100 Hong Kong Movie Actors You Should Knowby alvintsang | created - 08 Feb 2019 | updated - 10 Feb 2019 | Public
Actor | Ah fei zing zyun
Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...
Actor | Faa yeung nin wa
Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or The...
Actor | Hak se wui
Tony Leung Ka-fai is a four-time Hong Kong Film Award-winning film actor. As he is often confused with actor Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tony Leung Ka-fai is known as "Big Tony", while Tony Chiu-Wai Leung is known as "Little Tony", nicknames which correspond to the actors' respective physical statures.
4. Yun-Fat Chow
Actor | Wo hu cang long
Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.
Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...
5. Stephen Chow
Actor | Kung fu
Stephen Chow was the only boy of his family, and has grown up as a Bruce Lee fan and a martial arts addict. His career started on TV, where he presented a children show ( "430 Space Shuttle" (1983)) and started becoming popular. He got some supporting roles, after that, and won the Taiwanese Golden...
Actress | Faa yeung nin wa
Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...
7. Anita Mui
Actress | Yim ji kau
With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...
9. Andy Lau
Actor | Mou gaan dou
Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...
10. Jackie Chan
Actor | Ngo si seoi
Hong Kong's cheeky, lovable and best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success after his start in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry.
Jackie was born Kong-sang Chan on April 7, 1954, on Hong Kong's famous ...
11. Carina Lau
Actress | Ah fei zing zyun
Carina Lau moved to Hong Kong with her family at the age of 14 and at the the time could not speak the local Cantonese and was often teased by other people the "Mainland Girl". She would eventually gave her best effort to learn the language and then was re-accepted at the TVB actors training ...
12. Man-Tat Ng
Actor | Siu Lam juk kau
A native of Fujian province, Ng Man Tat was a graduate of the class of 1974's TVB Television training program where he quickly showed his chops thereafter acting in the Hong Kong television variety show 'Enjoy Yourself Tonight' and onto long running serials in 'Chor Lau Heung' and 'Police Cadet 84'...
13. Michael Hui
Actor | Tie ban shao
Michael Hui was born in Guangzhou, China on September 3, 1942. He went to La Salle College, and then earned his degree in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He came to the Hong Kong entertainment industry running the comedic "Hui Brothers Show." Shortly afterward, in went into ...
14. Aaron Kwok
Actor | Dap huet cam mui
Aaron Kwok Fu-shing (born 26 October 1965) is a Hong Kong singer, dancer, and actor. He has been active since the 1980s and to the present. He is considered one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Hong Kong. Kwok's onstage dancing and displays is influenced by Michael Jackson. While most of his songs ...
16. Kara Wai
Actress | Xue guan yin
Born Kara Hui Ying-Hung on in Shandong, China. Her Family moved to Hong Kong in 1966 and she started working at night clubs at fourteen. Her family lost their savings from her father's business acquaintances. Being left penniless, Hui's mother, herself and her siblings were forced to peddle goods ...
17. Bruce Lee
Actor | Meng long guo jiang
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...
Actor | Mou gaan dou
Anthony Wong Chau-Sang was born to a British father and a Chinese mother. He never knew his father, since the man left his family when Wong was four years old. He trained acting at ATV and later enrolled into the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
After working in several TV Series, he shot to ...
20. Jacky Cheung
Actor | Dip huet gai tau
Jacky Cheung was born on July 10, 1961 in Hong Kong as Jacky Cheung Hok Yau. He is an actor, known for Bullet in the Head (1990), Once Upon a Time in China (1991) and As Tears Go By (1988). He has been married to May Mei-Mei Lo since February 15, 1996. They have two children.
21. Kai Chi Liu
Actor | Mou gaan dou II
Kai Chi Liu was born on April 7, 1954 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony. He is an actor and writer, known for Infernal Affairs II (2003), Beast Stalker (2008) and SPL: Kill Zone (2005). He has been married to Man-Yee Chan since November 11, 1987. They have three children.
22. Simon Yam
Simon Yam was born 19 March, 1955, also known as Yam Tat-wah, is a veteran Hong Kong-based actor and film producer. He started off as a supermodel before becoming an actor in the mid 1970s. He then signed with the Hong Kong television network TVB, starring and co-starring in a number of television ...
23. Faye Wong
Actress | Chung Hing sam lam
Her mother (now deceased) was a singer and her father a mining engineer. They moved with her older brother to Hong Kong when she was 18 and she began to take singing lessons. Her teacher introduced her to Cinepoly Records, where she first recorded under the name Wong Jing Man and was given the ...
24. Danny Lee
Actor | Dip huet seung hung
Danny Lee Sau-Yin, was born in 1952 in Shanghai. Lee did not do so well in school and sometimes dropped out to help support his family by working. While growing up, he held policemen in high regard and so, upon graduating high school, he tried entering the police academy, but could not complete the...
26. Ekin Cheng
Actor | Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha
Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Earlier in his career he was known as Noodle Cheng, though he has now reverted to a more conventional-sounding first name. Sometimes he uses Dior (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him) as a first...
Stunts | Yip Man
Born in Hong Kong, Sammo Hung's acting career began while he was training in acrobatics, martial arts and dance as a child at the China Drama Academy, and he received acclaim for his performance with a troupe called "The Seven Little Fortunes." He made his feature film debut as an actor at the age ...
28. Paul Chun
Actor | Din lo zing zyun
Paul Chun was born on May 17, 1945 in Shanghai, China as Chiang Chung-nien. He is an actor and director, known for The Lunatics (1986), C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993) and Peking Opera Blues (1986). He is married to Enashi Morishita. He was previously married to Thelma Leung.
Actress | Goo wak chai: Hung Hing Sap Sam Mooi
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng is widely considered as the most bankable actress in Hong Kong. With over a hundred films to her credit, including several collaborations with the "King of Hong Kong Comedy" Stephen Chow, Ng is crowned "Queen of Comedy" by many.
Ng entered show business in the 1980s, the golden ...
30. Anita Yuen
Actress | San bat liu ching
Anita Yuen was born on September 4, 1971 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony as Wing-Yee Yuen. She is an actress, known for C'est la vie, mon chéri (1993), He's a Woman, She's a Man (1994) and Protégé (2007). She has been married to Julian Cheung since 2001. They have one child.
32. Josephine Siao
Actress | Fong Sai Yuk
One of the best-loved and respected members of the Hong Kong film community, for her long acting career, her stable family life and her devotion to charities, Siao successfully managed successive transitions from child star (she made her film debut at age 7) to leading lady, and then to ...
33. Chapman To
Actor | Mou gaan dou
Chapman To was born on June 8, 1972 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony as Edward Cheuk-cheung Ng. He is an actor and producer, known for Infernal Affairs (2002), The Empty Hands (2017) and Diva (2012). He has been married to Kristal Tin since June 7, 2005. He was previously married to Kuan Ting Ng.
36. Ching-Ying Lam
Actor | Bai ga jai
Ching-Ying Lam was born on December 27, 1952 in Shanghai, China, the third of six children. He attended Shun Yi Association Elementary School in Hong Kong for 2 years. He later attended the Chun Chau Drama Society to learn Peking Opera, where he portrayed female roles and did stunt-doubling for ...
38. Ricky Hui
Actor | Geung see sin sang
Ricky Hui was born in Panyu, Guangdong, China on August 3, 1946. Ricky and his family moved to Hong Kong in 1950. His father played the violin and his mother loved Cantonese opera, therefore, Ricky and his siblings loved music and acting. Ultimately, Ricky and his brothers, Michael Hui and Samuel ...
Actor | Ji dong qi xia
Shui-Fan Fung was born in Guangdong, China in 1945 to a Cantonese opera family. He joined show business in 1971, working with Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), where he appeared in a number of TV series. In 1976, he joined Commercial Television (CTV) as a producer and worked there until its ...
42. Teresa Mo
Actress | Lat sau san taam
Teresa Mo was born on November 5, 1959 in Hong Kong as Mo Sun-Kwan. She is an actress and writer, known for Hard Boiled (1992), Tomorrow Is Another Day (2017) and 2 Young (2005). She has been married to Tony Au since 1995. They have two children. She was previously married to Jeffrey Chiang and ...
43. Donnie Yen
Actor | Yip Man
Donnie Yen was born in Guangzhou, China. His mother, Bow-sim Mark, was a kung fu master and his father, Kylster Yen, a newspaper editor and amateur musician. When Donnie was just two years old, the family moved to Hong Kong and then, when he was 11, to Boston, Massachusetts.
There, Master Bow-sim ...
45. Qi Shu
Actress | The Transporter
Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...
46. Cecilia Cheung
Actress | Mong bat liu
Cecilia Cheung (Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi) was born in Hong Kong to a Cantonese father and a half Cantonese-half British mother. Her parents divorced when she was little after which she was sent to Australia for studies. She graduated from RMIT Holmes College.
Her career began in 1998, when she was ...
48. Leon Lai
Actor | Do lok tin si
Leon Lai won the 2002 Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in the highly acclaimed horror film, Three, where he portrayed an obsessive husband trying to revive his dead wife with Chinese medicine. In 2003, he appeared in the final installment of the high profile ...
49. Tak-Hing Kwan
When he was 13 years old, he joined an entertainment troupe on tour of Singapore. During these years he began to study performing. In 1932 he debuted in the film "Gor Nui Ching Chiu" ("Sentimental Song of Companions' Tide") playing a bit part, shot in San Francisco (USA). Soon he came back to Hong ...
50. Kien Shih
Actor | Enter the Dragon
Kien Shih was born on January 1, 1913 in Shígang Village, Panyu, Guangdong, China as Wing-Cheung Shek. He is known for his work on Enter the Dragon (1973), Huang Fei Hong yi qu Ding Cai Pao (1974) and The Whirlwind Knight (1969). He died on June 3, 2009 in Hong Kong, China.
Actor | The Gods Must Be Crazy
N!xau, a San from the Kalahari Desert, was discovered by director Jamie Uys and cast in the lead role in the 1980 movie The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980). He received only a few hundred dollars for his work in that film, but was astute enough to negotiate for over half a million for his appearance in ...
53. Ray Lui
Actor | Bai Ho
Ray Lui was born on December 22, 1956 in Vietnam. He is an actor and assistant director, known for To Be Number One (1991), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Flash Point (2007). He has been married to Xiaojuan Yang since 2001. They have one child. He was previously married to Cally Kwong ...
56. Siu-Ho Chin
Actor | Jing wu ying xiong
Siu-Ho Chin was born on January 26, 1963 in Hong Kong. He is known for his work on Fist of Legend (1994), Tai-Chi Master (1993) and The Masked Avengers (1981). He has been married to Sin-Ming Yau since 2001. They have one child. He was previously married to Sharon Kwok.
57. Lung Ti
Actor | Ying hung boon sik
Lung Ti was born on August 19, 1946 in Guangdong Province, China as Tam Fu Wing. He is an actor and director, known for A Better Tomorrow (1986), The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) and Dynasty of Blood (1973). He has been married to Min-Ming Tao since May 22, 1975. They have one child.
58. David Chiang
Actor | Ci Ma
David Chiang was born in Suzhou, China on June 29, 1947. His mother Hung Wei and father Yim Dut were very popular movie stars. Young David began his acting career at a very early age, appearing in black & white films while he was only 4 years old. "John" is David's real English name, while "David" ...
64. Brigitte Lin
Actress | Ging chaat goo si
Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Police Story (1985), Chungking Express (1994) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.
67. Michelle Yeoh
Actress | Wo hu cang long
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...
69. Lisa Lu
Actress | 2012
Lisa Lu is a Chinese-American actress, born in Beijing. She started her career as a teenager, performing in Kunqu theatrical productions, a traditional style of Chinese opera.
The Chinese Civil War (1927-1949) ended with a Communist victory. While the new regime financially subsidized China's ...
75. Dai Lin
Actress | Qian jiao bai mei
Dai Lin was born on December 26, 1934 in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China as Yueru Cheng. She is known for her work on Qian jiao bai mei (1961), Love Without End (1961) and Diao Charn (1958). She was married to Shun-shing Lung. She died on July 17, 1964 in Hong Kong.
80. Daniel Wu
Actor | Europa Report
Daniel Wu was born on September 30, 1974 in Berkeley, California, USA as Daniel N. Wu. He is an actor and producer, known for Europa Report (2013), Warcraft (2016) and The Man with the Iron Fists (2012). He has been married to Lisa S. since April 6, 2010. They have one child.
81. Michael Wong
Actor | Transformers: Age of Extinction
Born and raised in Troy, New York, Michael Wong has managed to become a star of Asian cinema in Hong Kong despite not even speaking a word of Chinese Cantonese, and he had no training in martial arts; in Asia, the actor known for his starring role in action film The Final Option (1994) and First ...
90. Phillip Ko
Actor | Dian zi ge men zhan shi
Phillip Ko was born on June 18, 1949 in Hong Kong, British Crown Colony as Phillip Ko Fei. He was an actor and director, known for Dian zi ge men zhan shi (1998), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002) and Lethal Combat (1999). He was married to Madie and Yukari Ôshima. He died on March 30, 2017 in Hong Kong,...
92. Shawn Yue
Actor | Mou gaan dou
Branded as the next "Nicholas Tse", Shawn Yue was born and raised in Hong Kong. Spotted at an early age on the streets of Hong Kong by agents of the famous Hong Kong modelling agency "Starz People". He has modelled for Giordano, Sony, Timberland, Gillette, Meko, and is currently a spokesmodel for ...
93. Joey Wang
Actress | Sien lui yau wan
Joey Wang grew up in her native Taiwan, where she was spotted by a talent scout for a modeling agency. Her height and delicate beauty made her one of the most popular Taiwanese models, and Wang went on to have a successful film career. Her ethereal elegance was used to great effect by director ...
Actress | Chi Ming yi Chun Kiu
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung was born on February 3, 1974 in Hong Kong as Chak-Wah Yeung. She is an actress, known for Love in a Puff (2010), Hooked on You (2007) and Perfect Wedding (2010). She has been married to Real Ting since August 11, 2009. They have one child.