Chinese spy Christine Lee is daughter of immigrant from Hong Kong

Revealed: Chinese communist agent is the daughter of a Hong Kong immigrant who ran Chinese takeaways and restaurants

  • Christine Lee moved to Northern Ireland with her parents in 1974 before moving to the West Midlands in 1985
  • She married her first husband in Birmingham at age 21
  • Some five years later she married Martin Wilkes in Solihull; they had two children
  • Mr Wilkes, 71, who is also a lawyer, is listed as a director of five of Miss Lee .’s companies










The mother at the heart of the MI5 security alert is the daughter of a Hong Kong immigrant who ran Chinese takeaways and restaurants.

Christine Lee moved with her parents to Northern Ireland in 1974 before moving to the West Midlands in 1985 and married her first husband in Birmingham at the age of 21.

Some five years later she married Martin Wilkes in Solihull and the couple had two children. Mr Wilkes, 71, who is also a barrister, is listed as a director of five of Miss Lee’s firms and has been described as the head of Christine Lee & Co’s Birmingham office and transfer department.

According to a profile on the company’s website, he is responsible for “smooth business” and has more than three decades of experience in real estate law.

Christine Lee (pictured) moved with her parents to Northern Ireland in 1974 before moving to the West Midlands in 1985 and married her first husband in Birmingham at the age of 21.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr Wilkes. A family source described that Mr Wilkes had only been introduced to his wife once at a Chinese restaurant after a family baptism.

The source said: ‘Christine seemed very nice and… [she and Martin] were a nice couple. I knew she was a lawyer and very smart. That was in Birmingham, but we haven’t seen them since.

“We were close to Martin growing up and this is such a shock.

“When I saw her on the news, I didn’t even realize it was the same woman. She doesn’t use the Wilkes name, so this is just a great twist. Martin is very nice but we haven’t been in touch for years. This really scares everyone.’

Another source added: “It’s a bit of a shock to think there’s a spy in the family.” The couple and their two sons appear to have amassed a large fortune and own two properties worth £1.77 million.

Some five years later she married Martin Wilkes in Solihull and the couple had two children.  Mr Wilkes, 71, who is also a barrister, is listed as a director of five of Miss Lee's firms and has been described as the head of Christine Lee & Co's Birmingham office and transfer department.  (Above, Miss Lee's London office)

Some five years later she married Martin Wilkes in Solihull and the couple had two children. Mr Wilkes, 71, who is also a barrister, is listed as a director of five of Miss Lee’s firms and has been described as the head of Christine Lee & Co’s Birmingham office and transfer department. (Above, Miss Lee’s London office)

Miss Lee and Mr Wilkes live in a £1million house in a posh gated estate in the posh market town of Solihull, where three luxury cars were parked yesterday.

Miss Lee previously spoke about her ‘restless’ childhood in Belfast, where she was at a top boarding school. She recalled being bullied and teased “for her yellow skin and black eyes.” In a revealing YouTube video, she also shared how she encouraged the “weaker boarders” to come together and stand up to the bullies.

“They didn’t know what to do at first, so I started teaching them kung fu,” she said. “I didn’t know much about kung fu, I only watched Bruce Lee on TV, so I pretended I knew.”

But she claims her difficult childhood made her determined to “fight for her rights” and inspired her to become a lawyer.

She has also previously said that she was motivated by her father, who founded the Chinese Community Association in Belfast.

The Mail understands that he ran restaurants and takeaways in Northern Ireland and was listed as a director of one of Miss Lee’s many businesses.

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