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 | Humans

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

2. Jessica Henwick

Actress | Game of Thrones

Jessica Henwick is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Nymeria Sand in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), and Colleen Wing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her debut in the Netflix television series Iron Fist.

Her film debut was St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's ...

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 | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Alice Hewkin is an actress, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), The Mummy (2017) and Game of Thrones (2011).

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 | Ready Player One

Kae Alexander is an actress, known for Ready Player One (2018), Game of Thrones (2011) and The Bad Education Movie (2015).

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 Night Lives (2011).

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), Shanghai (2010) and Diamond Geezer (2005).

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 (Stan Lee's Lucky Man (2016), Scott & Bailey (2011)...

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), Simana (2016) and New Blood (2016).

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 | One Child

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 ...

33. Tom Wu

Actor | Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes

Tom Wu is known for his work on Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes (2015), Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and Ra.One (2011).

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 | Top Boy

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 | The Forest

Meg is a Japanese actress born in Seattle, raised in Japan and South Africa, and now living in the UK.

Her Film & TV Credit include Iris (Fox Iris Prduction), Fog Bound (Intermedia Films), The Day of the Kamikaze (Channel 4), The Girl in a Bubble (title role -Actual Film), All That Remains (Major ...

39. Andrew Leung

Actor | Lilting

Andrew Leung is an actor, known for Lilting (2014), Containment (2015) and Flack (2019).

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

Actress | Jealousy

Emily Ng is an actress and director, known for Jealousy (2020), 355 (2021) and The Host (2020).

48. Jonathan Raggett

Actor | Trafficker

Jonathan Raggett is an actor, known for Trafficker (2015), The Lady (2011) 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 (2020), Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and Missing (2012).

50. Suni La

Actress | Panic

Suni La is an actress, known for Panic (2014), Between You and Me 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 | 24: Live Another Day

Tuyen Do is an actress and director, known for 24: Live Another Day (2014), Different for Girls (2017) and Healthy (2012).

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 Jellyfish (2015).

55. Julie Cheung-Inhin

Actress | Acquainted

Julie Cheung-Inhin is an actress, known for Acquainted (2013), Solito (2013) and All That Remains (2016).

56. Siu-see Hung

Actress | Unexpected Reunion

Siu-see Hung is an actress, known for Unexpected Reunion, Adult Content and Indie Film (2017).

57. Anna Leong Brophy

Actress | The Conversations

Anna Leong Brophy is an actress, known for The Conversations (2016), The Diana Clone (2017) and NightWatch Man (2019).

58. Windson Liong

Actor | Philophobia

Windson Liong is an actor, known for Philophobia (2019), Incredible Tales (2004) and Thomas & Friends: Meet the Characters! (2018).

59. Kevin Shen

Actor | Unlocked

Kevin Shen is an actor, known for Unlocked (2017), Close (2019) and The Rezort (2015).

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 Random 11 (2015).

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), Jayson Bend: Queen and Country (2013) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016).

69. Orion Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi

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 Louise Duan is a British-Born Chinese Actress. Born in Chester, she moved to Essex, where she spent her high school years. After graduating, she moved to London to study at the International School of Corporeal Mime before moving to France to study at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier. After ...

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 (2020), 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), Panic (2014) and 10 Minutes For A Pound (2019).

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 is a British based actor. Zak was born in Hammersmith London when his father was hired as a director to the BBC to work on the current affairs program Panorama. His father was a political analyst and journalist in Malaysia before being commissioned by the BBC. After his fathers ...

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

Doctor Strange

Jon Xue Zhang is known for his work on Doctor Strange (2016), The BRIT Awards 2016 (2016) and Take Me Out (2010).

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 (2020) 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).

89. Siu-see Hung

Actress | Unexpected Reunion

Siu-see Hung is an actress, known for Unexpected Reunion, Adult Content and Indie Film (2017).

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 | Jade Dragon

Stephen Hoo is an actor, known for Jade Dragon (2017), KickOff (2011) and Fit (2010).

92. Andrew Koji

Stunts | Furious 6

Andrew Koji is a British Actor of mixed Japanese, English heritage. He grew up in Epsom, Surrey He is known for his TV roles in 'The Wrong Mans', 'Call the Midwife', 'The Innocents' and the upcoming action crime series by HBO/Cinemax 'Warrior' written by Banshee creator Jonathan Tropper He also ...

93. Mark Ota

Actor | Mad Lord

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

94. Chloe Ewart

Actress | An Klondike

Chloe Ewart is an actress and writer, known for An Klondike (2015), Coronation Street (1960) and The Hapless Love Life of Jesus Grey (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 | Three Lotus Flowers

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 Dhaw Yammanee

Actress | The Sleepover Club

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

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