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 will appear in Paramount TV’s Berlin Station and BBC’s Chinese Burn in fall 2017.
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 an upcoming Roughcut TV / BBC3 comedy.
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.