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The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40

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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  • Priyanka Chopra
    1
    • Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
    • Characters: Kiara, Mrs. Rathod, Shaheen Zakaria, Alisha, Sonia
    • Quantico
    • Baywatch
  • Constance Wu
    2
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, 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
  • Awkwafina
    3
    Age: 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
    • Credits: Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8
    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • Ocean's 8
    • Dude
  • Auli'i Cravalho
    4
      • Moana
      • Ralph Breaks the Internet
      • Rise
    • Gemma Chan
      5
      Age: 39
      • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
      • Credits: Sherlock, Humans,
      • Characters: Kim-Lin, Chinese Girl
      • Sherlock
      • Humans
      • Captain Marvel
    • Manny Jacinto
      6

      Manny Jacinto

      Age: age 31
        • The Good Place
        • Bad Times at the El Royale
        • Top Gun: Maverick
      • Harry Shum, Jr.
        7
        • Birthplace: Limón, Costa Rica
        • Credits: Glee, Stomp the Yard
        • Characters: Mike Chang
        • Glee
        • Stomp the Yard
        • Crazy Rich Asians
      • Shay Mitchell
        8
        • Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
        • Characters: Emily Fields
        • Pretty Little Liars
        • You
        • The Possession of Hannah Grace
      • Henry Golding
        9
        Age: age 31
        • Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia
        • Credits: Crazy Rich Asians, The Travel Show
        • Crazy Rich Asians
        • The Travel Show
        • A Simple Favor
      • Dev Patel
        10
        Age: 32
        • Birthplace: Harrow, London, London, United Kingdom
        • Credits: Slumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
        • Characters: Anwar Kharral, Neelamani Sampat, Hotel Waiter
        • Lion
        • Slumdog Millionaire
        • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
      • Brenda Song
        11
        • Birthplace: Carmichael, California, USA
        • 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
      • Maggie Q
        12
        Age: 43
        • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
        • Credits: Divergent, Mission Impossible: III, Designated Survivor
        • Characters: Nikita
        • Divergent
        • Mission Impossible: III
        • Designated Survivor
      • Kelsey Chow
        13
        • Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
        • Characters: Brit, Matisse Burrows, Hot Girl, Girlfriend Past, Emily Baltimore
      • Jamie Chung
        14
        • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
        • Credits: The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch, The Real World: San Diego
        • Characters: Heaven Kogo, Cordy Han
        • Gotham
        • Once Upon A Time
        • The Gifted
      • Lana Condor
        15
        Age: age 21
        • Credits: Alita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse
        • Alita: Battle Angel
        • X-Men: Apocalypse
        • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
      • Claudia Kim
        16
        • Birthplace: Seoul, 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
      • Freida Pinto
        17
        • Birthplace: Mumbai, India
        • Characters: Trishna, Phaedra, Miral, Dia, Caroline
        • Immortals
        • Love Sonia
        • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
      • Simu Liu
        18
      • xiao zhan
        19

        xiao zhan

        Age: Age 28
        • Birthplace: Chongqing, China
        • Credits: The Untamed, Oh! My Emperor, Joy of Life, The Wolf, The Oath of Love
        • Characters: Wei Wuxian, Beitan Moran, Yan Bing Yun, Ji Chong, Dr.Gu Wei
      • Mindy Kaling
        20
        • Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
        • Credits: The Office, The Mindy Project, Oceans 8
        • Characters: Mindy Lahiri, Kelly Kapoor
        • The Office
        • The Mindy Project
        • Ocean's 8
      • Vanessa Hudgens
        21
        • Birthplace: Salinas, California, USA
        • Characters: Erin Esurance, Carmen, Tiffany, Butterbear, Lara Lor-Van
        • High School Musical film series
        • Powerless
        • Spring Breakers
      • Jimmy O. Yang
        22
        Age: age 31
        • Birthplace: British Hong Kong, China
        • Credits: Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Crazy Rich Asians
        • Always Sunny in Philadelphia
        • Crazy Rich Asians
        • Silicon Valley
      • 23

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      • Angelababy
        24
        Age: 33
        • Birthplace: Shanghai, China
        • Characters: Song Shiqiao, Ning Feng, Chen Yunia
        • Independence Day: Resurgence
        • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
      • Aziz Ansari
        25
        • Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina
        • Credits: Parks and Recreation, Master of None
        • Characters: Racist Fruit Vendor
        • Parks and Recreation
        • Master of None