Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi: Hong Kong Actress and Cantopop Singer

Cecilia Cheung Pak-chi, born on 24 May 1980, is a renowned Hong Kong actress and cantopop singer. She is known for her significant contributions to both the film and music industries. This article provides an overview of her biography, career, personal life, and notable incidents.


Cecilia Cheung was born on 24 May 1980, in Man Wah Sun Chuen, Jordan, Hong Kong. Her parents are Davies Shally, who has a mixed Chinese and British heritage, and Cheung Yan-yung. Her parents divorced when she was just nine years old. At the age of fourteen, she was sent to Melbourne, Australia, to live with her aunt and attended Camberwell Girls Grammar School. Cecilia Cheung has a diverse family with an elder half-sister, two younger brothers, and a younger half-brother from her father’s side.


Cecilia Cheung’s career took off in 1998 when she appeared in a television commercial advertising lemon tea. Her talent caught the eye of Hong Kong film icon Stephen Chow, leading to her film debut as a young nightclub hostess in Stephen Chow’s “King of Comedy” (1999). This film became the highest-grossing local film of the year and catapulted Cheung to fame in Hong Kong.

Following her debut, she starred in “Fly Me to Polaris” (1999), earning her the Best Newcomer award at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Her singing abilities also came to the fore as she sang the theme song for the film, garnering attention from the audience. In the same year, she launched her cantopop singing career with her debut album “Any Weather” (1999).

Cecilia Cheung expanded her reach to the Korean market with “Failan” (2001), co-starring Choi Min-shik. Her performance earned her a nomination at the Grand Bell Awards for Best Actress. She continued to impress audiences with her role in the Chinese comedy film “The Lion Roars” (2002), winning the Most Popular Actress award at the Chinese Film Media Awards.

She collaborated with Derek Yee in the crime thriller “One Nite in Mongkok” (2004), where she portrayed a prostitute who crosses paths with an assassin, played by Daniel Wu. Her outstanding performance earned her a nomination for the Best Actress award at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Despite her initial successes, Cecilia Cheung’s later films faced commercial challenges and critical reviews. However, her talent and presence in the entertainment industry remained significant.

In early 2021, Cheung participated in the second season of the Chinese reality series “Sisters Who Make Waves,” showcasing her singing and dancing abilities alongside other established female entertainers.

Personal Life

Cecilia Cheung’s personal life has been the subject of public interest. She married fellow Hong Kong entertainer Nicholas Tse in a secret wedding ceremony in the Philippines in September 2006. The couple welcomed their first son in August 2007 and their second son in May 2010.

However, in August 2011, Cheung and Nicholas Tse publicly announced their divorce while agreeing to share joint custody of their two sons. In a Weibo post from her studio, Cheung revealed that she had given birth to a third son on 18 November 2018, although the identity of the child’s father remains undisclosed.

In March 2020, Cecilia Cheung voiced her support for Xinjiang cotton after several international companies announced they would no longer purchase cotton from the region due to concerns over Uyghur human rights.

In June 2021, she revealed on the Chinese variety show “Life Is Beautiful 2” that if she were to enter a new relationship, she would not make it public. She also mentioned that she had moved to Shanghai for several months, planning to reside in the city long-term due to increased work opportunities and better schools for her children.


Cecilia Cheung has faced challenging incidents in her life and career. In 1999, her father, known as Bearded Bravery or Bearded Yung, had a dispute with a rival gang, leading to rape and death threats against Cecilia when she was still relatively new in the film industry.

In 2008, Cecilia Cheung was involved in the Edison Chen photo scandal, which gained significant media attention and controversy. The scandal included explicit photos of her with Edison Chen and also involved Gillian Chung and Bobo Chan.

Cecilia Cheung Filmography

Poster for the movie "Lost in Time"

Lost in Time

Sui Wai lost her fiance Ah Man in a car accident. With the obligations of life sitting heavy on her shoulders, she lives on only to find herself confiding in her beloved through a phone call. Dai Fai. a mini-bus driver who witnessed Ah Man’s death, is always there offering her attentive encouragement and support, yet he himself also lives in the shadow of his last relationship. When Siu Wai strives to face the future … Read more

Poster for the movie "Himalaya Singh"

Himalaya Singh

Ronald has lived in the Himalayas since he was young and has grown up to become a clean-living yoga master who will soon marry an Indian beauty. But things change when an absent-minded tourist guide accidentally leads him onto her bus.

Poster for the movie "My Kung Fu Sweetheart"

My Kung Fu Sweetheart

A young woman keeps her true persona a secret in this martial arts action-romance written and directed by Jing Wong

Poster for the movie "Sex and the Beauties"

Sex and the Beauties

We have Carina Lau has Selina the lead actress who is a psychoanalyst, who hangs out with her friends (Athena Chu has an erotic story for woman, Yoyo Mung has a multi-restaurant owner who likes the dangerous side, and Pinky Cheung whose dad is a triad boss goes retirement and know how to fight). The story begins when Selina’s ex came to her and asks her to take care of her wild daughter (Cecilia Cheung … Read more

Poster for the movie "Papa Loves You"

Papa Loves You

Ying is a single parent who’s having a tough time disciplining his wild teenage daughter Ellen.

Poster for the movie "Master Q 2001"

Master Q 2001

“Master Q” is a popular comic book series character in Hong Kong. Each comic book is usually made up of many different situational stories, with 8 frmaes making up a story in 1 page. In short, it is like the newspaper comics that you see in America but in a book form. The movie is about how Master Q and his 2 friends Mr. Chung and Potato are out looking for jobs but accidentally cause … Read more

Poster for the movie "Cat and Mouse"

Cat and Mouse

Zhan Zhao (Andy Lau) is a court officer who learns of a plot to assassinate Judge Bao (Anthony Wong). While on holiday he meets a young man named Bai (Cecilia Cheung) who turns out to be a woman. Zhan Zhao tries to recruit Bai to help him stop the assassination of Judge Bao.

Poster for the movie "Second Time Around"

Second Time Around

A young man goes to Las Vegas with his best friend to prove he can win big bucks. When he loses all of the money, he and his friend get help from a young woman who tells the man the story of some special stones that are part of a legend involving time travel and parallel universes. When the trio get in a car accident, the young gambler is the only survivor. Pursued by a … Read more

Poster for the movie "Black Mask II"

Black Mask II

The Black Mask must stop a group intent on setting off a DNA bomb that could cause mutations to the human race.

Poster for the movie "The Monkey King"

The Monkey King

Sun Wukong, (The Monkey King) is a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. Thus, according to legend, Buddhism is brought to ancient China. This much beloved story, is as much a part of Asian culture as The Iliad and The Odyssey or The Wizard of Oz are … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Shopaholics"

The Shopaholics

Compulsive disorders plague Hong Kong: Fong Fong Fong, a foundling who’s now a nurse, is a shopaholic who seeks psychiatric help from Kan Yan (Choosey) Lee, who’s frozen by an inability to choose. Into the mix come Kung Fu (Richie) Ho, a wealthy man who is stingy but also will buy anything someone else wants, and Ding Dong Ding, Lee’s binge-eating bargain-shopping ex-girlfriend who reappears in hopes Lee will now choose her. Both men propose … Read more

Poster for the movie "One Night in Mongkok"

One Night in Mongkok

Hong Kong nihilism. December 22, a street quarrel leads to the death of a gang leader’s son. Next day, he seeks revenge on his brother, a rival boss. He calls on Liu, a fixer, to import a hit man from the mainland. Lai Fu, a tough and youthful hick, arrives with a day pass. The cops, led by the morose Milo, hear about the killer; they open a full-scale Christmas Eve operation to find the … Read more

Poster for the movie "Twelve Nights"

Twelve Nights

This movie goes through 12 significant nights (not consecutive nights) in a relationship between two characters. The movie offers some insight into the repetion involved in relationship cycles from interest through various tensions to eventual disinterest.

Poster for the movie "Tokyo Raiders"

Tokyo Raiders

When a private eye, a jilted bride and a mysterious stranger join forces to track down an elusive mobster, there’s more than trouble in the air in Tokyo Raiders, a martial arts adventure that really flies! Acclaimed Hong Kong action star Tony Leung plays Len, a smooth-talking detective whose trench coat carries an arsenal of tricks and provides a streetwise disguise for the kung fu master. While on the trail of a gangland boss, Len … Read more

Poster for the movie "Wu yen"

Wu yen

Lost in the woods, the Emperor Qi (Anita Mui) stumbles across local chief Wu Yen (Sammi Cheng), his predestined bride, only to accidentally free a promiscuous fox fairy (Cecilia Cheung) who promptly falls in love with both of them, changing between man and woman to clumsily woo each, setting the scene for a constantly shifting triangle with the emperor torn between both the fox fairy and Wu Yen and the fox fairy after whichever one … Read more

Poster for the movie "Help!!!"


A trio of idealistic young doctors take on a corrupt, ineffective hospital management more interested in saving dollars than lives. Sub-plots crop up in the form of a love triangle, an electrical blackout, and a major car accident.

Poster for the movie "King of Comedy"

King of Comedy

Wan Tin-Sau is an actor who cannot seem to catch a break, since his only professional jobs are limited to being a movie extra. As well as being an actor, he is also the head of his village’s community center.

Poster for the movie "Fly Me to Polaris"

Fly Me to Polaris

A young man, blind and dumb, works as an audio tape typist in a hospital and fostering a tender and sincere relationship with a beautiful but introverted nurse. When hit by a car, he is the sixty billionth human being to die on earth, and is on transit to Polaris, en route to a yet more sophisticated form of existence in Vega. Given a reprieve of five days and a chance to be reunited with … Read more

Poster for the movie "Speed Angels"

Speed Angels

Three female racing drivers clash on and off the track in this high speed action drama.

Poster for the movie "Running on Karma"

Running on Karma

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people’s lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Poster for the movie "Shadows of Love"

Shadows of Love

Previously known as “Repeat, I Love You”, “Shadows of Love” is a modern-day Cinderella romance starring Cecilia Cheung (“Legendary Amazons”) and Kwon Sang-woo (“Stairway to Heaven”) as a rivals who eventually fall for each other. The film revolves around three interrelated love stories with the one played by Kwon and Cheung as the core. Cheung plays two contrasting roles in the film, one as a refined lady, and the other as a determined young woman … Read more

Poster for the movie "The Lion Roars 2"

The Lion Roars 2

The Lion Roars 2, sequel to the hugely successful period piece comedy.

Poster for the movie "Dangerous Liaisons"

Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons is a Chinese film by Hur Jin-ho based on the novel with the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It has been adapted five times to date, including the eponymous Hollywood film (1988) and Untold Scandal from South Korea (2003).

Poster for the movie "The 601st Phone Call"

The 601st Phone Call

The movie is about a young girl named Yishu who believes she has no luck at all and she blames her name for it. One day she starts receiving phone calls from people thinking that she is the popular singer Tianyou. It turns out that someone has leaked 600 phone numbers of famous people to the internet and Yishu’s phone number got mixed up in the bunch. She finds it annoying at first but soon … Read more

Poster for the movie "Shaolin Soccer"

Shaolin Soccer

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Poster for the movie "Zu Warriors"

Zu Warriors

King Sky (Ekin Cheng), the sole disciple of the Kun Lun Sect, falls in love with his master Dawn (Cecilia Cheung). Dawn is killed when Insomnia destroys the Kin Lun Mountain. King Sky waits for two hundred years and meets Enigma (Cecilia Cheung), who is the reincarnation of Dawn, and in love with her again. However, Insomnia’s Blood Clouds is ready to destroy Zu…