Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung in March 2012
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Jyutping Zeong1 Paak3 Zi1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Cheung Pak-Chi
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1980-05-24) 24 May 1980
British Hong Kong
Occupation Actress, singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Voice type(s) Contralto
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Nicholas Tse (m. 2006–2011)
Children Lucas Tse (b. 2007)
Quintus Tse (b. 2010)
Parents Davies Shally (mother)
Cheung Yan Yung (father)

Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi (born 24 May 1980) is an award-winning Hong Kong actress and cantopop singer. She is the ex-wife of Nicholas Tse, thus being the former daughter-in-law of Patrick Tse and Deborah Lee Po-Lai. She and Nicholas have two sons, Lucas and Quintus Tse.[1] She is considered a "Sing girl"—an actress who first received media attention through starring alongside Stephen Chow, and later went on to her own successful career.[2]


Cheung was born in Man Wah Sun Chuen, Jordan, Hong Kong[3] to a Chinese father and a half Chinese-half British mother.[4] Her parents divorced when she was nine years old. She was sent to Melbourne, Australia to live with her aunt at the age of fourteen and then attended Camberwell Girls Grammar School. She has an elder half-sister, two younger brothers and a younger half-brother from her father's side.


Star, hand prints and autograph of Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong.

Her career began in 1998, when she was cast in a television commercial advertising lemon tea. She caught the attention of Stephen Chow after shooting the ad.[4] Later, Cheung made her film debut as a young nightclub hostess in Stephen Chow's King of Comedy (1999), followed soon after by Fly Me to Polaris (1999).[4][5] The latter role earned her the award for Best Newcomer at the Hong Kong Film Awards.[5][6] In the same year, Cheung launched her singing career with her first Cantopop album Any Weather (1999). For Derek Yee's romantic drama Lost in Time (2003), Cheung won the award for Best Actress at the 23rd (2004) Hong Kong Film Awards.[7] She played a young woman who lost her fiancé to a traffic accident, which left her as a grieving single mother struggling to make ends meet.

Cheung has earned 70 million HKD in 2014, making her number nine in the top ten list of Hong Kong's highest (entertainment) celebrity incomes in 2014.[8]

Personal life

Cheung has been romantically linked to Hong Kong male singers such as Daniel Chan and Jordan Chan.[9] She then dated Nicholas Tse in early 2002, but split with him late that year when he returned to his ex-girlfriend, singer Faye Wong. In early 2003, rumors surfaced of Cheung and Edison Chen engaging in an underground relationship. However, the media was not able prove the rumors, thus the rumors quickly disappeared until the infamous racy photos incident in 2008. Cheung and Tse were first reported to have reconciled in early 2006 and on 31 July 2006, Tse officially admitted to dating Cheung in an interview with Commercial Radio Hong Kong 881/903.

In September 2006, Tse showed off his wedding ring at the Hong Kong International Airport, announcing that he and Cheung had been married in a secret wedding ceremony in the Philippines.[10]

On the 8 January 2007 episode of TVB's Entertainment Scoop (東張西望), Nicholas' father, Patrick Tse, confirmed that Cheung was approximately three months pregnant with the couple's first child. Around March 2007 on an episode of TVB's Entertainment Scoop (東張西望), it was said that their child, a baby boy, was due in August. On 2 August 2007, Cheung gave birth to a son named Lucas.[1][10] On 12 May 2010, she gave birth to the couple's second son, Quintus. On 23 August 2011, the couple made a public announcement of an agreement to a divorce. They agreed to joint custody of their two sons.[11]


1999 Triad threat incident

In 1999, her triad member father got into a misunderstanding with a rival gang. As a result, Cheung received rape and death threats against her, when she was still relatively new in the film industry.[4]

2008 Edison Chen Photo scandal

In January and February 2008, many explicit photos were found online involving Cheung and Edison Chen. The scandal also involved Gillian Chung and Bobo Chan.[12]


Year English title Alternative title Role Notes
1999 King of Comedy 喜劇之王 Lau Piu-piu Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
Fly Me to Polaris 星願 Autumn Yue Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress
The Legend of Speed 烈火戰車2極速傳說 Nancy
2000 Tokyo Raiders 東京攻略 Saori
Twelve Nights 十二夜 Jeannie
Help!!! 辣手回春 Dr. Ho Wing-yan
2001 Wu Yen 鍾無艷 Enchantress / Yin Chun
Master Q 2001 老夫子2001 Mandy
Everyday is Valentine 情迷大話王 Wonderful
Failan 파이란 Failan
Shaolin Soccer 少林足球 Dragon Player #7 cameo
Para Para Sakura 芭啦芭啦櫻之花 Yuriko Sakurada / Yuriko's granny
The Legend of Zu 蜀山傳 Dawn / Enigma
2002 Second Time Around 無限復活 Tina Chow
Mighty Baby 絕世好B Boey
The Lion Roars 我家有一隻河東獅 Moth Liu
2003 Love Under the Sun 愛在陽光下 Short film
Cat and Mouse 老鼠愛上貓 Bai Yutang
Honesty 絕種好男人 Didi Wong
Running on Karma 大隻佬 Inspector Lee Fung-yee Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Lost in Time 忘不了 Holly Lam Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress
2004 Fantasia 鬼馬狂想曲 Harmy Bobo
Sex and the Beauties 性感都市 Yuki Cheung
Papa Loves You 這個阿爸真爆炸 Customer refused entry to cafe cameo
One Nite in Mongkok 旺角黑夜 Dan Dan Nominated – Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
The White Dragon 小白龍情海翻波 Black Phoenix / White Dragon Jr.
2005 Himalaya Singh 喜馬拉亞星 Peacock
The Promise 無極 Qing Cheng
2006 The Shopaholics 最愛女人購物狂 Fong Fong-fong
My Kung-Fu Sweetheart 野蠻秘笈 Phoenix
The 601st Phone Call 第601個電話 Tian You
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 最強囍事 Claire
Treasure Hunt 無價之寶 Peggy Jiang
Legendary Amazons 楊門女將之軍令如山 Mu Guiying
Speed Angels 極速天使 You Mei
2012 Repeat I Love You 影子愛人 Paris
The Lion Roars 2 河東獅吼2 Wang Yueying
Dangerous Liaisons 危險關係 Mo Jieyu
2015 11th Day and One Night
TBA Out of Control
Year English title Alternative title Role Notes
2008 The Wandering Songstress 天涯歌女 Zhou Xuan



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  2. 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow)" (in Chinese). 南都周刊. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  3. 混血娃娃张柏芝
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  10. 1 2 Albert Valentin "Kungfu Nicholas TSE" Kungfucinema. Retrieved on 22 April 2008.
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