Maggie Cheung is a Hong Kong former actress who achieved critical success in the late 1980s and into the early 2000s, before taking a break from acting following her last starring role in 2004. She rarely appears in public except for fashion events and award ceremonies.
In this article, we will be discussing Maggie Cheung Biography, Age, Height, Weight, IMDb, Career, Movies/TV Shows, Awards/Nominations, Parents, Siblings, Husband, Children, Instagram, and Net Worth. Before we continue, let’s take a look at her profile summary below.
Maggie Cheung Profile Summary
Cheung Man-yuk Margaret
Date of birth
September 20, 1964
Place of birth
57 years old
5ft 6½in (1.69 m)
Olivier Assayas (div. 2001)
Ole Scheeren (2007-2011)
$1 – $5 million
Maggie Cheung Biography
Cheung was born in Hong Kong to Shanghainese parents. She attended St. Paul’s Primary Catholic School in Happy Valley, where she began at the primary one level. At the age of 8, her family emigrated from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom. She spent part of her childhood and adolescence in Bromley, London, England. In 1982, she returned to Hong Kong at the age of 18 for a vacation but ended up staying for modeling assignments and other commitments. She also shortly obtained a sales job at the Lane Crawford department store.
Cheung entered the Miss Hong Kong pageant in 1983 and won the first runner-up and the Miss Photogenic award as well. She was a semi-finalist in the Miss World pageant that same year. After two years as a TV presenter, it led to a contract with TVB (the television arm of the Shaw Bros. Studio). Her upbringing in Hong Kong and England and her ten years’ stay in Paris turned her into a polyglot. Cheung performed in Center Stage in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Shanghainese fluently, switching languages with ease. She performed in Clean in fluent English, French, and Cantonese.
Maggie Cheung Age
Cheung was born on September 20, 1964. She is currently 57 years old and she celebrates her birthday every 20th of September of each year. Her zodiac sign is Libra.
Maggie Cheung Height/Weight
Cheung stands at a height of 5 feet 6½inches (1.69 m) and her bodyweight is approximately 58kg.
Maggie Cheung IMDb Page
Cheung has an IMDb page with 92 Actress Credits, 2 Soundtrack Credits, 2 Thanks Credits, 11 Self Credits, and 4 Archive Footage Credits being recorded.
Maggie Cheung Career
Soon after her debut in 1984, Cheung broke into the film industry, starring in comedies. She caught the attention of Jackie Chan, who cast her in Police Story (1985) as May, his long-suffering girlfriend. Despite her success, she found herself typecast in the roles of comics or weak, clumsy women. When she realized this, she wanted to break away by seeking more dramatic roles. She finally got the opportunity when Wong Kar-wai cast her in As Tears Go By (1988), her first of many collaborations with Wong. Cheung often cites the film as the piece that truly began her serious acting career, and she won critical praise for it. Cheung later proved her versatility with roles in action films. Her performance in the sci-fi martial arts smash hit The Heroic Trio (1992) and its sequel, Executioners (1993), impressed both critics and audiences with her martial arts skills.
After taking a break in 1994, Cheung returned to film Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep (1996). In 1997, she made her first English-language film in Wayne Wang’s Chinese Box (1997). After her 1998 marriage to Olivier Assayas, Cheung stayed mainly in France. She later returned to Hong Kong to film In the Mood for Love (2000). She also starred in Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2002) and Wong’s 2046 (2004). After 25 years of acting in movies, she decided to retire from acting to pursue a career as a film composer. She made mentioned that she would like to compose music and paint after having fulfilled her acting potential. Cheung’s last film appearance was as Mazu, the Chinese goddess of the sea, in the film, Ten Thousand Waves (2010), by British filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien.
According to UK’s Independent, Cheung “turned her back on the film” since her Cannes moment in 2004 and has shifted her focus to philanthropy, making music, and editing. In April 2010, she was appointed as UNICEF’s Ambassador to China. In July 2011, she was awarded a doctor honoris causa at the University of Edinburgh. She finally retired from acting in 2013 and has since kept a low profile.
Cheung has provided celebrity endorsement for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
2020: Huading Award: 1978 Excellence Award for National Top 10 Film Actress (Won)
2007: Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress; Clean (2004) (Nominated)
2007: Shanghai International Film Festival for Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema (Won)
2005: César Awards, France for Best Actress (Meilleure actrice); Clean (2004) (Nominated)
2005: Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) for Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista); Ying xiong (2002) (Nominated)
2005: Montréal World Film Festival: Grand Prix Special des Amériques (Won)
2004: Cannes Film Festival for Best Actress; Clean (2004) (Won)
2004: International Film Festival for Achievement in Acting (Won)
2003: Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress; Ying xiong (2002) (Nominated)
2003: Asian Film Critics Association Awards: NETPAC Award for Best Actress; Ying xiong (2002) (Nominated)
2003: Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Actress; Ying xiong (2002) (Nominated)
2003: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; San lung moon hak chan (1992) (Nominated)
2002: Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Nominated)
2002: Film Festival, Brazil: Audience Award for Best Foreign Actress (Melhor Atriz Estrangeira); Fa yeung nin wah (2000), Tied with Ellen Burstyn for Requiem for a Dream (2000). (Won)
2001: Chinese Film Media Awards: China Film Media Award for Best Actress; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Won)
2001: Durban International Film Festival for Best Lead Performance; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Won)
2001 Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Nominated)
2001: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Won)
2000: Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Leading Actress; Fa yeung nin wah (2000) (Won)
1998: Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress; Song jia huang chao (1997) (Nominated)
1998: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Song jia huang chao (1997) (Won)
1997: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Tian mi mi (1996) (Won)
1997: Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Leading Actress; Tian mi mi (1996) (Won)
1997: Golden Bauhinia for Best Actress; Tian mi mi (1996) (Won)
1997: Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Actress; Tian mi mi (1996) (Won)
1997: Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards (HKFCS) for Best Actress; Tian mi mi (1996) (Won)
1993: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Ruan Ling Yu (1991) (Won)
1992: Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actress; Ruan Ling Yu (1991) (Won)
1992: Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Hugo for Best Actress; Ruan Ling Yu (1991) (Won)
1992: Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Leading Actress; San lung moon hak chan (1992) (Nominated)
1991: Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Leading Actress; Ruan Ling Yu (1991) (Won)
1991: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Ai zai bie xiang de ji jie (1990) (Nominated)
1991: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress; Gun gun hong chen (1990) (Nominated)
1990: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Bu tuo wa de ren (1989) (Won)
1990: International Festival of Young Cinema: Jury Special Prize for Feature Film; Ai zai bie xiang de ji jie (1990) (Won)
1990: Golden Horse Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actress; Gun gun hong chen (1990) (Won)
1989: Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress; Ren zai Niu Yue (1989) (Won)
1989: Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress; Wong Gok ka moon (1988) (Nominated)
1985: Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer; Yuen fan (1984) (Nominated)
Maggie Cheung Parents/Siblings
Cheung is yet to disclose the identities of her parents and siblings (if any) but an update will be available soon.
Maggie Cheung Husband/Children
Cheung got married to a French director, Olivier Assayas, in 1998. They divorced in 2001. In 2007, she began a relationship with German architect Ole Scheeren but the relationship ended in 2011.
Cheung has been rumored to have been romantically involved with In the Mood for Love co-star, Tony Leung, who is married to a fellow actor, Carina Lau. Lau quashed rumors of a feud by uploading a photo of her running into Cheung at an airport in 2013.
Cheung doesn’t have any child and she doesn’t seem to be bothered about it.
Maggie Cheung Instagram Account
Cheung has a less active Instagram account with 6 posts and 175 followers. She is not following anyone. Her handle name is @m_maggiecheung.
Maggie Cheung Net Worth
Despite leaving the movie industry in 2013, Cheung has an estimated net worth of $1 – $5 million.