Michelle Yeoh had a passion for dancing from a young age and started learning ballet at the age of four. As a primary student, she attended the all-girls secondary school Main Convent Ipoh in Ipoh.
She relocated to the UK with her parents when she was 15 years old to attend an all-girls boarding school. Yeoh later majored in ballet while attending the Royal Academy of Dance in London, United Kingdom.
She turned to choreography and other forms of art instead of becoming a professional ballet dancer because of a spinal injury. In 1982, she earned a BA in creative arts with a theater minor.
Michelle Yeoh gained fame in the 1990s after appearing in several Hong Kong action movies where she conducted her own stunts, including Yes, Madam (1985), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), and Holy Weapon (1993). She was given the name Michelle Khan in her early Hong Kong films (1993).
Her performances in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies and the martial arts movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon brought her widespread acclaim (2000). She was nominated for Best Actress at the BAFTAs for the latter role.
Yeoh, being 20 years old, won the Miss Malaysia World pageant in 1983. She represented Malaysia at the Miss World pageant held in London in 1983. She went to Australia later that year, where she competed in and won the Miss International Tourism Quest pageant.
From there, she starred with Jackie Chan in a television ad that drew the eye of D&B Films, a young Hong Kong production firm. Yeoh began her acting career in action and martial arts movies, where she performed the majority of her own stunts. She received a lead role with her third publication, Yes, Madam (1985). In these previous movies, she was given the name Michelle Khan.
D&B Films picked this alias because they believed it could be more appealing to foreign and western audiences. Yeoh gave up acting in 1987 to wed Dickson Poon, the head of the D&B Group.
Michelle Yeoh parents, Yeoh Kian-teik And Janet Yeoh
Yeoh was born on August 6, 1962, in Ipoh, Perak, to a Hokkien and Cantonese-speaking local ethnic Malaysian Chinese family. Her parents are Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian-teik (died on 5 November 2014), a lawyer and Malaysian Chinese Association politician, as well as the man behind the express bus service Sri Maju.