Gigi Leung

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Gigi Leung
梁詠琪(a singer).jpg
Gigi Leung in 2004
Background information
Chinese name 梁詠琪 (traditional)
Chinese name 梁咏琪 (simplified)
Pinyin Liáng Yǒngqí (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Wing6 Kei4 (Cantonese)
Born Leung Bik-zi (梁碧姿; Liáng Bìzhī)
(1976-03-25) 25 March 1976 (age 42)[1][2][3]
Hong Kong
Other names Leung Wing-kei
Education Maryknoll Convent School
Alma mater Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Occupation Singer, actress, songwriter, director
Years active 1995–present
Genre(s) Cantopop, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Singing, piano, guitar, drums
Voice type(s) Mezzo-soprano
Label(s) Big Artiste Management (part of Mei Ah Entertainment)
Spouse(s) Sergio Crespo Gutes (m. 2011)
Children 1[4][5]
Ancestry Guangdong, China
Website gigileung.com.hk

Gigi Leung Wing-kei (born 25 March 1976) is a Hong Kong singer and actress.[6]

Early life[edit]

Given the name Leung Bik-zi (梁碧姿) at birth, at the age of seven her mother changed her name to 'Wing-kei' for superstitious reasons; as a child, Leung suffered from frequent asthma attacks and it was believed a change of name would bring better health. At 176 cm, Leung earned the nickname of 'Tall Girl'. She has a twin brother named Keith Leung (Leung Wing-chun, 梁詠俊).

Gigi Leung attended Maryknoll Convent School. Later, she went to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she gained a diploma from the School of Design.[7] It was during her study at university that she accepted a modelling assignment from the watch company City Chain and caught the attention of film director Lee Chi-ngai who cast her in her very first movie, Doctor Mack (1995), the success of the movie brought her a further role in Full Throttle (1995), shot while she was finishing her diploma. For her supporting role in the film, Leung received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards.[7]

Career[edit]

Her singing career began the following year with the debut album Love Myself (1996), since then, she has sung both Cantonese and Mandarin songs. She is recognised not only as a Cantopop/Mandopop singer, but as a songwriter and lyricist as well, having written songs for both herself and other local singers, she has a contract with Warner Music Hong Kong, with more than a dozen albums to her name. She has performed in several full-scale live concerts including one entitled Funny Face in 2003.

In 2008 25 March she signed a new company Big Artiste Management, a subsidiary of Mei Ah Entertainment.

Since 1995, Leung has starred in over 20 movies, most of which are dramas and comedies, she has worked opposite acting veterans such as Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Andy Lau, Daniel Chan, Stephen Chow and Jet Li. In 2003, she starred with Takeshi Kaneshiro in Warner Bros.' first-ever Chinese-language film Turn Left, Turn Right. Notably, at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Leung was nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for roles in Tempting Heart (1999) and A War Named Desire (2000) respectively.

Primarily an actress on the silver screen, Leung briefly appeared in the TVB serial The Last Breakthrough (2004), she has also performed in a number of stage musicals including The Great Entertainer (2004). Other works include the Cantonese narration for the Japanese film Quill (2004).

Leung is also active in charity work. Apart from being the ambassador for different charities, she has helped to build 7 schools in Mainland China to help poor children,[8] she is also the youngest-ever local (at age 27) to receive the "Ten Most Outstanding Youth Award".

Spokesperson[edit]

Outside of the entertainment business, Leung has acted as the Hong Kong spokesperson for Japanese cosmetics company FANCL since 1999, she is also an ambassador to both United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)[8] and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong. Other charity ambassador titles include Honourably Ambassador of Yan Chai Hospital, Special Ambassador to the Yan Aiu Hospital, Ambassador of Breast Cancer Fund and Ambassador of Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA), she also held numerous other special titles to numerous organisations. She joined her friends, Charlie Yeung, Valen Hsu and Angelica Lee to form the "Hope Foundation," a non-profit organisation to help children in need.

Personal life[edit]

In July 2009, she was reported to be in a relationship with a furniture designer from France, known only as Sly.[9] Neither Gigi nor Sly admitted their relationship, but it was reported the couple separated in early 2010.

On 3 October 2011, Leung married her Spanish boyfriend Sergio Crespo Gutes[10] on the island of Ibiza, on 28 February 2015, Leung gave birth to her first child, a daughter,[11] Sofia Crespo Leung (祈淑菲).[4][5]

Sina microblog incident[edit]

Gigi Leung's Sina microblog account has up to 470,000 followers, most of them her young fans, on 30 March 2010, she blogged about the unjustly jailed Zhao Lianhai, whose five-year-old son fell victim to poison milk and developed kidney stones. The father-turned-activist began to use various means to voice his grievances, after receiving a message from the website's administrator, Gigi Leung then deleted the relevant blog, which resulted in hundreds of supportive messages from her fans.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
1995 Full Throttle 烈火戰車 Annie / Yee
1995 Sixty Million Dollar Man 百變星君 Chung Chung
1995 Mack the Knife 流氓醫生 May
1996 The First Option 飛虎 Insp. Mini Kwan
1996 Feel 100% 百分百感覺 Fong Fong
1996 Feel 100%... Once More 百分百岩Feel Emma
1996 God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage 賭神3之少年賭神 Kent Hing
1997 First Love Unlimited 初戀無限Touch! Tap / Stephenie Wong
1997 We're No Bad Guys 愛上100%英雄 Carrie / Mandy
1998 A True Mob Story 龍在江湖 Sandy Leung
1998 Hitman 殺手之王 Kiki
1999 Tempting Heart 心動 Shen Sheo-rou
1999 Afraid of Nothing: The Jobless King 失業皇帝 Law Nam
2000 A War Named Desire 愛與誠 Snow
2000 Marooned 藍煙火 Cheung Siu-yu
2000 Those Were the Days 友情歲月山雞故事 Lok Wing-gee
2000 Bruce Law Stunts 特技猛龍 Herself Documentary
2000 From Ashes to Ashes 煙飛煙滅 Short film
2001 The Avenging Fist 拳神 Erika
2001 Roots and Branches 我的兄弟姊妹 Qi Sitian
2001 La Brassiere 絕世好Bra Lena
2002 Mighty Baby 絕世好B Lena
2002 Fat Choi Spirit 嚦咕嚦咕新年財 Gigi
2003 Sky of Love 愛,斷了線 Yan Xiaojia
2003 Turn Left, Turn Right 向左走.向右走 Eve Choi
2003 1:99 Shorts 1:99 電影行動
2003 Love Under the Sun 愛在陽光下 Short film
2004 Love on the Rocks 戀情告急 Annie
2004 Driving Miss Wealthy 絕世好賓 / 窈窕淑女 Jennifer Feng
2004 Quill クイール Cantonese dub
2005 Racing Stripes N/A Cantonese dub
2006 McDull, The Alumni 春田花花同學會 Salesgirl / Hotpot receptionist
2007 Wonder Woman 女人.本色 Joy Shing
2007 The Secret of the Magic Gourd 寶葫蘆的秘密 Ms. Liu
2007 A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies {マリと子犬の物語 Cantonese dub
2007 Dangerous Game 棒子老虎雞 Huan
2008 La Lingerie 內衣少女 Lena
2009 Give Love 愛得起 Leslie Chan
2010 Just Another Pandora's Box 越光寶盒 Ambassador of Tukestan
2011 Rest on Your Shoulder 肩上蝶 Yang Lin
2011 The Allure of Tears 傾城之淚 Yang Lin
2011 Dear Enemy 親密敵人 Rebecca
2012 Marry a Perfect Man 嫁個100分男人 Winnie Yip
2012 Hot Stewardess 麻辣空姐
2012 Fortune Cookies 幸運曲奇 Boss Short film,
Also as director and screenwriter
2013 7 Assassins 光輝歲月 Xi Lian
2013 Desertion 被遺棄的 N/A Short film,
As director
2013 4 in Life 四季人生
2014 The Monkey King 大鬧天宮 Chang'e
2014 Aberdeen 香港仔 Cici
2015 Wong Ka Yan 王家欣
2016 Sing N/A Rosita Cantonese dub
2016 Sisterhood 骨妹 Sei
2018 The Monkey King 3 西遊記之女兒國 Advisor

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2004 Supreme Fate in Regalia Bay 富豪海灣至尊家緣 Gigi
2004 The Last Breakthrough 天涯俠醫 Eva Ha Special appearance
2013 K Song Lover

Musical[edit]

Year English title Original title Role
2002 Legal Entanglement 法網外的伊人 Sammi Shum

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Language
Cantonese Mandarin
1996 Love Myself 愛自己 Yes
1997 Short Hair 短髮 Yes
1997 A New House 新居 Yes
1997 Washing My Face 洗臉 Yes
1998 Gigi Leung 梁詠琪 Yes
1998 I'll Be Loving You N/A Yes
1999 Fresh 新鮮 Yes
2000 Good Time 好時辰 Yes
2000 Fireworks 花火 Yes
2001 Amour N/A Yes
2001 Suddenly, This Summer N/A Yes
2001 G for Girl N/A Yes
2001 Transparent 透明 Yes
2002 I Live in 7A 我住7樓A Yes
2002 Magical Season 魔幻季節 Yes
2002 Funny Face N/A Yes
2003 I Think, I Sing 我想、我唱 Yes
2004 Sense of Belongings 歸屬感 Yes
2004 [Ente'tein] 娛樂大家 Yes
2005 Look N/A Yes
2006 Grown Up Short Hair 成長的短髮 Yes
2006 Love Songs For Myself 給自己的情歌 Yes
2009 Gift 禮物 Yes
2010 The Monophobic Cat 怕寂寞的貓 Yes

Extended plays[edit]

Year English title Original title Language
Cantonese Mandarin
1999 Today N/A Yes
2012 Butterfly Kisses N/A Yes
2016 BeSIDE Me N/A Yes Yes

Compilation albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Language
Cantonese Mandarin
2000 Love Gigi The Most 最愛梁詠琪 Yes
2000 Kiss Kiss 新曲+精選 Yes
2004 I Like Gigi 我鍾意 Yes
2005 Clockwise 順時針新曲+精選 Yes
2007 Woman. Colour 女.色新曲+精選2007 Yes

Live albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Language
Cantonese Mandarin
2000 903 Live 加洲紅紅人館 903梁詠琪狂熱份子音樂會 Yes
2002 G For Girl Live 2002 N/A Yes
2002 903 id Club Music is Live 903 id club梁詠琪拉闊音樂會2002 Yes
2003 Funny Face Live 2003 高妹梁詠琪Funny Face 2003演唱會 Yes Yes

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Language
Cantonese Mandarin
2003 Turn Left, Turn Right 向左走.向右走 Yes Yes

Concerts[edit]

  • Gigi Leung Good Time concert world tour Part 2 (梁詠琪好时辰世界巡回演唱會)(2017)
  • Gigi Leung Good Time concert tour Part 1 (梁詠琪好时辰巡回演唱會)(2016)
  • Gigi Leung One Night in Hong Kong (梁詠琪香港G夜演唱會)(2011)
  • Gigi Leung One Night in Beijing (梁詠琪北京G夜演唱會) (2010)
  • Wonder Woman Charity Concert (2007)
  • Solo Concert In Shanghai, China(2007)
  • Tall Girl Gigi Leung Funny Face Live Concert (2003)
  • Live 903 (2002) 903 id club梁詠琪拉闊音樂會2002
  • G For Girl Live (2002)
  • Gigi Leung 903 Concert (2000) 加洲紅紅人館903梁詠琪狂熱份子音樂會

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1996 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Full Throttle Nominated
1996 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Most Popular New Artist (Gold) N/A Won
1997 1997 Jade Solid Gold Best Ten Music Awards Presentation Outstanding Performance Award (Bronze) N/A Won
1999 36th Golden Horse Awards Best Leading Actress Tempting Heart Nominated
2000 19th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actress Nominated
6th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 2001 MTV Video Music Awards International Viewer's Choice Award - MTV Mandarin "The Price of Love" Nominated
20th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress A War Named Desire Nominated
2002 2nd Chinese Film Media Awards Most Popular Actress Roots and Branches Won
8th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress La Brassiere Nominated
2003 40th Golden Horse Awards Best Original Film Song Turn Left, Turn Right -
"At the Carousel" (as performer)
Won
9th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Fat Choi Spirit Nominated
2004 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards Best Original Film Song Turn Left, Turn Right -
"Luck of Two People" (as performer)
Nominated
2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Actress Wonder Woman Nominated
Singapore Hit Awards 2007 Most Popular Female Artist N/A Nominated
2008 29th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress The Secret of the Magic Gourd Nominated
2012 4th Macau International Movie Festival Golden Lotus Award for Best Supporting Actress 4 in Life Won
2015 7th Macau International Movie Festival Golden Lotus Award for Best Supporting Actress Wong Ka Yan Nominated
15th Chinese Film Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Aberdeen Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ 梁詠琪國際歌迷會 – 個人檔案 Archived 1 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ EastDay News (13 December 2006). "擔心命運算不準 梁詠琪不小心透露真實年齡". 
  3. ^ ChinaTimes (13 December 2006). "擔心命運算不準 梁詠琪瞬間老4歲". Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. 
  4. ^ a b ahmike. "Gigi Leung(梁詠琪) and Husband Name Their Daughter Sofia". 
  5. ^ a b ahmike. "Full Name Of Gigi Leung(梁詠琪)'s Daughter Is 'Sofia Crespo Leung'". 
  6. ^ "Gigi Leung". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Mi Zi (米子) (2008). "Gigi Leung, Diligence Makes Dreams Come True" 《梁咏琪,勤奋成就梦想》 . 《快乐阅读》 [Happy Reading] (in Chinese). Changsha, Hunan: Hunan Education Press. p. 7. ISSN 1671-329X. 
  8. ^ a b "Gigi Leung , Ambassador of China Children's Health". CRIENGLISH.com. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  9. ^ "HK star Gigi Leung to wed?". Channel News Asia. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Gigi Leung shows love of all things Spanish at Loewe bag launch". South China Morning Post. 20 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "It's a girl for Gigi Leung and her Spanish husband". The Straits Times. 2 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Gigi Leung (1 April 2010). "梁咏琪 微博". Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  13. ^ Apple Daily (1 April 2010). "遭勒令刪去內地微博文章 撐維權爸爸 貼文抱不平 梁詠琪被河蟹了". Retrieved 1 April 2010.  Video News

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