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The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40 

Ranker Film
Updated July 13, 2020 2.6k votes 519 voters 3.5k views 54 items

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
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 36

Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India

Nationality: India

Characters: Kiara, Mrs. Rathod, Shaheen Zakaria, Alisha, Sonia, + more

  • Quantico
  • Baywatch
2
Auli'i Cravalho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 17
  • Moana
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rise
3
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Constance Wu Age: 27

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: Fresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asians

Characters: Michelle, Kimi Hu, Christine, Jenn

  • Fresh Off The Boat
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Feels
4
Brenda Song is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 27

Birthplace: Carmichael, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Social Network

Characters: Sariffa Chung, Cheerleader Tracey, London Tipton, Tia, Jenny

  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
  • The Social Network
5
Freida Pinto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 34

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Nationality: India

Characters: Trishna, Phaedra, Miral, Dia, Caroline, + more

  • Immortals
  • Love Sonia
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
6
Lana Condor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 21

Credits: Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse

  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
7
Awkwafina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 29

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Credits: Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Ocean's 8
  • Dude
8
Dev Patel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 28

Birthplace: Harrow, London, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England, India

Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Characters: Anwar Kharral, Neelamani Sampat, Hotel Waiter

  • Lion
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
9
Gemma Chan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 33

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Credits: Sherlock, Humans

Characters: Kim-Lin, Chinese Girl

  • Sherlock
  • Humans
  • Captain Marvel
10
Shay Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 31

Birthplace: Mississauga, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Characters: Emily Fields

  • Pretty Little Liars
  • You
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
11
Harry Shum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 36

Birthplace: Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

Nationality: Costa Rica, United States of America

Credits: Glee, Stomp the Yard

Characters: Mike Chang

12
Kelsey Chow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Kelsey Chow Age: 27

Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Columbia

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Brit, Matisse Burrows, Hot Girl, Girlfriend Past, Emily Baltimore

  • Yellowstone
  • Wind River
  • Pair of Kings
13
Henry Golding is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 31

Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia

Credits: Crazy Rich Asians, The Travel Show

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Travel Show
  • A Simple Favor
14
Maggie Q is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 36

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: Divergent, Mission Impossible: III, Designated Survivor

Characters: Nikita

  • Divergent
  • Mission Impossible: III
  • Designated Survivor
15
Aziz Ansari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 32

Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: Parks and Recreation, Master of None

Characters: Racist Fruit Vendor

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Master of None
16
Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 32

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch, The Real World: San Diego

Characters: Heaven Kogo, Cordy Han

  • Gotham
  • Once Upon A Time
  • The Gifted
17
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 30

Birthplace: Salinas, USA, California

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Erin Esurance, Carmen, Tiffany, Butterbear, Lara Lor-Van

18
Mindy Kaling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 36

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Credits: The Office, The Mindy Project, Oceans 8

Characters: Mindy Lahiri, Kelly Kapoor

  • The Office
  • The Mindy Project
  • Ocean's 8
19
Claudia Kim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 30

Birthplace: South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

Credits: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Characters: Hwang Joo-won, Sophie, Kim Soo-hyun

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • The Dark Tower
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
20
Arden Cho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Arden Cho Age: 30

Credits: Teen Wolf

Characters: Gia

  • Teen Wolf
  • The Honor List
21
Manny Jacinto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Manny Jacinto Age: age 31
  • The Good Place
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Top Gun: Maverick
22
Charles Melton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: age 27

Birthplace: Juneau, Alaska

  • American Horror Story: Hotel
  • Riverdale
  • The sun Is Also A Star
23
Brittany Ishibashi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 35

Birthplace: Orange, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Stiletto, Rachel's Friend, Ruby, Jill

  • Marvel's Runaways
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
24
Hayley Kiyoko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 24

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Stevie Nichols

  • XOXO
  • Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster
25
Angelababy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40
Age: 29

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Nationality: China

Characters: Song Shiqiao, Ning Feng, Chen Yunia

  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon