Ming-Na Wen (Chinese: 温明娜; pinyin: Wēn Míng-Nà); born November 20, 1963) is a Chinese-born American actress. She has been credited with and without her family name, 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 was a member of the cast of the show, Inconceivable, a medical drama that was aired on NBC, but the show was short-lived and was cancelled after only two episodes. The show is one of the few American television shows with an Asian American series lead. As of 2013, she stars as Melinda May in the ABC action drama series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Wen was born on Coloane, Macau and lived in Hong Kong with her mother Lin (then working as a nurse) and her older brother Jonathan, later moving to the United States as a child with her mother, brother, and stepfather first to Harlem, New York, where her younger brother Lang was born, and then to the 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. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.
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.
She provided the voice for the title character in Disney's 1998 animated movie Mulan, its direct-to-video sequel, Mulan II, and the video game Kingdom Hearts II. 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 has 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' 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.
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 and a son Cooper Dominic Zee, born on October 12, 2005. As of 2007, Wen and her family live in Calabasas, California.
|1992||Rain Without Thunder||"Uudie" prisoner|
|1993||Blind Spot||Mitsuko||Television film|
|1993||Joy Luck Club, TheThe Joy Luck Club||Jing-Mei "June" Woo|
|1994||Vanishing Son II||Mai||Television film|
|1994||Vanishing Son IV||Mai||Television film|
|1994||Hong Kong 97||Katie Chun|
|1994||Street Fighter||Chun-Li Zang|
|1997||One Night Stand||Mimi Carlyle|
|1998||Tempting Fate||Ellen Moretti||Television film|
|1998||Mulan||Fa Mulan||Voice only|
|2001||Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within||Dr. Aki Ross||Voice only|
|2002||Ribbon of Dreams, AA Ribbon of Dreams||Mei-Ling||Voice only|
|2002||Teddy Bears' Picnic||Katy Woo|
|2004||Mulan II||Fa Mulan||Direct-to-video; voice only|
|2008||Prom Night||Dr. Elisha Crowe|
|2012||Super Cyclone||Dr. Jenna Sparks||Direct-to-video|
|1985||Mister Rogers' Neighborhood||Royal trumpeter||2 episodes|
|1988–1991||As the World Turns||Lien Hughes||Role held: February 20, 1988 – May 1991|
|1994||All-American Girl||Amy||Episode: "Redesigning Women"|
|1995, 2000–2004||ER||Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen||Recurring (season 1); main cast (seasons 6–11); 91 episodes|
|1995–1997||Single Guy, TheThe Single Guy||Trudy||Main cast|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Lani (voice)||Episode: "Puss in Boots"|
|1998–1999||Todd McFarlane's Spawn||Jade/Lisa Wu (voice)||5 episodes|
|2002||I Got You||Kaila||Unsold ABC pilot|
|2002||Disney's House of Mouse||Mulan (voice)||Episode: "Salute to Sports"|
|2004||Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, TheThe Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius||Princess Guan Qi "Peggy" Tsu (voice)||Episode: "The Great Egg Heist/The Feud"|
|2004–2005||Batman, TheThe Batman||Detective Ellen Yin (voice)||Main cast (seasons 1–2); 16 episodes|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Li Mei||Episode: "Debt"|
|2005||Robot Chicken||Mary-Kate Olsen (voice)||Episode: "Kiddie Pool"|
|2005||Inconceivable||Rachel Lu||Main cast|
|2006||George Lopez||Professor Tracy Lim||2 episodes|
|2006||Vanished||Lin Mei||Main cast|
|2007||American Masters||Narrator||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"|
|2008||Boston Legal||Ming Wang Shu||Episode: "Roe"|
|2009–2011||Stargate Universe||Camile Wray||Main cast; 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)||Episode: "Finn the Human"|
|2013||Nashville||Calista Reeves||Episode: "You Win Again"|
|2013–present||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Melinda May||Main cast|
|1995||Street Fighter: The Movie||Chun-Li|
|1995||Street Fighter: The Movie||Chun-Li|
|1999||Disney's Story Studio: Mulan||Mulan||Voice only|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II||Fa Mulan||Voice only|