Katie Leung (born 8 August 1987) is a Scottish actress, famous for
playing Cho Chang, Harry Potter's love interest in the film versions of the
J. K. Rowling novels Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix.
Katie was born in Scotland to Kar Wai Li and Peter Leung, both of Chinese
descent. Katie Leung's parents are now divorced and she currently resides
with her father (a native of Hong Kong), two brothers (one named Jonathan)
and a sister. Katie's father runs a restaurant in Glasgow, as well as a
wholesale business in Chinese cuisine. Besides English, Leung can also speak
Cantonese and Mandarin. Leung attended Hamilton College, a Scottish
private school in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.
Katie's father saw an advertisement for a casting call for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and suggested she try out. Katiewaited for a total of four hours in line before she got in. Her audition only took five minutes and she heard nothing further for two weeks; she was then called for a workshop and thereafter got the part of Cho Chang. Katie Leung was selected for the role of Cho after beating over 4000 other girls (including actresses Courtney Webb and Michelle Ang) in an open call audition in London for girls of East Asian appearance. Katie Leung stated in an interview with the Daily Record that her Scottish accent probably gave her an edge in the casting room by making her stand out.
Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who plays Harry Potter, said he found Leung to be "awesome" and a "really amazing actress." Katie delayed plans to go to art college and university in order to film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In the film, Katie and Radcliffe share an on-screen kiss.
Film List for Katie Leung
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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