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Ming-Na Wen (Chinese: 溫明娜; pinyin: Wēn Míngnà; born November 20, 1963)[1] is a Macanese-born American actress known for playing the role of Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and for voicing Fa Mulan, one of the Disney Princesses, in the films Mulan and Mulan II, the video game Kingdom Hearts II and in the Disney animated series Sofia the First. She reprises her role as Mulan in Ralph Breaks the Internet.[2]

Ming-Na Wen
Ming-Na Wen by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Wen at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Born (1963-11-20) November 20, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesMing-Na
Ming Na
Ming Na Wen
Ming Wen
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
Years active1985–present
Notable work
Voice of Fa Mulan in Mulan
  • Kirk Aanes
    (m. 1990; div. 1993)
  • Eric Michael Zee
    (m. 1995)

Wen is also known for her role as Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen on the medical drama series ER. She was the series lead of the show Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, but the show was short-lived. The series is one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. She is also known for her roles on the main casts of the animated series The Batman and the sci-fi series Stargate Universe. Besides television, she is notable for starring in the films The Joy Luck Club, Street Fighter and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.


Early lifeEdit

Wen was born on November 20, 1963 in Coloane, one of the two main islands of Macau.[1] Her parents divorced when she was an infant and she moved with her mother, Lin Chan Wen, to Hong Kong. Her mother remarried, to Soo Lim Yee and the family moved to New York City when Wen was four years old.

After five years, Wen's mother and stepfather relocated again, to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, where they opened The Chinatown Inn restaurant, which was still ongoing in the 2010s.[1] Raised in the suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, she attended Mount Lebanon High School[3] and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986.[4]


Wen's first television role was in the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1985.[5] From 1988 to 1991, she played Lien Hughes, the daughter of Tom Hughes, on the soap opera As the World Turns.

After starring in the acclaimed 1993 film The Joy Luck Club,[6] she landed the role of Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen on the NBC drama series ER.[1] She first starred in a recurring role during the 1994-1995 season before returning in 1999 as a series regular, remaining on the show until midway through Season 11 in 2004. Wen also played Chun-Li in Street Fighter[6] and co-starred on the sitcom The Single Guy from 1995 to 1997.[1]

Wen in October 2006

She provided the voice for the title character in the 1998 animated film Mulan, its direct-to-video sequel, Mulan II, and the video game Kingdom Hearts II, subsequently winning an Annie Award. She also voiced Aki Ross in the computer animated film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within,[7] and Detective Ellen Yin in the animated series The Batman.[7] She was also the voice actress for Jade, a minor character in the HBO animated series Spawn.[6]

In 2004, she took part in a Hollywood Home Game on the World Poker Tour, and won.[8] In fall 2005, she starred on the NBC drama series Inconceivable as the lead character, Rachel Lu. However, the series was canceled after only two episodes. Her next TV role was an FBI agent in the Fox kidnap drama series Vanished, which premiered in the fall of 2006 then was canceled roughly three months later. She also played a small role as a college professor in the comedy series George Lopez.

On October 8 through October 29, 2007, Wen (billed as Ming Wen) appeared in a four-episode arc of CBS's Two and a Half Men, playing Charlie Sheen's love interest, a judge closer to his own age.[9] In November 2008, she guest-starred on two ABC series: Private Practice and Boston Legal. From December 5-6, 2008, Wen starred in a benefit production of the musical Grease with "Stuttering" John Melendez at the Class Act Theatre.[10]

She was cast as a regular in the Stargate Universe television series as political attaché Camile Wray from October 2009 to May 2011.[1] Wen made an appearance in Disney Through the Decades, a short documentary about the history of The Walt Disney Company through to the present, as the hostess of the 1990s section.

Wen appeared on the Syfy series Eureka as the inquisitive U.S. Senator Michaela Wen,[11] beginning in season four in 2011 and serving as a major villain in the fifth and final season in 2012.[12]

Wen plays Agent Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered on September 24, 2013.[13]

In August 2014, Wen reprised her role as Mulan for the first time since Kingdom Hearts II in the Disney Channel series Sofia the First.[7] Her daughter Michaela Zee has a recurring role on the show as Princess Jun.[14]

In December 7, 2017, Marvel Entertainment announced to launch a new animation film franchise Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors in 2018. Wen would voice Hala the Accuser, the main antagonist of the film, along with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-star Chloe Bennet.[15] Wen is eligible to vote for the Academy Awards as she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

From 1985 to 1989 Wen was in a relationship with Australian actor Brett Hinch and juggled her commitments between the USA and Australia. In 1990, Wen married American film writer Kirk Aanes. They divorced in 1993. On June 16, 1995, Wen married her second husband, Eric Michael Zee.[1] Together they have two children, a daughter, Michaela Kitlin, born on November 21, 2000, and a son, Cooper Dominic Zee, born on October 12, 2005. As of 2007, Wen and her family live in Calabasas, California. Michaela has followed her mother's footsteps in voice-acting, and voices Princess Jun in the Disney Channel show Sofia the First.[14]

Wen is bilingual and fluent in Mandarin.[8]


Ming-Na at the January 2009 premiere for Push


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Rain Without Thunder "Uudie" prisoner
1993 The Joy Luck Club Jing-Mei "June" Woo
1994 Terminal Voyage Han
1994 Hong Kong 97 Katie Chun
1994 Street Fighter Chun-Li Zang
1997 One Night Stand Mimi Carlyle
1998 Mulan Fa Mulan Voice
1998 12 Bucks Gorgeous
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Dr. Aki Ross Voice
2002 A Ribbon of Dreams Mei-Ling Voice
2002 Teddy Bears' Picnic Katy Woo
2005 Mulan II Fa Mulan Voice; direct-to-video
2005 Perfection Woman Short film
2008 Prom Night Dr. Elisha Crowe
2009 Push Emily Wu
2010 BoyBand Judy Roberts
2012 Super Cyclone Dr. Jenna Sparks Direct-to-video
2013 April Rain Hillary
2016 The Darkness Wendy
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Fa Mulan Voice
2018 Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Hala the Accuser Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Royal Trumpeter 2 episodes
1987 Another World Dayplayer 1 episode
1988–1991 As the World Turns Lien Hughes Role held: February 20, 1988 – May 1991
1993 Blind Spot Mitsuko TV film
1994 All-American Girl Amy Episode: "Redesigning Women"
1994 Vanishing Son II Mai TV film
1994 Vanishing Son IV Mai TV Movie
1995, 2000–2004 ER Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen Recurring (season 1); main cast (seasons 6–11); 91 episodes
1995–1997 The Single Guy Trudy Main cast
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Lani (voice) Episode: "Puss in Boots"
1998 Tempting Fate Ellen Moretti TV film
1998–1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Jade/Lisa Wu (voice) 5 episodes
2002 I Got You Kaila Unsold ABC pilot
2002 Disney's House of Mouse Fa Mulan (voice) Episode: "Salute to Sports"
2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Princess Guan Qi "Peggy" Tsu (voice) Episode: "The Great Egg Heist/The Feud"
2004–2005 The Batman Detective Ellen Yin (voice) Main cast (seasons 1–2); 16 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Li Mei Episode: "Debt"
2005 Robot Chicken Mary-Kate Olsen (voice) Episode: "Kiddie Pool"
2005 Inconceivable Rachel Lu Main cast
2006 George Lopez Professor Tracy Lim 2 episodes
2006 Vanished Lin Mei Main cast
2007 American Masters Narrator (voice) Episode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream"
2007, 2010 Two and a Half Men Judge Linda Harris 5 episodes
2008, 2013 Phineas and Ferb Dr. Hirano (voice) 2 episodes
2008 Private Practice Kara Wei Episode: "Let It Go"
2008 Boston Legal Ming Wang Shu Episode: "Roe"
2009 Ni Hao Kai-Lan Gu Nai Nai (voice) 1 episode
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Camile Wray Main cast; 31 episodes
2011–2012 Eureka Senator Michaela Wen 7 episodes
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode: "Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ming-Na, Chi McBride, Mia Tyler"
2012 Adventure Time Farmworld Finn's mom (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Nashville Calista Reeves Episode: "You Win Again"
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May Main cast; 104 episodes
2014 Sofia the First Fa Mulan (voice) Episode: "Princesses to the Rescue"
2016–Present Milo Murphy's Law Savannah (voice) Recurring role
2017 Fresh Off the Boat Stephanie Episode: "The Flush"
2017–Present Sofia the First Vega (voice) Recurring role
2017 We Bare Bears Ranger Zhao (voice) Episode: "Ranger Games"
2018 Hot Streets Soo Park (voice) Recurring
2018 Fresh Off the Boat Elaine Episode: Mo' Chinese, Mo' Problems

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit Major Mackenzie Cartwright Voice

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Chun-Li
1999 Disney's Story Studio: Mulan Fa Mulan Voice
2005 Disney's Story Studio: Mulan II Fa Mulan Voice
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Fa Mulan Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Fa Mulan Voice
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Agent Melinda May Voice

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
1998 Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production Mulan Won
1999 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Family Actress Won
Best Voice-Over Performer Nominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Shared with Anthony Edwards, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston, Eriq La Salle, Julianna Margulies, Kellie Martin, Paul McCrane, Michael Michele, Erik Palladino, Maura Tierney, Goran Višnjić, and Noah Wyle ER Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nominated
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "Melinda" Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won


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