Gigi Leung Wing-kei (born March 25, 1976) is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress.
She was given the name of Leung Bik-Zi (梁碧芝) at birth but at the age of 7, her name was changed to 'Wing-Kei' by her mother for superstitious reasons. Leung as a child suffered from frequent asthma attacks and it was believed a change of name would bring better health. At 176 cm , Leung earned the nickname of 'Tall Girl'. She has a twin brother named Keith Leung (Leung Wing-Chun, 梁詠俊).
Gigi Leung attended Maryknoll Convent School. Later, she went to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University where she gained a diploma from the School of Design. It was during her study at university that she accepted a modelling assignment from the watch company City Chain and caught the attention of film director Lee Chi-Ngai who cast her in her very first movie, Doctor Mack (1995). The success of the movie brought her a further role in Full Throttle (1995), shot while she was finishing her diploma. For her supporting role in the film, Leung received a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards.
Her singing career began the following year with the debut album Love Myself (1996). Since then, she has sung both Cantonese and Mandarin songs. She is recognized not only as a Cantopop/Mandopop singer, but as a songwriter and lyricist as well, having written songs for both herself and other local singers. She has a contract with Warner Music Hong Kong, with more than a dozen albums to her name. She has performed in several full-scale live concerts including one entitled Funny Face in 2003. In 2008 25 March she signed a new company Big Artiste Management a subsidiary of Mei Ah Entertainment.
Since 1995, Leung has starred in over 20 movies, most of which are dramas and comedies. She has worked opposite acting veterans such as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau, Daniel Chan and Jet Li. In 2003, she starred with Takeshi Kaneshiro in Warner Bros.' first-ever Chinese-language film Turn Left, Turn Right. Notably, at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Leung was nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for roles in Tempting Heart (1999) and A War Named Desire (2000) respectively.
Primarily an actress on the silver screen, Leung briefly appeared in the TVB serial The Last Breakthrough (2004). She has also performed in a number of stage musicals including The Great Entertainer (2004). Other works include the Cantonese narration for the Japanese film Quill (2004).
Gigi is also very active in charity work. Apart from being the ambassador for different charities , she has helped to build 7 schools in mainland China to help poor children. She is also the youngest-ever local (at age 27) to receive the "Ten Most Outstanding Youth Award".
Outside of the entertainment business, Leung has acted as the Hong Kong spokesperson for Japanese cosmetics company FANCL since 1999. She is also an ambassador to both United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Hong Kong. Other charity ambassador titles include Honourably Ambassador of Yan Chai Hospital, Special Ambassador to the Yan Aiu Hospital, Ambassador of Breast Cancer Fund and Ambassador of Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA). She also held numerous other special titles to numerous organizations. She joined her friends, Charlie Yeung, Valen Hsu and Angelica Lee to form the "Hope Foundation," a non-profit organization to help children in need.
Leung was a former girlfriend of Hong Kong singer/actor Ekin Cheng. Arguably, the exposure of their relationship to the public in 1999 had a negative impact on her career, since Cheng was rumored to be still going out with local actress Maggie Siu. Although this was unsubstantiated and denied by Cheng, Leung was still regarded by some as the 'third' party. In January 2006, Leung and Cheng broke up and went their separate ways.
As of July 2009, she was reported to be in a relationship with a furniture designer from France, known only as Sly.
- Rest on Your Shoulder (2010)
- Once Upon a Chinese Classic (2010)
- Give Love (2009)
- La Lingerie (2008)
- Dangerous Game (2007)
- The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007)
- Wonder Woman (2007)
- McDull, The Alumni (2006)
- Driving Miss Wealthy (2004)
- Love on the Rocks (2004)
- Sky of Love (2003)
- Turn Left, Turn Right (2003)
- Mighty Baby (2002)
- Fat Choi Spirit (2002)
- Roots and Branches (2001)
- The Avenging Fist (2001)
- La Brassiere (2001)
- A War Named Desire (2000)
- Marooned (2000)
- Those Were the Days (2000)
- Tempting Heart (1999)
- Afraid of Nothing: The Jobless King (1999)
- A True Mob Story (1998)
- Hitman (1998)
- First Love Unlimited (1997)
- God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage (1997)
- We're No Bad Guys (1997)
- Feel 100% (1996)
- Feel 100%... Once More (1996)
- The First Option (1996)
- Sixty Million Dollar Man (1995)
- Dr. Mack (1995)
- Full Throttle (1995)
- Doctor Mack (1995)
- Last Breakthrough (2004)
- Woman. Colour (new songs + hits) (2007) 女．色新曲+精選2007
- Grown Up Short Hair (2006) 成長的短髮
- Look (2005)
- [ente'tein] (2004) 娛樂大家
- I Like Gigi (new songs + hits) (2004)
- I Think, I Sing (2003) 我想我唱
- Funny Face (2002)
- I Live in 7A (2002) 我住7樓A
- G for Girl (2001)
- Suddenly, This Summer (2001)
- Fireworks (2000) 花火
- Kiss (new songs + hits) (2000)
- Good Time (2000) 好時辰
- Today (1999)
- I'll Be Loving You (1998)
- A New House (1997) 新居
- Love Myself (1996) 愛自己
- Gift (2009) 禮物
- Love Songs For Myself (2006) 給自己的情歌
- Clockwise (new songs + hits) (2005) 順時針
- Sense of Belongings (2004) 歸屬感
- Magical Season (2002) 魔幻季節
- Transparent (2001) 透明
- Amour (2001)
- Love Gigi The Most (new songs + hits) (2000) 最愛梁詠琪
- Fresh (1999) 新鮮
- Gigi Leung (1998) 梁詠琪gigi
- Washing My Face (1997) 洗臉
- Short Hair (1997) 短髮
- Wonder Woman Charity Concert (2007)
- Solo Concert In Shanghai, China(2007)
- Tall Girl Gigi Leung Funny Face Live Concert (2003)
- Live 903 (2002) 903 id club梁詠琪拉闊音樂會2002
- G For Girl Live (2002)
- Gigi Leung 903 Concert (2000) 加洲紅紅人館903梁詠琪狂熱份子音樂會
The Sina microblog incidentEdit
Gigi Leung's Sina microblog account has up to 470,000 followers, most of them are her young fans. On 30/3/2010 she blogged about the unjustly jailed Zhao Lianhai, who has a five years old son that fell victim to the poison milk and developed kidney stones in his kidney, the father-turned-activist began to utilise various means to voice his grievances. After receiving a message from website's administrator, Gigi Leung then deleted the relevant blog, resulted in hundreds of supportive messages from her fans.