Isabel Chan

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Isabel Chan
Chen Yi Ning 陳逸寧

1979 (age 39–40)
OccupationActor, insurance broker
Years active1999–2018
ChildrenSon: Lu Junyi
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese陳逸寧
Musical career
Also known asYat Ning Chan (Cantonese name)
GenresRomantic comedy, action films
WebsiteFacebook: Isabel Chan

Chen Yi Ning (Chinese: 陳逸寧, born 1979), known in the West as Isabel Chan or Yat Ning Chan, is a Chinese actress based in Hong Kong. Yat Ning Chan is the Cantonese equivalent of her Mandarin Chinese name. She has been active as a Cantonese language performer since 1998 and has taken part in films, radio, television and advertising work. She was featured in several films directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, including the romantic comedy, Love in a Puff.[1][2][3]


Chen Yi Ning was born in 1979 in Chaozhou, and grew up in Hong Kong where she attended Canossa College and Po Ciu Catholic Secondary School. At Hong Kong Shue Yan University,[4] she studied counselling psychology. She married in 2013, and has a son, Lu Junyi.[5]


Until 2007, Isabel Chan was a full-time insurance broker. She has, however, modelled, acted on television and in advertising, and acted in Cantonese language films and videos from 1999; her acting debut was in 1998. As of 2018 she has continued to act in films.[5] She has worked on Hong Kong Radio TV, making music videos.[6]

Singing trio MKB48[edit]

Under her Mandarin Chinese name of Chen Yi Ning, she is part of a singing trio called MKB48, or Mega Karaoke Bitches 48,[7] named because the trio wished to disband when they reach the age of 48 years. They have revived Legend, previously sung by Raidas in the 80s, and When I Think of You by Danny Chan.[6][8] The remake of Legend has been described as the "song of the year ... (MKB48) "is once again inflaming the hearts of fans."[9] Legend (1987) was "a classic work of integrating Chinese musical instruments with the popular British new wave style of the 80s."[10] As of May 2017, MKB48 was considering a tour, after a successful performance in Guangzhou.[11] During a live broadcast performance by the trio, Isabel Chan appeared to accidentally throw a punch at one of the other girls, while executing a dance movement. She apologised and there were no complaints.[7]


As Yat Ning Chan, or Isabel Yat Ning Chan[edit]

In 1999, she was in The Truth About Jane and Sam directed by Derek Yee, and played Nurse Joe Chan in Fly Me to Polaris by Jingle Ma. In 2000, she performed in I.Q. Dudettes by Frankie Chan, What is a Good Teacher, And I Hate You So, and a video Fei hu xiong shi zhi Zhong Huan cha shi xiong sha an. In 2001 she was in Yau leng ching shu. In 2003, she starred as Gucci in the video Kung Fu Master is my Grandma! In that year, she did four The New Option videos: The Syndicate, The Final Showdown, The Campaign, and Confrontation, and a series of four more with Cantonese titles: Fei hu xiong shi zhi jiu shi zhe, Fei hu xiong shi zhi jie jin feng bao, Fei hu xiong shi zhi fu chou and Fei hu xiong shi zhi bian yuan ren in which she played Bibi.

In 2004, she was in Sex and the Beauties and PaPa Loves You, and played a teenager outside the curio shop in The Miracle Box. In 2005, she played the lead, Lisa, in Set to Kill by Marco Mak, and was in the film, The China's Next Top Princess. In 2007, she played Wai-Ying in Trivial Matters, in the segment "It's a Festival Today," produced by Pang Ho-cheung. In 2008 she starred in a short, called Mr Right. She was in Lazy Hazy Crazy in 2015,[12] and in Paws-Men in 2018.

As Isabel Chan[edit]

In 2003, she played Joey in Looking For Mister Perfect and Blind Chu's wife in Colour of the Truth. She starred as young Flavia in Butterfly by Yan Yan Mak in 2004. In 2005, she was in Dragon Reloaded, and in 2006 she played Fonda's bridesmaid in The Shopaholics by Wai Ka-fai. She played Isabel in a series of three films directed by Pang Ho-cheung: Love in a Puff (Hong Kong title, Chun Jiao yu Zhi Ming, 2010),[13] Love in the Buff (2012) and Love Off the Cuff (2017).[14]

As Chen Yi Ning[edit]

In 2019, she played the lead in Congratulations to Ba Po, or Congratulations on the Eight Women. directed by Pang Ho-cheung.[15]



  1. ^ 魯萍 (5 April 2012). "Isabel 腿張開得米". Apple Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Love in a Puff (Chi Ming Yu Chun Giu) (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Yat Ning Chan, movies and shows on Netflix, Love in a Puff". Flixable. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  4. ^ 本報訊 (29 October 2010). "內疚說:對唔住唔好意思模特兒陳逸寧車傷女生". Apple Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Chen Yi Ning, Yat Ning Chan". Time Network. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Isabel Chan". AF Spot. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Yang Qianxi's "MKB48" publicity". HD St Headline (in Chinese). 10 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  8. ^ "MKB48 discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Yang Qianxi group MKB 48 cover "Legend"; instant entertainment". Hong Kong 01. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Yang Qianxi MKB48 push K field version of the legend". Hot News (in Chinese). 24 March 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Miriam Yeung might start a tour with MKB48". Toggle. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Film review: Lazy Hazy Crazy – girls go wild in Pang Ho-cheung production". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Chen Yi Ning, review of Chun Jiao yu Zhi Ming". Etnet. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  14. ^ "38歲陳逸寧「腿張開」成名!". Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Chen Yi Ning, Yat Ning Chan". Time Network. Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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