Lucy Alexis Liu (劉玉玲 Liú Yùlíng) is an American actress, born in Queens, New York City to Taiwanese immigrant parents. Although she did well in her studies, she started acting when she auditioned for a minor role in a college production of Alice in Wonderland, and instead won the lead.
After some small roles in films and television, her breakthrough came when she got a part in Ally McBeal, playing the foul-mouthed Ling Woo, a new character specifically written for her. Her tough attitude made her a sex symbol for a lot of viewers, and her performance earned her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. Since then, she has appeared in a variety of film and television roles, often playing an Action Girl or Dark Action Girl, as well as doing voice-acting in animation.
Liu is bilingual in English and Mandarin, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan.
Her films include:
- 3 Needles as Jin Ping, the Blood Smuggler
- Ballistic Ecks vs. Sever as Agent Sever
- Charlie's Angels as Alex Munday
- Chicago as Kitty Baxter (cameo)
- Disney Fairies films
- Kill Bill as O-Ren Ishii
- Kung Fu Panda as Viper (voice)
- Reprises her role in Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness
- Lucky Number Slevin as Lindsey
- Payback as Pearl
- Rise: Blood Hunter as Sadie Blake
- Shanghai Noon as Princess Pei-Pei
- Watching The Detectives as Violet