Michelle Yeoh, an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, has starred in more than fifty films including global hits James Bond’s “Tomorrow Never Dies”, Oscar-winning “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”, “Memoirs of a Geisha”, “Sunshine”, “Mummy 3”, the soul-stirring biopic “The Lady”, Marvel smash “Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2” and sci-fi franchise TV series “Star Trek: Discovery” as a first Asian female Starfleet Captain. Through her films, she has challenged the traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles.
Her acclaimed performance in the period epic “”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon””, directed by Ang Lee, earned her three nominations for Best Actress at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTA Awards in 2001. Michelle has a prolific acting career with a diverse list of roles, she won acclaim for her powerful performance in Crazy Rich Asians. Michelle served on the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 and 2002 respectively. Michelle will be next seen in James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels, Israeli film director Navot Papushado’s “Gunpowder Milkshake”, Daniel’s “Everything Everywhere All At Once” and Destin Daniel Cretton’s Marvel superhero film “Shang-chi”.
Michelle has received numerous awards and honors, including the highest French civilian distinction “Commander of the Legion of Honour” by former French President François Hollande in March 2017; the Excellence in Asian Cinema award during the seventh annual Asian Film Awards in March 2013; and the highest honorable title Tan Sri conferred by the Malaysian state government in June 2014. In 2020, she was listed on BBC 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for her continuous contributions on Gender Equality and Asian Representation.
Michelle has devoted a major part of her time to charitable and social endeavors. She has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassador of United Nations Development Programme to raising awareness and mobilizing support for the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals around the world since 2016. She has been invited to speak at United Nations High-Level Meetings and World Bank on Peacebuilding, Gender Equality and Sustainable Fashion. Since 2008 Michelle has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign, including leading its successful ‘Call for a Decade of Action’ at the events around the world, and also travels widely to film the documentary ‘Turning Point’ which was broadcasted worldwide on the BBC in 2009. She is also a Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and a member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which advocates for road injury to be recognized as a global public health and development priority.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. She worked together with National Geographic to make the documentary “”Amongst the Great Ape” in order to raise awareness about Wildlife conservation in Sabah, Malaysia in 2009. She is also ambassador of amfAR (The foundation for AIDS research), AIDS Concerns, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Live to Love and The Brain & Spine Institute (ICM).