Burma deports Bond girl Michelle Yeoh over Aung San Suu Kyi role
Former James Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, has been blacklisted and deported from Burma after playing the role of freed democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a forthcoming film about her life.
Yeoh was stopped at the airport in Rangoon and sent back to the USA on the first available flight.
She shot to international fame when she starred as a Chinese spy in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies alongside Navan-born Pierce Brosnan.
The Burmese authorities gave no reason for her deportation which occurred on Wednesday but only emerged today.
The 48-year-old star spent time with Aung San Suu Kyi (66) after her release from house arrest last December in preparation for her role in The Lady, as the Nobel peace laureate is universally known in Burma. The film currently being edited is due for release in late August or early September.
The leader of opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) was freed after spending most of the past 20 years in detention. Her party boycotted Burma's first elections in two decades which took place days after her release.
The elections, widely criticised as a sham, saw the military junta hold onto power and although the military regime handed control to the civilian government in March, the move was seen as cronyism by the generals.
Yeoh also starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha and lent her voice to the animation Kung Fu Panda