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Maggie Q
Margaret Denise Quigley

(1979-05-22) May 22, 1979 (age 39) [1]
Residence Pound Ridge, New York
Other namesMaggie D. Quigley
OccupationActress, model, health advocate
Years active1998–present

Margaret Denise Quigley [2] (born May 22, 1979), [3] professionally known as Maggie Q, is an American actress, model, and animal rights activist. She is known for starring in the action films Mission: Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard and played the title role of The CW's action-thriller series Nikita , airing from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, she portrayed Tori Wu in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel Divergent , a role she reprised in its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant . [4] Currently, she stars in the role of FBI Agent Hannah Wells in the political drama Designated Survivor . [5]

United States federal republic in North America

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Animal rights idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings

Animal rights is the idea in which some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

<i>Mission: Impossible III</i> 2006 film by J. J. Abrams

Mission: Impossible III is a 2006 American action spy film co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams, co-written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and co-produced by and starring Tom Cruise in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt. It is the third installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, following 2000's Mission: Impossible 2. In the film, Ethan (Cruise) has retired from field work for the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) and trains new recruits. However, he is sent back into action to track down the elusive arms dealer Owen Davian.


Early life

Q was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. [6] [7] Her father is of Irish and Polish descent [8] and her mother is a Vietnamese immigrant. [7] [9] Her parents met while her father was stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. [10] [11] Q has four siblings, [7] and was raised Catholic. [12]

Irish people Ethnic group with Celtic and other roots, native to the island of Ireland, with shared history and culture

The Irish are a Celtic nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture. Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies. For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people. Anglo-Normans conquered parts of Ireland in the 12th century, while England's 16th/17th-century (re)conquest and colonisation of Ireland brought a large number of English and Lowland Scots people to parts of the island, especially the north. Today, Ireland is made up of the Republic of Ireland and the smaller Northern Ireland. The people of Northern Ireland hold various national identities including British, Irish, Northern Irish or some combination thereof.

Vietnamese people ethnic group

The Vietnamese people or the Kinh people, are an ethnic group originating from present-day northern Vietnam. They are the majority ethnic group of Vietnam, comprising 86% of the population at the 1999 census, and are officially known as Kinh to distinguish them from other ethnic groups in Vietnam. The earliest recorded name for the ancient Vietnamese people appears as Lạc.

Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was an undeclared war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975.

Q attended Mililani Waena Elementary School and Wheeler Intermediate School. She then attended Mililani High School, where she was on the cross country, track and field, and swim teams. She won the title of "Best Body" senior year, and graduated in 1997. [7] She won an athletics scholarship to a private university and intended to study veterinary science. Q's family was unable to assist her financially; she left Hawaii during the summer in hopes of earning enough money so that she could start her studies in the fall. [13]

Mililani High School

Mililani High School is the only public high school located in Mililani Town CDP, City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. on the island of Oʻahu.


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Maggie Q, at the world premiere of The Warrior and the Wolf

1996–2005: Modeling and Hong Kong films

At the suggestion of a friend, Q began modeling in Tokyo at the age of 17, before making an unsuccessful move to Taipei, and finally trying in Hong Kong, where she started going by the name Maggie Q because the locals couldn't pronounce Quigley properly. [7] [10] [14] She has said it was not easy for her: "I had twenty bucks in my pocket. I mean, I literally did the same thing that my mother did when she left Vietnam... didn't speak the language... had no money." [9] But, it was in Hong Kong that she was selected by Jackie Chan, because he saw a potential action star. His intensive training taught her the importance of professionalism and always doing her own stunts. Q later said, "I had never done a day of martial arts in my life when I started in the business. I couldn’t even touch my toes." [10]

Tokyo Metropolis in Kantō

Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2014, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.

Taipei Special municipality in Republic of China

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital and a special municipality of Taiwan. Sitting at the northern tip of the island, Taipei City is an enclave of the municipality of New Taipei City that sits about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of the northern port city Keelung. Most of the city is located in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed. The basin is bounded by the relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city's western border.

Hong Kong East Asian city

Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is the world's fourth most densely populated region.

In 1998, [15] she started her acting career in the TV drama House of the Dragon, which was a huge hit in Asia. In 2000, Q made her film debut as Anna in the horror film Model from Hell, and went on to star as an FBI agent Jane Quigley in the action thriller Gen-Y Cops the same year. Her appearance in Gen-Y Cops impressed Jackie Chan so much that she was cast in Manhattan Midnight and Rush Hour 2 . [7]

<i>Gen-Y Cops</i> 2002 television film directed by Benny Chan

Gen-Y Cops is a 2000 Hong Kong science fiction action film directed by Benny Chan and starring Edison Chen, Stephen Fung and Sam Lee. The film is a sequel to the 1999 film, Gen-X Cops.

Jackie Chan Hong Kong actor and martial artist

Chan Kong-sang, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic world. He has trained in wushu or kungfu and hapkido, and has been acting since the 1960s, appearing in over 150 films.

<i>Rush Hour 2</i> 2001 film by Brett Ratner

Rush Hour 2 is a 2001 American action comedy film directed by Brett Ratner and written by Jeff Nathanson, based on the characters created by Ross LaManna. It is the sequel to Rush Hour and the second installment in the Rush Hour series. Starring Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Roselyn Sánchez and Zhang Ziyi, the film follows Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective James Carter (Tucker), who go to Hong Kong on vacation only to be thwarted by a murder case involving two U.S. customs agents after a bombing at the American embassy. Lee suspects that the crime is linked to the Triad crime lord Ricky Tan (Lone).

In 2002, she starred as martial artist assassin Charlene Ching in the action film Naked Weapon . In 2004 she co-starred with Kelly Hu, Russell Wong and other Asian-American actors in a 30-second PSA produced by Mark Allen for CAUSE USA (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment), The Least Likely, encouraging Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to register and vote. [16] [17] [18] [19] In 2005, Q played Harmony in the German-Singaporean TV mini-series House of Harmony , opposite Fann Wong. The same year she also co-produced the animal treatment documentary Earthlings narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. [20]

<i>Naked Weapon</i> 2002 film by Ching Siu-tung

Naked Weapon (赤裸特工) is a 2002 Hong Kong action-thriller film directed by action choreographer Tony Ching and starring Maggie Q, Anya Wu and Daniel Wu.

Kelly Hu American actress and model

Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist, former fashion model and beauty queen who was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach and as Michelle Chan on the American television police drama series Nash Bridges. She has also starred in numerous films including The Scorpion King (2002) as Cassandra, Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) as Sona, X2 as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike (2003), The Tournament (2009) as Lai Lai Zhen, and White Frog (2012).

Russell Wong Chinese-American actor

Russell Girard Wong is an American actor. He is the brother of actor/model Michael Wong and Declan Wong. He was the series lead of the TV show Vanishing Son.

2006–2013: Hollywood career and Nikita

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Maggie Q at Comic-Con 2013.
Lyndsy Fonseca and Maggie Q at a panel for the television series Nikita at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2010. LyndsyFonescaMaggieQSDCCJuly10.jpg
Lyndsy Fonseca and Maggie Q at a panel for the television series Nikita at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2010.

In 2006 Q made her Hollywood breakthrough as co-star in Mission: Impossible III alongside Tom Cruise. She played Zhen, the only female member of the IMF team. In 2007, she appeared as Mai Linh in the Bruce Willis movie Live Free or Die Hard , [7] the fourth film in the Die Hard series, and as Maggie in Balls of Fury . In 2008, Q played fictional Cao Ying, a granddaughter of the warlord Cao Cao in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon , her first ancient Chinese costume performance. That same year, she also appeared in the drama/thriller movie Deception starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman, as Tina, an investment banker [15] who introduced Jackman's character to an exclusive anonymous sex club list. Q also stars in the video game Need for Speed: Undercover as the seductive lead character, federal agent Chase Linh, who is the player's only contact to the Tri-City Police. [21]

In 2010, Q became the lead character, an assassin gone rogue, on the CW series Nikita , based on the 1990 French film of the same name. [10] Since the premiere of Nikita, Q has been incorrectly described as the first Asian American series lead in an American television drama; [22] actress Anna May Wong is the first Asian American series lead of an American television series with her show The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong which aired 1951. [23] Q received mostly positive reviews for her role in the series. [24] [25] The character was included in TV Guide 's lists of "TV's Sexiest Crime Fighters" and "TV's Toughest Ladies". [26] [27]

2014–present: Television work

In 2014, Q played the role of Dauntless faction member Tori Wu, in the film Divergent , the adaptation of the same-titled novel. [4] Q reprised her role in the sequel to Divergent, The Divergent Series: Insurgent , which began filming on May 27, 2014 and was released on March 20, 2015. She also starred in the CBS drama series Stalker [28] by Kevin Williamson as Detective Beth Davis along with Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno. [29] The series premiered on October 1, 2014 for the 2014–15 fall television season. [30] [31] The series was ordered for a full season on October 27, 2014. [32] The series however was canceled after one season, leaving the show on a cliffhanger. [33] In October 2013, Q started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island , starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Ed Westwick, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Minnie Driver. [34] The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. Jekyll Island is set to release in 2016. [35]

She reprised her role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant , the third installment of the Divergent series, which was released on March 18, 2016. [36] In February 2016, it was announced that she would co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor as Hannah Wells, a leading FBI agent. [5] The show was renewed by Netflix for a third season which will air sometime in 2019. [37]

Personal life

Having met on-set in early 2014, on January 14, 2015, it was announced that Q was engaged to her Stalker co-star Dylan McDermott, [38] though the couple stated, in 2017, that they are not in any rush to have an actual wedding ceremony. [39] As of February 2019, the couple have split after a four-year engagement. [40]

She has five tattoos: a cross on her right forearm, Tibetan script and a little triangle on her left forearm, and an African proverb on her side "umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu", which means "a person is part of the collective". She has one of a phoenix on her left hip, which she has had to conceal for most of her roles except Nikita. [41] Q also suffered temporary hearing loss in her right ear, when her eardrum was damaged during an explosive stunt. [42]

In 2007, she lived in Studio City, Los Angeles, California with her two (at one point, eight) rescued dogs. [7] [43] She also has a house in Pound Ridge, New York. [44] [45]


Q is outspoken on the subject of animal rights and has taken part in PETA Asia's campaigns promoting vegetarianism. In a PETA ad, she posed nearly nude in a bed of crimson chili peppers to spread the word that going vegetarian is the best way to "spice up your life" as well as help animals, one's health, and the environment. A second ad for PETA Asia features her wearing a bikini made entirely of strategically placed lettuce leaves next to the tagline "Turn Over a New Leaf – Try Vegetarian!" [46]

A vegetarian for many years, she has said that giving up meat is one of the most rewarding decisions she has ever made. "I feel better, I have more energy, on, and off the set, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm doing something to help stop animal suffering." In 2008, Maggie Q was named PETA Asia-Pacific's "Person of the Year." [47] The same year, the organization also listed Q as one of the "Best-Dressed Celebrities" of 2008. She has since taken the step to cut all animal products from her diet by becoming a vegan. [48] PETA declared her to be one of three "Sexiest Vegans" of 2017. [49]



2000Model from HellAnnaChinese: 鬼名模
Gen-Y Cops Jane QuigleyChinese: 特警新人類2
2001Manhattan MidnightSusan/Hope
Rush Hour 2 Girl in car
2002 Naked Weapon Charlene ChingChinese: 赤裸特工
2003 The Trouble-Makers Miss ClaryChinese: 一屋兩火
2004 Magic Kitchen MayChinese: 魔幻厨房
2004 Around the World in 80 Days Female Agent
Rice Rhapsody GigiChinese: 海南雞飯
2005TapedMaggieShort film
Earthlings N/ADocumentary; co-producer
Dragon Squad YuetChinese: 猛龍
House of Harmony HarmonyTelevision film
2006 Mission: Impossible III Zhen Lei
2007The Counting HouseJade
Live Free or Die Hard Mai Linh
Balls of Fury Maggie Wong
2008 Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon Cao YingChinese: 三國之見龍卸甲
Deception Tina
New York, I Love You Janice TaylorSegment: "Yvan Attal"
2009 The Warrior and the Wolf Harran WomanChinese: 狼灾记
2010 Operation: Endgame High Priestess
The King of Fighters Mai Shiranui
2011 Priest Priestess
2014 Divergent Tori Wu
Unity NarratorDocumentary
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Tori Wu
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Tori Wu
2017 The Crash Hilary
Slumber Alice
2018 The Con Is On Irina
2018 Modest Heroes "Life Ain't Gonna Lose"MomVoice
2020 Fantasy Island N/AFilming
TBAThe Death of MeN/A


1998 House of the Dragon DevineRecurring role
2002 Mission in Trouble Yeung LanMain role; Chinese: 雄心密令
2010–13 Nikita Nikita Mears Lead role; 73 episodes
2012 Young Justice Wonder Woman Voice; Episodes: "Agendas" and "Alienated"
2014–15 Stalker Beth Davis / Michelle WebberLead role; 20 episodes
2016–present Designated Survivor FBI Agent Hannah WellsMain role; 35 episodes
TBAQueen of Canton Ching Shih Lead role

Video games

2008 Need for Speed: Undercover Chase Linh

Music videos

2000 Chris Yu "Subway"
2002 Santana featuring Michelle Branch " The Game of Love "

As producer

2006Love AsiaProducer
TBAQueen of Cantonexecutive producer

Awards and nominations

2007 Asian Excellence Awards Supporting Film Actress Mission: Impossible III Won
2009 Hawaii International Film Festival Maverick Award The Warrior and the Wolf Won
2010 IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Hero Nikita Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2012 IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV HeroNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2013 TV Guide Awards Best EnsembleNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action Nominated
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Best Cast Chemistry – Film Divergent Nominated

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