Stubbing out his cigarette, Jerry Lamb Hiu-fung, the bespectacled television and film actor, sighs as he recalls his latest career crisis. 'I was trying to pick a suit for attending the Films Awards ceremony,' he says, glancing around at the attire other customers at the cafe are wearing, 'so it would fit the solemnity of the ceremony. 'However, I decided against it since I'd feel very strange in it and the audience would, too. In the end I got something casual to wear instead. 'Well, that's me, looking like a rascal even at such an event.' Going easy on the attire, however, does not mean Lamb, 26, is treating the local Film Awards as a joke. This year's ceremony may turn out to be the peak of his entertainment career so far - he has been nominated for the best supporting actor award for his convincing performance in Derek Chiu Sung-kee's The Log as Longwaist, a street kid who finds out the rough way that becoming a policeman is not as heroic as he thought it would be. 'When I heard about the nomination I thought, 'no way am I going to win it' since the other candidates are too experienced and way better than me,' he says. 'However, since then I've been thinking that since I have managed to be named that means somebody must be voting for me - so now I think I have a much better chance. 'A 60 per cent chance, I would say,' Lamb estimates. His confidence comes from the fact he felt for the character he was playing. 'I knew the part would suit me the first time I read the script. 'Here was this kid who liked to fool around before a drastic turn of fate drove him to the brink. It was like playing myself,' he explains. 'I wanted to be a policeman since I was little - and upon starting my acting career I wanted to play all the ranks, from those in uniform up to becoming an FBI agent.' However, in real life, Lamb's resume bears little relevance to someone hoping to prosper in the police force. From being a traffic-news presenter at Commercial Radio, he gradually rose through the ranks. These included jobs as a sports presenter at Cable Television, and music programme host at TVB as well as obscure parts in local movies before landing his pivotal role in possibly the decade's most memorable - or farcical, depending on one's taste - gameshow: Movie Buff Championship. Lamb co-hosted the show with Eric Tsang Chi-wai and Jordan Chan Siu-chun - ironically his rivals for this year's film awards. 'I really have to thank Chi-wai for asking me to do it. This show launched my career since I was able to reach audiences of all levels by taking part and it made directors sit up and take notice of me too,' Lamb says. Most roles that came Lamb's way reflected the way he was portrayed as the host of the programme: young and naive, energetic, a laugh-a-line gag-bag. For such a young actor who grew up in the modern age of comedy, it is a surprise to find Lamb's idol is the late Leung Sing-bor, king of comedy during the black-and-white era of television. 'You can see in his films that everything he did was so sharp - the timing of his one-liners, the positions he put himself in during various situations. He was so successful in his job that just standing there would be enough to make you laugh - and pitting him against all the comedians of the present he would still be the best,' Lamb says, firmly. Of the films he has done, one stands out as not being exactly in the comedy tradition - his role as a teenage gangster in the notorious but commercial Young And Dangerous series. Lamb played in all four instalments, but admitted the role was not especially satisfying. 'Although being in the films has affected my acting skills and also my career, the part limited the possibilities for me to exploit my skills further,' he says. He intends to star in further sequels if asked, but says the time for such movies is possibly nearing its end. 'Although it [the series] did well at the box office, it was still seen as promoting delinquency. It has reached such a point critics have been saying they will not recommend the films because of the content,' Lamb says. Although he is surprised he has scaled these heights in such a short time, his family heritage should have given him inspiration. He is the latest of the Lamb siblings to succeed on to entertainment scene, following his sister Sandy, the singer-turned-media executive, and brother Jan, already a household name as one-half of the comedy duo, the Soft and Hardcore Kids. 'The positive side is that their fame can raise the awareness the audience has of me, and of course they can give me a lot of advice,' Lamb says. 'The downside, of course, is that some people get the impression I have reached where I am because of their influence - I can only say that if I hadn't pitched in my efforts I wouldn't be here today.' Lamb said he would love to follow in the footsteps of his brother - who more or less trod the same path to stardom, starting out as a traffic bulletin presenter and gradually moving through comedy parts to arrive at music and film production. 'I would like to become a scriptwriter rather than a director. I really admire my brother's ability to convert a script into images,' Lamb says. However, he also admits he is not ready yet. 'Even if I had any ideas I would not be flogging them yet - but I can see myself working in that capacity in 10 years' time,' he says. Lamb will concentrate on his acting for the time being: his hands are already full, with roles in television soap operas and films lined up. In contrast to many other film stars who complain about the tediousness of television series, Lamb says the medium is a useful training ground. 'Television soap operas can sharpen my timing and also the delivery of my dialogue. I'd like to spend more time doing this in the near future.' Apart from his acting, Lamb also hosts television programmes, acts as a compere, as well as doing voice-overs and filming for many consumer products. 'I once went four days without sleeping. We can't help it. It's our way of earning a living. 'It seems like we do a lot of things but actually our income is not as massive as people think,' Lamb says. His youthful zeal is probably one of the factors behind his meteoric rise. 'I want to achieve my goals in becoming a good actor and compere and I'd rather not sleep if I have to in order to reach that aim. 'When I joined this profession I expected the hardship - but I've not thought about doing anything else. This will be my lifelong career.' Beyond the immediate future, however, Lamb is pondering something bigger than a nomination for the coveted grand prize of the Film Awards - the Best Actor statuette. 'I'd like to get my name on the list as soon as possible - to show that even ordinary-looking people like me have the chance of achieving it,' Lamb says, without the least irony. 'And I would like it to be for a comedy part. 'That will prove comedy has its worth, too.' With Lamb's knack for witty one-liners and enthusiasm for perfection, his grin and presence will leave their mark for quite a while yet. The Hong Kong Film Awards will be telecast live on TVB Jade, April 13 at 7.30pm.