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The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40

Updated July 13, 2020 3.7k votes 571 voters 5.0k views54 items

List RulesVote 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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    62

    BirthplaceJamshedpur, India

    NationalityIndia

    CharactersKiara, Mrs. Rathod, Shaheen Zakaria, Alisha, Sonia

    • Quantico
    • Baywatch
  • 2
    273
    145

    Auli'i Cravalho

    Age: age 17
    • Moana
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet
    • Rise
  • 3
    75
    36

    BirthplacePuerto Limón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica, United States of America

    CreditsGlee, Stomp the Yard

    CharactersMike Chang

  • 4
    64
    34

    Dev Patel

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceEngland, London, Harrow, London

    NationalityIndia, United Kingdom

    CreditsSlumdog Millionaire, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    CharactersAnwar Kharral, Neelamani Sampat, Hotel Waiter

    • Lion
    • Slumdog Millionaire
    • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • 5
    89
    61

    Constance Wu

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsFresh Off the Boat, Crazy Rich Asians

    CharactersMichelle, Kimi Hu, Christine, Jenn

    • Fresh Off The Boat
    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • The Feels
  • 6
    64
    41

    Awkwafina

    Age: age 29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    CreditsCrazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8

    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • Ocean's 8
    • Dude
  • 7
    65
    43

    Gemma Chan

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    CreditsSherlock, Humans,

    CharactersKim-Lin, Chinese Girl

    • Sherlock
    • Humans
    • Captain Marvel
  • 8
    78
    60

    Brenda Song

    Age: age 27

    BirthplaceCarmichael, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsThe Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Social Network

    CharactersSariffa Chung, Cheerleader Tracey, London Tipton, Tia, Jenny

    • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
    • The Social Network
  • 9
    59
    40

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityIndia

    CharactersTrishna, Phaedra, Miral, Dia, Caroline

    • Immortals
    • Love Sonia
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • 10
    71
    54

    Lana Condor

    Age: age 21

    CreditsAlita: Battle Angel, X-Men: Apocalypse

    • Alita: Battle Angel
    • X-Men: Apocalypse
    • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
  • 11
    52
    36

    BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    CharactersEmily Fields

    • Pretty Little Liars
    • You
    • The Possession of Hannah Grace
  • 12
    40
    25

    Kelsey Chow

    Age: 29

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersBrit, Matisse Burrows, Hot Girl, Girlfriend Past, Emily Baltimore

    • Yellowstone
    • Wind River
    • Pair of Kings
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    46
    34

    Henry Golding

    Age: age 31

    BirthplaceSarawak, Malaysia

    CreditsCrazy Rich Asians, The Travel Show

    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • The Travel Show
    • A Simple Favor
  • 14
    36
    23

    Maggie Q

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsDivergent, Mission Impossible: III, Designated Survivor

    CharactersNikita

    • Divergent
    • Mission Impossible: III
    • Designated Survivor
  • 15
    43
    37

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

    CharactersHeaven Kogo, Cordy Han

    • Gotham
    • Once Upon A Time
    • The Gifted
  • 16
    36
    30

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

    CreditsMarvel Cinematic Universe

    CharactersHwang Joo-won, Sophie, Kim Soo-hyun

    • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • The Dark Tower
    • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • 17
    38
    33

    Manny Jacinto

    Age: age 31
    • The Good Place
    • Bad Times at the El Royale
    • Top Gun: Maverick
  • 18
    39
    35

    Arden Cho

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceAmarillo, Texas, United States of America

    CreditsTeen Wolf

    CharactersGia

    • Teen Wolf
    • The Honor List
  • 19
    41
    38

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsThe Office, The Mindy Project, Oceans 8

    CharactersMindy Lahiri, Kelly Kapoor

    • The Office
    • The Mindy Project
    • Ocean's 8
  • 20
    39
    37

    BirthplaceSalinas, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersErin Esurance, Carmen, Tiffany, Butterbear, Lara Lor-Van

  • 21
    32
    29

    Angelababy

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    NationalityChina

    CharactersSong Shiqiao, Ning Feng, Chen Yunia

    • Independence Day: Resurgence
    • Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
  • 22
    34
    31

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsParks and Recreation, Master of None

    CharactersRacist Fruit Vendor

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Master of None
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    36
    36

    Charles Melton

    Age: age 27
    • American Horror Story: Hotel
    • Riverdale
    • The sun Is Also A Star
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    26
    23

    Chris Pang

    Age: age 33

    CharactersLevi

    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • Marco Polo
    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersStevie Nichols

    • XOXO
    • Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster
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