Gemma Chan

Chan in 2014, photo by Starfrenzy/

Place of Birth: Southwark, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 29 November, 1982

Ethnicity: Chinese

Gemma Chan is a British film, television, and theatre actress, and fashion model. She has starred in the films Transformers: The Last Knight and Crazy Rich Asians, among others.

Her father grew up in Hong Kong. Her mainland Chinese mother emigrated from Communist China, before the Cultural Revolution; she moved via Hong Kong to Greenock, Scotland, where she grew up.

Gemma has said of her maternal grandparents:

They managed to escape Communist China just before the Cultural Revolution, after the Great Leap Forward, which had been a disaster. They felt Communist China had no future. They’d seen terrible things – people starving to death – and thought, ‘This is not where we want to raise our children.’ They were a nurse and a teacher… They managed to get to Hong Kong. My mother said she remembers the night they left: they couldn’t tell anyone they were going, because everyone was encouraged to inform on their neighbours, their friends.

A picture of Gemma with her father can be seen here. A picture of Gemma with her mother can be seen here.

1 Response

  1. Akwaba says:

    So she is half Hong Kong Chinese and half Mainland (Han) Chinese ?

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