Ming-Na Wen: Macau-born American actress (1963-)
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Ming-Na Wen
Macau-born American actress

Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen
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Intro Macau-born American actress
A.K.A. Wen Mingna, Ming-Na, Ming Na, Ming Na Wen, Ming Wen
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Voice actor
From China United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 20 November 1963, Coloane, Macau, People's Republic of China
Age 59 years
Star sign Scorpio
Residence Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Spouse: Eric Michael Zee (16 June 1995-)
Children: Michaela Zee
Carnegie Mellon University
Annie Award  
Ming-Na Wen
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Ming-Na Wen (Chinese: 溫明娜; pinyin: Wēn Míngnà; born November 20, 1963) is an American actress. (She has been credited with and without her family name "Wen", but most credits since the late 1990s have been without it. She has been known by such variants of her name as Ming-Na, Ming Na, Ming Na Wen, and Ming Wen.)

She is known for playing the role of Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and for voicing Fa Mulan, one of the Disney Princesses, in the films Mulan and Mulan II, the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and in the Disney animated series Sofia the First(2014). In 2018, she reprised her role as Mulan in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Wen is also known for her role as Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen on the medical drama series ER(1995–2004). She was the series lead of the show Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, but the show was short-lived. The show is one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. She is also known for her roles on the main casts of the animated series The Batman (2004–2005) and the sci-fi series Stargate Universe(2009–2011). 

Besides television, she is notable for starring in the films The Joy Luck Club (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), and Push (2009).

Early life

In the 1960s, Wen's parents left Suzhou, China for Portuguese Macau. On November 20, 1963, Wen was born in Coloane, one of the two main islands of Macau.

Wen lived in Hong Kong with her mother, Lin Chan, who worked as a nurse, and her older brother, Jonathan. As a child, Wen migrated to the United States with her mother, brother, and stepfather Soo Lim Yee, first to Harlem, New York, where her younger brother, Leong, was born, and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Wen attended high school in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. During her teen years, she worked at her stepfather's family's restaurant called Chinatown Inn in downtown Pittsburgh's Chinatown, which her family still runs today.

Wen enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University where she graduated with high honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre.


Wen's first television role was in the children's television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1985. From 1988 to 1991, she played Lien Hughes, the daughter of Tom Hughes, on the soap opera As the World Turns.

After starring in the acclaimed 1993 film The Joy Luck Club, she landed the role of Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen on the NBC drama series ER. She first starred in a recurring role during the 1994–1995 season before returning in 1999 as a series regular, remaining on the show until midway through Season 11 in 2004. Wen also played Chun-Li in Street Fighter and co-starred on the sitcom The Single Guy from 1995 to 1997.

Wen in October 2006

She provided the voice for the title character in the 1998 animated film Mulan, its direct-to-video sequel, Mulan II, and the video game Kingdom Hearts II, subsequently winning an Annie Award. She also voiced Aki Ross in the computer animated film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and Detective Ellen Yin in the animated series The Batman. She was also the voice actress for Jade, a minor character in the HBO animated series Spawn.

In 2004, she took part in a Hollywood Home Game on the World Poker Tour, and won. In fall 2005, she starred on the NBC drama series Inconceivable as the lead character, Rachel Lu. However, the series was canceled after only two episodes. Her next TV role was an FBI agent in the Fox kidnap drama series Vanished, which premiered in the fall of 2006 then was canceled roughly three months later. She also played a small role as a college professor in the comedy series George Lopez.

On October 8 through October 29, 2007, Wen (billed as Ming Wen) appeared in a four-episode arc of CBS's Two and a Half Men, playing Charlie Sheen's love interest, a judge closer to his own age. In November 2008, she guest-starred on two ABC series: Private Practice and Boston Legal. From December 5–6, 2008, Wen starred in a benefit production of the musical Grease with "Stuttering" John Melendez at the Class Act Theatre.

She was cast as a regular in the Stargate Universe television series as political attaché Camile Wray from October 2009 to May 2011. Wen made an appearance in Disney Through the Decades, a short documentary about the history of The Walt Disney Company through to the present, as the hostess of the 1990s section.

Wen appeared on the Syfy series Eureka as the inquisitive U.S. Senator Michaela Wen, beginning in season four in 2011 and serving as a major villain in the fifth and final season in 2012.

Wen starred as Agent Melinda May in the ABC superhero drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premiered on September 24, 2013.

In August 2014, Wen reprised her role as Mulan for the first time since Kingdom Hearts II in the Disney Channel series Sofia the First. Her daughter Michaela Zee has a recurring role on the show as Princess Jun.

On December 7, 2017, Marvel Entertainment launched a new animation film franchise Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Wen voiced Hala the Accuser, the main antagonist of the film, working with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-star Chloe Bennet. That same year, she once again provided the voice of Mulan in Ralph Breaks the Internet.

She was named a Disney Legend at the 2019 D23 Expo for her outstanding contributions to the Disney company. She was also announced to be a cast-member of the Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, making her the only actor who has appeared in all three of Disney's most lucrative properties.

Personal life

Wen in 2014

In 1990, Wen married American film writer Kirk Aanes. They divorced in 1993. On June 16, 1995, Wen married her second husband, Eric Michael Zee. Together they have two children, a daughter, Michaela Kitlin, born on November 21, 2000, and a son, Cooper Dominic Zee, born on October 12, 2005. Her first pregnancy was written into the "E.R." script, with her character giving up the child for adoption. Michaela has followed her mother's footsteps in voice-acting, and voices Princess Jun in the Disney Channel animated series Sofia the First.

Wen is trilingual and fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.



Year Title Role Notes 
1993 Rain Without Thunder "Uudie" Prisoner  
The Joy Luck Club Jing-Mei "June" Woo  
1994 Terminal Voyage Han  
Hong Kong 97 Katie Chun  
Street Fighter Chun-Li Zang  
1997 One Night Stand Mimi Carlyle  
1998 Mulan Fa Mulan (voice)  
12 Bucks Gorgeous  
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Dr. Aki Ross (voice)  
2002 A Ribbon of Dreams Mei-Ling (voice)  
Teddy Bears' Picnic Katy Woo  
2005 Mulan II Fa Mulan (voice) Direct-to-video 
Perfection Woman Short film 
2008 Prom Night Dr. Elisha Crowe  
2009 Push Emily Wu  
2010 BoyBand Judy Roberts  
2012 Super Cyclone Dr. Jenna Sparks Direct-to-video 
2013 April Rain Hillary  
2016 The Darkness Wendy  
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Fa Mulan (voice)  
2019 Swimming Lilian Short film 
2020 Mulan Esteemed guest Cameo 
2020 Pearl Headmistress  


Year Title Role Notes 
1985 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Royal Trumpeter 2 episodes 
1987 Another World Abby Episode: "#1.5950" 
1988–1991 As the World Turns Lien Hughes 42 episodes 
1993 Blind Spot Mitsuko Television film 
1994 All-American Girl Amy Episode: "Redesigning Women" 
Vanishing Son II Mai Television film 
Vanishing Son IV Television film 
1995, 2000–2004 ER Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen 118 episodes 
1995–1997 The Single Guy Trudy 43 episodes 
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Lani (voice) Episode: "Puss in Boots" 
1998 Tempting Fate Ellen Moretti Television film 
1998–1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Jade / Lisa Wu (voice) 5 episodes 
2002 I Got You Kaila Unsold ABC pilot 
Disney's House of Mouse Fa Mulan (voice) Episode: "Salute to Sports" 
2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Princess Guan Qi "Peggy" Tsu (voice) Episode: "The Great Egg Heist/The Feud" 
2004–2005 The Batman Detective Ellen Yin (voice) 16 episodes 
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Li Mei Episode: "Debt" 
2005 Robot Chicken Mary-Kate Olsen (voice) Episode: "Kiddie Pool" 
Inconceivable Rachel Lu 9 episodes 
2006 George Lopez Professor Tracy Lim 2 episodes 
Vanished Lin Mei 13 episodes 
2007 American Masters Narrator (voice) Episode: "Novel Reflections: The American Dream" 
2007, 2010 Two and a Half Men Judge Linda Harris 5 episodes 
2008, 2013 Phineas and Ferb Dr. Hirano (voice) 2 episodes 
2008 Private Practice Kara Wei Episode: "Let It Go" 
Boston Legal Ming Wang Shu Episode: "Roe" 
2009 Ni Hao Kai-Lan Gu Nai Nai (voice) Episode: "Kai-lan's Trip to China" 
2009–2011 Stargate Universe Camile Wray 31 episodes 
2011–2012 Eureka Senator Michaela Wen 7 episodes 
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode: "Keshia Knight Pulliam, Ming-Na, Chi McBride, Mia Tyler" 
2012 Adventure Time Farmworld Finn's Mom (voice) 2 episodes 
2013 Nashville Calista Reeves Episode: "You Win Again" 
2013–2020 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May 134 episodes 
2014 Sofia the First Fa Mulan (voice) Episode: "Princesses to the Rescue" 
2017–2018 Milo Murphy's Law Savannah (voice) 7 episodes 
2017 Fresh Off the Boat Stephanie Episode: "The Flush" 
2017–2018 Sofia the First Vega (voice) 5 episodes 
2017 We Bare Bears Ranger Zhao (voice) Episode: "Ranger Games" 
2018 Guardians of the Galaxy Phyla the Accuser (voice) 4 episodes 
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors Hala the Accuser (voice) Television short film 
2018–2019 Hot Streets Soo Park (voice) 6 episodes 
Fresh Off the Boat Elaine 2 episodes 
2019 Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron Hala the Accuser (voice) Television short film 
Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart Tanya Keys (voice) Episode: "Meet Tanya Keys" 
The Mandalorian Fennec Shand Episode: "The Gunslinger" 
2020 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Sandra 2 episodes 

Web series

Year Title Role Notes 
2015 Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit Major Mackenzie Cartwright (voice) Short film 
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot Agent Melinda May 2 episodes 
2020 50 States of Fright Susan 3 episodes 

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes 
1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Chun-Li  
1999 Disney's Story Studio: Mulan Fa Mulan  
2005 Disney's Story Studio: Mulan II  
2006 Kingdom Hearts II  
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0  
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Agent Melinda May  
Disney Magic Kingdoms Fa Mulan  

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result 
1998 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting, Female Mulan Won 
1999 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Family Actress Won 
Best Voice-Over Performer Nominated 
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series ER Nominated 
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nominated 
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week Performance in "Melinda" Won 
2019 Disney Legend Film, Television, & Animation — Voice Herself Won 
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