August 6, 1962
58 years old
5 ft 4 in | 162.5 cm
34-26-36 in | 86.5-66-91.5 cm
55 kg | 121 lbs
8 US | 38.5 EU
Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng was born in Ipoh, Malaysia, on August 6, 1962, is a Malaysian actress.
Young Michelle Yeoh first started performing as a ballet dancer.
She started taking ballet lessons at the age of 4.
She began her professional acting career in a commercial with Jackie Chan (1984).
She landed her first break in Hong Kong action films, in 1990s.
She made her big screen debut in Hong Kong action comedy film The Owl vs Bombo (1984) in role as Miss Yeung.
Her international breakthrough performance came as Wai Lin in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Avatar 2 (2022) science fiction action, in role as Dr. Karina Mogue
Blazing Samurai (2021) animated action adventure comedy, in voice role as Yuki
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) action thriller in role as Florence, with Karen Gillan, Carla Gugino and Lena Headey
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) superhero in role as Jiang Nan, opposite Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Fala Chen
Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021) animated comedy, in role as Master Chow
She was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer for her role as Inspector Ng in Hong Kong action film Yes, Madam (1985).
She was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Soong Ai-ling, aka Madam Kung in Hong Kong historical drama movie The Soong Sisters (1997).
She was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight for her performance as Wai Lin in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
She was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award and a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role as Yu Shu Lien in martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).
She was nominated for the Asian Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Zeng Jing / Xi Yu (Drizzle) in martial arts film Reign of Assassins (2010).
She was nominated for The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for her role as Eleanor Young in romantic comedy movie Crazy Rich Asians (2018).
She played Inspector "Jessica" Yang Chien-Hua in Hong Kong action films with Jackie Chan:
Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992)
Once a Cop (1993)
She voiced Soothsayer in animated comedy film Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011).
Sunshine (2007) science fiction psychological thriller opposite Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne and Chris Evans
Twin Warriors (1993) martial arts with Jet Li and Shun Lau
Wing Chun (1994) martial arts opposite Donnie Yen, Waise Lee and Cheng Pei-pei
The Heroic Trio (1993) action with Maggie Cheung and Anita Mui
Babylon A.D. (2008) science fiction action opposite Vin Diesel, Mélanie Thierry and Mark Strong
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) action adventure fantasy with Brendan Fraser, Jet Li and Maria Bello
Last Christmas (2019) romantic comedy opposite Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding and Emma Thompson
She was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television for her performance as Captain Philippa Georgiou / Emperor Philippa Georgiou in CBS All Access science fiction television series Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2020).
She had recurring role as Mei Foster / Lieutenant Colonel Han Li Na in action television serial Strike Back: Legacy (2015).
Marco Polo (2016) Netflix drama series in role as Lotus
Ark: The Animated Series (2022) animated action series in voice role as Mei-Yin Li
Studied at Main Convent Ipoh in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
She majored in Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance, in London and graduated with a BA degree in Creative Arts and a minor in Drama.
Has two brothers, Lam Hoe Yeoh and Robert Yeoh.
Has Hokkien and Cantonese ancestry.
She won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant in 1983, also she won beauty pageants "Queen of the Pacific" and "Miss Moomba".
She is a Buddhist.
Has her own production company, Mythical Films.
She is a patron of the Save China's Tigers project.
She was awarded as Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2007 and was promoted to Officer of the same French Order in 2012.
Lives in Paris, France.
She was engaged to American cardiologist Alan Heldman.
She started dating French motorsport executive Jean Todt in 2004, the couple got engaged in 2008.
She was married to Hong Kong entrepreneur Dickson Poon (1988-1992).