Lucy Liu - Updated Jun 2024

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Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu is a well-known actress, voice actress, director, producer, and singer from the United States. Moreover, Lucy Liu rose to fame after joining the legal comedy series ‘Ally McBeal’ cast where she played the malicious ‘Ling Woo.’

Early Life

Lucy Liu was born on the 2nd of December 1968, in Queens, New York City, the United States of America. According to her birth date, Liu is 54 years old and holds American nationality. Her birth name is Lucy Alexis Liu. This actress has a zodiac sign of Sagittarius and believes in Christianity.

Liu’s parents were born in Beijing and Shanghai and moved to Taiwan as adults before meeting in New York. She is the youngest daughter of Tom Liu(father) and Cecilia Liu (mother).

Professionally, her father is a trained engineer and sells digital clock pens to make a living. While her mother worked as a biochemist, She grew up with her siblings John and Jenny.


Regarding her academic career, she attended ‘Joseph Pulitzer Middle School,’ and graduated from ‘Stuyvesant High School’ in 1986. She went to Singapore on an exchange program while attending ‘Stuyvesant High.’

Moreover, she attended ‘New York University,’ and then moved to ‘The University of Michigan,’ where she was a member of the sorority ‘Chi Omega.’ She has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian languages and cultures.

Lucy Liu – Net Worth 2023

Liu a well-known actress from the United States has collected a huge sum of money from her career. As of 2023, her net worth is estimated at around $16 million.

Professional Career

Lucy Liu’s acting career began in 1989, when she auditioned for a supporting role in the University of Michigan’s production of ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ during her senior year.
Following minor appearances in film and television, she landed the role of ‘Ling Woo,’ in the 1997 comedy-drama series ‘Ally McBeal.’ She eventually rose to the position of a permanent cast member.
In the 1999 crime thriller, ‘Payback,’ she played ‘Pearl.’ In 2000, she played ‘Princess Pei-Pei’ in ‘Shanghai Noon,’ an American martial arts action comedy western film starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. The movie earned positive reviews both critically and commercially.
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Caption: Lucy Liu in the movie Charlie Angels (Source: Movies Anywhere)

In the 2002 film adaptation of the famous Broadway play ‘Chicago,’ she plays ‘Kitty Baxter.’ Later in  2003, she repeated her role as ‘Alex Munday’ in ‘Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,’ which earned over $259 million worldwide.
In Tony Scott’s action crime thriller ‘Domino,’ she plays an FBI criminal psychologist ‘Taryn Mills.’ In ‘3 Needles,’ a 2005 Canadian film that was not widely distributed, she played a Mandarin black-market blood dealer.
However, the film stunned onlookers at numerous film festivals with its gripping linked stories of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Production and other appearances

In the 2006 crime thriller ‘Lucky Number Slevin,’ she played ‘Lindsey.’ Besides acting, she has hosted multiple gallery shows to display her collage, paintings, and photographs. She donated the proceeds from her art display to UNICEF in 2006.
Moreover, she was the executive producer of the 2007 film ‘Code Name: The Cleaner,’ starring Cedric the Entertainer and Liu. It garnered negative feedback and was unable to recover its production costs. She portrayed a journalist on a quest for revenge against vampires in the 2007 neo-noir action-horror thriller ‘Rise: Blood Hunter.’
The film garnered mixed reviews from reviewers. ‘Escape,’ her painting, is included in Montblanc’s ‘Cutting Edge Art Collection.’ It was on display at the famous ‘Art Basel Miami 2008,’ which featured works by contemporary American artists.
She appeared in the American television comedy-drama ‘Cashmere Mafia,’ which aired on ABC from January 2008 until February 20, 2008. She had a recurring part in the highly acclaimed police drama series ‘Southland,’ which ran on several networks from 2009 to 2013.

As a voice-actress

Moreover, she portrayed a police officer named ‘Jessica Tang’ in the series. Critics gave ‘Southland’ positive reviews. Soon after, she was cast as ‘Joan Watson,’ in the CBS procedural drama series ‘Elementary,’ based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, ‘Sherlock Holmes.’
She co-starred with Johnny Lee Miller on the sitcom, which ran from September 2012 until August 2019.  Meanwhile, she voiced various characters, including ‘Silvermist’ in ‘Tinker Bell’ (2008).
She returned as ‘Silvermist’ in sequels such as ‘Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure’ (2009), ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,’ (2010), ‘Secret of the Wings,’ (2012), ‘The Pirate Fairy’ (2014), and ‘Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast’ (2014).
She mostly focused on her voice acting roles in films such as ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ (2008) as ‘Master Viper,’ and ‘Magic Wonderland’ (2014) as ‘Princess Ocean.’

Recent Career

In 2018, Lui was cast in the direct-to-video science fiction film, ‘Future World,’ opposite Milla Jovovich and James Franco. She also appeared in the romantic comedy ‘Set It Up.’ In 2019, the actress began playing ‘Simone Grove’ in the dark comedy web television series ‘Why Women Kill.’
She was seen in the role of ‘Sienna’ in Thom Fitzgerald’s comedy-drama film ‘Stage Mother’ in 2020. Liu was cast as the villain Kalypso in the upcoming superhero film Shazam! Fury of the Gods in April 2021.
She was cast as a voice actress in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film Strange World and Jake Kasdan’s upcoming feature Red One in 2022.


In 2001, Liu received two ‘Blockbuster Entertainment Awards’: ‘Favorite Action Team (Internet Only)’ for ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ which she shared with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, and ‘Favorite Supporting Actress – Action,’ which she shared with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz.

In 2003, she and 14 other actors won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards,’ and the Critics Choice Award’ for the film adaptation of ‘Chicago.’

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Caption: Lucy Liu received the honored star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Source: Instagram)

Lucy Liu earned two ‘MTV Movie Awards,’ one for ‘Best Villain’ for ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1’ and one for ‘Best On-Screen Team’ for ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz shared the latter.

Moreover, she was chosen Harvard’s ‘Artist of the Year,’ in 2016 and received the Harvard Foundation’s arts medal. In 2019, Liu earned a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’

Relationship Status

Talking about her personal life, Lucy Liu is presently single. On August 27, 2015, she gave birth to a son through gestational surrogacy and named her son, Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In the past, she has had relationships with financier Noam Gottesman, George Clooney, and director Zach Helm.

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Caption: Lucy Liu enjoying with her son (Source: Instagram)

Lucy Liu had surgery in 1991 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. A lump that was subsequently found to be benign was removed. She has studied several religions, including Kabbalah, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Moreover, she became an ambassador for the United States Fund for UNICEF in 2004. She visited Pakistan and Lesotho, among other places, and became a spokesperson for the “Human Rights Campaign.”

Body Measurements

Lucy Liu stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 50 kg. In addition, she has black hair with black eyes and her body measurement measures 34-23-34 inches. Likewise, she wears a shoe size of 6 US and a dress size of 2 US.

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Caption: Lucy Liu posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Lucy Liu – Social Media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 1.2 million followers. Likewise, there are more than 4.5 million followers on Facebook and more than 279.1k followers on her Twitter page.