Maggie Q Biography & photos

Maggie Q, born Margaret Denise Quigley (李美琪 Chinese ) on May 22, 1979, is an American actress of mixed ethnicity, and former fashion model. She initially gained fame in Hong Kong.


Early life

Maggie Q was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to an American father of Polish, French Canadian and Irish descent, and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met while her father was stationed in Vietnam. Maggie is the youngest of five children. She has two sisters and two half-siblings from her mother’s previous marriage in Vietnam. After graduating from Mililani High School she traveled to Japan and Hong Kong to earn money as a fashion model. In 1998 she got her first role in a Chinese-language TV series.


She began acting in Hong Kong and elsewhere in East Asia. Because of her non-Chinese heritage, many of her Asian film appearances are in English or dubbed in Chinese languages. She has, however, stated that she took Mandarin and Cantonese lessons during her career in Asia and is able to speak both languages in varying degrees. Among her first appearances in film was the lead roles in the Hong Kong action thrillers Gen-Y Cops and Naked Weapon, in which she played the sexy but vulnerable martial artist assassin Charlene Ching. She has also played the titular role of Harmony in the German-Singapore telemovie collaboration Das Haus Der Harmonie, opposite leading Singaporean actress Fann Wong.

In 2006 she starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III. She played Zhen, the only female member of his IMF team. Maggie played Mai Linh, one of the computer-hacking extortionists in the 2007 Bruce Willis movie Live Free Or Die Hard, the fourth film in the Die Hard franchise. On August 29, 2007, Balls of Fury opened nationwide in the U.S., where Maggie portrayed the niece of table tennis guru Master Wong (James Hong).

In 2008, Maggie played fictional Cao Ying, a grand-daughter of the warlord Cao Cao in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon. That is her first Chinese ancient costume performance.

Personal life

Maggie Q has been in the past romantically linked to actor-singer Daniel Wu, Edison Chen, Daniel Henney and Japanese footballer Hidetoshi Nakata.

Year     Movie     Role
2000     The Legendary ‘Tai Fei’     Kei, wife of Fei
Model from Hell     Anna
Gen-Y Cops     Jane Quigley
2001     Manhattan Midnight     Susan/Hope
Rush Hour 2     Girl in Car
2002     Naked Weapon     Charlene Ching
2004     Magic Kitchen     May
Around the World in 80 Days     Female Agent
Rice Rhapsody     Gigi
2005     Taped     Maggie
House of Harmony     Harmony
Dragon Squad     Yuet
2006     The Counting House     Jade
Mission: Impossible III     Zhen Lei
2007     Live Free or Die Hard     Mai Linh
Balls of Fury     Maggie Wong
2008     Deception     Tina
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon     Cao Yin
2009     New York, I Love You

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