• China Chow is a British and American actress and model
• She is of Chinese and Japanese descent as well as German
• She graduated from Scripps College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology
• She is an avid dancer and enjoys travelling, shopping and fashion
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $500,000 and she is active on social media

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthApril 1974
FactSiblings: One younger brother, Maximillian Chow, and one younger half-sister, Asia.

China Chow Wiki Bio

China Chow was born in London, England on 15 April 1974, therefore under the zodiac sign of Aries, and she holds both British and American nationalities – China is of Chinese and Japanese descent as well as of German. She became popular on the internet thanks to her career as an actress and a model.

Early life and education

China spent only the first five years of her life in London, then her parents Michael and Tina decided to move to New York – Michael Chow works as a restaurateur, while Tina was a model and a designer. Michael and Tina divorced in 1990 and two years later Tina died due to AIDS – in the same year, Michael married Eva Chun and the two have a daughter together. China has a younger brother, Maximilian, a half-sister named Asia.


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Many people in China’s family have been involved in the film industry, while some of them were also into music and modelling. All of this motivated China to become an actress and a model as well – this was actually her dream while she was growing up – and with the support of her family and friends, she has made her dreams come true. However, this hasn’t stopped China from working on her education, as she graduated from Scripps College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, making her the first person in her family to finish college.

China’s career as an actress and a model

China launched her career firstly as a model in 1995, and is today rather better recognized as a model than an actress. Her career was launched when Roger Museenden gave her an opportunity to show her posing skills in front of the camera – China did well, and got to sign her first modelling contract. From there, she went on to pose for some of the most popular clothing brands in the world, including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, while she has also worked for Shiseido cosmetics.

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China soon attracted the media’s attention and “Harper’s Bazaar” woman’s fashion magazine made her one of their “It Girls” of 1996, while she was also mentioned in an issue of “Vogue” magazine. She began posing for “Maxim” magazine in 2000, and was then ranked #22 in their hot 100 list in 2000, and #54 in the same list in 2001.

China’s acting career began in 1998 when she was cast to act alongside Mark Wahlberg in “The Big Hit” action comedy film. Her next role came three years later in 2001, when she was given a support role in the “Head Over Heels” romantic comedy movie – in 2002 she appeared in the “Spun” black comedy drama movie, and then in the “Frankenfish” comedy movie in 2004.

The year 2007 saw China appear in the “Burn Notice” TV series, but she only stayed a part of the cast for the show’s first season – in June 2010, China was chosen to be a host and one of the judges in the “Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist”. She has also done voice acting, as she lend her voice to the character Katie Zhan in the “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” video game.

Personal life and relationships

China has dated numerous celebrities throughout the years, and has never been very secretive regarding her love life. They have mostly been popular actors, such as Steve Coogan and Mark Wahlberg, but neither of these relationships lasted long – rumor has it that the actress has also dated Keanu Reeves in the past, the star of the “Matrix” trilogy, however, these rumors haven’t been confirmed by either of them.

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Another rumor has it that China is currently dating Billy Idol, a worldwide popular musician and singer, and the two can often be seen attending events in Los Angeles together –however, neither of them have spoken about a romance. Judging by her social media accounts and several authoritative sources, China is currently dating Billy Idol, she’s never married, and doesn’t have no children.

Likes and hobbies

There are numerous things China has been fond of doing throughout the years, besides acting and modelling.

China is an avid dancer, as she began taking dancing classes at the age of five as soon as her parents moved to live in New York – she’s participated in several dancing competitions but hasn’t won any. China loves to travel, and has been all around Europe, prefering it to the US – she has also been around China and Japan to visit her relatives, and to learn more about her home countries and her ancestry. She is very interested in fashion, and often uploads pictures of her outfit combinations onto her Instagram account – she enjoys going shopping for clothes (as most other women) but doesn’t believe herself to be a shopaholic.

China has her own favorites when it comes to movies and TV series – her favorite movie of all times is “Edward Scissorhands”, while her favorite TV series is “Third Rock from the Sun”.

Appearance and net worth

China is currently 45 years old. She has long black hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall, but her weight is unknown. According to authoritative sources, her net worth as of late 2019  has been estimated to be more than $500,000, and is still steadily rising thanks to her modelling and acting careers.

Social media presence

China Chow is very active on the popular social media networks, as she seems to be enjoying the attention she gets on the internet.

She launched her Twitter account in March 2011 and has gathered nearly 9,000 followers and tweeted more than 1,900 times. Her Instagram account is currently followed by nearly 55,000 people, while she’s uploaded more than 610 pictures onto it – China is running a Facebook page as well, and it currently counts nearly 9,000 fans.

General Info

Full NameChina Chow
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthApril 1974
Height1.57 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationScripps College


ParentsMichael Chow, Tina Chow
SiblingsMaximillian Chow, Asia Chow


MoviesFrankenfish, Blessings, Spun, Sol Goode, Head over Heels, The Big Hit
TV ShowsWork of Art: The Next Great Artist

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1Maternal niece of actress/costume designer Adelle Lutz.
2Following in the footsteps of her mother and her aunt, China also modeled for Shiseido cosmetics.
3Siblings: One younger brother, Maximillian Chow, and one younger half-sister, Asia.
4Holds a B.A. in Psychology from Scripps College.
5Eschewed the party scene to take care of her mother, who was dying of AIDS in the early 1990s (Tina Chow passed away in January 1992).
6Maternal niece of singer David Byrne (of The Talking Heads fame), who is married to Tina Chow's sister, Adelle Lutz.
7Daughter of the late Tina Chow, a fashion icon of the 80s, and Michael Chow.
8Had no prior acting experience before her first role in The Big Hit (1998).
9Niece of actress Tsai Chin and Adelle Lutz.
10After the original pilot for the tv show "Young Americans" was filmed the producers cast Chow as an additional character named Paige. However, she backed out at the last minute and the character was dropped.




Burn Notice2007TV SeriesLucy Chen
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video GameKatie Zhan (voice)
Frankenfish2004TV MovieMary Callahan
Carnival Sun2003ShortBrian's Girlfriend
Blessings2003TV MovieJennifer Foster
Sol Goode2003Amber Stevens
That '70s Show2001TV SeriesChina
Head Over Heels2001Lisa
The Big Hit1998Keiko Nishi


Philomena2013very special thanks


2012 New Now Next Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Work of Art: The Next Great Artist2010-2011TV SeriesHerself - Host & Judge
Digital Death/Buy Life2010Video shortHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself
America's Next Top Model2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge & Supermodel

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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