Yeo Yann Yann is a multi-award-winning actress from Malaysia, who won Best Actress at the 56th Golden Horse Awards for her feature Wet Season (2019). In the film, Yann Yann plays a lonely teacher who forms a special bond with her student who has been abandoned by his parents. Yann Yann became a household name in Asia when her film Ilo Ilo (2013) won the Camera D’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently, she won Best Supporting Actress at the 50th Golden Horse Awards and took home the same prize at the 8th Asia Film Awards for her role as a pregnant mother fighting for the love of her son with his nanny. Her nuanced performance also won her Best Actress at numerous international film festivals including India, Vladivostok and Dubai.
Yann Yann began her career in theatre and has been acting since her early 20s, winning many theatre awards along the way. She has also starred in many television shows and is a two-time Asian Television Awards Best Actress nominee. Yann Yann received a Best Actress nomination in the International Emmy Awards 2020 for the series Invisible Stories (2020) and won the Best Actress Award at the Asian Film and Television Creative Awards 2020.
Most recently, in 2023, Yann Yann was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Indian Critics Choice Short Series Awards and Best Actress (Drama) at the Indian Filmfare OTT Awards for Modern Love, Mumbai, in which she speaks entirely in Hindi. Next up for Yann Yann is Gareth Evans’ latest action feature Havoc opposite Tom Hardy and Forest Whitaker, and American Born Chinese directed by Daniel Destin Cretton and co-starring Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan.
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