UK Actors of Asian (East & South East) Descent

by NietNiet | created - 04 Mar 2018 | updated - 08 Sep 2018 | Public

Non-exhaustive list, feel free to recommend any I've missed out!

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1. Gemma Chan

Actress | Eternals

Gemma Chan (born 29 November 1982) is a British film, television, and theatre actress and former fashion model. She played Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007); Ruth in Channel 4's Fresh Meat (2011); Mia Bennett in Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars...

2. Jessica Henwick

Actress | Monster Problems

Jessica Yu Li Henwick is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), X-wing pilot Jessika Pava in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Colleen Wing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her debut in the Netflix television series Iron...

3. Katie Leung

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Katie Leung began her career when she was cast as Cho Chang in the Warner Brothers feature film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a role she subsequently reprised for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts I & II). Alongside her acting career, ...

4. Henry Golding

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Malaysian television host, actor and model Henry Ewan Golding was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to Margaret Likan and Clive Golding. His father is English and his mother is Malaysian. His mother is from the Iban people, an Indigenous group in Sarawak, and Henry completed the bejalai, an Iban ...

5. Haruka Abe

Actress | Cyberbully

Haruka Abe is an Anglo-Japanese actress based in London, United Kingdom.

Born in Tokyo, Haruka spent her childhood split between New York, London and Tokyo, moving between the three cities with her family. Aged 8 she decided to try acting and at age 9 she played Bilbo Baggins in her school play ...

6. Alice Hewkin

Actress | The Mummy

Alice Hewkin is an actress, known for The Mummy (2017), Game of Thrones (2011) and Lucky Man (2016).

7. Jessica Sula

Actress | Split

Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994)[1] is a British actress known for playing the character Grace Blood in the third generation of the British television series Skins and for her role in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed horror film Split (2016).

Sula was born in Swansea to Trinidadian mother Shurla Blades...

8. Kae Alexander

Actress | Game of Thrones

Kae Alexander is an actress, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Fleabag (2016) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019).

9. George Young

Actor | Containment

George Young was born on February 29, 1980 in London, England as George Ng. He is an actor and writer, known for Containment (2016), Grace (2014) and Final Recipe (2013). He has been married to Janet Hsieh since January 26, 2015. They have one child.

10. Sonoya Mizuno

Actress | Ex Machina

Sonoya Mizuno was born on July 1, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ex Machina (2014), La La Land (2016) and Maniac (2018).

11. Jennifer Lim

Actress | Hostel

Jennifer Lim was born in 1980 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Hostel (2005), A Monster Calls (2016) and Rogue Trader (1999).

12. Benedict Wong

Actor | Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and The Martian (2015).

13. Crystal Yu

Actress | Casualty

Crystal Yu is known for her work on Casualty (1986), A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019) and Industry (2020).

14. Paul Chan

Actor | Lucy

Paul Chan is an actor and writer, known for Lucy (2014), Benidorm (2007) and As You Like It (2006).

15. Naoko Mori

Actress | Everest

Born in Nagoya, Naoko moved with her parents to New York aged four before returning to Japan and then, when she was twelve, locating to London. Naoko began to take singing lessons and at the age of 17 was cast in the lead as Kim in the West End musical 'Miss Saigon' opposite John Barrowman, with ...

16. Yennis Cheung

Actress | Skyfall

Yennis Cheung is an actress and writer, known for Skyfall (2012), Death Race 4: Beyond Anarchy (2018) and Ransom (2017).

17. David Yip

Actor | A View to a Kill

Born in Liverpool, one of eight children. David's father was a Chinese seaman from the Canton area of southern China, and his mother was from Liverpool. He trained at E15 Acting School, London in 1973 and since then worked in Film, Television, Theatre, Radio and other voice work both in the UK and ...

18. Daniel York

Actor | The Beach

Daniel York is an actor and director, known for The Beach (2000), Doom (2005) and Rogue Trader (1999).

19. Jing Lusi

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Jing Lusi was born in Shanghai and moved to England with her parents at the age of five. After graduating law from University College London, Lusi went on to become one of the most prominent Asian actresses in the UK. She has appeared across TV (Lucky Man (2016), Scott & Bailey (2011)), film (...

20. Max Minghella

Actor | The Social Network

Max Giorgio Choa Minghella is an English-born actor and filmmaker. He was born in Hampstead, London, England, the son of choreographer Carolyn Choa and the late Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella. He is the brother of Hannah Minghella, who has also worked in film.

Minghella is a former member ...

21. Chike Chan

Actor | Everest

Chike is a British actor of East Asian extraction. Born in 1974 in Stockport, UK, he was brought up in South Manchester where he attended Parrswood High School. After a break from studying A-Levels he trained at The Arden School of Theatre, graduating in 2000. Chike is conversant in 9 languages.

22. Colin Ryan

Actor | Doctor Who

Colin Ryan is an actor, known for Doctor Who (2005), Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward (2015) and Leonardo (2011).

23. Christina Chong

Actress | Johnny English Reborn

Christina Chong was born in Enfield, North London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Johnny English Reborn (2011), Line of Duty (2012) and Doctor Who (2005).

24. Lobo Chan

Actor | King Kong

Lobo Chan is an actor, known for King Kong (2005), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and The Broken (2008).

25. Will Sharpe

Actor | Flowers

Will Sharpe was born on September 22, 1986 in Camden, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Flowers (2016), Giri/Haji (2019) and Defending the Guilty (2018).

26. Sophie Wu

Actress | Kick-Ass 2

Sophie Wu was born in 1983 in the UK. She is an actress and writer, known for Kick-Ass 2 (2013), Kick-Ass (2010) and Wild Child (2008).

27. Naomi Yang

Actress | Lilting

Naomi Yang is an actress, known for Lilting (2014), The Salisbury Poisonings (2020) and Brave New World (2020).

28. Eleanor Matsuura

Actress | Wonder Woman

Eleanor Matsuura (born c. 1983) is an English actress, who is best known for her roles as Hannah Santo in Spooks: The Greater Good, Bev in Utopia and as PC Donna Prager in Cuffs.

Matsuura was born in Tokyo and raised in Hertfordshire, England. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and ...

29. Elaine Tan

Actress | Tully

Elaine was born in London, England. She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and performed in West End stage productions, including South Pacific and The King & I, Royal Variety Shows, film, television, radio and commercials. After leaving to attend a regular academic school, she continued ...

30. Daphne Cheung

Actress | Ali G Indahouse

Daphne Cheung is an actress, known for Ali G Indahouse (2002), Spirit Warriors (2010) and Friday Night Dinner (2011). She has been married to David Coatsworth since September 1, 1993. They have one child.

31. Alicia Lai

Actress | Hank Zipzer

Alicia Lai is an actress, known for Hank Zipzer (2014), The Sparticle Mystery (2011) and Spirit Warriors (2010).

32. Yuyu Rau

Actress | Estranged

East Asian actress based in London. Yuyu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She trained in ballet and Chinese martial arts dance professionally for 14 years before she moved to the UK in 2006. She obtained MA: Performance at University of Chichester in 2009 and has been working as professional performing ...

34. You-Ri Yamanaka

Actress | After the World Ended

You-Ri Yamanaka is an actress, known for After the World Ended (2015), Winterstoke House (2016) and Silent Witness (1996).

35. Peter Peralta

Actor | Gangsters Gamblers Geezers

Peter Peralta was born in London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Gangsters Gamblers Geezers (2016), Sons of God: The Deal (2010) and Four Hours (2011).

36. Elizabeth Tan

Actress | Emily in Paris

Elizabeth Tan is a British actress best known for her series regular roles in award-winning TV series Coronation Street, high-school drama Waterloo Road, The Syndicate and Dr Who. Her transformative character work in Film, Television and Theatre has seen Tan demonstrate incredible versatility in ...

37. Chloe Wong

Actress | Hank Zipzer

Chloe Wong is an actress, known for Hank Zipzer (2014).

38. Meg Kubota

Actress | Good Omens

Meg is an East Asian actress born in Seattle, raised in Japan, South Africa and now based in the UK. She speaks both English and Japanese fluently. She studied at Wasoeda University in Japan before moving to the UK to obtain MA at Royal Holloway, University of London, and trained at Arts ...

39. Andrew Leung

Actor | Lilting

Andrew Leung is an actor, known for Lilting (2014), Containment (2015) and The List (2013).

40. Vera Chok

Actress | The Mummy

Vera Chok is a writer, actress, singer, artist and lover of language.

Of Chinese descent, Chok was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, where she grew up attending the missionary school of Asaunta until moving to the United Kingdom as a teenager and completing her secondary education in Abbots Bromley ...

41. David Tse

Actor | Devs

David Tse is known for his work on Devs (2020), Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser (2019) and Tokyo Trial (2017).

42. Elizabeth Chan

Actress | Black Mirror

Elizabeth Chan is an actress, known for Black Mirror (2011), Silent Witness (1996) and Last Tango in Halifax (2012).

43. Jamie Hayden

Actor | Batman Begins

Jamie Hayden is an actor from London. He attended the University of Southampton earning a degree in Sports Science and Psychology, after which he returned to London to study acting. He soon began to work in Film, TV and Commercials. He is best known for work on Batman Begins (2005), Harrigan (2013)...

44. Chooye Bay

Actor | Skyfall

Chooye Bay is an actor, known for Skyfall (2012), Vampire Academy (2014) and Bridget Jones's Baby (2016).

45. Siu Hun Li

Actor | Perfect Sense

Siu Hun Li is an actor, known for Perfect Sense (2011), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and The Angels' Share (2012).

46. Pik Sen Lim

Actress | Mind Your Language

Pik-Sen Lim was born to Chinese parents in Penang, Malaysia. She came to London at the age of sixteen to learn drama. Her big break came in 1964 when she appeared in the long-running hospital drama series Emergency-Ward 10 (1957) where she was cast as the first Chinese nurse on British television. ...

47. Emily Ng

Director | Life Without Electric

Emily Ng is an actress and director, known for Life Without Electric (2021), The 355 (2022) and The Host (2020).

48. Jonathan Raggett

Actor | The Lady

Jonathan Raggett is an actor, known for The Lady (2011), Trafficker (2015) and Wolfblood (2012).

49. Jason Wong

Actor | The Gentlemen

Jason Wong was born on March 24, 1986 in London, England. He is an actor, known for The Gentlemen (2019), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and The 355 (2022).

50. Suni La

Actress | Panic

Suni La is an actress, known for Panic (2014), Between You and Me (2020) and Trust Me (2017).

51. Rebecca Yeo

Actress | Stan & Ollie

Rebecca Yeo is an actress and producer, known for Stan & Ollie (2018), White Dragon (2018) and Friday Night Dinner (2011).

52. Tuyen Do

Actress | Enola Holmes

Tuyen Do is an actress and director, known for Enola Holmes (2020), Different for Girls (2017) and 24: Live Another Day (2014).

53. Lucy Sheen

Actress | Secrets & Lies

Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen - Stage name Lucy Sheen Made in Hong Kong exported to the UK in the early 60s as a transracial adoptee. Brought up by a white family in the heartland of conservative England, next to the cucumber sandwiches, church spires and cricket on the village green. Lucy has over ...

54. Kirsty Rider

Actress | Space Pirates

Kirsty Rider is an actress and writer, known for Space Pirates (2007), Hafu (2019) and Industry (2020).

55. Julie Cheung-Inhin

Actress | Kill and Wound

Julie Cheung-Inhin is an actress, known for Kill and Wound (2013), Acquainted (2013) and Solito (2013).

56. Siu-see Hung

Actress | #SketchPack

Siu-see Hung is an actress and director, known for #SketchPack (2015), Unexpected Reunion (2019) and When the Screaming Starts.

57. Anna Leong Brophy

Actress | Traces

Anna Leong Brophy is an actress, known for Traces (2019), Code 404 (2020) and The Conversations (2016).

58. Windson Liong

Actor | Lock-In

Windson Liong is an actor, known for Lock-In (2020), Memento Amare (2017) and Philophobia (2019).

59. Kevin Shen

Actor | Unlocked

Kevin Shen is an actor, known for Unlocked (2017), Close (2019) and A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019).

61. Julia Sandiford

Actress | Coronation Street

Julia Sandiford is an actress and casting director, known for Coronation Street (1960), Making It (2015) and Years and Years (2019).

62. Tina Chiang

Actress | Bodyguard

Studied at RADA.

Loves snowboarding & scuba-diving.

Took a year out and went traveling on her own to India, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia & New Zealand.

Dislocated her elbow in a snowboarding accident but went onto do a mini-winter season in Morzine, France to get over her injury.

63. Helen Russell-Clark

Actress | Fit

Helen Russell-Clark is an actress, known for Fit (2010), Coming Up and Hollyoaks (1995).

64. Mei Mac

Actress | Faa IheIhe

Mei Mac is an actress, known for Faa IheIhe (2016), My Country (2017) and Midlands Today (1964).

65. Jeffrey Ho

Actor | Queen

Jeffrey was trained and graduated from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2015. For his debut feature film, Jeffrey plays the role of Taka in "Queen", the multi award winning Bollywood box office sensation. Vikas Bahl (director of "Queen") describes Jeffrey as "the most instinctive, impulsive ...

66. Sam Ong

Actor | Carnage: Swallowing the Past

Sam Ong is an actor, known for Carnage (2017).

67. Chris Lew Kum Hoi

Actor | War Machine

Chris Lew Kum Hoi is an actor, known for War Machine (2017), Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) and Jayson Bend: Queen and Country (2013).

69. Orion Lee

Actor | First Cow

A transformative actor working across theatre, film and television Orion is a versatile performer able to create characters and inhabit them with verisimilitude. Besides his screen credits on IMDB he has worked at prestigious theatres like the National Theatre of Scotland, Abbey Theatre (National ...

70. Linda Louise Duan

Actress | Doctor Strange

Linda is a multi-award winning actress of Chinese Origin, Bilingual in both Mandarin Chinese and English.

Born and brought up in England, Linda studied at The International School of Corporeal Mime, after which, she spent a year in France studying from the world-renowned master of Theatre at Ecole ...

71. Samuel Mak

Actor | Tomb Raider

Samuel Mak is known for his work on Tomb Raider (2018), The World's End (2013) and The Grandest Wedding of Royals (2018).

72. David Cheung

Actor | Mortdecai

David Cheung is a Hong Kong Chinese Action Actor, Martial Artist and Stunt Performer based in London United Kingdom. His passion for performance led him to study at the prestigious Identity School Of Acting known for producing stars such as John Boyega.

David Cheung is currently appearing in Johnny ...

73. Hong Khaou

Director | Lilting

Hong Khaou was born on October 22, 1975 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is a director and writer, known for Lilting (2014), Monsoon (2019) and Spring (2011).

74. Jo Yang

Actress | X+Y

Jo Yang is an English actress who was born in China and raised in West London from the age of 8. While attending the William Morris school in Acton Jo showed an aptitude for the arts and was placed at a performing arts school to study acting and dancing. Jo later attended St Mary's university to ...

75. Alan Wai

Actor | Into the Badlands

Alan Wai was born on June 26, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. He is known for his work on Into the Badlands (2015), Soho Jimbo (2016) and The Hit Producer (2015).

76. Bruce Chong

Actor | The Gentlemen

Bruce Chong is an actor and writer, known for The Gentlemen (2019), Now You See Me 2 (2016) and Black Mirror (2011).

77. Ling Whye Hang

Actor | Little Bastards

Ling Whye Hang is known for his work on Little Bastards (2018), 10 Minutes For A Pound (2019) and Panic (2014).

78. Chris Chung

Writer | Handuken

Chris Chung is a British filmmaker specializing in action and comedy projects.

Upon graduating from a BA in Film and TV Broadcast production, Chris produced, wrote and directed his first short film 'Handuken'; which was a finalist in the Virgin Media Shorts. The short film premiered at the BFI IMAX ...

79. Zak Shukor

Actor | Survivor

Zak Shukor was born in London Hammersmith in 1970. He is a British based actor.

Shukor's parents moved to England when his father was hired as a director to the BBC.

He is known for his work on Mr Holmes (2015), Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2018), Sex Education (2019), Warrior (2020), Save Me (2020) and ...

80. Christina Tam

Actress | The Limehouse Golem

Christina Tam is an actress, known for The Limehouse Golem (2016), Automata (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).

81. Jonathan Chan

Actor | Old School

Jonathan Chan is an actor, known for Old School (2014), Wok (2016) and The Ronnie Johns Half Hour (2005).

82. Jon Xue Zhang

Actor | The Host

Jon Xue Zhang is known for his work on The Host (2020), The Gentlemen (2019) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

83. Van Pham

Actress | 1983

Van is based in London originally from Vietnam. Born on 26 December 1985. She has a real passion for acting and was given a key role in 'Mumbai Massacre' for National Geographic Documentary. Her character was Dara Huang an American who was unfortunately caught up in the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks ...

84. Pui Fan Lee

Actress | Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Pui Fan Lee was born on July 14, 1971 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Teletubbies (1997) and State of Play (2003).

85. Lourdes Faberes

Actress | Good Omens

Lourdes Faberes was born on February 14, 1975 in Manila, Philippines. She is an actress and producer, known for Good Omens (2019), No Time to Die (2021) and Whiskey Cavalier (2019).

86. Carl Ng

Actor | Point of Entry

Carl Ng was born in Hong Kong in 1976. He is half Chinese and half British. His father is comedy legend of the 80s and 90s, Richard Ng. Carl earned a BBA at Westminster University in the UK where he also studied drama at the Tony Grecos Acting Studio.

Later he moved to Thailand where he earned a ...

87. Bip Ling

Actress | Adam Green's Aladdin

Bip Ling is an actress, known for Adam Green's Aladdin (2016), Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016) and Carnage (2017).

88. Fiesta Mei Ling

Music_department | United 93

Fiesta Mei Ling was born as Fiesta Marjot. She is known for her work on United 93 (2006), Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977) and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). She has been married to John A. Coleman since 1983. She was previously married to John Forgeham.

89. Siu-see Hung

Actress | #SketchPack

Siu-see Hung is an actress and director, known for #SketchPack (2015), Unexpected Reunion (2019) and When the Screaming Starts.

90. Rebecca Boey

Actress | Jade Dragon

Rebecca Boey is an actress and writer, known for Jade Dragon (2017), Troll Hunters (2018) and Crystal Springs (2014).

91. Stephen Hoo

Actor | Kickoff

Stephen Hoo is an actor, known for Kickoff (2011), Jade Dragon (2017) and 007 Legends (2012).

92. Andrew Koji

Stunts | Furious 6

Born in 1987, Koji grew up in Epsom, Surrey. His father is Japanese and mother is English.

Studied film and theatre before travelling to Thailand and Japan, where he started work, taking on small acting jobs, working as a stunt man, editor and various odd jobs to pay the bills

Moved back to England ...

93. Mark Ota

Actor | Coffee Run

Mark Ota is an actor, known for Coffee Run, Mad Lord (2019) and The Watchers (2018).

94. Chloe Ewart

Actress | Jade Dragon

Chloe Ewart is an actress and writer, known for Jade Dragon (2017), Coronation Street (1960) and Fatum (2012).

95. Alisa Anantvoranich

Actress | Jade Dragon

Alisa Anantvoranich is an actress, known for Jade Dragon (2017).

96. Keiko Miyazaki

Actress | Jade Dragon

Keiko Miyazaki is an actress, known for Jade Dragon (2017).

97. Natalie Mendoza

Actress | The Descent

Natalie Jackson Mendoza was born in Hong Kong of a Filipino/Spanish Jazz musician father and German/English mother. She had a bohemian upbringing with her six artist siblings living all over the world in Asia, Australia, England and NYC. She was raised as a child in Hong Kong and Australia. She ...

98. Christopher Goh

Actor | The Romanoffs

Christopher Goh was born in 1984 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. He is an actor and producer, known for The Romanoffs (2018), Hunter Killer (2018) and The Five (2016).

99. Eugenia Low

Actress | Unseen

Eugenia is a Singaporean-born, British East Asian actor of Chinese heritage based in London, UK. Warm-hearted, grounded and endearingly quirky in comedic roles, she is equally at home playing driven, passionate and protective authority figures and often plays caring, maternal and professional types.


100. Julie Yammanee

Actress | The Sleepover Club

Julie Yammanee is an actress, known for The Sleepover Club (2003).

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