Chu Yan was born on October 25, 1971. She entered the
HK Academy for Performing Arts around 1990 and graduated
in 1992. During that time, Chu earned tuition money by
working at TVB as the host of children's shows. Shortly
after graduation, she made her movie debut in Fight
Back to School 2 and was nominated for a Best New
Artist HK Film Award. It was on the set of that film where
she met and began dating Stephen Chow, but their romance
was reportedly fraught with troubles and would end on
a sour note a few years later. In 1995, Chu appeared as
Chow's onscreen lady love a final time in A Chinese
Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella.
Regarded by many as a sex
goddess, Chu has generally been cast in flower vase roles.
She even made two appearances in Wong Jing’s exploitative Raped by an Angel series, but remained clothed
throughout those films and is actually a devout Christian.
Her religious faith led Chu to what would be her best
role to date in The Boss Up There (1999). Chu’s portrayal
of a druggie who finds God earned her a nomination for
Best Actress at the Golden Horse Film Awards. She can
more recently be seen in a web-broadcast series called
“20/30 Dictionary”, which has been touted as the Hong
Kong “Sex and the City”.
In addition to acting, Chu
has musical aspirations (Unfortunately for Chu, this is
a case of her aspirations being bigger than her talents).
Unhappy with the results of her first few albums, Chu
invested her own money and creative energy into the making
of her last record, "Athena in Maldives”. For her
next album, due out in September of 2003, Chu will take
over producer duties and even write some of the songs
too. (Yinique 2003)