From Showtime and ITV2’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl to Doctor Who The Waters of Mars on the BBC, Fresh Meat on Channel 4, and several other TV series, we’ve seen Gemma Chan on our screens for nearly a decade. The British actress is not only a great film and television actress but also an amazing theater entertainer.
She also plays the lead role in a science fiction drama by AMC/Channel 4 “Humans”, which premiered in 2015, and played the role of Astrid Leong-Teo in Jon M. Chan’s 2018 film “Crazy Rich Asians”.
Gemma Chan Biography
Chan was born on 29 November 1982 at Guy’s Hospital in London. She grew up in Sevenoaks, West Kent, South East England, and attended the Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington, Bromley. When she grew up, Chan was such a great swimmer that she swam nationally as a teenager, but didn’t turn out to be a swimmer in her career. She also considered becoming a professional classical violinist, but even that didn’t succeed.
After high school, she went to Worcester College in Oxford where she earned a law degree. After graduation, she was offered an apprenticeship at the law firm of Slaughter and May, but she declined to pursue a career as a model and then as an actress. She said her parents were really uncomfortable with her career choice because they felt that a career in something more stable would be more appropriate for her. Still determined to pursue an acting career, she enrolled at the Drama Centre London where she was discovered by British film producer Damian Jones. Later she signed with Nicki van Gelder (acting agent).
Gemma Chan Career
Chan began her acting career in 2009 with an appearance in the BBC series Doctor Who “The Waters of Mars” as geologist Mia Bennett. Later she appeared regularly in the fourth and final series of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which was broadcast in both the US and UK. Gemma also starred in the British comedy-drama Fresh Meat and in BBC One’s Sherlock, and in the fourth series of The IT Crowd.
Series from The IT Crowd. In 2012 she played regularly in the second series of Bedlam and in True Love, which was broadcast on BBC One. Gemma Chan also appeared in Shetland in 2013 alongside Steven Robertson and Douglas Henshall, and as a guest star in Death in Paradise, she also appeared in the cast of Channel 4’s love drama Date. She later played Anita/Mia in the science fiction drama People on AMC/Channel 4 and her role in the series earned her several award nominations.
In addition to television series, Chan has also starred in a number of films including Exam, Shanghai, Submarine, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Double, Belles Familles, Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them. As a human rights advocate, Gemma Chan made a film for Amnesty International to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2018 she starred in the film Crazy Rich Asians as Astrid Leong-Teo. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan
Chan is also a theater actress who made her first stage appearance in Bertolt Brecht’s play Turandot, which was performed at Hampstead Theatre in London. She also appeared at Finborough Theatre in 2012 in Anders Lustgarten’s The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie. The following year she appeared in Yellow Face, a play by David Henry Hwang. Later that year she appeared in Our Ajax, a play by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
In 2016 Chan Dewdrop sang in the animated mini-series Watership Down on BBC One. In 2013 she appeared as a guest on the cultural exchange feature of BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. On the show, she nominated the film The Princess Bride as a work of art she loves so much.
The pretty actress of Asian descent is currently not married but has some relationships behind her. She went out with Jack Whitehall – a stand-up comedian, TV presenter, writer, and actor. He played JP in the TV series Fresh Meat, Alfie Wickers in Bad Education, and many others.
Jack and Gemma met on the set of the comedy-drama series Fresh Meat in 2011 and started meeting shortly after. After some time together the couple stopped in September 2017. They cited their increasingly hectic schedule as the reason for their separation.
Chan has since moved on with her life, she is currently in a sizzling romance with English actor Dominic Cooper. The rumor about their romance became public after the two were first spotted cuddling during a night in Spain in August 2018, and they have done little or nothing to dispel the rumor.
Family Facts – Parents
Her parents’ names are not known, but her father is said to be an engineer who grew up in Hong Kong, and her mother, a Chinese-Scottish pharmacist who works at Guy’s Hospital, the same hospital where Chan was born. Her maternal grandparents had emigrated from China via Hong Kong to Greenock in Scotland, where Chan’s mother and her younger sister (Chan’s aunt) grew up.