• Birth Name: Ming-Na Wen
  • Birth Place: Coloane Island, Macau
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Born in Macau but grew up in New York City and Pittsburgh.
  • Fell in love with acting after performing on stage in the third grade.
  • Pursued acting in college before returning to New York to appear in plays, such as Redwood Curtain and Speed-the-Plow.
  • Became the first Asian actor to appear as a regular on a soap when she took the role of Lien Hughes on As the World Turns.
  • Broke into movies with a starring role in The Joy Luck Club in 1993.
  • In 1995, was cast in the recurring role of medical student Deb Chen on the first season of ER; later became a series regular.
  • Was the title voice of the 1998 animated Disney film Mulan. 
  • Made her Broadway debut in 1998 appearing in David Henry Hwang's Golden Child.
  • As an accomplished voice-over artist has provided voices for numerous films and TV shows, including Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within; Jimmy Neutron; The Batman; and Phineas and Ferb.
  • Played Judge Linda Harris on Two and a Half Men and Camille Wray on SGU Stargate Universe.
  • Formed Innovazian Records with her husband to promote Asian-American artists.
  • Her name means "enlightenment."


  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Lin Chan Yee — Mother
  • Cooper Dominic Zee — Son
  • Soo Lim Yee — Stepfather
  • Eric Michael Zee — Husband
  • Jonathan Wen — Brother
  • Leong Yee — Half Brother
  • Michaela Zee — Daughter


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA in Drama, 1986)