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Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan
Full name
Gemma Chan
Date Of Birth
29 November 1982
Place Of Birth
London, England, UK
5.74 ft   (1.75 m)
FAO: Gemma Chan
c/o Conway Van Gelder Grant
3rd Floor, 8-12 Broadwick Street
London W1F 8HW, UK

Gemma Chan originally studied Law at Worcester College at Oxford University, but turned down a job with a leading law firm on her graduation to pursue a career in acting.

Gaining a place at the Drama Centre London, known for its tough study regime that has yielded alumni such as Paul Bettany, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Anne Marie Duff, Tara Fitzgerald, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender.

Throughout her training she took up modelling to fund her education, and appeared in the first season of Sky One's Project Runway series in 2006, making it through to the final three places.

In 2009 Gemma started working as an actress fully, appearing both in film and on television. On the small screen, she appeared in 'Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars' - David Tennant's penultimate story in the role of the tenth Doctor, and in 2010 appeared in both 'The IT Crowd' on Channel 4 and as Soo Lin in 'Sherlock: The Blind Banker.' In 2011 she appeared as a regular in the Billie Piper starring 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl', and in a recurring role in the comedy series 'Fresh Meat'.

In 2012, she was seen in the second series of Sky Living's supernatural drama 'Bedlam', and the five part drama 'Love Life' on BBC One, a multifaceted drama also starring David Morrissey, David Tennant, Jane Horrocks, Ashley Walters and Billie Piper.

Gemma is set to feature in 'Jack Ryan' in late 2013, a prequel/reboot of Tom Clancy's celebrated hero previously seen in 'The Hunt for Red October', 'Patriot Games,' 'Clear and Present Danger' and 'The Sum of All Fears.' The film stars Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh, who also directs.

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