Katie Leung

Katie Liu Leung (born 8 August 1987) is a Scottish actress, best known for playing Cho Chang in the Harry Potter film series. She returned for a brief role in the video game Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.Leung was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire to Peter, who was a businessman, and Kar Wai Li Leung, who works in a law firm. Her parents are now divorced. An immigrant from Hong Kong, her father owns a Chinese restaurant named Regent in Glasgow and a Chinese wholesale firm named Jade Palace Trading. She attended secondary school at Hamilton College.
Leung's father saw an advertisement for a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire casting call, and suggested she should try out. She waited four hours in line for a five-minute audition, and said that she would rather be shopping than stand in line for a role she was almost certain she wouldn't get. Two weeks later, she was called back for a workshop and was cast as Cho Chang, in the process beating out over 4,500 other girls for the part
She stated in an interview with the Daily Record that her Scottish accent probably gave her an edge in the casting. At the start of the of the auditions, the casting director asked, "Is there anyone here from Scotland?" Only Leung raised her hand. In a 2011, interview Leung said her fondest memory of the Harry Potter experience was the first audition, because both her parents, who were separated at the time, went with her. “It was a really nice moment because my parents hadn’t seen each other for a long, long time," Leung said.
She appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which she and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) shared an on-screen kiss that received much media coverage.Leung has contributed her voice to the video games Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In July 2009, Leung confirmed that she would return as Cho Chang in the Deathly Hallows movies. It is confirmed that she will appear in the part II of the final film.
In July 2007, Leung was cast by Gold Label Records, a subsidiary of EMI in Hong Kong, to be the female lead in the music video Love Coming Home by Leo Ku. Leung filmed the video in London while promoting the new Harry Potter film. Ku described Leung's acting as "professional" and "mature."Leung played Hsui Tai in the episode "Cat Among the Pigeons" of ITV1's Agatha Christie's Poirot, which premiered on ITV on 21 September 2008.Leung has been named as Scotland's most stylish female and as the hottest Scotswoman by The Scotsman.She has also been featured in Teen Vogue and in Evening Standard
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