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Chinese name
葉璇 (traditional)

Chinese name
叶璇 (simplified)

Michelle Ye

Ye Xuan (Mandarin)


Jip6 Xun4 (Cantonese)

TV shows
Triumph In the Skies

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14 February 1980 (age 44) Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China (

Other name(s)
Ye Xuan, Michelle Yip, Yip Suen

Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer

Overheard 3, Hi - Fidelity, Accident, Insanity, Overheard 2

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Michelle Ye or Ye Xuan (born February 14, 1980) is a Chinese actress and producer. In 1999, she won the Miss Chinese International competition. Ye then signed a contract with TVB from 1999 to 2005. After she left TVB, She signed with Rich & Famous Talent Management Group Limited to pursue a movie career.


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Ye is fluent in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin. She immigrated to the United States at age 10. She attended John Dewey High School where she won first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the Botany sector (1998). She was a scholarship student at Wellesley College, but left before graduating to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

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In July 1999, Ye accepted a contract offered by TVB after winning the Miss Chinese International Pageant. She had a number of leading roles in dramas such as, Eternal Happiness, Triumph in the Skies, and Lost in the Chamber of Love. Ye has worked as a host and MC.

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In 2004, she was TVB's on-site reporter at the Olympic Games in Athens. Additionally, she was the MC for a special mid-autumn evening broadcast on CCTV.

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She left TVB in June 2005 and moved on to Rich & Famous one month after to get more exposure in the movie industry. Ye also starred in a few series with ATV, China Productions, and I-Cable.

Ye published an autobiography titled Shang Shan Ruo Shui - Xuan Gong Lue in July 2006.

Apart from her acting career, she is currently owner and chairman of a production company (Michelle Ye Studios-Zhejiang Bohai Television Ltd), owner of a sushi restaurant and Vice President of the Hengdian Film Association.

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Early life

Michelle Ye was born in Hangzhou, China. She was named after her mother’s favorite actress Zhou Xuan. Ye’s mother was a housewife and her father a lawyer. Her father was constantly on business travel, thus leaving Ye to be cared for by her mother solely. When Ye was 7 years old, her father moved overseas and only returned home for a total amount of weeks within a year. Ye’s parents divorced when she was 9 years old. Her mother no longer wanted to care for her and instead wanted Ye’s father to know what it was like to take care of their child.

Ye then lived with her paternal grandparents. Her grandparents were retired professors who lived in a professor’s hostel in the university. She was loved and spoiled by her grandparents, but her grandfather was extremely strict with her academics. Under his guidance, her academic results were good. Ye was involved in a lot of school activities.

At the age of 10, her father brought her and her grandparents to come live with him in New York City. Ye’s father told her that a man’s career is first priority and bringing her to the States would allow her to have a better education. Ye’s grandparents could not acclimate to the new environment and returned to China. Her father was still busy with his career. She stated that initially she did hate her father. At the age of 13, Ye suggested to move out, claiming she did not want to live with a stranger. Her father agreed and let her rent an apartment. Every month she would go to her father’s company for spending money. She would take care of laundry and meals herself. To earn extra money for other expenses, she lied about her age to work in a video rental store. Whilst at the store, she would often rent numerous series and movies to watch, which eventually influenced her to work in the entertainment business.

She attended John Dewey High School. While there, she learned to speak Cantonese from a classmate. She won first place at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the Botany sector in 1998. She was the valedictorian of her class, thus earning her full scholarship to the prestigious Wellesley College, where she majored in political science.

She was influenced by her stepmother to enter the 1998 Miss Greater Chinatown NYC beauty pageant. She was 2nd runner up, but the winner resigned and the 1st runner up declined the title. She accepted the title and competed in Hong Kong for the Miss Chinese International 1999 competition on her birthday and won. After the competition, she went back and finished her first year of college. After further consideration, Ye decided not to continue her studies, but instead signed a contract with TVB. Her previous aspiration was to become a lawyer.


In July 1999, she signed a contract with TVB. At the beginning of her career, Michelle Ye was well promoted by her company. She starred in several series and eventually earned “Fa Dan” status.

Ye’s most notable friends in the business are Myolie Wu and Rain Lau, in which they became sworn sisters after filming Eternal Happiness.

Ye was rumored with several men, but among all of them, she only admitted to dating Benny Chan. Chan and Ye first worked together on the set of Gods of Honour. It was not until filming Network Love Story in China that they started to date. They dated for two years and allegedly split due to personality differences.

After Jessica Hsuan was unable to film World’s Finest, Hsuan recommended Ye to take the role as "Hai Tang". Director Wong Jing took notice of Ye and eventually offered her a contract with Rich & Famous Talent Management Group Limited, the same company that manages Shu Qi, Anthony Wong, Edison Chen, Denise Ho, etc.

After Ye’s contract with TVB ended in June 2005 in which she did not renew. Instead, she accepted the contract with Rich & Famous Talent Management Group Limited a month later in hopes to landing big screen roles. Ye continues to gain recognitions from renowned directors, such as Dante Lam and Johnnie To. She won the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress. In 2008, Ye renewed her contract with Rich & Famous Talent Management Group Limited.

In 2011, Ye established her own production company (Michelle Ye Studios-Zhejiang Bohai Television Ltd) and has produced and starred in three series thus far, Ninth Widow, Athena, and Purple Hairpin. However, Ye has not ruled out a return to TVB after revealing she was recently asked to return by several producers. In 2012, Ye was voted Vice President of the Hengdian Film Association and on the side, opened a sushi restaurant in Hengdian.

Awards and nominations

  • (1998) Won second runner up in the "Miss Greater Chinatown NYC beauty pageant 1998"
  • (1999) Crowned first place as Miss Chinese International Pageant 1999
  • (1999) Won "Miss Classic Beauty" Award in the "Miss Chinese International 1999"
  • (2002) Nominated as "Most Improved Actress" for TVB 35th Anniversary Awards
  • (2002) Nominated as "Favorite Partnership" with Raymond Lam for TVB 35th Anniversary Awards
  • (2003) Nominated as "Most Improved Actress" for TVB 36th Anniversary Awards
  • (2003) Nominated as "Favorite Actress" for TVB 36th Anniversary Awards
  • (2003) Nominated as "Favorite Partnership" with Raymond Lam and Kenneth Ma for TVB 36th Anniversary Awards
  • (2005) Nominated as "Best Newcomer" in Hong Kong Golden Horse Award for Moonlight in Tokyo
  • (2009) Nominated as "The Best Leading Actress" in The 66th Venice Film Festival for Accident
  • (2010) Won "Best Supporting Actress" in 29th Hong Kong Film Awards for Accident
  • (2011) Won "Hong Kong and Taiwan's Most Popular Actress of the Year" in LeTV Entertainment Awards
  • Pageant history

    Michelle Ye was originally 2nd runner up at the 1998 pageant, but the winner and 1st runner up did not want to compete in Hong Kong. She took over the crown and title. She later on represented New York at Miss Chinese International 1999 where she won.


    Zhang Sha
    Di Renjie zhi jiulong xuan guan as
    Wu Ze Tian (as Michelle Ye Xuan)
    Zhi ming shao nu ji as
    Huo Lan
    Restart the Earth as
    Xuan Ye
    1921 as
    Wang Xuanjia
    Lou Wai Lou (TV Series)
    The People's Army (TV Series) as
    Jiang Xu
    Azalea (TV Series) as
    Chen Man Jin
    Eastern Battlefield (TV Mini Series) as
    Chaun Dao Fang Zi (2015)
    Insanity as
    Fong Wai-ling
    Overheard 3 as
    Luk Wing-Yu
    Drug War as
    Motorway as
    Lo Fung's wife
    Overheard 2 as
    Ho Yuen Ching
    Beginning of the Great Revival as
    Li Lizhuang
    Cai li fu quan as
    Hi, Fidelity as
    Josephine / Mrs. Ma
    Bruce Lee, My Brother as
    Lee Hap-ngan (Eight Sister)
    Fei saa fung chung chun as
    Dream Home as
    Flat 8A Female Owner
    Fire of Conscience as
    Accident as
    Murderer as
    Sonny's mother
    The First 7th Night as
    Vengeance as
    Big Mama
    The Sniper as
    Lady Cop & Papa Crook as
    Simply Actors as
    Yee chung
    Ching hum yea chung wan II (TV Series) as
    Kong Hoi-lan
    Undercover Hidden Dragon as
    Sister Han
    Tian xia di yi (TV Mini Series) as
    Shangguan Haitang (as Michelle Yip)
    Moonlight in Tokyo as
    Lu (as Suen Yip)
    Boon cho yue wong (TV Series) as
    Central Affairs (TV Series) as
    Lost in the Chamber of Love (TV Series) as
    Chui Ngun-Ngun
    Fei tsui leun kuk (TV Series) as
    Yin-chau - Young
    Chung seung wan siu (TV Series) as
    Tung Hei Yan (Zita)
    Network Love Story (TV Series) as
    Yang Hui Min
    Honour of the Gods (TV Series) as
    Yeung Lin-fa
    Reaching Out (TV Series) as
    Jess Wan
    Through China's Lens (TV Series documentary) (thanks - 3 episodes)
    - La rébellion par l'image/Sozialkritik (2013) - (thanks - as Michelle Yip)
    - Vers une beauté chinoise/Hin zür Schönheit (2013) - (thanks - as Michelle Yip)
    - Les bouleversements du paysage/Landschaften im Umbruch (2013) - (thanks - as Michelle Yip)
    Roast (TV Series) as
    - Episode #2.2 (2017) - Self


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