Cecilia Cheung Pak-choi (Chinese: 張栢芝, born 24 May 1980) is a Hong Kong-Australian actress and cantopop singer. Cheung is considered a "Sing girl"—an actress who first received media attention through starring alongside Stephen Chow, and later went on to her own successful career.
|Other names||Cecilia Cheung|
|Alma mater||Camberwell Girls Grammar School|
|Known for||Sing girl|
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
(m. 2006; div. 2011)
Cheung was born in Man Wah Sun Chuen, Jordan, Hong Kong. Her parents divorced when she was nine years old. She was sent to Melbourne to live with her aunt at the age of fourteen and then attended Camberwell Girls Grammar School. She has an elder half-sister, two younger brothers and a younger half-brother from her father's side.
Her career began in 1998, when she was cast in a television commercial advertising lemon tea. She caught the attention of Stephen Chow after shooting the ad. Later, Cheung made her film debut as a young nightclub hostess in Stephen Chow's King of Comedy (1999). King of Comedy became the highest grossing local film of the year, and shot Cheung to fame in Hong Kong. She then starred in Fly Me to Polaris (1999), which earned her the award for Best Newcomer at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Cheung also sung the theme song for Fly Me to Polaris, which gained attention among the masses for her singing ability. In the same year, Cheung launched her singing career with her first Cantopop album Any Weather (1999).
Cheung made inroads into the Korean market with Failan (2001) co-starring Choi Min-shik. The film earned her a nomination at the Grand Bell Awards for Best Actress. She then starred in the Chinese comedy film The Lion Roars (2002). Cheung impressed the audiences with her portrayal of the independent and spunky heroine, and won the Most Popular Actress award at the Chinese Film Media Awards.
For Derek Yee's romantic drama Lost in Time (2003), Cheung won the award for Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards. She played a young woman who lost her fiancé to a traffic accident, which left her as a grieving single mother struggling to make ends meet. Cheung earned praises for successfully expressing a string of emotional transformations. Cheung also won the Best Actress award at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for her performance in Running on Karma (2003).
Cheung reunited with Derek Yee in the crime thriller One Nite in Mongkok (2004) where she played a prostitute who cross paths with an assassin (played by Daniel Wu). She was nominated for the Best Actress award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for the third time. She then starred alongside Jang Dong-gun in the romance epic The Promise (2005), a $30 million pan-Asian production directed by Chen Kaige which was chosen to represent China in the Academy Awards.
Cheung was cast in her first television project, where she played the legendary singer Zhou Xuan in The Wandering Songstress (2008). She was reportedly paid 200,000 yuan per episode to film the drama.
After a 5-year hiatus from acting, Cheung made her comeback in the comedy film All's Well, Ends Well 2011. However, Cheung's next few films failed to achieve commercial success and were critically panned. She received the "Most Disappointing Actress" award at the Golden Broom Awards for her performance in Legendary Amazons and Treasure Hunt.
Cheung has earned 70 million HKD in 2014, ranking number nine in the top ten list of Hong Kong's highest (entertainment) celebrity incomes in 2014.
Cheung married fellow Hong Kong entertainer Nicholas Tse in a secret wedding ceremony in the Philippines in September 2006. She gave birth to their first son in August 2007 and their second son in May 2010.
On 23 August 2011, the couple made a public announcement of an agreement to a divorce. They agreed to hold joint custody of their two sons.
1999 Triad threat incidentEdit
In 1999, her triad member father, known as Bearded Bravery or Bearded Yung, got into a misunderstanding with a rival gang. As a result, Cheung received rape and death threats against her, when she was still relatively new in the film industry.
2008 Edison Chen Photo scandalEdit
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|1999||King of Comedy||喜劇之王||Lau Piu-piu|
|Fly Me to Polaris||星願||Autumn Yue|
|The Legend of Speed||烈火戰車2極速傳說||Nancy|
|Help!!!||辣手回春||Dr. Ho Wing-yan|
|2001||Wu Yen||鍾無艷||Enchantress / Yin Chun|
|Master Q 2001||老夫子2001||Mandy|
|Everyday is Valentine||情迷大話王||Wonderful|
|Shaolin Soccer||少林足球||Dragon Player No. 7||Cameo|
|Para Para Sakura||芭啦芭啦櫻之花||Yuriko Sakurada / Yuriko's granny|
|The Legend of Zu||蜀山傳||Dawn / Enigma|
|2002||Second Time Around||無限復活||Tina Chow|
|The Lion Roars||我家有一隻河東獅||Moth Liu|
|2003||Love Under the Sun||愛在陽光下||Short film|
|Cat and Mouse||老鼠愛上貓||Bai Yutang|
|Running on Karma||大隻佬||Inspector Lee Fung-yee|
|Lost in Time||忘不了||Holly Lam|
|Sex and the Beauties||性感都市||Yuki Cheung|
|Papa Loves You||這個阿爸真爆炸||Customer refused entry to café||Cameo|
|One Nite in Mongkok||旺角黑夜||Dan Dan|
|The White Dragon||小白龍情海翻波||Black Phoenix / White Dragon Jr.|
|The Promise||無極||Qing Cheng|
|2006||The Shopaholics||最愛女人購物狂||Fong Fong-fong|
|My Kung-Fu Sweetheart||野蠻秘笈||Phoenix|
|The 601st Phone Call||第601個電話||Tian You|
|2011||All's Well, Ends Well 2011||最強囍事||Claire|
|Treasure Hunt||無價之寶||Peggy Jiang|
|Legendary Amazons||楊門女將之軍令如山||Mu Guiying|
|Speed Angels||極速天使||You Mei|
|2012||Shadows of Love||影子愛人||Paris|||
|The Lion Roars 2||河東獅吼2||Wang Yueying|
|Dangerous Liaisons||危險關係||Mo Jieyu|
|2017||Out of Control||失控·幽靈飛車||Lucy Lin|
|TBA||11th Day and One Night||十一天零一夜|
|Year||English title||Alternative title||Role||Notes|
|2008||The Wandering Songstress||天涯歌女||Zhou Xuan|
|2018||Love Won't Wait||如果，爱||Wan Jialing|||
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title|
|1999||No Matter How The Weather...Cloudy, Rainy Or Sunny (EP)||任何天氣|
|2000||A Brand New Me||不一樣的我|
|Cecilia Cheung Mandarin Album||張柏芝同名國語專輯|
|2001||Cecilia Cheung New & Best Collection||張柏芝全新經驗新曲+精選|
|Party All the Time (Remix Album)|
|Brand New Image||最新形象|
|2003||Colour of Lip (New + Best Collection)||至愛唇色(新曲+精選)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2000||19th Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Actress||Fly Me to Polaris||Nominated|
|Best New Performer||Won|
|King of Comedy||Nominated|
|2002||39th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Failan||Nominated|
|2003||3rd Chinese Film Media Awards||Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan)||The Lion Roars||Won|
|2004||23rd Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Actress||Lost in Time||Won|
|Running on Karma||Nominated|
|10th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award||Best Actress||Won|
|4th Chinese Film Media Awards||Best Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan)||Nominated|
|Lost in Time||Won|
|Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan)||Nominated|
|9th Golden Bauhinia Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2005||24th Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Actress||One Nite in Mongkok||Nominated|
|5th Chinese Film Media Awards||Best Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan)||Nominated|
|2012||1st LeTV Entertainment Awards||Most Popular Film Actress (Asia Pacific)||N/A||Won|
|Most Commercially Valuable Actress||N/A||Won|
- 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow)" (in Chinese). 南都周刊. Archived from the original on 10 November 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
- "Cecilia Cheung—A Fresh Young Beauty". Women of China. 12 September 2006. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- "Ms. Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi (1980–)". Avenue of Stars. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- Qin Zi (琴子) (2008). "Cecilia Cheung, Beautiful Girl also Wild" 《张柏芝，玉女也张狂》. 《快乐阅读》 [Happy Reading] (in Chinese). Changsha, Hunan: Hunan Education Press. p. 10. ISSN 1671-329X.
- "Weep For Cecilia". Time. 1 May 2000.
- "The Cecilia Cheung night to come". China Daily. 26 March 2004.
- "Hong Kong queen of entertainment – Cecilia Cheung". CCTV.com. 7 February 2006.
- "张柏芝,正在浪费才华" [Cecilia Cheung is wasting her talent]. People's Daily (in Chinese). Global People. 26 August 2012. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- "Andy Lau and Cecilia Cheung Awarded". China.org.cn. 5 April 2004.
- "Andy Lau and Cecilia Cheung Awarded". China.org.cn. 20 February 2004.
- ""Kung Fu Hustle," "2046" dominate HK Film Awards nominations". Sina Corp. 1 February 2005.
- "Cecilia Cheung Talks About The Promise". China.org.cn. 1 November 2005.
- "Cecilia Cheung to Get Stunning Salary to Star as Legendary Singer". China.org.cn. 14 March 2006.
- "Cecilia Cheung in 'The Wandering Songstress'". CRI English. 22 June 2010.
- "Still photos released for All's Well, Ends Well". China.org.cn. 1 December 2010.
- "Cecilia Cheung dons wedding dress in comeback movie". China.org.cn. 1 December 2010.
- "Cecilia Cheung's fierce comeback". AsiaOne. 15 November 2011.
- "Cecilia Cheung doesn't mind being a failure". Yahoo News. 12 June 2013.
- "Cecilia Cheung's Box Office Clout Tested in "The Lion Roars 2"". JayneStars. 24 July 2012.
- "Alternative awards". Global Times. 4 March 2012.
- "Louis Koo is 2014's highest-earning celebrity". Yahoo! News Asia. 29 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014.
- "Hong Kong pop stars Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung tie the knot". Sina Corp. 30 September 2006.
- "Cecilia Cheung Gives Birth to a Baby Boy". CRI English. 3 August 2007.
- "Actress Cecilia Cheung gives birth to a boy". People's Daily. 13 May 2010.
- Tay, Vanessa Valerie (14 June 2011). "Nicholas Tse divorces Cecilia Cheung". AsiaOne.
- "Cecilia Cheung Gave Birth To Baby Boy A Month Ago". Star2.com. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
- "I've Had To Face Everything'". Time. 1 May 2000.
- "Cecilia Cheung publicly talks about sex photo scandal for first time". Sina Corp. 1 March 2009.
- "'Shadows of Love' premieres in Beijing". China Daily. 9 May 2012.
- "张柏芝霸气回归荧屏 携手吴建豪演绎《如果，爱》" [Cecilia Cheung returns to the screen, pairs up with Vanness Wu in Perhaps, Love] (in Chinese). Sina Corp. 8 May 2017.