starlet Yumiko Cheng Hei-Yi was born (as Cheng Lit-King)
on September 6, 1981 in Shanghai. Cheng moved with
her family to Hong Kong at the age of 11 and started
taking singing lessons when she was 13 with powerhouse
singer Elisa Chan. Around this time Cheng got the
opportunity to appear in a few films through her
father, who worked for movie and advertising companies
and often brought her with him onto movie sets.
She played the daughter of an assassinated court
official who was on the run from Donnie Yen's eunuch
character in Dragon Inn (1992) and reportedly
also had a small part in Centre Stage (1992).
However, Cheng did not officially enter the entertainment
business until she caught the attention of executives
from Emperor Entertainment Group while performing
at the New Talent Competition. She signed with the
record company in 2000, but appeared mainly in commercial
ads and as a guest performer at various events for
the next two years. In 2002, she was paired with
two other girls to form the group 3T. They released
one album before Cheng emerged as a solo performer
later that year.
So far, Cheng has
focused mainly on music, and has only appeared in
a handful of uneven commercial flicks since 2002.
She played Eason Chan's violent, gambling-hating
love interest in Demi-Haunted (2002) and
his emotionally unstable love interest and supervisor
Bobo in Heat Team (2004). Then, Cheng got
a slight change of scenery in her role as Chapman
To's love interest in The Attractive One
(2004). Most recently, she appeared in Stanley Kwan's
Everlasting Regret (2005). (Yinique 2005)