Veronica Ngo (Ngo Thanh Van) was born February 26, 1979 in Trà Vinh, Vietnam. She is a a Vietnamese music pop star and recording artist, a model and an actress with some serious screen fighting skills.
When Ngo Thanh Van was 10 years old, her family moved to Norway, however in 1999, she returned to Vietnam where she took part in a beauty pageant organized by Women’s World magazine. She was second runner-up in the pageant and decided to begin modeling in Vietnam. She modeled for magazines, calendars, and fashion collections. It wasn’t long before she got her first acting role on television in a short TV series on called Huong De.
In 2002, Ngo transitioned into the music scene as a pop-dance singer with the help of producer Quoc Bao. She has released six albums and numerous music videos. Since 2006, Ngo has appeared in the long-running music and comedy show Van Son. She has appeared in every Van Son DVD release to date.
Ngo made her first international appearance in Rouge (2004), a 13-part late night television series aired on AZN Television. Rouge (2004) was produced by MTV Asia & MediaCorp Singapore and was broadcast widely in Asia and Australia. She then spent the reat of the year on a promotional campaign for Rouge traveling throughout Asia and recorded her third album. She was chosen as the favorite actress in Rouge (2004) on the MTV Asia website.
Veronica Ngo has performed in numerous starring roles in films like Saigon Love Story (2006) by Ringo Le, 2 in 1 (2001) by Dao Duy Phuc, and The Rebel (2007) by Charlie Nguyen, where she starred with with Johnny Tri Nguyen. The Rebel (2007) became Vietnam’s highest-grossing film of all time, at that time.
Ngo’s performance in The Rebel (2007) received high praise from both critics and the public, and she was nominated for “Best Actress” at the Canh Dieu Vang awards (Vietnam’s Oscars) for the second time. In the spring of 2007, Ngo also starred in a new thriller called Ngoi Nha Bi An (2007) or Haunted Manor. She received the “Best Actress” award for that role at the 15th Vietnam Film Festival.
She played Paige Tico, the older sister to Rose Tico, in The Last Jedi (2017). Although her screen time was brief, she is remembered because her character’s self sacrificing death affected the major characters in the film, especially Rose. Next she would play Tien, an Inferni elf enforcer working for Leilah, the main antagonist in the Netflix film Bright (2017).
In 2019, she starred in Vietnamese action film Hai Phuong (2017) or Furie (2019). Furie (2019) became the highest grossing domestic film of all time in Vietnam and it became the first Vietnamese film ever to be released in the United States when it was released on March 1, 2019 in the U.S.
In June 2019, Veronica Ngo joined the cast of The Old Guard beside Charlize Theron. She also finished filming Director Spike Lee’s new film Da 5 Bloods with Chadwick Boseman.