GEMMA CHAN (Minn-Erva), one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch
2018, was recently seen starring
in the box-office hit "Crazy Rich Asians." After graduating with a law degree
University, Chan was offered a job with a leading law firm but turned it down to
train at the
prestigious Drama Centre London.
Chan has shown her range in television dramas such as the BAFTA best drama
"Sherlock," alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and with standout
comedies including Showtime/ITV's "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and Channel 4's
"Fresh Meat." Chan has appeared in some of Britain's best-loved television,
Who: The Waters of Mars," with David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan, and BAFTA and
Emmy Award-winning sitcom "The IT Crowd." She also starred in BBC One's "True
Love," a five-part drama from director Dominic Savage; "Shetland," written by
award-winning crime writer Ann
Cleeves; the second series of Sky Living's supernatural drama "Bedlam"; and as
one of the leads in
the Channel 4 drama "Dates," named in The Guardian's Best TV of 2013.
In 2015, Chan appeared in the BBC's six-part drama "The Game," with Tom
Hughes and Brian Cox,
which premiered on BBC America. She was also featured in the comedy series
Comedy Central. 2015 also saw Chan take the lead role as Anita, an
anthropomorphic robot, in the
eight-part science-fiction drama "Humans," Channel 4's most successful drama in
20 years. Chan's
role as Anita saw her nominated in the best actress category in the NME Awards
2016. The second
series of "Humans" aired in late 2016, and Chan reprised her lead role in the
third series, which
began in May 2018. In July of 2016, Chan provided the voice for Dewdrop in the
television series "Watership Down" for BBC One. Additionally, she voiced the
role of Snow White
in the animated Christmas special "Revolting Rhymes," which aired on BBC One in
Chan's film credits include the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated
"Submarine" and "The
Double," nominated for best film at the London Film Festival, both directed by
She also appeared in the BAFTA-nominated psychological thriller "Exam,"
nominated for best
feature at the Raindance Film Festival 2009, directed by Stuart Hazeldine, and
"Shanghai," a World
War II drama directed by Mikael Hafstrom. In 2014, Chan made her Hollywood film
Paramount's spy thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," directed by Kenneth
Branagh. In 2015, she
was cast in the French film "Belles Familles," written and directed by Jean-Paul
in 2015, Chan filmed David Yates' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,"
written by J.K.
Rowling. Last year, she completed filming the action thriller "Stratton,"
directed by Simon West,
and starred in "London Fields," directed by Mathew Cullen.
Most recently she can be seen as Bess of Hardwick in "Mary Queen of Scots,"
directed by Josie
Rourke. The film released in the U.S. last December. Next she will be seen in "Intrigo:
the second feature of director Daniel Alfredson's trilogy based on the thriller
novels by Swedish
writer Hakan Nesser.
An accomplished stage actress, Chan made her debut in the British premiere of
"Turandot" at the Hampstead Theatre. In November 2013, she was chosen by Tony
Olivier Award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker to star as Athena in the
premiere of "Our Ajax" at the Southwark Playhouse. Chan performed in the
sell-out run of the
critically acclaimed "Yellow Face," by Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize
finalist David Henry
Hwang, at the Park Theatre and, in May 2014, appeared in the National Theatre's
"Yellow Face." In 2015, Chan starred in the West End revival of Harold Pinter's
Homecoming," at The Trafalgar Studios.
Her work on "Humans" led to her making the one-off documentary "How to Build
which followed the creation of "Chanbot," built by a leading team of AI experts,
special effects companies.
Chan is classically trained on the violin and piano and is a passionate
supporter of human rights,
working with charities including UNICEF.