Chrissie Chau

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Chrissie Chau
Chinese name 周秀娜 (Chau1
Pinyin Zhōu Xiùnà (Mandarin)
Origin Chaozhou, Guangdong
Born (1985-05-22) 22 May 1985 (age 31)
Chaozhou, Guangdong
Years active 2005 – present

Chrissie Chau (born 22 May 1985 in Chaozhou, Guangdong) is a Chinese actress and celebrity model from Hong Kong. Chau achieved widespread fame after the release of her portrait albums in 2009 and 2010. Her film career began after she starred in the horror film Womb Ghosts (2009); Chau has starred in 20 productions in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

Chau won four "Most Searched Photos on Yahoo!" in 2009–2012, "Yahoo! Entertainment Spotlight Person" in 2009 and "Most Popular Actress Award" in Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards. She received "Award of Merit: Leading Actress" from The Accolade Competition in 2011 for her performance in Beach Spike.[1]

Chau first drew attention following "After 90s' Girls" in Hong Kong from the survey held by YMCA 2010. The report showed surveyed girls think that Chau has a high IQ and is optimistic and bold, whilst Chau ranked 16th in 2010 LIVAC Celebrity Roasters of Cross-Straits Media announced by HKIEd, a title for which she has received substantial media attention.


Chau emigrated from Chaozhou to Hong Kong with her family when she was 10. She states that she worked in a fast-food restaurant when she was 15, and then as a shop assistant in Causeway Bay earning HK$3,000 (about US$380) a month.[2]

Chau is arguably Hong Kong's most famous pseudo-model, or lang mo,[3] She began pseudo-modelling after she won the runner-up title in the 2002 Comics Festival 'Game Girl'. She rose to prominence as the poster girl for Slim Beauty slimming boutique. In a TV commercial for the boutique, Chau rips off her clothes, revealing a bikini underneath, to 'stop the traffic' while she crosses the road in the business district of Central.[4] In 2009, she released a limited edition life-sized poster with her likeness– dressed in lingerie– printed on the cover, at HK$560 (about US$72) apiece.[5]

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology[edit]

Chrissie Chau helping to "unscramble the Chrissie Chau phenomenon"

Chrissie Chau was invited as a guest for a talk show at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in late 2009, as part of a seminar series entitled "Knowledge Unlimited", aimed at widening students' horizons. Chau was invited as a guest to the seminar to discuss "Unscrambling the Chrissie Chau Phenomenon".[6] Chau was interviewed by Professor Li Siu-leung of Lingnan University in front of an audience of 400 students. She was asked a number of philosophical and existential questions, and was criticised for not being able to answer them; The Standard described this as "an old-fashioned ambush". The university was in turn criticised by radio host Eileen Cha for choosing Chau for a seminar series entitled Knowledge Unlimited when she is not clearly up for it.[7]


In 2010, veteran Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong openly criticised and ridiculed pseudo-models, specifically Chrissie Chau, several times, calling them brainless and "bimbos".[8] The related controversy led to pseudo-models being banned from a book-fair.


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2006 Bet to Basic 打雀英雄傳 Nightclub PR
Love Undercover 3 新紮師妹3 Model Ming
2008 Playboy Cops 花花型警 Lam Lon's girlfriend
Storm Rider – Clash of Evils 風雲決
Nobody's Perfect 絕代雙嬌 Slurpee
2009 Short of Love 矮仔多情 Lily
Split Second Murders 死神傻了 Fong Mei-fong
Seven 2 One 關人7事 Chrissie
2010 Womb Ghosts 惡胎 Zoe Kwok
The Fantastic Water Babes 出水芙蓉 Brenda
City Under Siege 全城戒備 Youyou / YoYo
Perfect Wedding 抱抱俏佳人 Flora
Vampire Warriors 殭屍新戰士 See / Max
Marriage with a Liar 婚前試愛 KiKi
2011 Men Suddenly in Love 猛男滾死隊 Tina
Beach Spike 熱浪球愛戰 Sharon
The Killer Who Never Kills 殺手歐陽盆栽 Nana
Lan Kwai Fong 喜愛夜蒲 Nana
Hong Kong Ghost Stories 猛鬼愛情故事 Bobo
2012 Any Other Side 夜店詭談 Amy / Elle
The Hunter with Blood 獵音師 Short film
Holding Love HOLD住愛 Fang Meng
2013 Paper Moon 紙月亮 Shi Qin
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 西遊·降魔篇 Killer Four
Together 在一起 Biqi / Vicki
Lift to Hell 電梯驚魂 Bai Jie / Dr. Ye
Flash Play 致命閃玩
Mr. and Mrs. Player 爛滾夫鬥爛滾妻
Cold Pupil 冷瞳
Kick Ass Girls 爆3俏嬌娃 Boo
My Beautiful Kingdom 我的美麗王國 Ruo Tong
The Love Experience 有招沒招之愛情達人
2014 The Extreme Fox 非狐外傳
Are You Ready to Marry Me 我想結婚的時候你在哪
Break Up 100 分手100次
2015 An Inspector Calls 浮華宴
12 Golden Ducks 12金鴨
Forever Love 北京時間
2016 House of Wolves 惡人谷
iGirl iGirl 夢情人
Concerto of the Bully
TBA You Are the One
Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2006 Stephen's Diary 老馮日記
2013 Romance of Tang′ Kongfu 唐朝浪漫英雄 Tao Yaoyao
Ip Man 葉問 Jenny


2011 "Award of Merit: Leading Actress"; The Accolade Competition for "Beach Spike".[1]

2013 "Best Actress", The Los Angeles Movie Awards for "Paper Moon".[11]


  1. ^ a b "Accolade Winners August 2011"
  2. ^ "Chrissie lends voice to minimum-pay workers", The Standard, 3 August 2010
  3. ^ Chan, Samuel (22 July 2010). "Pretty chaotic", The Standard
  4. ^ "Chrissie Chau: The Bikini Girl That Melted Hong Kong", Neon Punch, 17 April 2009
  5. ^ "Hard line urged over Chau `sex toy'", 3 August 2009. The Standard
  6. ^ "Fresh lunches offer food for thought" The Standard, 28 October 2009
  7. ^ Lau, Nickkita (23 October 2009). "Beauty and the beasts", The Standard
  8. ^ Anthony Wong Scolds Chrissie Chau is Brainless
  9. ^ "Chrissie Chau". Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Chrissie Chau". Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "LAMA 2013 Winners"

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