Isabella Leong

Isabella Leong

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Isabella Leong
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Isabella in 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan
Background information
Pinyin Liáng Luòshī (Mandarin)
Jyutping Leong4 Lok3-sze1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Leong Lok-yau (梁乐瑶)
Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva
Born (1988-06-23) 23 June 1988 (age 29)
Macau
Other name(s) Isabella Leong
Isabella Leung
Luisa Isabella Leung
Leung Lok-si
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Partner(s) Richard Li (2008–2011)
Children 3
Parents Luís Nolasco da Silva
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong[clarification needed]

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Leong Lok-yau, better known as Isabella Leong, is a Hong Kong-based Macanese actress and former singer.

Early life[edit]

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Lok-yau was born on 23 June, 1988, in Macao to Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva (b. , 8 August, 1951; d. São Lourenço, 20 January, 1989)[1][2] and a croupier. She has a sister who is seven years older.[3]

Leong’s father was a descendant of one of the most prominent and long-established Macanese families (Nolasco da Silva, 殷理基家族). Her father was born to Frederico Joao Moreira de Sousa Teles de Menezes, a Portuguese father and Terry Marques Nolasco, a Chinese woman living in Portugal.[4] Frederico Joao is the sixth generation of the family and former President of the Macau Football Association.[5] Leong’s father has 2 elder brothers, Henrique and Frederico, and one younger brother, Jose Manuel.[6]

Leong’s father suffered from a secret drug addiction and died from an overdose when she was only 6 months old. Leong had never received recognition from her paternal family, so she took her mother’s surname. Leong’s mother worked as a croupier in Casino Lisboa[7] and Leong was responsible for contributing to the family’s finances.[8]

In 1993, she moved from Macau to Hong Kong and enrolled in Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School, after which she went to several schools in Hong Kong and Macao. She attended Macau Sam Yuk Middle School in 1999 but dropped out.[9]

Career[edit]

To help provide for her family, Leong abandoned school at age 12 to become a model for Emperor Entertainment Group.[10]

She later began singing and released her debut album, Isabella, when she was 16 years old. Isabella did not achieve the success hoped for and Leong subsequently debuted with acting. From 2005 to 2007, she made a string of films including The Eye 10, Bug Me Not!, Isabella, Diary, and Spider Lilies.

Leong won her first American film role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was released in 2008.[11]

EEG contract dispute[edit]

Emperor Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit in the High Court on 3 April, 2008, to seek damages from Leong for breaking a 10-year contract which Leong’s mother signed for her when she was only 12 years old. Leong filed a writ against the company on 27 April.[10] In November 2008, the legal battle between Leong and EEG ended in an out-of-court settlement, with the star “free to pursue her career”.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Leong met Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, son of billionaire Li Ka-shing, on a movie set, when she was 20 and he was 41.[13] In April 2009, Leong gave birth to their first son Ethan Li Cheung Tsz. For this, Leong was allowed to use Li’s family mansions in San Francisco. They also provided her with an entourage of caregivers, including five bodyguards, four full-time nannies and a personal attendant.[14] Channel News Asia has speculated on whether Leong and Li have a prenuptial agreement.[14] A 100-day-old banquet was held for her son from July 9–11, 2009, for three consecutive days, with some of the city’s celebrities like Stanley Ho and his second wife Lam Wan Ying, and Tsang Yam Pui and his wife spotted in attendance.[15]

In June 2010, Leong gave birth to Li’s twin sons in San Francisco.[16]

In March 2011, Leong announced that she and Li had ended their relationship. They both declared that the split was amicable and that they would both take care of their children.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

Album # Album Information
1st Isabella – First Album Versions A, B, C

2nd I am Isabella (EP)

3rd To Find Love (EP)

4th I am Isabella (Complete Version)

5th Say Goodbye… Luisa (DualDisc) (CD+DVD)

  • Release Date : 15 August 2006
  • Language : Cantonese
  • Subtitle : Traditional Chinese
  • Package Weight: 210 g
  • Publisher : Emperor Entertainment Group (HK)

Publication[edit]

Product
Isabella Photo Album

EEG Artiste Crystal – Isabella

Post Card – Isabella

Isabella Artiste Profile

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Sunshine Heartbeat
赤沙印记@四叶草2
Girl asking for fortune
2005 The Eye 10
見鬼 10
April
Bug Me Not!
虫不知
Moon
(小月)
Dragon Squad
猛龍
Kong’s daughter
(江綽芝)
A Chinese Tall Story
情癲大聖
Red Child
(紅孩兒)
2006 McDull, the Alumni
春田花花同學會
Wing Yan
(詠思)
Isabella
伊莎貝拉
Cheung Bik-Yan
(張碧欣)
Dragon Tiger Gate
龍虎門
voice
Diary
妄想
Leung Wing Na/Ho Lai Yee
(梁詠娜/何麗儀)
The Knot
云水谣
Wang Xiao-rui
(王曉芮)
2007 Simply Actors
戲王之王
Guest
Spider Lilies
刺青
Takeko
(竹子)
2008 Missing
深海尋人
Chen Xiao-Kai
(陳小凱)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Lin
(小林)
2015 12 Golden Ducks
Murmur of the Hearts

[19] [20]

Awards[edit]

Fantasporto (2006)

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2006)

Nominations[edit]

Hong Kong Film Awards (2005)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

Hong Kong Film Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary

Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007)

  • Best Supporting Actress for Diary
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