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The Best Asian Actors & Actresses Under 40

Updated July 13, 2020 3.5k votes 538 voters 4.3k 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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  • Priyanka Chopra1
    241
    54

    BirthplaceJamshedpur, India

    NationalityIndia

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

    • Quantico
    • Baywatch
  • Auli'i Cravalho2
    273
    147

    Auli'i Cravalho

    Age: age 17
    • Moana
    • Ralph Breaks the Internet
    • Rise
  • Constance Wu3
    88
    60

    Constance Wu

    Age: 27

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, USA

    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
  • Dev Patel4
    57
    30

    Dev Patel

    Age: 25

    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
  • Freida Pinto5
    59
    35

    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    NationalityIndia

    CharactersTrishna, Phaedra, Miral, Dia, Caroline

    • Immortals
    • Love Sonia
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Brenda Song6
    78
    55

    Brenda Song

    Age: age 27

    BirthplaceCarmichael, California, United States of America

    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
  • Awkwafina7
    59
    35

    Awkwafina

    Age: age 29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    CreditsCrazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8

    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • Ocean's 8
    • Dude
  • Lana Condor8
    71
    52

    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
  • Harry Shum, Jr.9
    54
    35

    BirthplacePuerto Limón, Costa Rica

    NationalityCosta Rica, United States of America

    CreditsGlee, Stomp the Yard

    CharactersMike Chang

  • Gemma Chan10
    62
    45

    Gemma Chan

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    CreditsSherlock, Humans,

    CharactersKim-Lin, Chinese Girl

    • Sherlock
    • Humans
    • Captain Marvel
  • Shay Mitchell11
    51
    33

    BirthplaceMississauga, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    CharactersEmily Fields

    • Pretty Little Liars
    • You
    • The Possession of Hannah Grace
  • Kelsey Chow12
    37
    23

    Kelsey Chow

    Age: 24

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

    • Yellowstone
    • Wind River
    • Pair of Kings
  • Maggie Q13
    32
    22

    Maggie Q

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsDivergent, Mission Impossible: III, Designated Survivor

    CharactersNikita

    • Divergent
    • Mission Impossible: III
    • Designated Survivor
  • Jamie Chung14
    41
    33

    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
  • Henry Golding15
    42
    35

    Henry Golding

    Age: age 31

    CreditsCrazy Rich Asians, The Travel Show

    • Crazy Rich Asians
    • The Travel Show
    • A Simple Favor
  • Arden Cho16
    38
    32

    Arden Cho

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceAmarillo, Texas, USA

    CreditsTeen Wolf

    CharactersGia

    • Teen Wolf
    • The Honor List
  • Manny Jacinto17
    34
    29

    Manny Jacinto

    Age: age 31
    • The Good Place
    • Bad Times at the El Royale
    • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Claudia Kim18
    34
    29

    BirthplaceSouth 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
  • Vanessa Hudgens19
    36
    32

    BirthplaceSalinas, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

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

  • Mindy Kaling20
    38
    36

    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsThe Office, The Mindy Project, Oceans 8

    CharactersMindy Lahiri, Kelly Kapoor

    • The Office
    • The Mindy Project
    • Ocean's 8
  • Charles Melton21
    36
    34

    Charles Melton

    Age: age 27

    BirthplaceJuneau, Alaska

    • American Horror Story: Hotel
    • Riverdale
    • The sun Is Also A Star
  • Hayley Kiyoko22
    27
    23

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersStevie Nichols

    • XOXO
    • Scooby Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster
  • Brittany Ishibashi23

    BirthplaceOrange, California, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CharactersStiletto, Rachel's Friend, Ruby, Jill

    • Marvel's Runaways
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Aziz Ansari24
    30
    30

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    CreditsParks and Recreation, Master of None

    CharactersRacist Fruit Vendor

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Master of None
  • Angelababy25
    29
    32

    Angelababy

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    NationalityChina

    CharactersSong Shiqiao, Ning Feng, Chen Yunia

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