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GEMMA CHAN (Minn-Erva), one of Variety's 10 Actors to Watch 2018, was recently seen starring in the box-office hit "Crazy Rich Asians." After graduating with a law degree from Oxford University, Chan was offered a job with a leading law firm but turned it down to train at the prestigious Drama Centre London.

Chan has shown her range in television dramas such as the BAFTA best drama series winner "Sherlock," alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and with standout turns in comedies including Showtime/ITV's "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" and Channel 4's award-winning "Fresh Meat." Chan has appeared in some of Britain's best-loved television, including "Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars," with David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan, and BAFTA and International Emmy Award-winning sitcom "The IT Crowd." She also starred in BBC One's "True Love," a five-part drama from director Dominic Savage; "Shetland," written by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves; the second series of Sky Living's supernatural drama "Bedlam"; and as one of the leads in the Channel 4 drama "Dates," named in The Guardian's Best TV of 2013.

In 2015, Chan appeared in the BBC's six-part drama "The Game," with Tom Hughes and Brian Cox, which premiered on BBC America. She was also featured in the comedy series "Brotherhood" on Comedy Central. 2015 also saw Chan take the lead role as Anita, an anthropomorphic robot, in the eight-part science-fiction drama "Humans," Channel 4's most successful drama in 20 years. Chan's role as Anita saw her nominated in the best actress category in the NME Awards 2016. The second series of "Humans" aired in late 2016, and Chan reprised her lead role in the third series, which began in May 2018. In July of 2016, Chan provided the voice for Dewdrop in the animated television series "Watership Down" for BBC One. Additionally, she voiced the role of Snow White in the animated Christmas special "Revolting Rhymes," which aired on BBC One in December 2016. Chan's film credits include the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated "Submarine" and "The Double," nominated for best film at the London Film Festival, both directed by Richard Ayoade.

She also appeared in the BAFTA-nominated psychological thriller "Exam," nominated for best feature at the Raindance Film Festival 2009, directed by Stuart Hazeldine, and "Shanghai," a World War II drama directed by Mikael Hafstrom. In 2014, Chan made her Hollywood film debut in Paramount's spy thriller "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," directed by Kenneth Branagh. In 2015, she was cast in the French film "Belles Familles," written and directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Later in 2015, Chan filmed David Yates' "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," written by J.K. Rowling. Last year, she completed filming the action thriller "Stratton," directed by Simon West, and starred in "London Fields," directed by Mathew Cullen.

Most recently she can be seen as Bess of Hardwick in "Mary Queen of Scots," directed by Josie Rourke. The film released in the U.S. last December. Next she will be seen in "Intrigo: Dear Agnes," the second feature of director Daniel Alfredson's trilogy based on the thriller novels by Swedish writer Hakan Nesser.

An accomplished stage actress, Chan made her debut in the British premiere of Bertolt Brecht's "Turandot" at the Hampstead Theatre. In November 2013, she was chosen by Tony Award- and Olivier Award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker to star as Athena in the world premiere of "Our Ajax" at the Southwark Playhouse. Chan performed in the sell-out run of the critically acclaimed "Yellow Face," by Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist David Henry Hwang, at the Park Theatre and, in May 2014, appeared in the National Theatre's revival of "Yellow Face." In 2015, Chan starred in the West End revival of Harold Pinter's masterpiece "The Homecoming," at The Trafalgar Studios.

Her work on "Humans" led to her making the one-off documentary "How to Build a Human," which followed the creation of "Chanbot," built by a leading team of AI experts, designers and special effects companies.

Chan is classically trained on the violin and piano and is a passionate supporter of human rights, working with charities including UNICEF.


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