Asian Actresses To Watch For

by johnwao | created - 13 Jun 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Yi dai zong shi

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...

2. Chloe Bennet

Actress | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Chloe Bennet is an American actress and singer. She is best know for the ABC Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

Bennet was born Chloe Wang in Chicago, Illinois. Her father is Han Chinese and her mother is Caucasian American.

At 15, she moved to China to pursue a singing career under her birth name, Chloe...

3. 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) ("...

4. Wei Zhao

Actress | Hua Mulan

Wei Zhao was born in Wuhu, Anhui province. She is the second child of her family. Because she is the only girl, Zhao's father named her Wei, literally "Rose". Her father was a senior engineer, her mother was a music teacher.

After filming A Soul Haunted By Painting (1994) as a figurant, Wei Zhao was...

5. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

6. 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).

7. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

8. 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 ...

9. Koyuki

Actress | The Last Samurai

Gaining her first exposure to Western audiences in Edward Zwick's 2003 film The Last Samurai (2003), Koyuki was well-known in Japan for years before that. She first caught the attention of the public in 1997 by winning an exclusive modelling contract with the magazine Non-no, but quickly grew ...

10. Zhu Zhu

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Zhu Zhu is a bilingual actress and TV host who got her start as a host for MTV China. Besides hosting an English-learning program, she also released a solo album in 2009. Zhu's big screen debut was in the Chinese remake of What Women Want (2011), which hit Chinese theaters on February 3rd, 2010 and...

11. Olivia Cheng

Actress | Warrior

Olivia Cheng was born in Edmonton, Alberta. The dynamic actress was born to Cantonese-speaking immigrant parents, who were part of a co-founding group of parents that created the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association's Mandarin program within the city's public school system. She credits ...

12. Claudia Kim

Actress | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Claudia Kim was born on January 25, 1985 in South Korea as Kim Soo-hyun. She is an actress, known for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), The Dark Tower (2017) and Equals (2015).

13. Karishma Ahluwalia

Actress | Savages

Karishma Ahluwalia is known for her work on Savages (2012), Chimera Strain (2018) and Station 19 (2018).

14. Constance Wu

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother is a computer programmer and her father is a college professor. Both are Taiwanese immigrants. Constance grew up in Richmond performing in the local community theatre scene. At sixteen, she moved to New York to study at the famed ...

15. Priyanka Chopra

Actress | Baywatch

Priyanka Chopra Jonas (née Chopra) was born on July 18, 1982 in Jamshedpur, India, to the family of Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both Indian Army physicians. She had a very varied upbringing. She started her education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student; ...

16. Amrita Acharia

Actress | Game of Thrones

Amrita Acharia is of Nepalese-Ukrainian heritage. She grew up in Ukraine, Kathmandu and England before moving with her family to Norway aged 13. After completing high school in Tromsø, Amrita moved to England to pursue her acting career. Since then she has worked in Norway, London and the US. She ...

17. Tala Ashe

Actress | Legends of Tomorrow

Tala Ashe stars as Zari Adrianna Tomaz in The CW series "DC's Legends of Tomorrow." Ashe is an Iranian-American actress who speaks fluent Farsi and received a BFA in Acting from Boston University, with training from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and UCB theater. She was recently ...

18. Shiva Kalaiselvan

Actress | Tuesday Nights

Shiva Kalaiselvan is an actress and writer, known for Tuesday Nights (2018), Gotham (2014) and The Originals (2013).

19. Yayaying Rhatha Phongam

Actress | Only God Forgives

Born Rhatha Phongam, Thai actress and pop star Yayaying (Ying for short) is the daughter of famed comedic actor Noi Phongam. Yayaying has recorded with some of Thailand's top talents, and released her debut album when she was only 16. She is also an excellent dancer, and has studied ballet since ...

20. Olivia Cheng

Actress | Warrior

Olivia Cheng was born in Edmonton, Alberta. The dynamic actress was born to Cantonese-speaking immigrant parents, who were part of a co-founding group of parents that created the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association's Mandarin program within the city's public school system. She credits ...

21. Ayden Mayeri

Actress | New Girl

Ayden Mayeri is an actress and writer, known for New Girl (2011), Homecoming (2018) and Marriage Story (2019).

22. Lauren Tsai

Actress | Legion

Lauren Tsai is an actress, known for Legion (2017), Moxie and Terrace House: Aloha State (2016).

23. Shiva Kalaiselvan

Actress | Tuesday Nights

Shiva Kalaiselvan is an actress and writer, known for Tuesday Nights (2018), Gotham (2014) and The Originals (2013).

24. Simone Ashley

Actress | Sex Education

Simone Ashley is an actress, known for Sex Education (2019), Broadchurch (2013) and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

25. Rakhee Thakrar

Actress | Sex Education

Rakhee Thakrar was born on February 29, 1984 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Rakhee Mansukh Thakrar. She is an actress, known for Sex Education (2019), Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019) and Page Eight (2011). She has been married to Vikash Bhai since September 2, 2017.



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