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

Nickname

Michelle

Profession

Actress, Producer

Nationality

Malaysian

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

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

Age

She’s currently 57 years old.

Residence

Paris, France

Sun Sign

Leo

Ethnicity

Asian

She has Hokkien and Cantonese ancestry.

Religion

Buddhist

Education

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

Divorced

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

Weight

  • 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

Slim

Eye Color

Black

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

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

Year Nominated Work Award Results
1986 Yes, Madam Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer Nominated
1998 Tomorrow Never Dies MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Nominated
1998 The Soong Sisters Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon TFCA Award for Best Performance, Female Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Saturn Award for Best Actress Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Action Team Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Golden Horse Award for Best Actress Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
2001 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon VFCC Award for Best Actress Nominated
2011 Reign of Assassins Asian Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
2011 Reign of Assassins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress Nominated
2011 Reign of Assassins Huabiao Film Award for Outstanding Abroad Actress Nominated
2018 Star Trek: Discovery Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television Nominated
2019 Crazy Rich Asians The Asian Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Won

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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