Kathy Chow

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Kathy Chow
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Kathy Chow in April 2011
Background information
Chinese name 周海媚 (traditional)
Chinese name 周海媚 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhōu Hǎimèi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Zaau1 Hoi2 Mei6 (Cantonese)
Born (1966-12-06) 6 December 1966 (age 51)[1]
Hong Kong
Other names Hoi Mei (海味)
Origin Hong Kong
Education high school
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1985 - present
Label(s) TVB (1985-1997、2008-2009、2012-2014)
ATV (1998-2001)
Spouse(s) Ray Lui (1988, divorced)
Ancestry Guwalgiya clan of the Plain White Banner [2][3]

Kathy Chow Hoi-mei (Chinese: 周海媚; pinyin: Zhōu Hǎimèi; Jyutping: Zaau1 Hoi2 Mei6; born December 6, 1966 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong actress who is widely known for her leading roles in Hong Kong TVB series during the late 1980s to 1990s such as The Breaking Point and Time Before Time. Her popularity peaked in Asia following her portrayal of Zhou Zhiruo in the 1994 Taiwanese adaptation of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.[4]


She is a former Miss Hong Kong pageant participant. During the late 1980s and 1990s, she actively modeled and starred in Hong Kong TVB series.

She switched work to ATV in 1998. During this time she would occasionally be featured in Hong Kong films and appear in award shows. Kathy was only with ATV up to 2001 and later left to Beijing for new prospects in her career.

After a period of time, in March 2008, Chow returned to TVB and signed on to TVB's action E.U., the sequel to The Academy and On the First Beat.

In recent years, she starred occasionally in a few TVB series, but her focus is still in mainland China's productions.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Cadets on the Beat (豬仔出更) Jojo
1988 How to Pick Girls Up! (求愛敢死隊) Didi
1988 The Truth (法內情) Eve
1989 Nobody's Hero (情義我心知)
1989 My Dear Son (我要富貴)
1990 The Wildgoose Chase (不文小丈夫) May
1990 King of Gambler (賭王) Bobo
1991 The Holy Virgin Versus the Evil Dead (魔唇劫) Director Cho
1992 James Wong in Japan & Korea (帶你嫖韓日) May
1993 Insanity (觸目驚心) John's wife
1993 Fight Back to School III (逃學威龍Ⅲ之龍過雞年) Man Ching
1994 The Private Eye Blues (非常偵探) PI's wife
1994 Love Recipe (愛情色香味)
1995 Don't Give a Damn (冇面俾) Yau Ching
1996 First Option (飛虎) Sue
1997 Cause We Are So Young (求戀期) Mrs. Chan
1998 The Love and Sex of the Eastern Hollywood (愛在娛樂圈的日子) Maggie Shum
1998 Cheap Killers (愈墮落愈英雄) Ling
1998 Beast Cops (野獸刑警) Yo-yo
1998 The Sleepless Town (不夜城) Xiu Hong
1998 Nude Fear (追兇20年) Joyce Chan Jing-yee
2000 Sound from the Dark (陰風耳) DVD
2000 A Game of No Rule (無法無天) Jeanie Fok
2001 Vampire Controller (趕屍先生) Tien Gee
2002 Memento (35米厘兇心人) Fun
2003 We're Not the Worst (五個墮落的男女) Moon
2004 City Crisis (中年危機) Siu Ling
2004 A Decisive Move (同步凶間) Siu Lui
2007 Crazy Money & Funny Men (大話股神) Xiao Ling
2011 To Love or Not (一夜未了情) Song Mei
2011 Legendary Amazons (楊門女將之軍令如山) Ma Saiying
2013 The Legend of Dunhuang (敦煌傳奇)
2015 Hot Blood Band

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role TVB Anniversary Awards
1985 The Yang's Saga
Yeung Yin-ying
1986 The Feud of Two Brothers
Fong Hok-ning
Heir to the Throne Is...
Qing Lian
1987 The Journey of Life
Wat Ka-yu
1988 How to Pick Girls Up Didi
1988 The Saga of the Lost Kingdom Madame Butterfly
1989 Nobody's Hero Jane
Looking Back in Anger[5]
Lee Wah
My Dear Son
1990 Where I Belong
On Ching
Cherished Moments
Yeung Bak-mui
Rain in the Heart
Tung Yiu
1991 Holy Virgin vs. the Evil Dead Chor Yi-Yin
The Breaking Point
Sum Mun Yee
1992 The Sword Of Conquest
Cheuk Ma
1993 Insanity Mrs. Wong
The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber[6]
Zhou Zhiruo
Fight Back to School III Man Ching
Imperial Wanderer
1994 The Private Eye Blues Detective's Wife
Love Recipe Ann
1995 Don't Give a Damn Yau-Ching
1996 The Legend of the Dragonslayer Sword 3
1997 Cause We Are So Young
Time Before Time Siu Fu Yung Won - TVB Anniversary Award for Best On-screen Couple (with Gordon Lam)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 7)
1998 Sleepless Town Xiu Hong
Chasing Criminal 20 Years
Flaming Brothers
Beast Cops Yoyo
Love & Sex of the Eastern Hollywood
Cheap Killers Ling
Secret Of The Heart Ching Ka-wai
1999 Criss-Cross Over Four Seas Lo Wan
2000 Sound from the Dark
Showbiz Tycoon
2001 Vampire Controller Tien Gee
2003 Asian Heroes Cheng Yi-wun
2006 Ba Zhen Tu Han Die Yi
2008 The Legend of the Condor Heroes Bao Xiruo
2009 E.U. Ching Yeuk-Sam Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress (Top 15)
Nominated - TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 15)
In the Chamber of Bliss Cheung Fung-wan
2013 Sniper Standoff Wong Yeuk-ling
2014 The Empress of China Consort Yang
2015 The Cage of Love
2017 Xuan-Yuan Sword Legend: The Clouds of Han Gu Yuxiang
2018 Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost Heavenly Empress [7]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
1995 Sunrise Love
1997 Loving You

Other appearances[edit]

Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei also appeared in Jacky Cheung's music video for the song 吻別.


  1. ^ Wei, An (2013-12-20). "Top 10 timeless female Chinese stars". China Internet Information Center. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  2. ^ http://www.hkheadline.com/ent/ent_star_details.asp?starid=513
  3. ^ 金马最佳女配惠英红领衔娱乐圈十大满族明星 [Kara Hui leads the top ten list of Manchu Celebrities] (in Chinese). Hunan TV. 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Kathy Chow Has Not Aged in 20 Years". Mingpao Hong Kong. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Hong Kong's Top 10... TV Soaps". Time Out. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  6. ^ Yau, Yan Shuang (2015-01-19). 不老女神發威! 48歲周海媚睽違21年再扮周芷若 [Ageless Goddess! After 21 years, 48 Year Old Chow Hoi-Mei portrays Zhou Zhiruo again]. ETtoday (in Chinese). Eastern Television. Retrieved 2015-03-16. 
  7. ^ "《香蜜沉沉烬如霜》曝照 周海媚何中华强势加盟". Sina (in Chinese). September 22, 2017. 

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