Gemma Chan Biography

Gemma Chan
Gemma Chan
  • Born Nov. 29, 1982

Gemma Chan (born 29 November 1982) is a British film, television, and theatre actress and former fashion model. Born in London and brought up in Kent, Chan attended the Newstead Wood School for Girls and studied law at the University of Oxford. She gained a position in a law firm following graduation, but chose to pursue a career in acting instead, studying acting at the Drama Centre London. In 2006, she was a competitor on the first series of the reality television series Project Catwalk, and made her acting debut in the independent horror serial When Evil Calls. Her film debut was in the psychological thriller Exam (2009), followed by her portrayal of Mia Bennett in BBC\'s Doctor Who autumn special "The Waters of Mars", a guest appearance as Soo Lin in Sherlock (2010), and supporting roles as Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2011), and Ruth in Channel 4\'s Fresh Meat (2011).\n', '

Chan continued to garner recognition for her roles in high-profile films including Paramount Pictures\' action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), the fantasy film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). She also starred in the leading role of Anita/Mia on the AMC/Channel 4 science-fiction drama Humans (2015-2018). In 2018, Chan received widespread recognition for portraying Astrid Leong-Teo in Jon M. Chu\'s romantic-comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Her upcoming roles include Bess of Hardwick in the historical period drama Mary Queen of Scots (2018), and Minn-Erva in the Marvel Studios superhero film Captain Marvel (2019).\n', '

Chan was born at Guy\'s Hospital in London, England. Her father grew up in Hong Kong and was an engineer. Her mother, a pharmacist at Guy\'s Hospital, emigrated from China via Hong Kong with her parents (Chan\'s maternal grandparents) and younger sister, growing up in Greenock, Scotland. Chan was raised near Sevenoaks, a town in west Kent, in South East England and attended Newstead Wood School for Girls in Orpington in the London borough of Bromley. She later went on to study law at Worcester College, Oxford.\n', '


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