|Date of Birth||16 September 1985, Hampstead, London, England, UK|
|Birth Name||Max Giorgio Choa Minghella|
|Height||5' 10" (1.78 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor. He was born in Hampstead, London, the son of Hong Kong-born choreographer Carolyn Choa, and the late Oscar-winning, British-born director Anthony Minghella. His ancestry is half Italian, along with over one quarter Chinese, and smaller amounts of Parsee Indian, English, Irish, and Swedish. His maternal great-grandfather, Robert Hormus Kotewall, was a prominent Hong Kong businessman and legislator.
In his late teens, after watching the play This is our Youth, Max decided that he wanted to pursue acting and dropped out of school to join the National Youth Theatre.
He had a small part as an extra in Cold Mountain, directed by his father, but his first proper movie role was with Richard Gere in the commercially poorly received Bee Season. Inspite of slating the movie as a whole most critics gave Max credit for his strong performance.
Max went on to a small role in the thriller Syriana, playing the son of George Clooneys character.
He then landed the leading role in Art School Confidential, acting opposite more acting heavyweights like Jim Broadbent and John Malkovich.
He went on to the dark romantic movie, Elvis and Anabelle, where he played a mortician, to the 4th Century epic Agora, starring Rachel Weisz. Here Max played a slave, Davus.
He then took some smaller roles in some critically acclaimed movies such as the Social Network and Ides of March.
Other recent roles include the villainous Graham in The Internship and Ben in the horror flick The Darkest Hour. Neither movie received good reviews.
Next Max will be seen playing Lee Torneau in the adaptation of Joe Hills novel Horns with Daniel Ratcliffe and Juno Temple.
Max now lives in the states.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jane O
Max's paternal grandfather, Edward Minghella, was an Italian immigrant, and Max's paternal grandmother, Gloria Alberta Arcari, was born in Leeds North, England, to Italian parents.
Max's maternal grandfather, George Wing Sien Choa, was born in Hong Kong, of Chinese ancestry, and was a prominent otorhinolaryngologist (in simple English, an ear, nose and throat doctor - an ENT).
Max's maternal grandmother, Maisie Nora Kotewall, was also born in Hong Kong. Maisie's father, Robert Hormus Kotewall, was a well-known Hong Kong businessman and legislator; Robert was of approximately half Parsee Indian and half Chinese ancestry. Maisie's mother, Edith Lowcock, was of approximately one quarter English, one quarter Irish, one quarter Swedish, and one quarter Chinese (through Max's matrilineal line), ancestry.