Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng (born 6 August 1962) is a Chinese Malaysian actress.
She best known for performing her own stunts in the Hong Kong action films that brought her to fame in the early 1990s. Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, she was chosen by People as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1997.
She is best known in the Western world for her roles in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, playing Wai Lin, and the Chinese-language martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in 2000. In 2008, the film critic website Rotten Tomatoes ranked her the greatest action heroine of all time. In 2009, she was listed by People – as the only Asian actress – as one of the “35 All-Time Screen Beauties”.
She is credited as Michelle Khan in some of her earlier films. This alias was chosen by the D&B studio who thought it might be more marketable to international and western audiences. Yeoh later preferred using her real name. In 1999, she was a member of the jury at the 49th Berlin International Film Festival. On 19 April 2001, Yeoh was awarded the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), which carries the title Dato’ by Sultan Azlan Shah, the Sultan of Perak, her home state, in recognition of the fame she brought to the state. On 25 November 2002, she was honoured as The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) (Cultural Achievement) by JCI (Junior Chamber International).
On 23 April 2007, the then French President Jacques Chirac awarded her Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. The decoration was presented to her in a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 3 October 2007. In 2011, she received a special award for her contribution to Malaysian cinema at Malaysian Film Festival (FFM 24). On 14 March 2012, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded her the Officier de la Légion d’honneur. The decoration was presented to her at a ceremony held at the president’s official residence, the Elysee Palace on that day. On 22 May 2012, she was awarded the Darjah Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP) which carries the title Datuk Seri’ during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah’s birthday. Michelle Yeoh received the Excellence in Asian Cinema award during the seventh annual Asian Film Awards on March 2013 in Hong Kong. On 1 June 2013, she was awarded the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title Tan Sri during the investiture ceremony in conjunction with the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. On 30 November 2013, she presided as the Chief Guest at the International Film Festival of India.