joi, 9 iunie 2011
Chow was born in London, England to restaurateur Michael Chow and late model/designer Tina Chow. She is of Chinese, Japanese, German, and Scottish ancestry. Chow has a brother who is three years younger. Her aunt is actress and one-time Bond girl Tsai Chin. She was in a relationship with the actor and comedian Steve Coogan and Mark Wahlberg.
Before becoming an actress, Chow was the first college graduate in her family, majoring in psychology at Scripps College. She then spent several years following in her mother's footsteps working as a model for Shiseido cosmetics, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein. Her modeling led to her being named one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in 1996 and appearing in the December 1996 edition of Vogue magazine's "The Next Best-Dressed List". In 2000, she posed for Maxim magazine. Her B&W photo spread is a featured on their Girls of Maxim gallery. She was ranked #54 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.
Chow made her acting debut in 1998, starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Big Hit. In 2007, Chow appeared on USA Network's first season of Burn Notice as former spy Lucy.
Chow is the host and a judge of Bravo television's new competitive reality show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, which premiered on June 9, 2010.