Born in Ipoh, West Malaysia, Yeoh took an early interest in dancing. She started doing ballet at the age of 5, and after moving with her parents to England at the age of 15, enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dance in London.
Yeoh loved ballet and envisioned a career as a dancer, but her life would take an unexpected turn Michelle Yeoh, at the age of 20, she won the Miss Malaysia contest. After winning the contest Yeoh appeared in a commercial alongside the Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan, which exposed Michelle Yeoh to a Hong Kong production company of martial arts films.
Yeoh was quickly making a name for herself as a star of Hong Kong martial arts films, when, inshe married the American businessman Dickson Poon and Michelle Yeoh from acting. Yeoh eventually divorced Poon inand promptly returned to acting with roles in films like "Supercop 2" and "Wing Chun" It was her appearance in the James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies," however, that exposed Yeoh to western audiences for the first time, thus making her an international star in the process.
Yeoh continued working steadily well into the Michelle Yeoh, with parts in blockbuster Hollywood films like "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Highest rated movies.