Entertainment The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40  

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List Rules Vote up the young Asian actors who are already household names.

It can be difficult to build a notable career as a young celebrity, especially if you're an Asian actor or actress. We've put together a list of Asian actors and actresses under 40 who are making waves with audiences and winning acclaim for their work in television and film.

We aren't only listing the best East Asian actors like Claudia Kim and Charles Melton, but famous Asian actors and actresses from the United States and Britan, like Constance Wu and Henry Golding. We've also included Filipino actors like Manny Jacinto and Vanessa Hudgens and South Asian actresses and actors such as Priyanka Chopra. All of these young Asian actors are at different points in their careers, but all of them are owning their space in Hollywood and we can't wait to see where their future takes them!

Who's your pick for the best Asian actors under 40 in Hollywood right now? Check out the list of famous young Asian actors below and vote up the ones you think are nailing their roles and taking the industry by storm.

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6 1
Hailee Steinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 21 Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She made her breakthrough starring as Mattie Ross in True Grit (2010), for which she was nominated for numerous ...more

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11 6
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • Fresh Off The Boat
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Feels
Constance Tianming Wu (born March 22, 1982) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Kathy on the web series EastSiders (2012–present) and as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy ...more

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7 4
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 35
  • Quantico
  • Baywatch
Priyanka Chopra is an Indian film actress and singer, and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 2000. Through her film career, Chopra has become one of Bollywood's highest-paid actresses and ...more

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7 4
Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33 Harry Shum, Jr. is an American dancer, actor, choreographer and singer. He is best known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox television show Glee. He has appeared in dance films such as Stomp ...more

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7 4
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33
  • Sherlock
  • Humans
  • Captain Marvel
Gemma Chan is a British film, television and theatre actress and former fashion model. She played Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Ruth in ...more

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6 3
Lana Condor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 21
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress and dancer. She made her debut as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee in the 2016 superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Condor is set to star as Lara ...more

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6 3
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 32
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Honor List
Arden Cho is a Korean American actress, singer and model, best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She starred in the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. As a model she worked ...more

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5 2
Janel Parrish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
  • Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Janel Parrish is an American actress, dancer, singer and songwriter. She is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She is also known for the role of ...more

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5 2
Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29
  • Maze Runner series
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ki Hong Lee is a Korean-American actor. He is best known for playing the role of Minho in The Maze Runner and Dong Nguyen in the Netflix's series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

10
7 5
Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Ocean's 8
  • Dude
Nora Lum is an American rapper known by the stage name Awkwafina. She originates from the Forest Hills, Queens area located in New York City. She is self-noted for her extensive satire and ...more

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6 4
Manny Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Manny Jacinto age 31
  • The Good Place
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Top Gun: Maverick

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6 4
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 38
  • The Office
  • The Mindy Project
  • Ocean's 8
Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.

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6 4
Angelababy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 26
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
Angela Yeung, better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese model, actress, and singer, a quarter of German descent, based in Hong Kong. Her stage name came from the combination of her ...more

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6 4
Freida Pinto is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33 Freida Pinto (born October 18, 1984) is an Indian actress and professional model, best known for her performance as Latika in her debut film Slumdog Millionaire, an eight time Academy Award ...more

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5 3
Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33 Kim Soo-hyun, also known as Claudia Kim, is a South Korean actress. She made her entertainment debut when she won a modeling contest in 2005, and went on to appear in supporting roles in medical ...more

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5 3
Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 25
  • Lion
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Dev Patel is an English actor, best known for playing Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, for which he won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and a Screen Actors ...more

17
4 2
Daniel Henney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • X-Men Origins
  • Big Hero 6
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Daniel Phillip Henney is an American actor and model of Korean and Irish descent, known for starring in films such as Seducing Mr. Perfect, My Father, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Shanghai Calling, ...more

18
3 1
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 26
  • XOXO
  • Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster
Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft, known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress and singer. She is best known for playing Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins and Scooby-Doo! ...more

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3 1
Kelsey Chow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 26 Kelsey Asbill Chow is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Mikayla in the Disney XD sitcom Pair of Kings. From 2005 to 2009, she had a recurring role as Gigi Silveri on the ...more

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5 4
Jimmy O. Yang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 31
  • Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Silicon Valley
Jimmy O. Yang (born June 11, 1987) is a Hong Kong-American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. He is best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley.O. Yang made ...more

21
4 3
Jessika Van is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33
  • The Messengers
  • Rush Hour (TV Show)
  • Seoul Searching
Jessika Van is an Asian American actress, as well as singer-songwriter, pianist and dancer. Van is most known for playing "Becca," the ringleader of the Asians or the Asian mafia on ...more

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4 3
Hudson Yang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Hudson Yang age 15
  • Fresh Off The Boat
  • The Sisterhood of Night
Hudson David Yang is an American child actor. In 2014 he was cast as the lead in the ABC television series, Fresh Off the Boat. He is the son of writer and journalist Jeff Yang.

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4 3
Lewis Tan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 31
  • Iron Fist
  • Deadpool 2
  • Den of Thieves
Lewis Tan is an actor and a stunt performer.

24
4 3
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 35
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Master of None
Aziz Ishmael Ansari is an American actor and comedian. He starred as Tom Haverford on the NBC show Parks and Recreation. Ansari began his career performing standup comedy in New York City during ...more

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3 2
Charles Melton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Riverdale
  • The sun Is Also A Star
Charles Melton (born January 4, 1991) is an American actor and model. He portrays Reggie Mantle on The CW television series Riverdale. Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, but spent his childhood ...more

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3 2
Li Jun Li is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 34
  • Minority Report
  • The Exorcist
Li Jun Li is an actress.

27
3 2
Dichen Lachman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • Altered Carbon
  • The 100
  • Animal Kingdom
Dichen Lachman is a Nepalese-born actress and producer of German-Australian and Tibetan descent, best known for appearing in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and Joss Whedon's science ...more

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3 2
Smith Cho is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 32
  • Knight Rider
  • Blades of Glory
Smith Cho is an American actress of Korean descent. She has appeared in movies, on television and in commercials.

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3 2
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29 Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series. Hudgens has also appeared in various films and ...more

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2 1
Auli'i Cravalho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Auli'i Cravalho age 17
  • Moana
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rise
Auliʻi Cravalho is an American actress and singer. She made her acting debut as the title character in the 2016 film Moana.

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2 1
Shay Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 30
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • You
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
Shannon Ashley "Shay" Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.

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5 5
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • Divergent
  • Mission Impossible: III
  • Designated Survivor
Margaret Denise Quigley, professionally known as Maggie Q, is an American actress and model. She achieved international fame starring as the title role on The CW's action-thriller series Nikita ...more

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5 5
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • The Social Network
Brenda Song is an American actress, singer, film producer, and model. Song started in show business as a child fashion model. Her early television work included roles in the television shows ...more

34
4 4
Henry Golding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 31
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Travel Show
  • A Simple Favor
Henry Golding is a British–Malaysian actor, model and television host. He has been a presenter on BBC's The Travel Show since 2014.

35
4 4
Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Ladies Like Us
  • Sorry For Your Loss
Kelly Marie Tran (born January 17, 1989) is an American film actress. She has had a number of roles in short films and television episodes, and came to wider attention for her role as Rose Tico ...more

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4 4
Pom Klementieff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29 Pom Klementieff is an actress.

37
3 3
Justin Chon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 34
  • Twilight series
  • Seoul Searching
Justin Jitae Chon is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series.

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2 2
Chris Pang is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Chris Pang age 33
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Marco Polo
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Chris Pang is an actor.

39
2 2
Vincent Rodriguez III is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Vincent Rodriguez III age 36
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

40
2 2
Leonardo Nam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • Westworld
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Leonardo Nam is an Argentine Australian actor of Korean descent.

41
5 6
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 34
  • Gotham
  • Once Upon A Time
  • The Gifted
Jamie Jilynn Chung is an American actress and former reality television personality. She first gained fame in 2004 as a cast member on the MTV reality series, The Real World: San Diego and ...more

42
3 4
Kimiko Glenn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 29
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Nerve
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
Kimiko Glenn is an actress.

43
2 3
Nikki SooHoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • Stick It
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Chalk It Up
Nicole "Nikki" SooHoo is a Chinese American actress.

44
2 3
Nico Santos is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 35
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Superstore
Nico Santos is a Filipino-American actor known for portraying sales associate Mateo Liwanag in the NBC series Superstore.

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2 3
Aaron Yoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 38
  • Disturbia
  • The Tomorrow People
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
Aaron Yoo is an American actor. He's best known for starring in the movies Disturbia and 21, as well as playing Russell Kwon in the sci-fi show The Tomorrow People.

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2 3
Ally Maki is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 32
  • Wrecked
  • Step Up 3D
Ally Maki is a Japanese-American actress.

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1 2
Brandon Soo Hoo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 22
  • Ender's Game
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
  • Tropic Thunder
Brandon Soo Hoo is an American teen actor who had a role in the 2008 Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder and Incredible Crew created by Nick Cannon. Soo Hoo plays Scott in From Dusk Till Dawn: The ...more

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1 2
Ronny Chieng is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33
  • The Daily Show
  • Crazy Rich Asians
Ronny Xin Yi Chieng is a Malaysia-born comedian and actor. Chieng is currently a senior correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central and creator and star of the sitcom Ronny Chieng: ...more

49
1 2
Ross Butler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Ross Butler age 28
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Riverdale

50
1 2
Melissa O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • Dark Matter
  • The Rookie
  • Rogue
Melissa Crystal O'Neil is a Canadian singer and musical theatre actress who was the winner of the third season of Canadian Idol in 2005. She was the first Canadian female winner.