Cecilia Cheung

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Cecilia Cheung
Cecilia Cheung 2012.jpg
Cheung in 2012
Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi

(1980-05-24) 24 May 1980 (age 42)
  • Hong Kong
  • Australian
Alma materCamberwell Girls Grammar School
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1998–present
Known forSing girl
Notable work
(m. 2006; div. 2011)
Partner(s)Daniel Chan (ex boyfriend)
Musical career
OriginHong Kong
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese[note 1]

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi (in Chinese 張栢芝, born 24 May 1980)[3] is a Hong Kong 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.[4]


Cheung was born in Man Wah Sun Chuen, Jordan, Hong Kong to Davies Shally, who is of half Chinese and half British descent, and Cheung Yan-yung. 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.[5] She has an elder half-sister, two younger brothers, and a younger half-brother from her father's side.[citation needed]


Star, hand prints and autograph of Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.[6]

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).[7] 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.[7][8] Cheung also sung the theme song for Fly Me to Polaris, which gained attention among the masses for her singing ability.[citation needed] In the same year, Cheung launched her singing career with her first Cantopop album Any Weather (1999).[5]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Cheung in 2009

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.[11]

Cheung's next few films failed to achieve commercial success and were critically panned.[12][13][14][9]

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.[15]

In early 2021, Cheung joined the second season of Chinese reality series Sisters Who Make Waves which sees 30 women – all established artistes in their own right – compete in various singing and dancing challenges on a weekly basis. Joey Yung, 40 is also part of the line-up.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Cheung married fellow Hong Kong entertainer Nicholas Tse in a secret wedding ceremony in the Philippines in September 2006.[17] She gave birth to their first son in August 2007[18] and their second son in May 2010.[19]

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.[20]

Cheung announced in a Weibo post from her studio that she had given birth to a third son on 18 November 2018, but the father of her son remains unknown.[21]

In March 2020, Cheung voiced her support for Xinjiang cotton after several international companies announced that they will no longer purchase cotton from the region due to concerns over Uyghur human rights.[22]

In June 2021, Cheung revealed on the Chinese variety show Life Is Beautiful 2 to fellow actress and friend Sheren Tang that if she were to enter a new relationship, she would not make it public.[23] On the same show, Cheung revealed she had moved to Shanghai for several months and plans to reside in the city long term due to more work opportunities and to send her children to better schools.[24]


1999 Triad threat incident[edit]

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.[25]

2008 Edison Chen Photo scandal[edit]

In January and February 2008, many explicit photos were found online involving Cheung and Edison Chen. The scandal also involved Gillian Chung and Bobo Chan.[26]


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
2000 Tokyo Raiders 東京攻略 Saori
Twelve Nights 十二夜 Jeannie
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
Failan 파이란 Failan
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
Mighty Baby 絕世好B Boey
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
Honesty 絕種好男人 Didi Wong
Running on Karma 大隻佬 Inspector Lee Fung-yee
Lost in Time 忘不了 Holly Lam
2004 Fantasia 鬼馬狂想曲 Harmy Bobo
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.
2005 Himalaya Singh 喜馬拉亞星 Peacock
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
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 [27]


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
2002 Real Me 真我
2003 Colour of Lip (New + Best Collection) 至愛唇色(新曲+精選)
2005 C1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
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) Won
Most Commercially Valuable Actress Won


  1. ^ Actually, "栢" is written the same in Traditional and Simplified Chinese. But "栢" is not a Chinese character included in Big5 and Guobiao Code [zh], so it is usually replaced by its variant Chinese character "柏".


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