Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung Man Yuk turns 48 this week and is still looking as classy as ever.
Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung Man Yuk turns 48 this week on September 20th and is still looking as classy as ever.
The film star boasts an impressive resume, with over 70 films under her belt and multiple awards including the title of being the first Asian actress to win an award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in England, Cheung speaks fluent English, Mandarin and French although her native tongue is Cantonese. With beauty and brains to boot, she was crowned Miss Photogenic and first runner-up at the 1983 Miss Hong Kong pageant, going on to become a semi-finalist in Miss World that same year.
Some of Cheung’s most memorable roles include ‘In the Mood for Love’, ‘Hero’, ‘The Soong Sisters’ and ‘Flying Dagger’ – roles that also won over international audiences – however, it was 2004’s ‘Clean’ that sealed her status in the global scene. Playing a junkie mother, the role turned out to be Cheung’s career-turning role, prompting high praise from the New York Times and even a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.
‘Clean’ was not without its share of personal drama; it also marked the end of Cheung’s marriage to the film’s director, Frenchman Olivier Assayas.
Since 'Clean', Cheung has taken a break from acting to focus on expanding her other talents in editing and composing music.
So what else has this ageless star been up to? Click on for more photos of Maggie Cheung as we celebrate her 48th birthday!