UK Actors of Asian (East & South East) Descentby NietNiet | created - 04 Mar 2018 | updated - 08 Sep 2018 | Public
Non-exhaustive list, feel free to recommend any I've missed out!
- UK Actors of Colour (BAME): http://imdb.to/2oH0qhP
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- UK Actors of South Asian & Middle Eastern Descent: http://imdb.to/2oECwDR
- UK Actors of Colour (BAME) in LGBT Roles: http://imdb.to/2FeD7lK
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...
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
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, ...
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 ...
7. Jessica Sula
Actress | Split
Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994) 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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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)...
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. ...
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 ...
60. Gabby Wong
Actress | Rogue One
Gabby Wong is an actress, known for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), After the World Ended (2015) and Felix, Net i Nika oraz teoretycznie mozliwa katastrofa (2012).
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.