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Ming-Na Wen

Born: 20 November 1963 (56 years old)
Gender: Female

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Ming-Na Wen (sometimes credited simply as Ming-Na) is a Chinese-born American actress best known for her role as Dr. Jing-Mei Chen on the medical drama series ER, from 1995-2004.

She also has a starring role as Melinda May, a S.H.I.E.L.D ace pilot and weapons expert who was once a legend in the agency before she mysteriously resigned herself to a quiet desk job in recent years, in the superhero science fiction comedy-drama television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

She is also known for her starring role as Camile Wray in the science fiction television series Stargate Universe, from 2009-2011.

Born in Macau, China, Ming-Na was 6 years old when her family emigrated to New York City, where she started her acting career in a stage production in the third grade.

She first won attention with her touching and critically acclaimed performance as June in the feature film The Joy Luck Club. Among her film credits are Mike Figgis' One Night Stand with Robert Downey Jr., Streetfighter as Chun-Li and Push with Dakota Fanning.

She's the voice of Disney's heroine Mulan, for which she won an Annie Award. Ming-Na also voiced the lead role of Aki Ross in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Amongst her considerable television work, she is most noted for her portrayal of Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen on the hit NBC show ER. She has also been a series regular on Vanished, Inconceivable and The Single Guy.

Soap opera fans may remember her as Lien Hughes on As the World Turns. She also guest starred in Boston Legal, Private Practice, George Lopez and Two and a Half Men.

Ming-Na graduated with high honours from Carnegie-Mellon University in drama, and fulfilled her dream of performing on Broadway in David Henry Hwang's Tony nominated play Golden Child. Theatre will always be her first love as an actress.

Ming-Na has been included in People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people and was named one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans of the past decade by aMagazine.

Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and their two children. Ming-Na also loves to cook, eat, play poker, do yoga, knit and learn something new every day.


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