Leila Tong

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Leila Tong
Chinese name 唐寧 (traditional)
Chinese name 唐宁 (simplified)
Pinyin tang2 ning2 (Mandarin)
Jyutping tong4 ning4 (Cantonese)
Born Kong Lai-na (江麗娜)
(1981-12-05) 5 December 1981 (age 36)
Hong Kong
Other names Pauline Kong
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989 - present
Spouse(s) Desmond Tang (2010-2017[1])
Ancestry Jakarta, Indonesia

Leila Tong also known as Leila Kong (born 5 December 1981) is a Hong Kong actress. She was born into an Indonesian[2] Cantonese family. Her birth name is used in her works during her childhood and adolescence.


At the age of 8, Tong made her first film appearance in director John Woo's action-comedy Once A Thief, which was nominated for several categories at the 11th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards. TVB then recruited Tong as a child star, and she has since then appeared in dramas such as The Greed of Man and State of Divinity.

As an adult, she took a three-year break from the entertainment circle to attend a designing college. Tong has declined TVB's offer to personally manage her.

Before 2004, her popular works include the popular Aqua Heroes and Square Pegs, which also starred Roger Kwok and Jessica Hsuen.

In 2004, she was invited to film CCTV's Liao Zhai along with a host of mainland China's rising stars. The show was extremely popular and spun Liao Zhai II. She also filmed Twin of Brothers, alongside Raymond Lam, Ron Ng, Tavia Yeung and Li Qian of CCTV. Later that year, she starred in The Last Breakthrough, starring Nick Cheung, Raymond Lam and Sonija Kwok. Although The Last Breakthrough did not receive good ratings in HK, it is still remembered and favoured by many as one of the most meaningful and touching series TVB ever made.

The modern sequel to Square Pegs, Life Made Simple was filmed with the same cast and released in 2005. At the end of its run, the series became one of the highest rated of 2005, with Wars of In Laws, which also starred Bosco Wong.

Tong has been nominated for TVB's "Most Improved Actress" award consecutively. In 2004, she entered through Aqua Heroes and Square Pegs. Later in 2005, she made it to the top 10 list with both her character as Angel in Life Made Simple and as Ha Hiu Ching in The Last Breakthrough. Bar Benders was Tong's only series broadcast in 2006 but turned up on TVB's list of top five series of that year.

In 2007, two of her series — Ten Brothers and Family Link — have also made it into TVB's five top-rated dramas of 2007. Tong also came out of War and Destiny, which was received with praise and critical acclaim for her performance. She was invited by CCTV to film The Last Princess with Sammul Chan. The show was received very well in mainland China. In December, she released her first Mandarin music album named Singing with the Moon in Beijing.

The following year, in 2008, she filmed The Greatness of a Hero in TVB, starring as Shangguan Wan'er, a well-known historic figure. The drama also starred Sunny Chan, Kent Cheng, Bernice Liu and Sonija Kwok. She once again collaborated with Kenneth Ma in a new ancient drama, Man in Charge, alongside Kate Tsui. On the second time, she filmed L For Love♥ L For Lies with Stephy Tang and Alex Fong.

Personal life[edit]

Tong married Desmond Tang in 2010. The couple met during a collaboration of the stage play, Popcorn Killer (爆谷殺人狂), and dated for three years. Tong uploaded a photo of herself and Tang on Weibo on September 10, 2010 to announce their engagement, with the comment "To all my good friends, thank you all for being by my side to witness my growth. I want to tell everyone now that I am preparing to step into another phase in my life! I am announcing to everyone, I am getting married!" The couple announced that they would not hold a wedding banquet, but would celebrate with a meal with family on both sides. On March 2011, she gave birth to a baby boy, Chun Chun. In January 2015, Tong announced the birth of her second child, a baby girl delivered via caesarian section.[3] However in 2017, they divorced.[1][4]

Tong is an advocate for animal welfare and environmental conservation. In order to properly reflect her position, she converted to a vegetarian diet in 2013.[5]



Year Title Role Network Notes
1990 Return to the Truth Man Man
1992 The Greed of Man Fong Fong TVB Jade
1993 Racing Peak Chung Oi Ling TVB Jade
1994 Instinct TVB Jade
1995 When a Man Loves a Woman Apple TVB Jade
1996 State of Divinity Kuk Fei Yin TVB Jade
2002 Legal Entanglement Sales in the Candy Shop TVB Jade
A Case of Misadventure Siu Tuo TVB Jade
Let's Face It Ko Ka Lei TVB Jade
Burning Flame II Chan Siu Lan TVB Jade
Golden Faith TVB Jade episode 18
Take My Word For It Yip Ho Oi TVB Jade
Square Pegs Ling Choi Deep TVB Jade
2003 Find the Light Siu Sun Ji TVB Jade
Aqua Heroes Yau Wing TVB Jade
Vigilante Force Luk Lai Kun TVB Jade
In the Realm of Fancy Zi Ye TVB Jade
2004 Twin of Brothers Si Fei Huen TVB Jade
The Last Breakthrough Ha Hiu Ching TVB Jade Nominated - Most Improved Female Artiste (Top 5)
The ICAC Investigations 2004 Mary TVB Jade
2005 Liao Zhai Xiao Xie
Life Made Simple On Kei TVB Jade
2006 Bar Bender Tseung Si Ting TVB Jade Nominated - Most Improved Female Artiste (Top 5)
Good Against Evil Lau Fei Fung
2007 The Family Link Sue Siu Man TVB Jade Nominated - Best Supporting Actress (Top 5)
Nominated - My Favourite Female Character (Top 24)
Nominated - Most Improved Female Artiste (Top 10)
Ten Brothers Hung Siu Lan TVB Jade Nominated - Most Improved Female Artiste (Top 10)
The Legend of Love Po Hei Yi TVB Jade
War and Destiny Cheng Yuet Fung TVB Jade Nominated - Most Improved Female Artiste (Top 10)
Phoenix Rising So Fei/Yeung Choi-Lam TVB Jade (warehoused)
The Last Princess Li Kai Xin (Lee Hoi Sum)
2009 Man in Charge Chong Siu Han TVB Jade
Room For Rent Doris RTHK
2010 A Pillow Case of Mystery II Luk Siu Dip/Ting Mei Yan TVB Jade
Rooms to Let 2010 Doris RTHK
2011 Love and Again Lau Fuo Mei TVB Jade
ICAC Investigators 2011 Man Ka-kei RTHK
2012 The Greatness of a Hero Shangguan Wan'er TVB Jade (warehoused)
2014 The Borderline Ding Siu-hoi HKTV
2015 Sexpedia herself HKTV episode 8
Karma Michelle Fong HKTV
Beyond the Rainbow Kwok ching-man / Kelly Yeung HKTV


The following is the filmography (films) for Leila Tong.[6]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Once a Thief
young Red Bean
1993 City Hunter
Kaori (child)
The Bride with White Hair
young Zhuo Yihang
1995 The Meaning of Life
1996 Those Were the Days
young Minnie Liu
1997 Lawyer Lawyer Gat's maid
1999 Beach Girl
1999 The Boss Up There
Kitty (Fong's deceased girl friend)
2000 An Eye for an Eye Fan Yuk Shan
2000 990714.com Nun
2001 Chinese Heroes Sakura
Ultimate Intelligence Alice
2002 Love is a Butterfly Prince Wah'sgirlfriend
The Untold Story- Suddenly Vanished Helen Chan
2003 Tragic Room Lok Yau Nam
The Trouble-Makers
2004 Cop Unbowed
Siu Dip (Butterfly)
2005 Summer Breeze
2006 Marriage With a Fool
2007 House of the Invisibles Gigi
Dead Air
Tincy/Fu Wing Sze
2008 L For Love♥ L For Lies
2009 A Very Short Life
Becky Lee
2011 Big Blue Lake Cheung Lai-yee
2015 Anniversary
2016 Cold War 2


Year Album information Tracklist
2007 Singing with the Moon 《邀月唱》
Release Date: December, 2007


  1. ^ a b "如常湊囝囝放學 無戴婚戒 唐寧驚爆7年婚姻告終". 明報 (in Chinese). 2017-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Leila Tong Speaks Out Against Child Marriages". JayneStars. 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ Hsia, Heidi (2015-01-20). "Leila Tong announces second baby". Yahoo.com Singapore. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  4. ^ "去年與舞台劇才子分居 傳秘交新歡 唐寧宣佈離婚 偕子女搬新家". 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). 2017-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Leila Tong is a Happy and Healthy Mom". Jaynestars. 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  6. ^ "Profile on HKMDB". Hong Kong Move Database. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 

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