Maggie Cheung Man-yuk (Chinese: 張曼玉; born 20 September 1964) is a Hong Kong actress. Raised in England and Hong Kong, she has over 70 films to her credit since starting her career in 1983. Some of her most commercially successful work was in the action genre, but Cheung once said in an interview that of all the work she has done, the films that really meant something to her are Song of Exile, Centre Stage, Comrades: Almost a Love Story and In the Mood for Love. As Emily Wang in Clean, her last starring role to date, she became the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Audiences outside Asia have become increasingly familiar with Cheung’s work, including Irma Vep, Centre Stage, Chinese Box, In the Mood for Love, Hero, 2046, and, (still) most recently, Clean. Cheung was a jury member at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival, the 1999 Venice Film Festival, the 2004 Hawaii Int’l Film Festival, the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and the 2010 Marrakech Film Festival. And for the first time in its history, the 59th Cannes Film Festival (2006) used a photographic image of a real actress on its poster — that of Cheung. On 7 February 2007, The New York Times rated Maggie Cheung as one of the 22 Great Performers in 2006 for her Cannes winning role as Emily in Clean. After 25 years of making movies, she decided to retire from acting to pursue a career as a film composer. She had mentioned she would like to compose music and paint after having fulfilled her acting potential. Her most recent film appearance was as Mazu, Chinese goddess of the sea, in the film/video installation Ten Thousand Waves by British filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien. As UK’s Independent puts it, since her Cannes moment in 2004, Cheung “turned her back on film” and has shifted her focus to philanthropy, making music, and editing. In April 2010, Cheung was appointed as UNICEF’s Ambassador to China. In July 2011, she was awarded a doctor honoris causa at the University of Edinburgh.