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Françoise Yip

Françoise Yip
Chinese name 葉芳華 (traditional)
Chinese name 叶芳华 (simplified)
Pinyin Yè Fānghuá (Mandarin)
Jyutping jip6 fong1 waa4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Françoise Fong-Wa Yip
Origin Toronto, Canada
Born (1972-09-04) September 4, 1972
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present

Françoise Fong-Wa Yip (葉芳華; born September 4, 1972) is a Canadian actress.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Yip was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and was raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her father is a Canadian of Chinese descent and her mother is French Canadian.[1] At an early age, Yip began studying both piano and dance, excelling on the piano. Although she won many awards, competitions, and kudos, she passed up an opportunity to study music full-time to pursue a degree in Political Science. It was during her years at university that, at the urging of a friend, Yip began modeling. Despite early success, her career as a model didn't last long, as she moved into acting.


Her best-known roles are the redeemable bad girls in Jackie Chan's Rumble in the Bronx and Jet Li's Black Mask. The critical and financial success of Rumble in the Bronx (and its subsequent number-one box-office bow in the United States) made Yip an instant success and garnered her two Hong Kong Film Award nominations. She continued to do movies and star in TV, but her roles were less known or temporary. The characters she plays often get killed or serve as a background character.

Yip appeared in the television series Andromeda as two different characters. Her first character was arrested, and her final character was murdered. She did two movies with Jet Li, the first as a lead romantic interest in Black Mask and the second in Romeo Must Die, but this time she played a Chinese gangster motorcycle assassin killed by Jet Li and Aaliyah. An unfortunate aspect of her career is that none of the TV shows she starred in lasted beyond a full season, and if she did have a starring role in a movie it was a straight-to-video or TV film. She appeared in the film Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and guest-starred in the Canadian TV show Blood Ties.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Ghost Punting Policewoman subordinate
1995 Fighting for My Daughter Girlfriend TV Movie
1995 Rumble in the Bronx Nancy
1995 Nie Lian Maggie
1995 Two Impossible Films Johann Woo Short Film
1996 Kuang ye san qian xiang Wai
1996 How to Meet the Lucky Stars Francoise
1996 Wan feng Herself
1996 Meng Bo Saeko Nogami / Yachi
1996 Black Mask Yeuk Laan
1997 Ni ge mie ye chang Susan
1997 Shi wu yi sha ren wang luo Fion Wong
1998 Futuresport Keahi TV Movie
2000 Romeo Must Die Motorcycle Fighter
2000 Special Delivery Flight Attendant TV Movie
2000 A Good Burn Koa
2001 Witness to a Kill Kirsten Lee
2001 Lunch with Charles Cora
2001 The Pledge Bartender at Airport
2001 Mindstorm Newscaster TV Movie
2002 Cabin Pressure Tammy TV Movie
2002 The New Beachcombers Constable Kelly Mah TV Movie
2004 A Beachcombers Christmas Constable Kelly Mah TV Movie
2004 Blade: Trinity Virago
2005 Alone in the Dark Agent Cheung
2005 Edison Crow
2005 The Deal Janice Long
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Ms. Yutani
2008 Dim Sum Funeral Victoria
2009 Motherland Raffi Tang
2010 The King of Fighters Chizuru Kagura
2011 Possessing Piper Rose Margot Lace TV Movie
2013 Garage Sale Mystery Katherine Norbert TV Movie
2014 The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story Pauline Gosselaar TV Movie


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Millennium Stewardess #2 Episode: "The Innocents"
1999 Earth: Final Conflict Beverly Wu Episode: "Heroes & Heartbreak"
1999 Deep in the City Episode: Deranged Marriages
2000 Secret Agent Man Felicia Episode: "WhupSumAss"
2000 Seven Days Li Mai Episode: "Olga's Excellent Vacation"
2001 Wolf Lake Reporter Unaired Pilot
2001 These Arms of Mine Jenny Wong 3 episodes
2001 RoboCop: Prime Directives Lexx Icon 2 episodes
2000-2001 Freedom Jin 8 episodes
2002 Flatland Amy Li 22 episodes
2003 Jeremiah Rachel 2 episodes
2003-2004 Smallville Dr. Tia Leng 5 episodes
2004 Stephen King's Dead Zone Maria Episode: Speak Now
2001-2005 Andromeda Ashael / Rekel Ben-Tzion 2 episodes
2006 Men in Trees Alice K Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Flash Gordon Susan Glass Episode: "Conspiracy Theory"
2007-2008 Blood Ties Kate Lam 14 episodes
2010 Caprica Desiree Willow 2 episodes
2011 Fringe Dr. Rosa Oporto Episode: "Bloodline"
2011 Sanctuary Dr. Lillian Lee 3 episodes
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Aja Episode: "Rule #92: Don't Do the Crime If You Can't Do the Crime"
2015 Arrow The Priestess 2 episodes
2015 Proof Police Officer Episode: "St. Luke's"
2015 Mistresses Doctor Episode: "Unreliable Witness"
2015 Ties That Bind Ying Episode: "Paying for It"


  1. ^ Cast profile on the Beachcombers website

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