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Maggie Q

Maggie Q at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Margaret Denise Quigley
May 22, 1979 (1979-05-22) (age 30)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Other name(s) Maggie Quigley
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Margaret Denise Quigley, better known as Maggie Q (Chinese: pinyin: Lǐ Měiqí, Vietnamese: Lý Mỹ Kỳ (Lei Mei-Kei); born May 22, 1979), is a Hawaiian-born actress 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.[1][2] 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 become a fashion model. In 1998, she got her first role in a Chinese-language television series.[citation needed]


Maggie Q at the Mission: Impossible III premiere in April 2006

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 to varying degrees. Among her first film appearances were the lead roles in the Hong Kong action thrillers Gen-Y Cops and Naked Weapon, in which she played the 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 the IMF team. In 2007, she appeared in the Bruce Willis movie Live Free or Die Hard,[3] the fourth film in the Die Hard series, and in Balls of Fury.

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

She also stars in the video game in the Need for Speed franchise Need for Speed: Undercover as Inspector Chase Linh who is the player's only contact to the Tri-City Police.[4]

In 2010, it was announced that she would be the lead character on the new CW series, Nikita, a revamp of the movie/TV title.[5]

She changed her name to Maggie Q for easier pronunciation by Chinese audiences.

Personal life

Maggie Q, who is vegetarian, is a strong supporter of PETA Asia-Pacific. She featured in two advertisements for the organization[6] in 2007. In addition, Maggie was responsible for the removal of real fur from the costumes/set of the Chinese film Three Kingdoms.[7] In 2007, PETA Asia-Pacific named Maggie Q its 'Person of the Year'. In 2008, the organization named Maggie Q one of the best-dressed celebrities of the year.[8]


Year Movie Role
2011 Priest Priestess
2010 The King of Fighters Mai Shiranui
2009 Rogue's Gallery High Priestess
New York, I Love You Janice Taylor
The Warrior and the Wolf TBA
2008 Deception Tina
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon Cao Ying
2007 Balls of Fury Maggie Wong
Live Free or Die Hard Mai Linh
2006 Mission: Impossible III Zhen Lei
The Counting House Jade
2005 House of Harmony Harmony
Dragon Squad Yuet
Taped Maggie
2004 Rice Rhapsody Gigi
Around the World in 80 Days Female Agent (cameo)
Magic Kitchen May
2003 The Trouble-Makers Clary
2002 Naked Weapon Charlene Ching
2001 Rush Hour 2 Girl in Car
Manhattan Midnight The twin-sisters
Susan and Hope
2000 Gen-Y Cops Jane Quigley
Model from Hell Anna
Year Video Game Role
2008 Need for Speed: Undercover Chase Linh


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