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Name: Katie Liu Leung                                                                       
Born: 8 August 1987 Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland                                 
Katie Liu Leung (born August 8, 1987) is a Scottish actress, best known 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. She is set to reprise the role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood                   
Prince due out in 2008.                                                                     
Leung was born in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire to Peter and Kar Wai Li Leung.               
Her parents are now divorced, and she currently resides with her father (a                   
native of Hong Kong), two brothers, and a sister.                                           
Her father runs a restaurant in Glasgow, as well as a wholesale business in                 
Chinese cuisine.  Besides English, Leung can also speak                                     
Cantonese and some Mandarin. Leung attended Hamilton College, a Scottish private             
school in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. She currently lives in London.                       
Leung has been named as Scotland's most stylish female and as the "hottest"                 
Scotswoman by The Scotsman.                                                                 
Leung's father saw an advertisement for a casting call for Harry Potter and the             
Goblet of Fire and suggested she try out. She waited 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. She was selected for the role of Cho after beating over 3,000           
other girls (including actresses Courtney Webb and Michelle Ang) in an open call             
audition in London for girls of East Asian appearance. She 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, said he found Leung to be "awesome"             
and a "really amazing actress". Her best friend on set has been said to be                   
Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley in the films. Leung delayed plans to go to             
art college and university in order to film Harry Potter and the Order of the               
Phoenix. In the film, Leung and Radcliffe share an on-screen kiss, a fact that               
received much media attention.                                                               
When asked whether she will be back for the sixth film, Leung responded, "I don't           
think so. Cho's mentioned briefly in the books, but they try to cram so much                 
into the films that I don't think there'll be room for her." However, in an                 
interview at the Order of the Phoenix DVD Launch in November 2007, she said she             
would be filming scenes for the film in January 2008.                                       
In July 2007, Leung was asked by Gold Label Records, a well known record company             
under EMI in Hong Kong, to play a main female character in a music video for a               
song called Love Coming Home by Leo Ku. Leung agreed as soon as she                         
received the invitation, and filmed the movie in London in between busily                   
promoting the new Harry Potter film. Leo described Leung's acting as "professional"         
and "mature".                                                                               
Leung is signed up to play Hsui Tai in the episode "Cat Among the Pigeons" of               
ITV1's Agatha Christie's Poirot, alongside David Suchet.