Katie Leung

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Katie Leung (born 8 August 1987) is a Scottish actress, best known for playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter film series. She returned for a brief role in the video game Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.


[edit] Early life

Leung was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire to Peter, who was a businessman, and Kar Wai Li Leung, who works in a law firm. Her parents are now divorced. An immigrant from Hong Kong, her father owns a Chinese restaurant named Regent in Glasgow and a Chinese wholesale firm named Jade Palace Trading.[citation needed] She attended secondary school at Hamilton College.[1][2][3][4]

[edit] Career

[edit] Harry Potter

Leung's father saw an advertisement for a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire casting call, and suggested she should try out. She waited four hours in line for a five-minute audition, and said that she would rather be shopping than stand in line for a role she was almost certain she wouldn't get.[1] Two weeks later, she was called back for a workshop and was cast as Cho Chang, in the process beating out over 3,000 other girls for the part.[5] She stated in an interview with the Daily Record that her Scottish accent probably gave her an edge in the casting.[6] At the start of the auditions, the casting director asked, "Is there anyone here from Scotland?" Only Leung raised her hand.[7] In a 2011 interview Leung said her fondest memory of the Harry Potter experience was the first audition, because both her parents, who were separated at the time, went with her. “It was a really nice moment because my parents hadn’t seen each other for a long, long time," Leung said.[8]

She appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which she and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) shared an on-screen kiss that received much media coverage.[9]

Leung has contributed her voice to the video games Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In July 2009, Leung confirmed that she would return as Cho Chang in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2.[10] She appeared in part II of the final film.[11]

[edit] Other work

In July 2007, Leung was cast by Gold Label Records, a subsidiary of EMI in Hong Kong, to be the female lead in the music video Love Coming Home (Template:Lang) by Leo Ku. Leung filmed the video in London while promoting the new Harry Potter film. Ku described Leung's acting as "professional" and "mature."[12]

Leung played Hsui Tai in the episode "Cat Among the Pigeons" of ITV1's Agatha Christie's Poirot,[2][13] which premiered on ITV on 21 September 2008.

Leung has been named as Scotland's most stylish female and as the hottest Scotswoman by The Scotsman.[14] She has also been featured in Teen Vogue and in Evening Standard.[citation needed]

[edit] Personal life

Leung delayed plans to go to art college and university in order to film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Leung has said she is undecided about pursuing an acting career after Harry Potter and wishes to attend university to study art and design.[15] In 2007, she helped The Prince's Trust charity of Scotland raise £100,000 by launching a children's art competition and also donated one of her own paintings which was auctioned for £960.[16] In 2008, she attended University of the Arts London.[2] Leung has expressed a passion for photography.[17] In 2009, she was one of two celebrities who donated a photo to Sightsavers International's i:click 2009 competition. Sightsavers International is a charitable organisation to combat blindness in poor countries.[18][19]

Despite having experienced a great deal of international influence, traveling to promote Harry Potter and visiting relatives in Hong Kong, Leung has said “I feel very Scottish." Leung still lives in Motherwell where she was born.[8]

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cho Chang
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cho Chang Film
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cho Chang Video game voiceover
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceCho ChangFilm
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceCho ChangVideo game voiceover
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1Cho ChangFilm
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Cho Chang

[edit] Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Hsui Tai (TV) Episode "Cat Amongst the Pigeons". ITV1 production

[edit] Music Video

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Love Coming Home (愛回家) (Music Video) - Leo Ku Girlfriend

[edit] Achievements



  • Scotland's Most Stylish Female[21]
  • #80 on the Cosmogirl's Hot 100 List.


  • Outstanding Newcomer Award (Top 4)
  • Young Scots Award

[edit] References

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  3. LAU KIT WAI. Katie casts a spell. South China Morning Post. YOUNGPOST; Pg. 1. 11 December 2005.
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  5. 8.0 8.1 Herald Scotland. "Lights, camera ... magic". Herald and Times Group. http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/film-tv-features/lights-camera-magic-1.1094264. Retrieved April 3,2011. 
  6. Template:Zh icon Jul. 2007&id=208134&ct=pic "基仔張秋親熱大汗疊細汗". Sina.com. 31 Jul. 2007. http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/news/show_news.cgi?type=pic&date=31 Jul. 2007&id=208134&ct=pic. Retrieved 1 Aug. 2007. [dead link]
  7. Hendry, Steve (2 Dec. 2007). "What Katie Leung Did Again". Sunday Mail. http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/entertainment-news/2007/12/02/what-katie-leung-did-again-78057-20190968/. Retrieved 2 Dec. 2007. 
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