Born in Taiwan and raised in California, Shin-Fei discovered her knack for acting while working for a sustainability organisation in China. A theatre director in Beijing encouraged her to become a professional actress; shortly after, she graduated with a master’s from Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and made London her first playground.
With roots in theatre, Shin-Fei’s stage credits include Lyric Theatre Belfast’s Three Sisters, Welsh National Opera’s Anon, and Off-West End’s Avenue Q. As a devising artist, she has also worked with dreamthinkspeak, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and InterContinental Hotels Group. On screen, Shin-Fei can currently be seen in U.S. national commercials (including Robitussin and Vonage), on Netflix’s The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared, and in BBC’s Chinese Burn.
Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, Shin-Fei’s corporate and voiceover clients include the Discovery Channel, Lenovo, GSK, Barclays, Macmillan Publishers, and Cambridge University Press. Shin-Fei is the co-writer of the Roughcut TV / BBC3 comedy, Chinese Burn.
Shin-Fei travels between the UK, California, and East Asia. She is represented by GDA Management (theatrical) and Curtis Brown (literary).
Interests: food and wine pairing, Chinese language and history, comedy, quaint cafés, k-pop, saying ‘Go Bears’, parodying New Age self-help advice whilst sheepishly believing in it
Favourite movie: Comrades: Almost a Love Story (甜蜜蜜)
Favourite TV show: Breaking Bad
Trivia: Shin-Fei is ambidextrous from being born left-handed but forced to write with her right as a young’n. Shin-Fei can burp on demand. Very classy.