China Chow

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China Chow
Born (1974-04-15) 15 April 1974 (age 44)

London, England
Other names Chinese: 周佳納
Occupation Actress, model
Parent(s) Michael Chow
Tina Chow
Relatives Zhou Xinfang (grandfather)

China Chow (Chinese: 周佳納; born 15 April 1974) is an English-born American actress and model of German, Chinese, and Japanese ancestry.

Early life[edit]

Chow was born in London to restaurateur Michael Chow and his wife, model/designer Tina Chow; China Chow is the granddaughter of the Beijing Opera‘s Zhou Xinfang.[1] Her parents left London for New York when she was 5 years old.

Her father is Chinese and her mother, who was born in Ohio, was of German and Japanese ancestry.[2] She has a brother, Maximilian, three years younger, and a half sister, Asia Chow.[3] Her aunt is actress and former “Bond girlTsai Chin.[4]


Chow graduated with a Psychology degree from Scripps College. Chow was the first college graduate in her family.[5]


In modelling, Chow was discovered by Roger Museenden.[5] Chow spent several years following in her mother’s footsteps working as a model for Shiseido cosmetics, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. Her modelling led to her being named one of Harper’s Bazaars “It Girls” in 1996 and an appearance in the December 1996 edition of Vogue‘s “The Next Best-Dressed List”.[6]

In 2000, she posed for Maxim and was featured in their gallery, Girls of Maxim. She was ranked No. 22 and No. 54 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women (2000 and 2001, respectively).[7][8][9]

Chow made her acting debut in 1998, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Big Hit. In 2004, she was shot by a house in Frankenfish. In 2007, Chow appeared on USA Network‘s first season of Burn Notice. She is the host and a judge of Bravo‘s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which premiered on 9 June 2010.[10]

Chow provided the voice of Katie Zhan in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Chow has dated celebrities such as Steve Coogan, Mark Wahlberg, billionaire Noel Ashman, Jared Leto, Billy Idol and Keanu Reeves.

In 1990, Chow’s parents divorced. In 1992, Chow’s mother died of AIDS. In 1992, Chow’s father married Eva Chun and eventually she gained a half-sister, Asia Chow.[3]

Actress (10 credits)
 2007 Burn Notice (TV Series)
Lucy Chen

False Flag (2007) … Lucy Chen
Pilot (2007) … Lucy Chen
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game)
Katie Zhan (voice)
 2004 Frankenfish (TV Movie)
Mary Callahan
 2003 Carnival Sun (Short)
Brian’s Girlfriend
 2003 Blessings (TV Movie)
Jennifer Foster
 2003 Sol Goode
Amber Stevens
 2002 Spun
 2001 That ’70s Show (TV Series)

Hyde Gets the Girl (2001) … China
 2001 Head Over Heels
 1998 The Big Hit
Keiko Nishi
Hide Hide Show Show Producer (1 credit)
 2017 SPF-18 (producer)
Hide Hide Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
 2013 Philomena (very special thanks)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (6 credits)
 2012 2012 New Now Next Awards (TV Special)
 2010-2011 Work of Art: The Next Great Artist (TV Series)
Herself – Host & Judge

Sell Out (2011) … Herself – Host & Judge
La Dolce Arte (2011) … Herself – Host & Judge
Street Dealers (2011) … Herself – Host & Judge
Ripped from the Headlines (2011) … Herself – Host & Judge
Back to School (2011) … Herself – Host & Judge
 2010 Digital Death/Buy Life (Video short)
 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series)

Episode #2.121 (2010) … Herself
 2009 America’s Next Top Model (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Judge & Supermodel

Take My Photo, Tyra! (2009) … Herself – Guest Judge & Supermodel
 2003/I Starring (Short)



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