Top 20 Actresses in Hong Kong Cinema History

by alenlin | created - 17 Oct 2011 | updated - 11 Mar 2016 | Public

#1 Maggie Cheung

Others Ranked by Age

1. 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 ...

2. 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.

3. Cherie Chung

Actress | Nam yi nui

Cherie Chung was born on February 16, 1960 in Hong Kong. She was third runner-up in the 1979 Miss Hong Kong Pageant and entered the film industry afterward, becoming one of Hong Kong's most popular and beautiful actresses.

Chung would go on to appear in dozens of comedy and drama movies, most ...

4. 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, ...

5. 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.

6. 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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. Maggie Siu

Actress | Hak se wui

Maggie Siu was born on February 27, 1965 in Hong Kong, China as Mei-Kei Siu. She is an actress, known for Election (2005), PTU (2003) and Eye in the Sky (2007).

9. Sandra Kwan Yue Ng

Actress | Goo waak zai: Hung Hing Sap Saam Mooi

Sandra Kwan Yue Ng is widely considered as the most bankable actress in Hong Kong. With over a hundred films to her credit, including several collaborations with the "King of Hong Kong Comedy" Stephen Chow, Ng is crowned "Queen of Comedy" by many.

Ng entered show business in the 1980s, the golden ...

10. 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 ...

11. Vivian Chow

Actress | San ren shi jie

Vivian Chow was born on November 10, 1967 in Hong Kong. She is known for her work on San ren shi jie (1988), The Kung Fu Scholar (1994) and Angel Hunter (1992). She has been married to Joe Nieh since January 6, 2009.

12. Man Cheung

Actress | Dou san

Sharla Cheung Man is of Shanghainese origin. She was discovered by Jing Wong, who cast her in many of his productions in the early 1990s. After appearing in God of Gamblers (1989), Cheung was propelled to stardom for her role in the Stephen Chow smash hit All for the Winner (1990). She soon became a...

13. 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.

14. Chien-Lien Wu

Actress | Yin shi nan nu

Wu Chien-Lien was born on July 3, 1968 in Taipei. Inspired by Fame (USA 1980) she entered the Taipei National University of Art after finishing high school she earned tuition money during the summer by singing commercial jingles and back-up vocals. Famous actress Sylvia Chang happened to come ...

15. Rene Liu

Actress | Tian xia wu zei

Rene Liu was born on June 1, 1969 in Taipei, Taiwan. She is an actress, known for A World Without Thieves (2004), The Personals (1998) and Us and Them (2018).

16. 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 ...

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. 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.

19. Gigi Lai

Actress | Goo waak zai: Yan joi gong woo

Gigi Lai Chi, is a Hong Kong actress under contract to the TVB television channel. Gigi is very well known for her beautiful image and her love of beauty, the Hong Kong media has dubbed her the nickname "Goddess of Beauty." In the past, Gigi would turn down roles if they affected her appearance on ...

20. Sammi Cheng

Actress | Mou gaan dou

Sammi Cheng was born on August 19, 1972 in Hong Kong as Cheng Sau Man. She is an actress, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), Love on a Diet (2001) and My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002). She is married to Andy Chi-On Hui.

21. 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 ...

22. Gigi Leung

Actress | Heung joh chow heung yau chow

Gigi Leung was born on March 25, 1976 in Hong Kong as Leung Pei Chi. She is an actress, known for Turn Left, Turn Right (2003), A War Named Desire (2000) and Tempting Heart (1999). She has been married to Sergio Crespo Gutes since October 3, 2011. They have one child.

23. 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) ("...

24. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

25. 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 ...



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