Isabella Leong

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Isabella Leong
Isabella in 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan
Background information
Pinyin Liáng Luòshī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Lok3-sze1 (Cantonese)
Born Leong Lok-yau (梁乐瑶)
Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva

(1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 29)
Other names Isabella Leong
Isabella Leung
Luisa Isabella Leung
Leung Lok-si
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Partner(s) Richard Li (2008–2011)
Children 3
Parents Luís Nolasco da Silva
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong[clarification needed]
Golden Bauhinia Awards
Best New Performer
2006 Isabella

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Leong Lok-yau, better known as Isabella Leong, is a Hong Kong-based Macanese actress and former singer.

Early life[edit]

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Lok-yau was born on 23 June 1988, in Macao to Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva (b. , 8 August 1951; d. São Lourenço, 20 January 1989)[1][2] and a croupier. She has a sister who is seven years older.[3]

Leong's father was a descendant of one of the most prominent and long-established Macanese families (Nolasco da Silva, 殷理基家族). Her father was born to Frederico Joao Moreira de Sousa Teles de Menezes, a Portuguese father and Terry Marques Nolasco, a Chinese woman living in Portugal.[4] Frederico Joao is the sixth generation of the family and former President of the Macau Football Association.[5] Leong's father has two elder brothers, Henrique and Frederico, and one younger brother, Jose Manuel.[6]

Leong's father suffered from a secret drug addiction and died from an overdose when she was only 6 months old. Leong had never received recognition from her paternal family, so she took her mother's surname. Leong's mother worked as a croupier in Casino Lisboa[7] and Leong was responsible for contributing to the family's finances.[8]

In 1993, she moved from Macau to Hong Kong and enrolled in Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School, after which she went to several schools in Hong Kong and Macao. She attended Macau Sam Yuk Middle School in 1999 but dropped out.[9]


To help provide for her family, Leong abandoned school at age 12 to become a model for Emperor Entertainment Group.[10]

She later began singing and released her debut album, Isabella, when she was 16 years old. Isabella did not achieve the success hoped for and Leong subsequently debuted with acting. From 2005 to 2007, she made a string of films including The Eye 10, Bug Me Not!, Isabella, Diary, and Spider Lilies.

Leong won her first American film role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was released in 2008.[11]

EEG contract dispute[edit]

Emperor Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit in the High Court on 3 April 2008, to seek damages from Leong for breaking a 10-year contract which Leong's mother signed for her when she was only 12 years old. Leong filed a writ against the company on 27 April.[10] In November 2008, the legal battle between Leong and EEG ended in an out-of-court settlement, with the star "free to pursue her career".[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Leong met Hong Kong businessman Richard Li, son of billionaire Li Ka-shing, on a movie set, when she was 20 and he was 41.[13] In April 2009, Leong gave birth to their first son Ethan Li Cheung Tsz. For this, Leong was allowed to use Li's family mansions in San Francisco. They also provided her with an entourage of caregivers, including five bodyguards, four full-time nannies and a personal attendant.[14] Channel News Asia has speculated on whether Leong and Li have a prenuptial agreement.[14] A 100-day-old banquet was held for her son from 9–11 July 2009, for three consecutive days, with some of the city's celebrities like Stanley Ho and his second wife Lam Wan Ying, and Tsang Yam Pui and his wife spotted in attendance.[15]

In June 2010, Leong gave birth to Li's twin sons in San Francisco.[16]

In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Li had ended their relationship. They both declared that the split was amicable and that they would both take care of their children.[17][18]


Album # Album information
1st Isabella – First Album Versions A, B, C
2nd I am Isabella (EP)
3rd To Find Love (EP)
4th I am Isabella (Complete Version)
5th Say Goodbye... Luisa (DualDisc) (CD+DVD)
  • Release Date : 15 August 2006
  • Language : Cantonese
  • Subtitle : Traditional Chinese
  • Package Weight: 210 g
  • Publisher : Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)


Isabella Photo Album
EEG Artiste Crystal – Isabella
Post Card – Isabella
Isabella Artiste Profile


Year Title Role
2004 Sunshine Heartbeat
Girl asking for fortune
2005 The Eye 10
見鬼 10
Bug Me Not!
Dragon Squad
Kong's daughter
A Chinese Tall Story
Red Child
2006 McDull, the Alumni
Wing Yan
Cheung Bik-Yan
Dragon Tiger Gate
Leung Wing Na/Ho Lai Yee
The Knot
Wang Xiao-rui
2007 Simply Actors
Spider Lilies
2008 Missing
Chen Xiao-Kai
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Lin
2015 12 Golden Ducks
Murmur of the Hearts

[19] [20]


Fantasporto (2006)

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2006)


Hong Kong Film Awards (2005)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary


  1. ^ "Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva". Macanese Families. Retrieved 10 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Jorge Eduardo de Abreu Pamplona Forjaz (1996). Fundação Oriente, ed. Famílias Macaenses, 1st Edition. pp. Volume II. 800. 
  3. ^ "李泽楷梁洛施历程回顾:一个不缺钱一个很缺钱". 
  4. ^ "梁洛施祖母萬里尋孫 「好掛念她」". 
  5. ^ "【※漂亮ISA※】梁洛施 Blue Mood". 
  6. ^ "祖母FB留言尋孫女梁洛施冇回音". 
  7. ^ "揭秘梁洛施传奇奋斗史 产前产后生活大不同(图)". 
  8. ^ ""星妈"神秘身份曝光:梁洛施妈妈". 
  9. ^ "梁洛施被曝生双胞胎". 
  10. ^ a b South China Morning Post. We paid nothing to settle: Emperor. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  11. ^ Isabella to fight Mummy 3.
  12. ^ South China Morning Post. Deal frees starlet from Emperor Group fold. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split". Channel NewsAsia. March 2011.
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  16. ^ Xinhuanet: Isabella Leong gives birth to twin sons Archived 2 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Isabella Leong announces split from tycoon Richard Li". Channel NewsAsia. 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Talk of other women way off the money, says Li". The Standard. Hong Kong. 2011. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Isabella Leong". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "Isabella Leong". Retrieved 23 March 2010. 

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