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Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo (simplified Chinese: 杨时贤; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáng Shíxián; born July 10, 1977) is an American actress, voice actress, writer and musician best known for her role as Xiao-Mei in Desperate Housewives, Sun Foy in the film Broken Trail (for which she was nominated for a Best Actress NAMIC Vision Award [1]) and as the voice of Shinigami in Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Gwendoline Yeo
Gwendoline Yeo - SOVAS 2018.jpg
Yeo in 2018
Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo

(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materUCLA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
OccupationActress, voice actress, writer, musician
Years active2001–present
RelativesGeorge Yeo (uncle)



Yeo starred opposite Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church in the Emmy Award-winning Western Broken Trail as Sun Foy (also known as "number three"), a Chinese girl sold into prostitution in the 1800s. After a worldwide search, Duvall personally selected her to star opposite him in the role.[2] Her performance in the film earned her critical acclaim and a NAMIC Vision Award nomination for Best Actress in 2007.[1]

In the independent film Heathens and Thieves, Yeo played Kun Hua, a role which garnered her Best Actress Awards at both the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival and the Iowa Film Festival.[3]

Yeo also starred in the Emmy Award-nominated Amazon original special, American Girl: Ivy & Julie.

Other notable film roles include Dr. Samantha Yep in The Jane Austen Book Club with Emily Blunt and Hugh Dancy, June in Night Skies, and The Magic of Ordinary Days with Keri Russell.


Yeo is perhaps best known for her recurring guest star role as Xiao-Mei, the Chinese maid of Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) in Desperate Housewives. The character's popularity in the series led to an offer for a series regular contract the next season.[4]

She also had a recurring role as the Oklahoma-born Sargent Richelle (opposite Felicity Huffman in the critically acclaimed series American Crime, played Kelly Lee on General Hospital, and has also guested on other popular shows such as NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Castle, The Mentalist, and Chuck.

Voice actingEdit

Yeo is a prominent voice artist in several animated series, films, video games, and commercials, and has multiple action figures based on her characters.

Her character Shinigami, from Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was officially launched during San Diego Comic-Con to a huge crowd of fans.[5] She has voiced several other popular animated characters including Cato Parassiti in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Domino in Wolverine and the X-Men, Li Mei in The Invincible Iron Man, Lola Chong in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Gramma on Stitch!, Mercy Graves in The Batman and Li-en in Zatch Bell!. She has also guest starred on Phineas and Ferb, Kim Possible and What's New, Scooby Doo?.

In video games, Yeo is best known as Paine in Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts II. She was also the female lead in SOCOM 4 U.S. Navy SEALs as the character Forty-Five.[6] Other notable video game credits include Lady Deathstrike in X-Men: Next Dimension, Yuma in Far Cry 4, and Four-Eyes in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.

Other projectsEdit

Yeo's love of music led her to specialize in playing the Chinese long zither, also known as the guzheng, which culminated into a one-woman radio show on NPR-KCRW about her immigrant and ugly duckling story. It also included the debut of her first two zither/vocal tracks "Kiss My Grits" and "Lovers."

Her radio show evolved into a theater piece which Yeo wrote, scored, and starred in called Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open, which received rave reviews during its run at the El Centro Theatre.[6][7]

Yeo also designed her own limited-edition clothing line, which quickly sold out, and donated the proceeds to Kentucky's Christian Appalachian Project.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Singapore, Yeo moved to California as a teenager, graduating (with honors) from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1994. Yeo graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1997 and also earned a diploma in Classical Piano from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.[9]

Yeo was crowned Miss Asian America in 1995 and was also named Miss Chinatown USA in 1998-1999.

She is the niece of George Yeo, former Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs.




Year Title Role Notes
2003 Perfect Girl Perfect Girl Short film
2004 A Day Without a Mexican Newscaster
2004 Code Nurse Kyra Chen Short film
2007 Night Skies June
2007 Dead Tone Detective Anne Hastings
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Dr. Samantha Yep
2008 Vacancy 2: The First Cut Bride Direct-to-video
2009 Freshmyn Li Yen Su Short film
2009 I Do... I Did! Dr. Wong
2012 Heathens and Thieves Kun Hua
2012 Freeloaders Yue Jie


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Grounded for Life Linda 2 episodes
2002 The Random Years Happy Dragon Hot Waitress Episode: "Don't Make Me Have Sex in the Hamptons"
2003 Watching Ellie Andrea Barlow Episode: "Shrink"
2004 The O.C. Sara / Amy Episode: "The Strip"
2004 Judging Amy Lisa Bart Episode: "Consent"
2005 The Magic of Ordinary Days Rose Television film
2005 NYPD Blue Ai Watanabe Episode: "Moving Day"
2005 JAG Lt. Chang Episode: "Unknown Soldier"
2005 24 Melissa Rabb 2 episodes
2006 General Hospital Dr. Kelly Lee 7 episodes
2006 Desperate Housewives Xiao-Mei 9 episodes
2006 Broken Trail Sun Foy Television film
2006 Hannah Montana Bree Samuels Episode: "New Kid in School"
2007 Standoff Ratana Sadka Episode: "No Strings"
2007 The 1/2 Hour News Hour Yujira Shinato 1 episode
2007 Chuck Mei-Ling Cho Episode: "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp"
2008 Eli Stone Joanna Kim Episode: "Unwritten"
2008 The Mentalist Alexandra Episode: "Red-Handed"
2009 The Beast Jennifer Ling Episode: "The Walk In"
2011 Gigantic Val 2 episodes
2012 Days of Our Lives Female Movie Voice 3 episodes
2014 Math Bites Girl at Cash Register Episode: "Math Heads: Do The Math in Your Heads"
2014 Two and a Half Men Computer Episode : "Alan Shot a Girl"
2015 Castle Elise Kim Episode: "The Wrong Stuff"
2015 American Crime Richelle 4 episodes
2016 Grey's Anatomy Michelle Carpio Episode: "Mama Tried"
2017 Switched at Birth Ling Episode: "The Call"
2017 An American Girl Story: Ivy & Julie 1976 - A Happy Balance Marilyn Ying Television film
2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders Lin Huang Episode: "Cinderella and the Dragon"
2017 Wisdom of the Crowd Deputy Chief Elaine Wu Episode: "User Bias"
2018 NCIS NCIS Special Agent Joanna Wright Episode: "Death From Above"

Voice actingEdit


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Invincible Iron Man Li Mei Direct-to-video
2011 Dead Space: Aftermath Isabel Cho
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Blu
2011 Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur Ms. Deitch
2012 Back to the Sea Waitress
2012 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 Lola Chang Direct-to-video
2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 Lola Chang


Year Title Role Notes
2003 What's New, Scooby Doo? Lt. Keiko Tanaka Episode: "Big Appetite in Little Tokyo"
2005 Higglytown Heroes Dentist Hero Episode: "Kip's Sweet Tooth/Wayne's Lollipop"
2005–2006 Zatch Bell! Li-en 3 episodes
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Kitsune Television film
2006–2007 Lou and Lou: Safety Patrol Mom, Lulu 10 episodes
2007 Kim Possible Hoodie 2 episodes
2007 The Batman Mercy Graves 2 episodes
2008–2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Domino, Master Mold, Madeline Drake, Mariko Yashida 11 episodes
2008 Phineas and Ferb Fifi Episode: "Greece Lightning/Leave the Busting to Us!"
2011, 2014
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Nala Se, Bettie-Bot VJ, Peppi Bow, Cato Parasitti, Kalifa 8 episodes
2009 Special Agent Oso Jack's Mother Episode: "Octo-Puzzle/One Suitcase Is Not Enough"
2009 Uncharted: Eye of Indra Rika Raja Motion comic
2009–2010 Stitch! Gramma (Obaa), Lilo 11 episodes
2011 Marvel Anime: Wolverine Mariko Yoshida 4 episodes
2011 Marvel Anime: X-Men Dr. Yui Sasaki 7 episodes
2013–2014 Ben 10: Omniverse Nyancy Chan, Sheelane 3 episodes
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Mrs. Liao Episode: "Blood Moon Ball/Fortune Cookies"
2015 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Dr. Lang Episode: "Be Quiet Scooby-Doo!"
2015 Regular Show Waitress #2, Mary, Girl #2 Episode: "Hello China"
2016–2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shinigami 6 episodes
2019 Young Justice Lady Shiva Episode: "Home Fires"
2019 Love, Death & Robots Tsiao Jung Episode: "Good Hunting"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2002 X-Men: Next Dimension Lady Deathstrike
2003 X2: Wolverine's Revenge Lady Deathstrike
2003 Final Fantasy X-2 Paine
2004 Seven Samurai 20XX Cue
2004 Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II Luvia Bloodmire
2004 Shellshock: Nam '67 Hooker #1
2005 NARC Civilian, Hooker
2005 God of War Lysandra, Civilians
2005 Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer Maiden Rock, Villager
2005 Zatch Bell! Mamodo Battles Li-en
2005 Kingdom of Paradise Li Yin, Suzuka Disciple
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Spite
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender The Maker, Additional Voices
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Paine
2006 Titan Quest Additional Voices
2006 Zatch Bell! Mamodo Fury Li-en
2007 Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow Trinidad
2007 Mass Effect Sha'ira, Shiala
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Rika Raja
2010 Mass Effect 2 Shiala, Captain Wasea, Kian Louros, Quarian Patron
2010 God of War III Lysandra
2011 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs Lieutenant "Forty-Five" Park
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Rika Raja
2011 Saints Row: The Third Pedestrians
2012 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Four-Eyes
2013 BioShock Infinite Additional Voices
2013 Fuse Meilin Mao
2013 The Last of Us Additional Voices
2013 Deadpool Domino
2013 Infinity Blade III Lelindre
2014 Far Cry 4 Yuma
2015 Call of Duty: Black Ops III Additional Voices
2016 Lego Marvel's Avengers Crystal
2016 Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Additional Voices


  1. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (2007-01-24). "NAMIC announces nominees". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  2. ^ "About Gwendoline - Gwendoline Yeo". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  3. ^ "46TH Annual Worldfest Houston". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  4. ^ "Singapore girl in Hollywood". 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  5. ^ Whitten, Emily S. (2016-06-30). "Nickelodeon and Nostalgia @ SDCC 2016". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  6. ^ a b Allred, Laurie (November 17, 2010). "Alumna Gwendoline Yeo emphasizes family dynamics in her one-woman show 'Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open'". Daily Bruin. UCLA.
  7. ^ "Theater Reviews: Cinderella, Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett". 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  8. ^ Copley, Rich (2016-09-20). "Actress Gwendoline Yeo's heart-to-heart with Christian Appalachian Project". Retrieved 2018-12-26.
  9. ^ "DIP INTERVIEW: Interview with Gwendoline Yeo". UCLA. November 7, 2003.

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