asian 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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20 10
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
20 11
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

3
12 7
Lana Condor is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
11 6
Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
10 6
Freida Pinto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 31
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

6
9 5
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 30
  • 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

7
8 4
Janel Parrish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 27
  • 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

8
6 2
Auli'i Cravalho is listed (or ranked) 8 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.

9
12 9
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
9 6
Henry Golding is listed (or ranked) 10 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.

11
9 6
Angelababy is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
9 6
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 39
  • The Office
  • The Mindy Project
  • Ocean's 8
Mindy Kaling is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer.

13
8 5
Ki Hong Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

14
8 5
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
8 5
Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 30
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

16
6 3
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
5 2
Charles Melton is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
10 8
Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
9 7
Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
5 3
Daniel Henney is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
4 2
Smith Cho is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

22
4 2
Kelsey Chow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 24
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

23
3 1
Shay Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 28
  • 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

24
7 6
Manny Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
7 6
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
age 32
  • 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