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KATIE LEUNG

20 years old

born: august 8, 1987 in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

A Scottish actress, best known for playing Cho Chang, Harry Potter's love interest in the film versions of the J. K. Rowling novels Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Katie is set to reprise the role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince due out in 2008.

Katie Leung was born in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire to Peter and Kar Wai Li Leung. Her parents are now divorced, and she currently resides with her father (a native of Hong Kong), two brothers, and a sister. Her father runs a restaurant in Glasgow, as well as a wholesale business in Chinese cuisine. Besides English, Leung can also speak Cantonese and some Mandarin. Leung attended Hamilton College, a Scottish private school in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. She currently lives in London. Katie has been named as Scotland's most stylish female and as the "hottest" Scotswoman by The Scotsman.

Her career started when Leung's father saw an advertisement for a casting call for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and suggested she try out. She waited for a total of four hours in line before she got in. Her audition only took five minutes and she heard nothing further for two weeks; she was then called for a workshop and thereafter got the part of Cho. She was selected for the role of Cho after beating over 3,000 other girls (including actresses Courtney Webb and Michelle Ang) in an open call audition in London for girls of East Asian appearance. She stated in an interview with the Daily Record that her Scottish accent probably gave her an edge in the casting room by making her stand out.

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry, said he found Leung to be "awesome" and a "really amazing actress". Her best friend on set was Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley in the films. Leung delayed plans to go to art college and university in order to film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In the film, Leung and Radcliffe share an on-screen kiss, a fact that received much media attention.

When asked whether she will be back for the sixth film, Leung responded, "I don't think so. Cho's mentioned briefly in the books, but they try to cram so much into the films that I don't think there'll be room for her." However, in an interview at the Order of the Phoenix DVD Launch in November 2007, she said she would be filming scenes for the film in January 2008.

In July 2007, Leung was asked by Gold Label Records, a well known record company under EMI in Hong Kong, to be the female lead in the music video Love Coming Home by Leo Ku. Leung agreed as soon as she received the invitation, and filmed the movie in London in between busily promoting the new Harry Potter film. Leo described Leung's acting as "professional" and "mature". Leung is now signed up to play Hsui Tai in the episode "Cat Among the Pigeons" of ITV1's Agatha Christie's Poirot, alongside David Suchet. [from wikipedia]

Filmography

* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2008) - Cho Chang

* Agatha Christie's Poirot (2008) - Hsui Tai Wan

* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) - Cho Chang

* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) - Cho Chang

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