Michelle Yeoh

Actor, Producer, Dancer
Hailed by critics and colleagues for both her beauty and versatility, Hong Kong film star Michelle Yeoh was a woman who gained fame and fortune by going toe-to-toe against her male counterparts in numerous action films ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1962 in Ipoh, Perak, MY

Filmography

Actor (32)

Mechanic: Resurrection 2016 (Movie)

May (Actor)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend 2015 (Movie)

Yu Shu Lien (Actor)

Strike Back 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Final Recipe 2013 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Kung Fu Panda 2 2011 (Movie)

The Soothsayer (Voice)

The Lady 2011 (Movie)

Aung San Suu Kyi (Actor)

True Legend 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Yu (Actor)

Reign of Assassins 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Babylon A.D. 2008 (Movie)

Sister Rebeka (Actor)

The Children of Huang Shi 2008 (Movie)

Madame Wang (Actor)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 (Movie)

Zi Yuan (Actor)

Far North 2007 (Movie)

Savia (Actor)

Sunshine 2007 (Movie)

Corazon (Actor)

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005 (Movie)

Mameha (Actor)

Silver Hawk 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

Yan Fei (Actor)

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 (Movie)

Yu Shu Lien (Actor)

The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Warriors 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Song Jia Huang Chao 1997 (Movie)

Sung Ngoi-ling (Actor)

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

Wai Lin (Actor)

The Tai Chi Master 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Stunt Woman 1995 (Movie)

Ah Kam (Actor)

Once A Cop 1994 (Movie)

Yang Kin-Wah (Actor)

Executioners 1993 (Movie)

Chan San (Actor)

The Heroic Trio 1993 (Movie)

Ching--Invisible Woman (Actor)

Wing Chun 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Supercop 1992 (Movie)

Chief of Security Yang--Hana (Actor)

Magnificent Warriors 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Royal Warriors 1985 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

Yes, Madam 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (5)

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Silver Hawk 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Silver Hawk 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Touch 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Hailed by critics and colleagues for both her beauty and versatility, Hong Kong film star Michelle Yeoh was a woman who gained fame and fortune by going toe-to-toe against her male counterparts in numerous action films and martial arts flicks. Like action hero Jackie Chan, Yeoh was celebrated for performing her own death-defying stunts and handling her own fight scenes, which were not without their inherent dangers and brushes with near-death. She emerged as a contracted player for D&B Films, which groomed the actress to become Asia's top female action star in movies like "Super Cops" (1985) and "Magnificent Warriors" (1988). Yeoh gained an international footing with the successful cross-continent actioner ""Police Story 3: Supercop" (1992), starring opposite Jackie Chan, before making her official U.S. debut alongside Pierce Brosnan's James Bond in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997). From there, she oscillated between Hong Kong and American films before being elevated to the next level in the critically hailed international hit, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000), which contained one of her most respected performances. Yeoh next starred in major Hollywood films like "Memoirs of a Geisha" (2005), as well as Danny Boyle's acclaimed sci-fi thriller "Sunshine" (2007), which helped widen her horizons. Throughout her career, Yeoh was capable of matching her male colleagues without ever compromising her femininity, making her one of the most versatile actresses to have emerged from Hong Kong in years.

Relationships

Yeoh Geik

Father
Born c. 1924

Dickson Poon

Husband
Co-founded D&B Films purchased the London-based Harvey Nicholls department store married from 1988-1991 Yeoh briefly retired from acting during their marriage

Jean Todt Actor

Companion
French engaged to the former CEO of Scuderia Ferrari

Janet Yeoh

Mother
Born c. 1939

Robert Yeoh

Brother
Born c. 1963

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dance

Began postgraduate studies but was sidelined by an injury; shifted focus to choreography; minored in drama

Milestones

2010

Played a cobra trainer in the remake of "The Karate Kid"

2008

Cast in Mathieu Kassovitz's "Babylon A.D."

2008

Cast in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"

2007

Cast in Danny Boyle's Sci-fi thriller, "Sunshine"

2005

Cast as Mameha, the elegant and experienced geisha in Rob Marshall's film version of "Memoirs of a Geisha"

2002

Produced (also starred) "The Touch"

2000

Co-starred with Chow Yun Fat in Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

2000

Signed five-year joint venture with Media Asia Group to produce and star in films under her own banner Mythical Films

1997

Announced as the new 'Bond girl' opposite Pierce Brosnan in "Tomorrow Never Dies"

1996

US feature debut, "Supercop"; credited as Michelle Khan

1992

Returned to acting after divorce and teamed with Jackie Chan for "Police Story 3: Supercop"

1989

Announced her retirement from acting at the request of her husband Dickson Poon

1985

Feature debut, "Owl vs. Dumbo"

1985

Began starring in action films with her second feature "Yes, Madam!"

1983

While vacationing in Hong Kong as Miss Malaysia, approached by D&B Films to make a commercial with Jackie Chan

1983

Awarded the title of Miss Malaysia

Moved to England to attend the Royal Academy of Dance

Suffered first major injury while making "Stunt Woman/Ah Kam/The Story of Stuntwoman Ah Kam"

Signed with D&B Films

Left the Royal Academy of Dance in London after a ballet injury halted her postgraduate work

Began appearing in stage productions

Bonus Trivia

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Yeoh, then Yeoh Chu-Kheng, adopted the name Michelle after three years in Hong Kong thereby becoming Michelle Yeoh. With the guidance of manager Terence Chang, she chose the name Khan for her introduction to the English-speaking film market, although she later reverted to using Yeoh.

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In April 2001, was awarded the title of Datuk in her native Malaysia by Sultan Azlan Shah.

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On April 23, 2007, President Jacques Chirac awarded her Knight of the Legion of Honour of France.

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