Gregor's Top 30 Actresses from China/HK

by Movie-Mate | created - 01 Oct 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

1. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

2. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

3. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

4. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

5. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Ging chaat goo si

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Police Story (1985), Chungking Express (1994) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

6. Cynthia Kahn

Actress | Screen Test

Cynthia Kahn is an actress, known for Screen Test (1985).

7. Rosamund Kwan

Actress | Lie tou

Rosamund Kwan was born on September 24, 1962 in Hong Kong as Guan Ga Wei. She is an actress, known for The Head Hunter (1982), The Millionaires' Express (1986) and This Thing Called Love (1991). She was previously married to Pierre Chen and Guosheng Wang.

8. Moon Lee

Actress | Tian shi xing dong

Moon Lee was born on February 14, 1965 in Hong Kong as Lee Choi Fong. She is known for her work on Fighting Madam (1987), Mission of Justice (1992) and Fatal Termination (1990).

9. Joey Wang

Actress | Sien lui yau wan

Joey Wang grew up in her native Taiwan, where she was spotted by a talent scout for a modeling agency. Her height and delicate beauty made her one of the most popular Taiwanese models, and Wang went on to have a successful film career. Her ethereal elegance was used to great effect by director ...

10. Angela Mao

Actress | Enter the Dragon

Angela Mao was born as Mao Ching Ying in 1950 as the third of eight children to a family of entertainers for the Peking Opera House. She had a successful career as a Chinesa Opera actress, where her flexibility and martial arts first developed. She was discovered by film producer Raymond Chow who ...

11. Wei Zhao

Actress | Chi bi

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was...

12. Anita Mui

Actress | Yim ji kau

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...

13. Christy Chung

Actress | The Medallion

Christy Chung was born on September 19, 1970 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Medallion (2003), The Bodyguard from Beijing (1994) and Love on Delivery (1994). She has been married to Shawn Zhang since November 8, 2016. She was previously married to Jon Yen and Glen Ross.

14. Bingbing Fan

Actress | X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bingbing Fan was born 16 September 1981. She is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.

Fan rose to fame in Asia in 1998-1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, winning a Hundred...

15. Charlie Yeung

Actress | Do lok tin si

Charlie Yeung was first cast to star in a jewelry commercial with pop idol Aaron Kwok in 1993, and thus began her versatile career. Within a year, she appeared in various movies including acclaimed director Kar-Wai Wong's Ashes of Time, and released her first album which won her The Most Promising ...

16. Cecilia Cheung

Actress | Mong bat liu

Cecilia Cheung (Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi) was born in Hong Kong to a Cantonese father and a half Cantonese-half British mother. Her parents divorced when she was little after which she was sent to Australia for studies. She graduated from RMIT Holmes College.

Her career began in 1998, when she was ...

17. Karen Mok

Actress | Do lok tin si

Karen Mok was born on June 2, 1970 in Hong Kong as Karen Joy Morris. She is an actress, known for Fallen Angels (1995), Around the World in 80 Days (2004) and Black Mask (1996). She has been married to 'Johannes' since October 1, 2011.

18. Sibelle Hu

Actress | Huan yan

Sibelle Hu was born on May 4, 1958 in Taiwan. She graduated from the Faculty of History of the University of Taiwan in 1981. When she was still in school, she made her film debut in Your Smiling Face (1979), which was a big hit in Hong Kong, and then went on to appear in a host of drama/romantic ...

19. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

20. Chingmy Yau

Actress | Chik loh goh yeung

Chingmy Yau was born on May 16, 1968 in Hong Kong. She is an actress, known for Naked Killer (1992), Hold You Tight (1998) and Lee Rock (1991). She has been married to Karwai Shum since October 31, 1999. They have three children.

21. Yifei Liu

Actress | The Forbidden Kingdom

Liu Yifei Born in Wuhan, Hubei province of China 1987 August 25th, She began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano. Moving to the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there for four years. She returned to China in June 2002 to pursue a modeling and ...

22. Charlene Choi

Actress | Chin gei bin

Charlene Choi (born 22 November 1982) is a Hong Kong-Canadian actress and singer. She is a member of Cantopop group Twins, along with Gillian Chung. Choi was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She moved with her family to Hong Kong a few years later. She was educated at a number of ...

23. Michelle Reis

Actress | Do lok tin si

Michelle Reis was born on June 20, 1970 in Macao as Michele Monique Reis. She is an actress, known for Fallen Angels (1995), The Legend (1993) and The Legend II (1993). She has been married to Julian Hui since November 23, 2008. They have one child.

24. Carina Lau

Actress | Ah fei zing zyun

Carina Lau moved to Hong Kong with her family at the age of 14 and at the the time could not speak the local Cantonese and was often teased by other people the "Mainland Girl". She would eventually gave her best effort to learn the language and then was re-accepted at the TVB actors training ...

25. Valerie Chow

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Valerie Chow was born in Hong Kong as Ka-Ling Chow, the only daughter of a well-off family. In 1991, she won Miss Hong Kong Pageant as the first runner up. She went back to Hong Kong University to finish her law degree before returning, in 1993, to her acting career.

Chow's career kicked off with a ...

26. Tian Jing

Actress | Kong: Skull Island

Jing Tian graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, Department of Chinese Film and Television.

In 2006, Jing Tian released the music EP Who are you with King Sweet music.

Tian starred in 13 episodes of the TV show An Epic of a Woman (2009) in 2010. Her acting career ...

27. Joyce Godenzi

Actress | Dung fong tuk ying

Joyce Godenzi was born in 1965 in Hong Kong as Joyce Mina (English) Godenzi. She is an actress, known for Eastern Condors (1987), Bi gui zhuo (1986) and Mr. Nice Guy (1997). She has been married to Sammo Kam-Bo Hung since 1995.

28. Elaine Lui

Actress | Tian shi xing dong

Elaine Lui is an actress, known for Fighting Madam (1987), The Bride with White Hair (1993) and Liu mang ying xiong (1986).

29. Qinqin Jiang

Actress | Yi ge shao zi

Qinqin Jiang was born on September 3, 1975 in Chongqing, China. She is an actress, known for A Fool (2014), Qiao's Grand Courtyard (2006) and My Sister's Dictionary (2005). She has been married to Jianbin Chen since 2006. They have one child.

30. Bingbing Li

Actress | Transformers: Age of Extinction

Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer. She rose to fame with her role in Seventeen Years (1999) and since then received critical acclaim for her roles in A World Without Thieves (2004), Waiting Alone (2005), The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (...

31. Carman Lee

Actress | Sun diu hap lui

Carman Lee is an actress, known for Sun diu hap lui (1995), Knock Off (1998) and Forbidden City Cop (1996).

32. Wei Tang

Actress | Se, jie

Wei Tang was born on October 7, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Blackhat (2015) and The Golden Era (2014). She has been married to Tae-yong Kim since July 12, 2014.

33. Amy Yip

Actress | Wu hu si hai

Probably the most famous Hong Kong Category III actress in History even though she hasn't made a film since 1997 when she quit the industry to get married. Famed for her tiny, slim body and disproportionately large implanted breasts, and the lengths she goes to to hide her assets. Her film roles ...

34. Celina Jade

Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists

Celina Horan, professionally known as Celina Jade, is a Chinese American actress, model, singer/songwriter and martial artist most known for her work as "Shado" in the CW series Arrow. Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary ...

35. Chrissie Chau

Actress | 29+1

Chrissie Chau was born on May 22, 1985 in Chaozhou, Guangdong, China as Chau Sau-Na. She is an actress, known for 29+1 (2017), City Under Siege (2010) and Perfect Wedding (2010).

36. Faye Wong

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Her mother (now deceased) was a singer and her father a mining engineer. They moved with her older brother to Hong Kong when she was 18 and she began to take singing lessons. Her teacher introduced her to Cinepoly Records, where she first recorded under the name Wong Jing Man and was given the ...

Honorable Mention

37. Cynthia Rothrock

Actress | Cui hua kuang mo

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Undefeatable (1993), Lady Dragon (1992) and Honor and Glory (1993).

Special Mention

38. Françoise Yip

Actress | AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

At an early age Francoise passed on an opportunity to study in music and chose to persue a degree in Political Science. It was during those years, Francoise started with modeling. That career didn't last long, but she did get the opportunity to star with Jackie Chan in Rumble in the Bronx. For her ...

Black Mask

39. Siu-Fung Wong

Actress | Choh dim yuen yeung

Siu-Fung Wong was born in 1962 in Shanghai, China as Siu-fung Wong. She is an actress and producer, known for Love with the Perfect Stranger (1985), Ping an ye (1985) and Web of Deception (1989).

aks. Pauline Wong Mr. Vampire

40. Carrie Ng

Actress | Lang xin ru tie

Carrie Ng was born in 1963 in Hong Kong as Ka-Lai Ng. She is an actress and director, known for Lang xin ru tie (1993), Angel Whispers (2015) and The Kid (1999).

Naked Killer



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