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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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1
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 1 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
2
Lana Condor is listed (or ranked) 2 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 (born May 11, 1997) is a Vietnamese-born American actress and dancer. She made her debut as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee in the 2016 superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse. Lana Condor ...more
3
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • 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
5
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
  • 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
6
Charles Melton is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 7 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
8
Henry Golding is listed (or ranked) 8 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.
9
Shay Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 31
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • You
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
Shay Mitchell (born Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell; 10 April 1987) is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur and author. She rose to prominence starring as Emily Fields in the Freeform series ...more
10
Freida Pinto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 34
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
11
Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 28
  • 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
12
Manny Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 35
  • 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
14
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 33
  • 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
15
Auli'i Cravalho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 17
  • Moana
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rise
Auliʻi Cravalho (born November 22, 2000) is an American actress and singer. She made her acting debut voicing the title character in the 2016 film Moana.
16
Kelsey Chow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
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
17
Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 36
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
18
Janel Parrish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 30
  • 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
19
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 39
  • The Office
  • The Mindy Project
  • Ocean's 8
Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. From 2005 to 2013, she played Kelly Kapoor in the NBC ...more
20
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 24
  • 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
21
Hudson Yang is listed (or ranked) 21 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 (born October 24, 2003) 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 ...more
22
Ross Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Ross Butler age 28
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Riverdale
23
Kimiko Glenn is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
24
Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 34
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
25
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 30
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