Melissa Ng

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Melissa Ng
Chinese name 吳美珩
Chinese name 吳美珩 (traditional)
Chinese name 吴美珩 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Měihéng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Ng4 Mei5-hang4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Melissa Wu Mei-hang
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1972-05-05) 5 May 1972 (age 43)
Zhongshan, Guangdong, China
Occupation Actress

Melissa Ng Mei-hang (born 5 May 1972) is a semi-retired China-born Hong Kong television actress. She has been under contract to the television station TVB since 1996 after coming second in the Miss Chinese International Pageant, retiring from acting in 2007 to start a family. Ng speaks fluent English with an American accent, Cantonese, and Mandarin.


Ng was born in Guangdong, China, where both her parents were doctors. She and her family immigrated to San Francisco when Ng was nine years old. Ng has two elder sisters and a younger sister. In 2007, Ng revealed that she has been married to a Taiwanese businessman since 2001. They have a daughter, born in 2007, and a son, born in 2011.

Acting career[edit]

After graduating with a major in international relations and a minor in marketing at San Francisco State University, Ng entered the Hong Kong entertainment industry in 1996, after placing 1st runner up in Miss Chinese International 1996; she was representing San Francisco after she won Miss Chinatown USA in 1992. She started out with minor roles, appearing in only a few episodes. She has portrayed roles that have to commit suicide, being killed, or even lesbian roles in the early years of her acting in entertainment industry.

However when years passed, she started playing second female lead, and eventually, she has been playing the first female lead in all her series with positive reviews. Her many series include A Kindred Spirit, The Legend of Lady Yang, Secret of the Heart, Riches and Stitches, A Herbalist Affair, King of Yesterday and Tomorrow, Healing Hands III, Into Thin Air and most recently, La Femme Desperado and Love Guaranteed which received the best and 4th best ratings for TVB series in 2006 respectively. Her hard work and prominent achievement has secured her a high status as one of the most valuable Fa-dans (actress) in TVB. Her most popular characters are probably Sarah, from Healing Hands III; and Ko Ling, from La Femme Desperado. La Femme Desperado won "Best Drama" at the 2006 39th TVB Anniversary Awards.

Since the filming of Tai Chi in early 2006 (which was aired in 2008), Ng has not been in any other series. After the airing of La Femme Desperado (May 2006) and Love Guaranteed (July 2006), she has been out of the spotlight. It turns out that she became pregnant during the ending of the year, and her baby was born in July 2007. During a promotion for Tai Chi, Ng has announced that she would spend more time with her newborn before a possibility that she will rejoin TVB.

Pageant career[edit]

Ng was crowned Miss Chinatown USA 1992. After winning the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant based in the city of San Francisco, she represented San Francisco at Miss Chinese International 1996. Ng had an interview during the final night, where she challenged Eric Tsang, and was later crowned as 1st runner up. Due to her strong Cantonese and communication skills, she earned a contract with TVB. Ng was one of the emcee's for the 2002 Miss Chinese International Pageant.


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dark Tales 2 Supporting role
1997 Detective Investigation Files III Minor role
1998 A Place of One's Own Minor role
1998 Burning Flame Minor role
1998 Secret of the Heart Supporting role
1998 Journey To The West II Non-speaking role/ cameo
1999 Detective Investigation Files IV Minor role
1999 Till When Do Us Part Supporting role
1999 A Kindred Spirit Supporting role
2000 The Legend of Lady Yang Second Lead role (to Anne Heung)
2000 A Matter of Customs Supporting role
2000 The Green Hope Supporting role
2000 Crimson Sabre Second lead role (to Charmaine Sheh)
2000 Death Trap ''Telemovie'' Supporting role
2001 ICAC Investigations 2001 Supporting role
2001 Hope for Sale Supporting / second lead role (to Christine Ng)
2002 A Herbalist Affair Second lead role (to Charmaine Sheh)
2002 Good Against Evil Supporting role
2003 The King of Yesterday and Tomorrow Second lead role (to Maggie Cheung)
2004 Riches and Stitches Supporting role
2004 The Conqueror's Story Co-lead role (with Maggie Cheung)
2004 Dreams of Colours Second lead role (to Myolie Wu)
2005 Fantasy Hotel Lead role
2005 Into Thin Air Lead role
2005 Healing Hands III One of the lead roles
2006 La Femme Desperado Lead role
2006 Love Guaranteed Lead role
2008 The Master of Tai Chi Lead role


  • 1996 Miss Chinese International Pageant: First Runner Up[1][dead link]
  • 1992 Miss Chinatown USA Winner


  1. ^ Misshkbeauties. "" Miss Chinese international 1996. Retrieved on 2008-08-28.

Melissa Ng at the Internet Movie Database