Michelle Yeoh is a Malaysian actress who rose to fame in 1990s Hong Kong action films and is best known internationally for her roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon along with recent international English films and series. She won the Miss Malaysia pageant of 1983 at the age of 20. In 2019, she played Christmas themed-store owner Santa in Last Christmas, opposite Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke.

Birth Name

Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng




Actress, Producer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Michelle Yeoh was born on the 6th of August 1962, in Ipoh, Malaysia.


She’s currently 57 years old.


Paris, France

Sun Sign




She has Hokkien and Cantonese ancestry.




Michelle was enrolled in a boarding school. Later, she studied at the UK’s Royal Academy of Dance in London, majoring in ballet. She later received a BA degree in Creative Arts with a minor in Drama.


Family Details

  • Father – Yeoh Kian Teik (MCA Politician)
  • Mother – Janet Yeoh (Lawyer)
  • Siblings – Lam Hoe Yeoh (Brother) (Malaysian Consultant), Robert Yeoh (Brother)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Michelle Yeoh has dated –

  • Dickson Poon (1988–1992) – In 1988, Michelle married an entrepreneur from Hong Kong, named Dickson Poon. Unfortunately, their marriage did not work out and they separated. But, they maintained a friendly bond afterward.

  • Jean Todt (2004–Present) – In 2004, she started dating Jean Todt a leading figure in motor racing and in July 2008 she confirmed her engagement to him during an interview with Craig Ferguson on CBS’s The Late Late Show.

Physical Statistics

  • In feet – 5 feet 4 inches
  • In centimeters – 163 cm
  • In meters – 1.63 m


  • In Kilograms – 54 kg
  • In Pounds – 119 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 32-24-33
  • Bust – 32 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 33 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Michelle rose to fame in 1990s Hong Kong action films and is best known internationally for her roles in the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies and martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. In 1997, Michelle was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Film Debut

In 1984, Michelle made her film debut in the action comedy film, Mao tou ying yu xiao fei xiang (a.k.a. The Owl vs Bombo) as Miss Yeung. In 2011, she made her film debut as a voice actress in the animated action-adventure film, Kung Fu Panda 2 as the voice of the soothsayer.

Television Debut

In 1996, Michelle made her first television show appearance as a guest in the talk show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show.

Brand Endorsements

Michelle Yeoh has done endorsement work for several brands such as Anlene, Guy Laroche, Tourism Bureau of Malaysia (2002) & Puma. In October 2011, she became the skincare’s ambassador of the brand, Guerlain.

Awards & Nominations

YearNominated WorkAwardResults
1986Yes, MadamHong Kong Film Award for Best New PerformerNominated
1998Tomorrow Never DiesMTV Movie Award for Best FightNominated
1998The Soong SistersHong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting ActressNominated
2000Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonTFCA Award for Best Performance, FemaleNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonSaturn Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonBAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonBlockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action TeamNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonGolden Horse Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonHong Kong Film Award for Best ActressNominated
2001Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonVFCC Award for Best ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsAsian Film Award for Best ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsPeople’s Choice Award for Favorite ActressNominated
2011Reign of AssassinsHuabiao Film Award for Outstanding Abroad ActressNominated
2018Star Trek: DiscoverySaturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on TelevisionNominated
2019Crazy Rich AsiansThe Asian Awards for Outstanding Achievement in CinemaWon

Michelle Yeoh Favorites

  • Favorite Movie – The Exorcist (1973)
  • Favorite Place To Shop – Costco in America
  • Favorite Food – Chicken, Bean Sprouts, Fish Head Curry

Michelle Yeoh Net worth

Michelle Yeoh has an estimated net worth of $40 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Michelle Yeoh

  • At the age of 20, Michelle won the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant.
  • Michelle has been known as the queen of martial arts in the Hong Kong film industry.
  • Michelle was chosen by People as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
  • Michelle played Soong Ai-ling in the award-winning The Soong Sisters.
  • In 1983, Michelle represented Malaysia at the Queen of the Pacific contest in Australia which she won. She represented Malaysia at the Miss World contest in London.
  • In 1985, she started her film career acting in action and martial arts films such as Yes, Madam.
  • In 1997, Michelle played Wai Lin in the James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.
  • In 2000, Michelle was then recruited by Ang Lee to star as Yu Shu Lien in the Chinese language martial arts film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
  • In 2005, Michelle starred as the graceful Mameha in the film adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • In 23 April 2007, she was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur) by French President Jacques Chirac.
  • In 2008, Michelle starred in fantasy action film, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor with Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
  • In September 2014, Michelle had accepted her first television role on the fifth and final season of Strike Back.
  • In 2016, Michelle was cast as Federation Captain Philippa Georgiou of the starship USS Shenzhou in the series, Star Trek: Discovery.
  • In 2019, Michelle played Christmas themed-store owner Santa in Last Christmas opposite Henry Golding and Emilia Clarke.


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