Athena Chu

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Athena Chu
Athena Chu.jpg
Chu in 2008
Chu Yan

(1971-10-25) 25 October 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceHong Kong
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1992–present
Paul Wong (m. 2012)
ChildrenDebbie Wong (daughter)
Chinese name

Athena Chu (Chinese:朱茵, born 25 October 1971[1]) is a Hong Kong actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Zixia Fairy in A Chinese Odyssey (1995).

Early life and education[edit]

On 25, October 1971, Chu was born in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Her father was a mathematics teacher who later started a business with her mother.[1]

Chu attended The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 1990 to 1992, during which she hosted children's shows on the television station TVB.[2][3]


After graduating in 1992, Chu made her film debut in Fight Back to School II (1992), which earned her a nomination at the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer.[2] Chu started to attract public attention with her interpretation of Huang Rong in the remake of Wuxia drama The Legend of the Condor Heroes (1994).[3]

Chu worked again with Stephen Chow in A Chinese Odyssey (1995). The role of Zi Xia (also known as Daisy Fairy) shot Chu to widespread fame in Hong Kong and parts of Asia.[4][3] Another one of Chu's most notable films is The Boss Up There (1999). Her portrayal of a druggie who finds God earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Horse Film Awards.[5][2]

Regarded by many as a sex goddess,[6] Chu has generally been cast in flower vase roles. She even made two appearances in Wong Jing’s Raped by an Angel series.[2][1] However, her role in Whispers and Moans (2007) won her recognition, despite not being nominated for any award.[7]

Chu was the first Chinese actress to be nominated at the International Emmy Award for Best Actress, for her role as a disabled but inspirational women who overcomes all odds in the television series Wall-less World (2010).[1]

After a five years hiatus from the entertainment industry since 2011, Chu announced her comeback in 2016 with three upcoming films.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Chu began dating singer and actor Paul Wong of Beyond since 1998; and married him in 2012. Chu and Wong have a daughter Debbie (b. 2012).[9]


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
1992 To Miss with Love 逃學外傳 Lai Man-si
Super Lady Cop 超级女警 Yoki
Fight Back to School II 逃學威龍2 Sandy Nominated-12th Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
1993 Once a Cop 超級計劃 Annie Lee
1993 Taxi Hunter 的士判官 Yan
Tom, Dick and Hairy 風塵三俠 Pearl Chan
Vampire Family 一屋哨牙鬼 Chu Lee-mei
1994 Lantern 燈籠 Fong
Easy Money 先洗未來錢 Sisi Li
1995 Shaolin Kung Fu Kids 笑林老祖 Sister Lam
Trouble Maker 蠟筆小小生
Remember M, Remember E 那有一天不想你 Chui Ching
Cupid Love 七月俏佳人 Ching-ching
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒 Purple / Lin Zixia
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella 西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣 Lin Zixia
1996 The Feeling of Love 重慶愛情感覺 Ah Yin
Hero of Swallow 神偷燕子李三 Chinny
1997 Ah Fai the Dumb 天才與白痴 Man-man
1998 Temptress of a Thousand Face 千面嬌娃 Sherry Wong
Tricky King 超級整蠱霸王 DKNY / Yandy
Step into the Dark 夜半無人屍語時 Faith Ching
Shanghai Affairs 新唐山大兄 Sin
The Love and Sex of the Eastern Hollywood 愛在娛樂圈的日子 Yue
Take Five 對不起,幹掉你
Raped by an Angel 2: The Uniform Fan 強姦2 制服誘惑 Po-man
The Conman 賭俠1999 Ching
1999 The H.K. Triad O記三合會檔案
The Boss Up There 生命楂Fit人 Fong Hei-tung Nominated- 36th Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress
Raped by an Angel 4: The Raper's Union 強姦終極篇之最後羔羊 Po-man
Horoscope 1: The Voice from Hell 生人勿近之問米 Jojo
2000 Love Correction 緣份有Take 2 Emma Lau
Conman in Tokyo 中華賭俠 Karen
2001 Stowaway 驚天大逃亡 Kam Lan
Never Say Goodbye 有人說愛我 Jean
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 天下無雙 Amour Amour guest star
Time 4 Hope 二人三足 Cindy
2003 Shiver 心寒 Sammi Mok Sum-yi
2004 Sex and the Beauties 性感都市 Kwan Tak-han
Love Is a Many Stupid Thing 精裝追女仔2004 Chu Yan guest star
2007 Whispers and Moans 性工作者十日談 Coco
2010 Just Another Pandora's Box 越光寶盒 Purple Cloud guest star
The Aroma City 芳香之城傳奇 So Ling-fong
Let Love Come Back 讓愛回家 Ng Fan
2011 Scary Market 嘿店 Hui Zi
2017 Once Again 二次初恋 Ye Lan
2018 The Lingering 古宅
TBA Ambans 驻藏大臣 Dawa Yingzong
Year Title Chinese title Role Network Notes
1993 Romance Beyond 都市的童話 Ding Dang TVB
The Chord to Victory 少年五虎 Yeung Suet-lai TVB
The Legendary Ranger 原振俠 Wan-choi TVB
The Edge of Righteousness 龍兄鼠弟 / 追日者 Suen Ho-ho TVB
1994 The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射鵰英雄傳 Wong Yung TVB
1997 Wars of Bribery 廉政行動組 Chiu Wing-yee TVB
Tears in Heaven 蒼天有淚 Xiao Yujuan
2000 The New Shaolin Temple 新少林寺 Princess Haotai
Kaixin Jiuhao 開心就好 Susie
The Duke of Mount Deer 小寶與康熙 A'ke / Chen Yuanyuan TVB
2002 Xiao Shiyilang 蕭十一郎 Shen Bijun CTV
Palm of Ru Lai' 如來神掌 Tu Xuehua / Sun Biyun / Sun Jinling ATV
2003 Nannü Zidian 男女字典 Kelly PCCW Network drama
2005 Eonian Hero 逐日英雄 Xiang Wanting
2006 Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain 雪山飛狐 Yuan Ziyi ATV
2007 Baoxue Lihua 暴雨梨花 Lu Huanong
2008 Gorgeous Adventure 華麗冒險 Amy
Yiqian Di Yanlei 一千滴眼淚 Shen Xinyi
2010 A World Without Walls 沒有牆的世界 Tai Mung RTHK television film , Nominated International Emmy Award for Best Actress
2011 Twin of Brothers 大唐雙龍傳之長生訣 Fu Junzhuo / Fu Junyu

[10] [11]


Year Title Chinese Title
1996 Earthquake 地震
1997 Glass 玻璃
1998 Ti Ti Ta 踢踢踏
2002 Let's Jump 跳起来
2003 Possession 迷恋
2004 Attitude


  1. ^ a b c d "Sitting pretty". South China Morning Post. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 2016-07-24.
  2. ^ a b c d "Athena Chu Yan". Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  3. ^ a b c "Fairy lady -- Athena Chu". 28 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Welcoming back, Zixia Fairy". China Daily. 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "《THE BOSS UP THERE》(1999) 100′".
  6. ^ "HK Selects Its Sexiest Stars". 13 October 2004.
  7. ^ "Stars who brushed shoulders with HK Film Awards". China Daily. 11 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Athena Chu happy to be back in showbiz". Yahoo News. 15 January 2016.
  9. ^ "黄贯中复工报喜:已与朱茵注册结婚 女儿重6斤". NetEase (in Chinese). 25 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Athena Chu". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  11. ^ "Athena Chu". Archived from the original on 30 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-16.

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