try acting. He returned to China and was accepted by the Beijing Film Academy in 2008.
Dou became a student and practitioner of Shito-Ryu Karate under Sato-Sensei in Vancouver, BC, during his high school years.