Best Asian Actresses

by hunimi | created - 20 Oct 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Not necessarily in order.

1. Aya Ueto

Actress | Azumi

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1985, Aya Ueto received her first break in August 1997 when, at the age of 11, she won the Special Jury Prize at the 7th All-Japan Bishoujo Contest. After this initial success, she tried her hand at both acting and singing, appearing in various minor TV drama roles, as well ...

2. JeeJa Yanin

Actress | Chocolate

Yanin "Jeeja" pronounced "ChiCha" Vismitananda was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Her mother is Prasita Vismitananda and her father, Pawadol Borirak, was a businessman who died when his daughter was 17, she has an older brother, Nantapong "Jeed" Vismitananda. She is mainly of Thai descent with some ...

3. Rina Takeda

Actress | Iya monogatari: Oku no hito

Takeda Rina was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. She claims she decided to become an actress at age six. She has an older and younger brother. The younger brother is actor Takeda kazuma who has found roles in Rina's movies. She became interested in karate through her father Takeda Takeshi. ...

4. Jamie Chung

Actress | Big Hero 6

Jamie Chung was born and raised in California, the daughter of Korean parents. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Chung's break came in 2004, when she was working in a sports bar. MTV held auditions for The Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

5. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

6. Aya Okamoto

Actress | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Aya Okamoto was born on December 9, 1982 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Azumi (2003) and Moonlight Jellyfish (2004).

7. Fann Wong

Actress | Shanghai Knights

Fann Wong is a Singapore-born actress-singer-model of Chinese origin. Born on 27 January 1971, she derived her artiste name, Fann Wong, from a combination of her father's surname (Fann) and her mother's surname (Wong). With GCE 'A' Levels and a diploma in fashion merchandising from the La Salle ...

8. Gillian Chung

Actress | Wu Ze Tian mi shi

Gillian Chung Yun Tung is a Hong Kong pop singer and actress. She resides in the affluent Midlevels district in Hong Kong with her younger sister. Standing at just over five feet tall, Chung is a graduate of the Kowloon True Light Middle School and attended RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. ...

9. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii and Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (2004), as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont (2000). From 2010 to 2017, Park starred ...

10. Françoise Yip

Actress | AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem

At an early age Francoise passed on an opportunity to study in music and chose to persue a degree in Political Science. It was during those years, Francoise started with modeling. That career didn't last long, but she did get the opportunity to star with Jackie Chan in Rumble in the Bronx. For her ...

11. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

12. Kelly Hu

Actress | The Scorpion King

On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan...

13. Tae-mi

Actress | Hilleo

Tae-mi was born on April 23, 1990 in Namyangju, Korea as Kyung-Sook Kim. She is an actress, known for Healer (2014), The Kick (2011) and My Sassy Girl (2017).

14. Yôko Shimada

Actress | Shogun

Kumamoto City-born Shimada Yoko is best known in the west as Mariko from the 1980 mini-series Shogun. The lady-in-waiting role created an interest in Japan and its culture overseas and introduced Japanese history to foreign audiences. She won the Golden Globe For Best Performance by an Actress in a...

15. Melise

Actress | The Shannara Chronicles

Malese Jow, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has developed into an actress, songstress, and entertainer.

Malese began her acting career in 1999 with McDonald's commercials when the head of advertising heard her sing and booked her in several spots and jingles. Then in 2002, at the ripe age of 11, ...

16. Ammara Siripong

Actress | Chocolate

Ammara Siripong is an actress, known for Chocolate (2008), Kill 'em All (2012) and Time Rush (2016).

17. Charlene Choi

Actress | Chin gei bin

Charlene Choi (born 22 November 1982) is a Hong Kong-Canadian actress and singer. She is a member of Cantopop group Twins, along with Gillian Chung. Choi was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She moved with her family to Hong Kong a few years later. She was educated at a number of ...

18. Bingbing Li

Actress | Transformers: Age of Extinction

Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer. She rose to fame with her role in Seventeen Years (1999) and since then received critical acclaim for her roles in A World Without Thieves (2004), Waiting Alone (2005), The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (...

19. Meisa Kuroki

Actress | Asaruto gâruzu

The Japanese actress, model and singer Kuroki Meisa was born Shimabukuro Satsuki in Nago, Okinawa, which is the southernmost Japanese prefecture (her father is Japanese-Brazilian), on 28.05.1988. She was scouted while in junior high school and began modelling for JJ Magazine, which is a traditional...

20. Moon Lee

Actress | Tian shi xing dong

Moon Lee was born on February 14, 1965 in Hong Kong as Lee Choi Fong. She is known for her work on Fighting Madam (1987), Mission of Justice (1992) and Fatal Termination (1990).

21. Ko Shibasaki

Actress | Batoru rowaiaru

Ko Shibasaki was born on August 5, 1981 in Tokyo. Her real name is Yukie Yamamura (Ko Shibasaki is a main character of her favorite manga). She started her career at 14 when her talent was discovered by a star agent. She has worked in many TV shows and commercials, starting to become more famous ...

22. Yumiko Shaku

Actress | Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S.

Shaku Yumiko was born in Tokyo. She was chosen Miss Campus for a Japanese magazine while still in college. She began her career as a fashion and gravure model and became known in cinema through her role in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. She had won a Aya Brea Look-Alike contest in 2000. Aya Brea ...

23. Mika Hijii

Actress | Ninja

Mika Hijii was born on October 13, 1983 in Iizuka, Fukuoka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Ninja (2009), Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) and Alien vs. Ninja (2010).

24. Celina Jade

Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists

Celina Horan, professionally known as Celina Jade, is a Chinese American actress, model, singer/songwriter and martial artist most known for her work as "Shado" in the CW series Arrow. Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary ...

25. Van Veronica Ngo

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

Van Veronica Ngo was born on February 26, 1979 in Tra Vinh, Vietnam. She is an actress and producer, known for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), The Tailor (2017) and Bright (2017).

26. Sung Hi Lee

Actress | The Girl Next Door

Sung Hi Lee was born on April 1, 1970 in Eunpyong-Gu (Gija-Chon), a borough of Seoul, South Korea. She moved to the United States in 1978 and spent a large part of her childhood moving around from city to city. Sung Lee was a studious child and teenager spending more time at the library than at ...

27. Anna Akana

Actress | Miss 2059

Anna Akana was born on August 18, 1989 in the USA as Anna Kay Akana. She is an actress and producer, known for Miss 2059 (2016), Ant-Man (2015) and 10 Second Traumas (2011).

28. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

29. Yôko Maki

Actress | The Grudge

At her young age, Yoko Maki is already a well-rounded actress. 2001 proved to be a busy year for the young actress, beginning with her film debut at the age of 19, in the film Drug, directed by Hiroshi Sugawara. This was quickly followed by Pelican Road. More attention was then garnered with her ...

30. Wei Tang

Actress | Se, jie

Wei Tang was born on October 7, 1979 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. She is an actress, known for Lust, Caution (2007), Blackhat (2015) and The Golden Era (2014). She has been married to Tae-yong Kim since July 12, 2014.

31. Doona Bae

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take Care of My ...

32. Aoi Miyazaki

Actress | Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Miyazaki Aoi is a former child actor whose professional career started at age four in advertisements, commercials and as an extra. She was born in Tokyo in 1985. Her serial and feature film debuts came in 1999 when she was fourteen. In that year she starred in her film debut Ano Natsu No Hi and ...

33. Katie Cockrell

Actress | Star Trek Into Darkness

Katie Cockrell is an American actress, dancer, and performer. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and started dancing at the age of 5. She's of mixed ethnic background, her mother is Chinese and her father is English and Irish. Katie has an identical twin sister, Kellie, who is also an actress. ...

34. Kellie Cockrell

Actress | Jack and Jill

Kellie Cockrell was born on June 26, 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. She is known for her work on Jack and Jill (2011), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and The Hungover Games (2014).

35. Faye Kingslee

Actress | In Time

Faye Kingslee was born in Western Australia, but migrated over to Borneo when she was one. Her father is Chinese and mother is Irish. She has lived in Perth, Melbourne, Kuching, Miri, Singapore, New York and lives in Los Angeles. She attended acting classes at the NYU Tisch Asia campus in Singapore...

36. Pisay Pao

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Pisay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her parents escaped the civil war in Cambodia and she moved to Seattle, Washington at the age of two. Pisay loved the arts and began painting, drawing, dancing, and performing at a young age. When she reached her teen years her parents pushed her to ...

37. Lexa Doig

Actress | Andromeda

Toronto native Alexandra Doig was born on June 8th, 1973, to Filipina mother Gloria and Irish-Scottish father David. Her parents held season tickets to their local theater, and Lexa was inspired to begin acting after seeing a production of "Porgy and Bess" at the age of nine. She dropped out of ...

38. Kelly Lin

Actress | Duo ming xin tiao

Kelly Lin was born on October 29, 1975 in Taiwan as Hsi Lei Lin. She is an actress and director, known for The Devil Inside Me (2011), Zu Warriors (2001) and After This Our Exile (2006).

39. Nao Nagasawa

Actress | Kamen raidâ × Kamen raidâ Wizâdo & Fôze: Movie taisen arutimeitamu

Nao Nagasawa was born on January 5, 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and producer, known for Kamen Rider Movie War Ultimatum: Kamen Rider vs. Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze (2012), Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (2002) and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (2011).

40. Jessica Lu

Actress | Awkward.

Jessica Lu was born and raised in a northwest suburb of Chicago, Illinois, to artistic parents who grew up in more practical times. Her parents are from South Korea, with her father being Chinese and Japanese, and her mother being Chinese. They speak English, Mandarin and Korean at home. Despite ...

41. Arden Cho

Actress | Teen Wolf

Arden Cho was born on August 16, 1985 in Amarillo, Texas, USA as Arden Lim Cho. She is an actress and producer, known for Teen Wolf (2011), Chicago Med (2015) and The Honor List (2018).

42. 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).

43. Joanna Sotomura

Actress | The Good Place

Joanna Sotomura was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She is known for her work on The Good Place (2016), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010).

44. Ye-Eun Shin

Actress | Saikometeuri Geunyeoseok

Ye-Eun Shin is an actress, known for He Is Psychometric (2019).

45. Se-Yeon Jin

Actress | Dakteo Yibangin

Se-Yeon Jin is an actress, known for Doctor Stranger (2014), The Language of Love (2014) and Enemies In-Law (2015).

46. Yoo-Ri Kim

Actress | Dong-chang-saeng

Yoo-Ri Kim is an actress, known for Commitment (2013), The Full Sun (2014) and Master's Sun (2013).

47. Han Yeri

Actress | Worst Woman

Han Yeri is known for her work on Worst Woman (2016), As One (2012) and Sea Fog (2014).

48. Yoon-Jung Ko

Actress | Saikometeuri Geunyeoseok

Yoon-Jung Ko is an actress, known for He Is Psychometric (2019).

49. Jin-Ah Im

Actress | Gut waipeu

Jin-Ah Im was born on September 14, 1991 in Cheongju, South Korea. She is an actress, known for The Good Wife (2016), The Swindlers (2017) and Kill It (2019).



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