English actress Gemma Chan, known for her significant role in Jon M. Chu’s romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, has mesmerized the Hollywood industry with her latest role as Sersi in Marvel’s production Eternal.
Being an actress, Chan has indulged herself in theatre, modeling, series, dramas, and movies since 2006 and is still on the rise.
Gemma Chan is Asian or English? Know about her parents
On November 29, 1982, Chan was born at Guy’s Hospital in London, England, to an Engineer father and Pharmacist mother. It is described as such because Chan has never disclosed her parents’ names to date, making it unknown.
Chan’s father was raised in Hong Kong alongside his five siblings. Later, after completing his graduation in Engineering, he was deported to the sea as a merchant navy. In contrast, Chan’s mother is a Chinese woman who settled down in Scotland after emigration during the Pre-Cultural Revolution of Communist China via Hong Kong with her parents.
Since Chan was born in London, she prefers to be called an English actress but has grown up with an Asian aesthetic. In an interview with Styles Rant, Chan stated that she should not forget her Asian roots as her words followed,
“I’m really interested in exploring my cultural heritage. And I really feel what’s happening in the world is really exciting now. I feel that we really can embrace the fact, you know, all of us who are living in the Asian diaspora, we can embrace being American and British, but also our Asian roots.”
Being born to an elite family, Chan graduated in Law from Worcester College, Oxford (BA) and was offered a training contract at law firm Slaughter and May, but that was never her destination. Instead, she chose acting as her career and studied at The Drama Centre London.
Height of ‘Eternal’ actress Gemma Chan
The actress’s height is a surprise for her fans as Asians are known for their average height, but Chan has 5 feet 9 inches with a slender, subtle, and thin body.
Captain Marvel star Chan has an Asian look making her eyes her main trait and having the weight of 58 kg or 128 lbs.
Dating history of Gemma Chan with her boyfriend
Chan seems to have become cautious regarding her private life after her first breakup with Jack Whitehall, whom she had dated for six years, from 2011 to 2017.
As for now, Chan is said to be in a dating relationship with Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper for more than three years. The duo confirmed their relationship in September 2018, but after their public appearance at the British Fashion Awards (2018), the couple has become discreet with Instagram appearances now and then.
Seemingly it is Chan who prefers to have a sincere relationship with not much interference from the outsiders as she specified in an interview with Elle UK.
“When you start out, you don’t even know what is important to keep for yourself — I didn’t anyway — whereas now I think there are certain things that I absolutely know, ‘That’s mine, and it’s private.’ For me, my comfort level is to have a clear distinction between what is for me and what I’m happy to talk about,” her words read in a Bustle article.
Gemma Chan career and total net worth
Chan’s dedication to the industry has led her to become a millionaire actress with a total net worth of about $6 million as per Wealthy Gorilla.
Chan, having her first professional debut in acting in 2006 with Horror Channel’s miniseries When Evil Call, has been into modeling too, in her early days as she was in series one of Project Catwalk, the UK version of Project Runway.
Chan has also been part of theatre and stage plays like the British Premiere of Bertolt Brecht’s last play, Turandot, making it her debut professional stage play. Her other stage plays include The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (2012), Yellow Face (2013), The Homecoming (2015).
Along with her contribution to stage plays, Chan was equally connected to the industry, taking over significant roles in series like Doctor Who, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Humans, and movies like Exam, The Double, Let Them All Talk, Crazy Rich Asians, Eternal.