Michelle Yeoh is a Chinese actress who gained worldwide popularity in the late 1990s, Hong Kong action films. She was born in 裏� fu Lam, Guangdong China, the daughter of a Chinese commercial agent and Chinese martial artist. In her early years, Michelle spent many of her childhood years in Hong Kong, studying acting with varying degrees of success. However, it was in 1996 that she moved to Hollywood and began work in the movies as a trainee. Later that year, Michelle Yeoh became popular in the world of television when her role in the movie Hong Kong: Martial Arts King became one of the first high-profile shows on Chinese television.
Michelle Yeoh’s life and career have undergone numerous changes throughout her short career in Hollywood. First, in 1996, Michelle was cast in the Japanese production The Quick Winning Mandarin, playing the role of Yip Man, which earned her the lead role in that year’s Hong Kong film Best Match. The following year, Michelle played the lead role in the popular Hong Kong film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, winning the award for best actress in that year’s movie festival. She then appeared in the successful Hong Kong movie Mermaids: Prince of the Sea, playing the role of Miss Lin. In 1998, Michelle was also nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the animated movie The Princess and the Frog. After the movie’s release, several more award nominations followed including for the best actress award at the 1999 Academy Awards.
Throughout the remainder of the decade, Michelle continued to play various starring roles in different action, adventure, science fiction, and comedy movies, many of which were successful at the box office. Finally, in 2004, Yeoh appeared in the award-winning Hong Kong film Finding Nemo, playing the role of Charmaine, a widower mermaid who re-lives her earlier years in an aquatic world populated by fish and seaweed. Her leading role in this film earned her an additional Oscar nomination.
Michelle Yeoh Personal Details
- Date Of Birth: 6 August 1962
- Birth Place: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
- Birth Name: Yeoh Chu-Kheng
- Nick Name: Michelle
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Occupation: Actress
- Nationality: Malaysian
- Race/Ethnicity: Asian / Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent
- Religion: Buddhism
- Hair Color: Dark Brown
- Eye Color: Dark Brown
Michelle Yeoh Body Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 108 lbs
- Weight in Kilogram: 49 kg
- Height in Feet: 5′ 4″
- Height in Meters: 1.63 m
- Body Measurements: 34-26-36 in (87-66-91 cm)
- Breast Size: 34 inches (87 cm)
- Waist Size: 26 inches (66 cm)
- Hips Size: 36 inches (91 cm)
- Bra Size/Cup Size: 34B
- Feet/Shoe Size: 8 (US)
- Dress Size: 4 (US)
Michelle Yeoh Family Details
- Father: Yeoh Kian Teik (Lawyer and politician)
- Mother: Janet Yeoh
- Spouse: Dickson Poon (m. 1988-1992)
- Children: Not yet
- Siblings: Robert Yeoh (Brother), Lam Hoe Yeoh (Brother)
- Partner: Jean Todt (2004)
Michelle Yeoh Education
- Royal Academy of Dance, Royal Academy of Arts
- She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from the Royal Academy of Dance (London, England).
Michelle Yeoh Facts
- She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent.
- One of the highest-paid Chinese-language actresses in the world.
- She is one of the only female stars whom Jackie Chan lets do her own stunts.
- She won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983.
- She speaks 3 languages, English, Malay and Cantonese.
After some time away from the screen, Michelle returned to the big screen once again in an exciting role in the TV series Kung Fu Panda. She portrayed the role of Momo, a fierce and beautiful Chinese medicine practitioner who was raised by the Panda family. Although the TV show ran for only one season, it soon became a popular program in Asian television. Later, Michelle would voice the role of Dr. Zai, the head of the Chi clinic where the main characters went to get their treatments. Other notable roles include the evil Jealousy in the animated Disney cartoon Kung Fu Panda, and the evil queen and king in Beauty and the Beast. Michelle was also nominated for an additional Emmy for her performance as the evil Queen in the film King of the Jungle.
Michelle is not entirely forgotten though, as she has also portrayed martial arts warriors in both live action and on screen. She has appeared in films such as Kung Fu, The Matrix, and the Kung Mangalay (Kung Fu Panda) for her role as Wu Qi. Other roles included the leads in the action films Dragonball Z and Kill Bill, and she played the role of Wonder Woman in the second film in her own franchise. Additionally, she was also a voice actress for a number of animated children’s shows such as Rugrats. Her most recent acting assignment was playing a lead character in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Michelle is also known for her voice over work, having lent her voice to several video games including Sleeping Dogs and Tomb Raider: Anniversary.
Michelle Yeoh has had a long career in Hong Kong action movies and television. Her notable roles have led to the Japanese movie industry, casting her as the love interest of Bruce Lee in Fist of Chinese. She also had a memorable turn as the daughter of Chow Tien in the Bruce Lee movie The Replacements. Beyond those roles, she has been seen in other mediums such as cartoons, television, video games, and other films. As of this writing, Michelle is still active in performing arts, both in real life and in the virtual world.