Olivia Cheng (Canadian actress)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Cheng was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Cantonese-speaking immigrant parents, who were part of a co-founding group of Chinese parents that created the Edmonton Mandarin Bilingual program within the city's public school system. Her father worked in software and her mother was a health aide.
Cheng enrolled in her first acting class at age six, and at age 19 she booked her first commercial. She attended NAIT's Radio and Television Arts program the following year. After finishing school, she became a videographer for Global TV Lethbridge, before moving back to Edmonton to work as a broadcast and print journalist. She went on to freelance as a correspondent for ET Canada.
AMC was launching its original content division and came to Alberta with a Walter Hill-helmed mini-series executive produced by Robert Duvall. They were looking for five Chinese actresses, but were willing to look at non-professionals as well. Duvall saw Cheng's audition and asked to bring her back. She was then cast in Broken Trail, which was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and would go on to win four, including the Emmy for Outstanding Mini Series. Since then, Cheng has appeared on Supernatural and Eureka, and the episode "The New World" on the television show The 4400. Cheng appears as Linda Park in the TV series Arrow. However, the character was recast with Malese Jow taking the role in 2015. In 2007, Cheng played Iris Chang in Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking, based on Chang's best-selling 1997 book The Rape of Nanking.
In 2014, Cheng landed a role in Netflix's series Marco Polo, produced by The Weinstein Company. It is a lavish television drama, one of the most expensive ever produced, about Marco Polo’s journey as he travels from his home in Venice to the court of Kublai Khan, where he finds himself in the middle of a war in 13th-century China. Cheng portrays Mei Lin, a concubine and assassin, the sister of Jia Sidao. Cheng joked in a December 2014 interview that owing to her frequent nude scenes in Marco Polo that she would not be watching the series with her parents, saying: "That would be so uncomfortable. I think if I did, the only benefit would be that I would fast-forward through my scenes and just give them the Cliffs Notes… I would just be like, ‘Here’s what happens. Next scene".
In October 2017, it was announced Cheng would be part of the main cast of the Justin Lin-produced Warrior set against the backdrop of the Tong Wars of San Francisco. The series was based off an original idea by the late Bruce Lee and will premiere on Cinemax.
|2019||Warrior||Ah Toy||Series Regular|
|2019||Deadly Class||Master Gao||Recurring role|
|2016||Mission NinetyTwo: Dragonfly||Jasmine Chang|
|2015||Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes||Mei Lin||TV Short|
|Marco Polo||Mei Lin||12 Episodes|
|The Flash||Linda Park||Episode - "Pilot"|
|Stolen from the Womb||Nicole||TV film|
|Skye and Chang||Emily Chang||TV movie|
|2013||Arrow||Linda Park||Episodes - "Three Ghosts"|
|Guess Who's Coming to Christmas||Chealsea||TV Movie|
|Embrace of the Vampire||Kelly|
|Signed Sealed Delivered||Newsperson|
|Assault on Wall Street||TV Host|
|Blink||Hannah Duncan||TV Movie|
|2012||It's Christmas, Carol!||Kendra|
|A Killer Among Us||Miss Hetherington|
|2012||Broken Trust||Grace||TV Movie|
|2011-2012||Supernatural||Susan / Leviathan||3 Episodes|
|2012||Fairly Legal||Sullivan||Episode - "Ripple of Hope"|
|2011||Arctic Air||Eva Lam||Episode - "Vancouver Is Such a Screwed Up City"|
|Flashpoint||Ruby Mai||Episode - "A Call to Arms"|
|Hunt for the I-5 Killer||Young Woman||TV Movie|
|Fringe||Victoria DiMiri||Episode - "The Firefly"|
|2010||On Strike for Christmas||Television Reporter||TV Movie|
|Shattered||Grace Rossi||Episode - "Everyone's a Hostage to Someone"|
|Eureka||Dr. Lisa Wheeler||Episode - "Crossing Over"|
|The Staff Room||Ms. Vu|
|2009||Something Evil Comes||Tara||TV Movie|
|High Noon||Det. LIz Alberta||TV Movie|
|2008||The Art of War II:Betrayal||Geena||Video|
|2007||Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking||Iris Chang||Documentary|
|Blood Ties||Wynter||Episode - "Bugged"|
|Psych||Bad Nanny||Episode - "Rob-a-Bye Baby"|
|2006||Broken Trail||Ye Fung aka #4||TV Mini series|
|The 4400||Wheat Field Reporter||Episode - "The New World"|
|Goose on the Loose||Terry MacNeil||TV Movie|
|2005||The Christmas Blessing||Anaesthetist||TV Movie|
|2004||The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve||Jenna Lee||TV Movie|
|2003||Word of honor||Reporter||TV Movie|
|Hollywood Wives:The New Generation||Girlfriend #1||TV Movie|
|2002||Mentors||Beautiful Girl||Episode - "Enter the Monolith"|
|2000||Shanghai Noon||Dim Sum Girl #1||uncredited|
- TV.com. "Olivia Cheng". TV.com. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
- "Shattered Dreams and Broken Trails".
- "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking". The Georgia Straight.
- Kane, Laura (10 December 2014). "'Marco Polo': Olivia Cheng pushes boundaries". Metro News. Retrieved 2015-05-29.
- Andreeva, Nellie (2017-10-11). "'Warrior': Cinemax Sets Cast & Director For Bruce Lee-Inspired Martial Arts Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-20.