Who Is Maggie Q?
Maggie Q born Margaret Denise Quigley, is an American actress, animal rights activist and model. Maggie is known for starring in the action films Mission: Impossible III and Live Free or Die Hard. She also played the title role of The CW’s action-thriller series Nikita.
She then portrayed Tori Wu in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, a role she reprised in its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant in 2014. Maggie stars in the role of FBI Agent Hannah Wells in the political drama Designated Survivor.
Maggie attended Mililani Waena Elementary School and Wheeler Intermediate School. she then joined Mililani High School, where she was on the cross country, track, and field, and swim teams. She also won the title of “Best Body” senior year graduating in 1997. Maggie won an athletics scholarship to a private university and intended to study veterinary science. Her family was unable to assist her financially. Maggie left Hawaii during the summer in hopes of earning enough money so that she could start her studies in the fall.
How Old Is Maggie Q?
Margaret Denise Quigley was born on May 22, 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. She is 39 years old as of 2018.
Maggie Q Nationality
The Mission: Impossible III actress is American by birth.
Maggie Q Ethnicity | Maggie Q Race
Maggie is of mixed ethnicity, Irish, Polish, and Vietnamese.
Maggie Q Parents | Maggie Q Family | Maggie Q Mother | Maggie Q Siblings
Maggie was born the youngest of five children and was raised catholic. Q’s parents met while her father was stationed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Her mother is a Vietnamese immigrant while her father is of Irish and Polish descent.
Maggie Q Husband
The Designated Survivor actress is not married yet.
Maggie Q and Dylan Mcdermott | Maggie Q Fiance | Maggie Q Dating | Maggie Q Engaged | Maggie Q Boyfriend
On January 14, 2015, it was announced that Maggie was engaged to her Stalker co-star Dylan McDermott having met on-set in early 2014. In 2017, the couple stated that they are not in any rush to have an actual wedding ceremony. The couple had split as of February 2019 after a four-year engagement.
Maggie Q Model
Maggie began modeling in Tokyo at the age of 17 at the suggestion of a friend. This is before making an unsuccessful move to Taipei, and finally trying in Hong Kong. This is where she started going by the name Maggie Q because the Chinese couldn’t pronounce Quigley properly. Maggie has said it was not easy for her: “I had twenty bucks in my pocket. I mean, I literally did the same thing that my mother did when she left Vietnam… didn’t speak the language… had no money.” But, it was in Hong Kong that she was selected by Jackie Chan because he saw a potential action star. His intensive training taught her the importance of professionalism and always doing her own stunts. Q later said, “I had never done a day of martial arts in my life when I started in the business. I couldn’t even touch my toes.”
Actress Maggie Q
She started her acting career in the TV drama House of the Dragon, which was a huge hit in Asia in 1998. Maggie made her film debut as Anna in the horror film Model from Hell in 2000 and then went on to star as an FBI agent Jane Quigley in the action thriller Gen-Y Cops the same year. Maggie’s appearance in Gen-Y Cops impressed Jackie Chan so much that she was cast in Manhattan Midnight and Rush Hour 2.
Maggie Q Martial Arts
Maggie starred as martial artist assassin Charlene Ching in the action film Naked Weapon in 2002. She also co-starred in 2004 with Kelly Hu, Russell Wong, and other Asian-American actors in a 30-second PSA produced by Mark Allen for CAUSE USA (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment), The Least Likely, encouraging Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to register and vote. She played Harmony in the German-Singaporean TV mini-series House of Harmony in 2005, opposite Fann Wong. In the same year, Q also co-produced the animal treatment documentary Earthlings narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.
Maggie Q Mission Impossible
Maggie made her Hollywood breakthrough as a co-star in Mission: Impossible III alongside Tom Cruise in 2006. She also played Zhen, the only female member of the IMF team.
Maggie Q Die Hard
Q appeared as Mai Linh in the Bruce Willis movie Live Free or Die Hard in 2007, the fourth film in the Die Hard series, and also as Maggie in Balls of Fury. She played fictional Cao Ying, a granddaughter of the warlord Cao Cao in Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon in 2008. It was her first ancient Chinese costume performance. Q also appeared in the drama/thriller movie Deception that same year starring Ewan McGregor and Hugh Jackman, as Tina. She also stars in the video game Need for Speed: Undercover as the seductive lead character, federal agent Chase Linh, the player’s only contact to the Tri-City Police.
Maggie Q Nikita
Q became the lead character, an assassin gone rogue, on the CW series Nikita in 2010. The series is based on the 1990 French film of the same name. Since the premiere of the film, Maggie has been incorrectly described as the first Asian American series lead in an American television drama. The actress Anna May Wong is the first Asian American series lead of an American television series with her show The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong which aired 1951. She received mostly positive reviews for her role in the series. The character was then included in TV Guide’s lists of “TV’s Sexiest Crime Fighters” and “TV’s Toughest Ladies”.
Maggie played the role of Dauntless faction member Tori Wu, in the film Divergent, the adaptation of the same-titled novel in 2014. She reprised her role in the sequel to Divergent, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which began filming on May 27, 2014, and was later released on March 20, 2015.
Maggie Q Stalker
Maggie also starred in the CBS drama series Stalker by Kevin Williamson as Detective Beth Davis along with Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno. The series then premiered on October 1, 2014, for the 2014–15 fall television season. The series was then ordered for a full season on October 27, 2014. It was however canceled after one season, leaving the show on a cliffhanger. She started filming for A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island, starring Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Ed Westwick, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald, and Minnie Driver in October 2013. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and also produced by Hilary Shor, Amit Shah, and Aaron Becker. The series is set to release in 2016.
Maggie Q Divergent
Maggie reprised her role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent series, which was then released on March 18, 2016. It was then announced in February 2016 that she would co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor as Hannah Wells, a leading FBI agent. The show was later renewed by Netflix for a third season which will air sometime in 2019.
Maggie Q Movies and TV Shows
Maggie Q Movies | Maggie Q Film
- Earthlings – 2005 (as Producer)
- Live Free or Die Hard – 2007 (Cast as Mai Linh)
- Mission: Impossible III – 2006 (Cast)
- Divergent – 2014 (Cast)
- Rush Hour 2 – 2001 (Cast)
- New York, I Love You – 2008 (Cast)
- Insurgent – 2015 (Cast)
- Three Kingdoms – 2008 (Cast as Cao Ying)
- Deception – 2008 (Cast)
- Around the World in 80 Days – 2004 (Cast)
- Priest – 2011 (Cast as Priestess)
- Allegiant – 2016 (Cast)
- Naked Weapon – 2002 (Cast)
- Mang lung – 2005 (Cast)
- Balls of Fury – 2007 (Cast as Maggie)
- Rogues Gallery – 2010 (Cast as High Priestess )
- The Con Is On – 2018 (Cast as Irina)
- Slumber – 2017 (Cast as Alice Arnolds)
- The King of Fighters – 2010 (Cast as Mai Shiranui )
- Hainan ji fan – 2004 (Cast)
- The Counting House – 2007 (Cast)
- Magic Kitchen – 2004 (Cast)
- Te jing xin ren lei 2 – 2000 (Cast)
- The Trouble-Makers – 2003 (Cast)
- Taped – 2005 (Cast as Maggie)
- Jekyll Island – 2017 (Cast)
- The Warrior and the Wolf – 2009 (Cast as Harem Woman )
- Gui ming mo – 2000 (Cast as Anna)
- Manhattan Midnight – 2001 (Cast)
- House of Harmony – 2005 (Cast as Harmony Petersen)
Maggie Q TV Shows
- House of the Dragon – 1998 (Cast as Devine)
- Mission in Trouble – 2002 (Cast as Yeung Lan)
- Nikita – 2010-2013 (Cast as Nikita Mears)
- Young Justice – 2012 (Cast as Wonder Woman)
- Stalker – 2014-2015 (Cast as Beth Davis / Michelle Webber)
- Designated Survivor – 2016 to present (Cast as FBI Agent Hannah Wells)
Maggie Q Net Worth
Through her wide career in modeling, acting, activism, the Designated Survivor star has an estimated net worth of $9 million.
Maggie Q Height
How Tall Is Maggie Q? The Die Hard star stands at a height of 1.68 m.
Maggie Q Weight
The Nikita star has a moderate weight of 51 Kg.
Maggie Q Measurements
- Breast/Bust size 31 in / 79 cm
- Waist size 22 in / 56 cm
- Hips size 31 in / 81 cm
- Bra size 36A (US) / 80A (EU)
- Cup size A (US)
- Dress Size 2 (US) or 32 (EU)
- Shoe (Feet) Size 9.5 (US) or 40 (EU)
Maggie Q Tattoo
Margaret has five tattoos: a cross on her right forearm, Tibetan script and also a little triangle on her left forearm, and an African adverb on her side. She also has one of a phoenix on her left hip, which she has had to conceal for most of her roles except Nikita. Maggie also suffered temporary hearing loss in her right ear, this is when her eardrum was damaged during an explosive stunt.
Maggie Q Vegan | Maggie Q Diet
Maggie is outspoken on the subject of animal rights and has also taken part in PETA Asia’s campaigns promoting vegetarianism. In a PETA ad, Q posed nearly nude in a bed of crimson chili peppers to spread the word that going vegetarian is the best way to “spice up your life” as well as help animals, one’s health, and the environment. A second ad for PETA Asia features her wearing a bikini made fully of strategically placed lettuce leaves next to the tagline “Turn Over a New Leaf – Try Vegetarian!”
Being a vegetarian for many years, Maggie has said that giving up meat is one of the most rewarding decisions she has ever made. “I feel better, I have more energy, on, and off the set, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that I’m doing something to help stop animal suffering.” She was named PETA Asia-Pacific’s “Person of the Year” in 2008. In the same year, the organization also listed Q as one of the “Best-Dressed Celebrities” of 2008. Maggie has since taken the step to cut all animal products from her diet by becoming a vegan. She was declared to be one of three “Sexiest Vegans’ of 2017 by PETA.
Maggie Q Quotes
Some of Maggie’s quotes include:
- When people go through tragic circumstances, it’s not that there is no love there, but it’s so hard to deal with and sometimes the gap starts to happen.
- I’m just totally into being strong. There’s something about wanting to get a jar or whatever out of a high cupboard, or moving a sofa over because my dog’s bone rolled under it, and not having to call anyone for help. There’s comfort in that.
- I’m not a wushu champion. I was an athlete when I was a kid. I was a swimmer and a runner, but all this action stuff is such a challenge. It really, really is.
- When you come to America, it’s a very serious thing. It’s not like you arrive and they say, ‘Hey, come on! Do movies!’ I can’t just be hopping around. I have to focus and be still and make sure that I put the time and effort in. Because if I don’t, I could lose it like that.
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