Sumalee Montano

Sumalee Montano (Thai: สุมาลีรัตน์ มอนทาโน;[1] RTGSSumalirat Monthano; born August 3, 1972) is an American actress and voice actress. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she had worked as an investment bank analyst in New York City and Hong Kong before starting her acting career and is also a writer. She has acted in ER, Minority Report, The West Wing, Boston Legal, Bones, Nip/Tuck, Hancock and Commander in Chief. As a voice actress, she has provided the voices of the President in Saints Row IV, Yerema in Dead Island, Cali in Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Arcee in Transformers: Prime and Mera in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.[2] She resides and works on her career in Los Angeles. She has also guest-starred on Critical Role as the firbolg druid Nila.

Sumalee Montano
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Montano at the 2019 WonderCon
Sua Sue Montano

(1972-08-03) August 3, 1972 (age 47)
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1999–present
Craig Zimmerman (m. 2011)

Early lifeEdit

Montano is of Filipino[3] and Thai descent and grew up mostly in the United States, but also spent a few years in Bangkok, Thailand. During her high school career, she began acting as an extracurricular activity.[4]

Education and acting careerEdit

She graduated from Harvard University in 1993 and is a U.S. Fulbright scholar.[5] After graduation, she worked as an investment-banking analyst for Morgan Stanley for a few years.[6] After realizing investment banking wasn't something she was passionate about, Montano quit and went backpacking through Africa before realizing she wanted to pursue acting professionally.[7]

Montano has taken on a variety of different roles, both live-action and voice-over. She is talented in using many different accents, including Chinese, Filipino, British, Southern, Thai, Vietnamese, Eastern European and Japanese.[8]

Her first major role was playing the nurse Duvata Mahal for three seasons of the TV show ER.[7]


Voice over rolesEdit

Video gamesEdit

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2000 Space Channel 5 Pudding [9]
2000 The World Is Not Enough Elektra King Nintendo 64 and PlayStation
2001 SimCoaster Additional Voices
2003 The Sims Sim
2003 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Lashowe, Belaya, Rahasia Sandral, Duel Spectator
2003 Gladius Additional Voices
2006 CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Lucy Canelli, Maya Nguyen
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence Liz Schmidt, Nicole Simms
2008 Commander in Chief Air Force Reporter
2010 Army of Two: The 40th Day Mei Lin
2010 APB: All Points Bulletin Additional Voices
2011 Call of Juarez: The Cartel Shane Dickson
2011 Dead Island Yerema [9]
2011 X-Men: Destiny Mystique [9]
2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Cali [9]
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Shae Vizla
2012 Mass Effect 3 Nyreen Kandros Omega DLC
2012 Diablo III Eirena the Enchantress [9]
2012 Guild Wars 2 Janis, Marjory Delaqua, Sayida the Sly
2012 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Liu Flameheart, Suna Silentstrike, Sun Tenderheart
2012 Skylanders: Giants Cali
2012 Transformers: Prime – The Game Arcee [9]
2012 Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Pudding
2013 Saints Row IV The President [9]
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Cali
2013 République Abal Ammash [9]
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online Female Redguard, Female Khajiit #1, Additional Voices
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Whitney Chang [9]
2014 WildStar Tresayne Toria, Vesna Taranoft, Nuriam
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Cali
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Female Inquisitor (American Accent)
2015 Saints Row: Gat out of Hell The President [9]
2015 Skylanders: SuperChargers Cali [10]
2015 Fallout 4 Rachel, Female Gunners, Institute Scientist
2016 XCOM 2 Female Soldier
2016 Mirror's Edge Catalyst Erika Connors [9]
2016 Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars Terran Advisor
2017 For Honor Ayu [9]
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Mantis [9]
2017 Prey Morgan Yu (Female), January (Female) [9]
2017 Destiny 2 Suraya Hawthorne
2017 Batman: The Enemy Within Renee Montoya, Casino Patron, Newscaster #2 [9]
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Katana, Huntress
2019 Anthem Aunt Cardea
2019 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Mystique [9]
2019 The Outer Worlds Zora Blackwood
2019 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Mari Kosan


List of voice performances in direct-to-video, feature and television films
Year Title Role Notes Source
2011 Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters Su Wu, Wing Wu, Wan Wu Short film [9]
2012 Superman vs. The Elite Newscaster [9]
2013 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Arcee [9]
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Mera [9]
2016 Only Yesterday Kiyoko English dub
2019 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five Emerald Empress [11]


List of voice performances in animation
Year Title Role Notes Source
2010–13 Transformers: Prime Arcee,
Raf's Mother
2013–14 Beware the Batman Katana, Additional Voices [9]
2016–18 Bunnicula Fluffy [9]
2017 The Loud House Maria Santiago [9]
2017 Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Arachne, Harpy Ep. "Greece Is the Word" [9]
2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Admiral Sanda, Principle [12][9]
2018-19 Spider-Man Yuri Watanabe, Woman, Nurse [9]
2019-20 Star Wars Resistance Agent Tierny [9]
2019 Love, Death & Robots Young Yan, Woman Ep. "Good Hunting"
2019 Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny Shi Long Ep. "Curse of the Monkey King"
2019 Amphibia Additional Voices
2019 The Casagrandes Maria Santiago
2019 Cannon Busters 12welve, Additional Voices English dub
2019 Carmen Sandiego Lady Dokuso Ep. "The Daisho Caper"
2019 Cleopatra in Space Administrant Khepra, Musti
2020 DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders Fanthom Ep. "Divewings"


List of acting performances in television
Year Title Role Notes Source
2002–05 E.R. Duvata Mahal 10 episodes
2003 Strong Medicine Med Student #2 Episode: "Vaccinations"
2005 Judging Amy Helen Episode: "The New Normal"
2005 Medium Nurse #1 Episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
2005 The Comeback Producer Episode: "Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet"
2005–06 The West Wing Vinick Reporter #1 2 episodes
2005–07 Close to Home Melinda Mallari 6 episodes
2006 Bones Alexandra Combs Episode: "The Graft in the Girl"
2006 Commander in Chief Air Force One Reporter Episode: "Happy Birthday, Madam President"
2007 Cane Christine Kim 2 episodes
2007 Lincoln Heights Nurse Tan Episode: "The Vision"
2007 Shark Arlene Pierce Episode: "Every Breath You Take"
2007–08 The Young and the Restless Dr. Maya Bagano 5 episodes
2008 Boston Legal Dr. Linda Corbin Episode: "Kill, Baby, Kill!"
2009 Big Love Dr. Gowan Episode: "Empire"
2009 Nip/Tuck Dr. Wu Episode: "Briggitte Reinholt"
2010 Glory Daze Kim-Ly Franklin Episode: "Papa Don't Pre-Game"
2011 Harry's Law Dr. Erica Christie Episode: "In the Ghetto"
2012 The Finder Lee Scott Episode: "Little Green Men"
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Yen Tran Episode: "The Dragon and the Fairy"
2012 Parenthood Malea Episode: "What to My Wondering Eyes"
2013 Monday Mornings Lynne Iverson Episode: "Wheels Within Wheels"
2013 Touch Nurse Liz 2 episodes
2014–17 Days of Our Lives Dr. Yuen, Dr. Ong 3 episodes
2015 The Mentalist Susan Nguyen Episode: "Green Light"
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Melanie Pratt Episode: "Touched by the Sun"
2015–16 Nashville Dr. Kitley 4 episodes
2016–17 Veep Joyce Cafferty 3 episodes
2016 Rizzoli & Isles Judge Huang Episode: "65 Hours"
2016 Grey's Anatomy Lena McCallister Episode: "Catastrophe and the Cure"
2016 Shameless Turks Episode: "Hiraeth"
2017 NCIS Nicole Taggart Episode: "Rendezvous"
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Tracy Haslett Episode: "Rocky Road"
2017 Dynasty Deirde Episode: "Company Slut"
2018 Scandal Maria Campo 4 episodes
2018 Critical Role Nila 2 episodes
2018 Animal Kingdom Melanie Southards 2 episodes
2018 This Is Us Dr. Gail Jasper 3 episodes
2018–19 S.W.A.T. Gwen 3 episodes
2018 Blue Bloods Inspector Jane Kimura Episode: "Trust"
2018 The Gifted Dr. Taylor Episode: "iMprint"
2019 How to Get Away with Murder FBI Agent Nancy Bayer 2 episodes
2019 Magnum P.I. Judge Majorie Kamaka Episode: "Murder Is Never Quiet"
2019 SEAL Team Agent Susan Craver Episode: "The Ones You Can't See"
2019 The Resident Trish Tintoc Episode: "Out for Blood"
2020 Star Trek: Picard Dahj's Mother Episode: "Remembrance"
2020 Hawaii Five-0 Yang Episode: "He kauwa ke kanaka na ke aloha"
List of acting performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source
2002 Teknolust Nelia Uncredited
2002 Cherish Officer Montano
2002 Minority Report Talking Billboard Uncredited
2003 Water Under the Bridge Sara
2006 Danika News Reporter
2008 Hancock News Anchor Uncredited
2009 Eating Out: All You Can Eat Pam
2011 Losing Control Breanna Lee
2016 10 Cloverfield Lane Voice on Radio [9]


  1. ^ "Transformers: Prime". Netflix Thai (in Thai). Retrieved 2018-02-02.
  2. ^ "Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  3. ^ Farris, Christopher (February 11, 2019). "These Filipinos Are the Voices of Modern Cartoon and Anime Characters". Esquire (magazine). Hearst Communications. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "Voice Actor Interview: Sumalee Montano | BWTF". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. ^ "Sumalee Montano". Sumalee Montano. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ "Sumalee Montano". Sumalee Montano. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  7. ^ a b "Voice Actor Interview: Sumalee Montano". BWTF. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  8. ^ "Sumalee Montano". Sumalee Montano. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Behind The Voice Actors – Sumalee Montano". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 June 2017. – green check mark indicates roles that have been verified by BTVA through closing credits
  10. ^ Vicarious Visions. Skylanders: SuperChargers. Activision. Scene: Closing credits, 7:13 in, Voice Actors.
  11. ^ Couch, Aaron (January 7, 2019). "'Justice League vs. The Fatal Five' Sets Voice Cast (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sumalee Montano🎙🎥🎮 on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-08-26.

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