Lea Salonga

  • Birth Name: Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga
  • Birth Place: Manila, Philippines
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Fast Facts

  • Originated the role of Kim in the 1989 West End production of Miss Saigon; she later transferred with the show to Broadway in 1991.
  • Named as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 1991.
  • Provided the singing voices for Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (1992) and Fa Mulan from Mulan (1998), and later reprised the role in other Disney productions.
  • Became the first Asian actress to play the role of Éponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway in 1993.
  • Was the first Filipino artist to be signed to an international record label with Atlantic Records in 1993.  
  • Was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2010.
  • Was named a Disney Legend in 2011.

Awards

  • 1991, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1990, Olivier Awards — Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical: Winner

Relationships

  • Sheila Salonga — Sister
  • Feliciano Genuino Salonga — Father
  • Gerard Salonga — Brother
  • Robert Charles Chien — Husband
  • Jeff Salonga — Half Brother
  • María Ligaya Alcantara Imutan — Mother
  • Nicole Chien — Daughter

College

  • Attended University of the Philippines, College of Music, Quezon City, Philippines; attended Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines

Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked

Find out which episode of the HBO hit reigns supreme.

TV Yearbook

We honor TV's graduating class and freshmen most likely to succeed

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now