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Maggie Q Biography

Birth Name:
Margaret Denise Quigley
Birth Place:
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Is half Vietnamese; parents met while her American father was stationed in Vietnam
  • Moved to Hong Kong at 18 to pursue modeling and acting work
  • Learned her lines for her feature debut, The Legendary Tai Fei (1999), phonetically because she did not speak Cantonese
  • Shortened her last name to Q after Asian audiences had trouble pronouncing Quigley
  • First major U
  • S
  • film role was opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Lost hearing in one ear after a stunt explosion blew out her eardrum
  • Named Person of the Year in 2007 by PETA Asia-Pacific and is a PETA spokesperson
  • First series-regular role came in 2010, when she was cast as the title character in CW spy drama Nikita