Maggie Q at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Margaret Denise Quigley
May 22, 1979
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Other name(s)||Maggie Quigley|
Margaret Denise Quigley, better known as Maggie Q (Chinese: 李美琪; 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.
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 become a fashion model. In 1998, she got her first role in a Chinese-language television 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 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, 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 changed her name to Maggie Q for easier pronunciation by Chinese audiences.
Maggie Q, who is vegetarian, is a strong supporter of PETA Asia-Pacific. She featured in two advertisements for the organization in 2007. In addition, Maggie was responsible for the removal of real fur from the costumes/set of the Chinese film Three Kingdoms. 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.
|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|
|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|
|Around the World in 80 Days||Female Agent (cameo)|
|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|
|2008||Need for Speed: Undercover||Chase Linh|