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Tamlyn Naomi Tomita (born January 27, 1966) is a Japanese-American actress and singer. She made her screen debut in a leading role in The Karate Kid Part II (1986), and later was leading and supporting roles in films Come See the Paradise (1990), The Joy Luck Club (1993), Picture Bride (1994), Four Rooms (1995), Robot Stories (2003), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am (2005).

Tamlyn Tomita
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Tamlyn Tomita on April 5, 2010
Tamlyn Naomi Tomita

(1966-01-27) January 27, 1966 (age 53)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1986–present

Tomita also has played several recurring roles on television series, include 24, Glee, Teen Wolf and How to Get Away with Murder. She starred on the Epix drama series Berlin Station (2016), and in 2017 began starring in the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor.


Early lifeEdit

Tomita was born on Okinawa, the daughter of Shiro and Asako Tomita. Her father was a Japanese-American who was interned at Manzanar, California, during part of World War II, then later became a Los Angeles police officer, rising to the rank of sergeant and helping to form the first Asian Task force in that Department.[1] Her father died of cancer in 1990. Tomita graduated from Granada Hills High School in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.[2][failed verification]

Before becoming an actress, Tomita won the title of Queen at the Nisei Week Pageant in Los Angeles in 1984,[3] and Miss Nikkei International in 1985. In 1987, Tomita made her Japanese singing debut on the label Polydor. She released a single and an album.[4]



In 1984, Tomita got her big break by traveling as Queen of Nisei Week to Hawaii, where she was selected as part of a casting call by director John G. Avildsen to make her acting debut in The Karate Kid Part II.[5][6] She later had major roles in a number of independent movies. Her biggest role was in the 1990 drama film Come See the Paradise.[6][7] In 1993, she co-starred opposite Ming-Na Wen in the ensemble cast drama The Joy Luck Club[6] and the next year she had a role in the 1994 independent film Picture Bride. In 1995 Tomita appeared alongside Antonio Banderas in the Robert Rodriguez-directed segment of the vignette anthology comedy Four Rooms.[8]

In the 21st Century, Tomita has had roles in other independent films and co-starred in several major Hollywood productions, including playing Janet Tokada in The Day After Tomorrow. In 2005, she starred in the Brazilian drama film Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am and also had leading roles in the independent films Robot Stories in 2003 and Only the Brave in 2006. Tomita also appeared in The Eye and Tekken.


Tomita appeared as a character named Ming Li on the NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara from May to September 1988.[2][9] In 1994, she guest-starred in the first episode of season 3 of Highlander: The Series. In 2008, she made her return to daytime soaps with a recurring role on the ABC's General Hospital.[10] In 2012 she had another recurring role on NBC's Days of Our Lives.

From 1996 to 1997, Tomita was regular cast member in the short-lived UPN drama series, The Burning Zone as well as the pilot movie for Babylon 5. During her career she guest starred on Seven Days, Quantum Leap, Living Single, Murder, She Wrote, Chicago Hope, Will & Grace, Nash Bridges, The Shield, Strong Medicine, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, The Mentalist, Private Practice, True Blood, Zoo, Tour of Duty, and many other dramas and comedies. She had recurring roles on Crossing Jordan, JAG, 24, Eureka, Heroes, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Glee, Teen Wolf, Resurrection, How to Get Away with Murder, and Chasing Life.

In 2016, Tomita played a series regular role on the Epix drama series Berlin Station. The following year she began starring as a series regular on the ABC medical drama The Good Doctor.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Kumiko Debut role
1987 Hawaiian Dream Karren Saito
1990 Vietnam, Texas Lan
Come See the Paradise Lily Yuriko Kawamura / McGann
1993 The Joy Luck Club Waverly
1994 Picture Bride Kana
Notes on a Scale
1995 Four Rooms Wife Segment "The Misbehavers"
Requiem Fong Short film
1997 The Killing Jar Diane Sanford
Touch Prosecutor
1998 Hundred Percent Thaise
Soundman Butch's Wife
Living Out Loud Bob's Wife
1999 Life Tastes Good Julie Sado
2000 Betty Anderson Detective Miyamoto Short film
2003 Robot Stories Marcia
Day of Independence Choir Member Short film
2004 The Perfect Party Mom
The Day After Tomorrow Janet Tokada
2005 Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am Maria Yamashita Salinas
True Love & Minosa Tea Rebecca Nakasone Short film
2006 Only the Brave Mary Takata
Peace Sandy Sakai Short film
2007 Pandemic Melissa Lo Short film
2008 The Eye Mrs. Cheung
Finding Madison Beth
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Donna
Tekken Jun Kazama
2010 The Mikado Project Viola
Starlight Inn Grace Kim Short film
2011 The Charles Kim Show Herself Short film
2012 White Room: 02B3 Five Short film
2014 Awesome Asian Bad Guys Tamlyn / Pamlyn (2013)
Teacher of the Year Vivian Lew
Operation Marriage Lee Short film
2015 Daddy Sharlene Hong
2016 The Good Neighbor Heather Cromwell
The Unbidden Lauren Lee
Seppuku Linda Short film
2017 Real Artists Anne Palladon Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Tour of Duty VC Peasant Woman Episode: "Sitting Ducks"
1987–1988 Santa Barbara Lily Murakami, Ming Li 31 episodes
1988 Hiroshima Maiden Miyeko Matsuda Television film
1988 To Heal a Nation Maya Ying Lin Television film
1989 The Karate Kid Additional Characters (voices) Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1990 Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Sally Television film
1992 Quantum Leap Tamlyn Matsuda Episode: "Temptation Eyes - February 1, 1987"
1992 Raven Kim Tanaka Episode: "Return of the Black Dragon"
1993 Babylon 5: The Gathering Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima Television film
1994 Time Trax Toshi Episode: "Return of the Yakuza"
1994 Vanishing Son II Lanchi Television film
1994 One West Waikiki Taylor Chun Episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part"
1994 Highlander: The Series Midori Kent/Maia Koto Episode: "The Samurai"
1994 Living Single Mary Episode: "Bristle While You Work"
1994 Vanishing Son IV Lanchi Television film
1994 Murder, She Wrote Det. Sharon Matsumoto Episode: "Death in Hawaii"
1995 Vanishing Son Lan Chi Episode: "Single Flame"
1995 Sisters Kiri Adams Episodes: "For Everything a Season: Part 1", "Renaissance Woman"
1996 Chicago Hope Tina - Sutton's Ex #3 Episode: "Ex Marks the Spot"
1996–1997 The Burning Zone Dr. Kimberly Shiroma Episodes: "Pilot", "The Silent Tower", "St. Michael's Nightmare", "Arms of Fire", "Night Flight", "Lethal Injection", "Touch of the Dead", "Hall of the Serpents", "Blood Covenant", "Faces in the Night", "Midnight of the Carrier"
1997 The Sentinel Suzane Tomaki Episode: "Smart Alec"
1997 Raven: Return of the Black Dragons Kim Tanaka Television film
1998 Chicago Hope Jennifer Watanabe Episode: "McNeil and Pray"
1999 Seven Days Michelle Episode: "Walter"
1999 Will & Grace Naomi Episode: "I Never Promised You an Olive Garden"
1999 The Last Man on Planet Earth Agent Kara Hastings Television film
2000 Runaway Virus Monique Chao Television film
2000 Nash Bridges Amy Chin Episodes: "Man Hunt", "Blow Out"
2000 The Michael Richards Show Ming Episode: "USA Toy"
2001 Destiny Television film
2001 FreakyLinks Emma Reed Episode: "Subject: The Final Word"
2001 Walking Shadow Rikki Wu Television film
2001 Providence Mary Cassidy Episode: "Civil Unrest"
2001 Crossing Jordan Dr. Grace Yakura Episodes: "The Dawn of a New Day", "You Can't Go Home Again", "Digger, Part 1"
2002 The Shield Wanda Higoshi Episode: "Pilot"
2002 For the People Dr. Chaney Episode: "Come Blow Your Whistle"
2002–2003 JAG Lt. Cmdr. Tracy Manetti Episodes: "Dangerous Game", "Offensive Action", "Ready or Not", "When the Bough Breaks", "The Killer", "Second Acts", "Ice Queen"
2002–2003 24 Jenny Dodge Episodes: "Day 2: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.", "Day 2: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.", "Day 2: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.", "Day 2: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.", "Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m."
2003 The Agency Elizabeth—Female Kidnapper Episodes: "Our Man in Korea", "Our Man in Washington"
2003 Threat Matrix Special Agent Nicole Hill Episode: "Under the Gun"
2004 Strong Medicine Dr. Nash Episode: "Goodbye/Rest in Peace"
2004–2005 North Shore Xiao Episodes: "Illusions", "The End"
2005 Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don't Helen Morrison Television film
2006 Commander in Chief Randy Episode: "No Nukes Is Good Nukes"
2006 Stargate SG-1 Shen Xiaoyi Episodes: "The Scourge", "Crusade"
2006, 2008 Stargate Atlantis Shen Xiaoyi Episodes: "No Man's Land", "Remnants"
2006–2007, 2009 Eureka Kim Anderson Episodes: "Before I Forget", "Once in a Lifetime", "Phoenix Rising", "Ship Happens", "Shower the People"
2007 Women's Murder Club Sachiko Johannes Episode: "Maybe Baby"
2007–2008, 2010 Heroes Ishi Nakamura Episodes: "Chapter Nine: Cautionary Tales", "Chapter Twelve: Our Father", "Chapter Fifteen: Pass/Fail"
2008–2009 General Hospital Giselle 6 episodes
2008 Saving Grace Tori Chen Episode: "Have a Seat, Earl"
2008 Twenty Good Years Episode: "Come Fly with Me"
2008 Two Sisters Shakti Television film
2009 Monk Eileen Hill Episode: "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall"
2009 The Mentalist Lauri Medina Episode: "Bloodshot"
2009 Criminal Minds Dr. Linda Kimura Episode: "Amplification"
2009 CSI: Miami Dr. Sarah Fordham Episode: "Seeing Red"
2009 Private Practice Katie's Lawyer Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2010 Memphis Beat Noreen Drake Episode: "I Want to Be Free"
2010–2011 Law & Order: LA Miwako Nishizawa Episodes: "Hondo Field", "Bailona Creek", "Playa Vista", "Silver Lake", "Runyon Canyon", "Hayden Tract", "Big Rock Mesa", "Angel's Knoll", "Plummer Park", "Cathay Circle"
2011 The Chicago Code Prosecutor Episode: "Bathhouse & Hinky Dink"
2011 The Protector Katrina Episode: "Bangs"
2012 Days of Our Lives Dr. Ellen Yu 6 episodes
2012 Make It or Break It Dr. Lim Episode: "Listen to the Universe"
2012 Touch Kazuko Osugi Episode: "Gyre, Part 1"
2012 Hollywood Heights Sarah Medeiros Episodes: "Jetsetter", "Fresno"
2013 Bones Dr. Alice Crawford Episode: "The Doll in the Derby"
2013 True Blood Ms. Suzuki Episodes: "Who Are You, Really?", "Dead Meat"
2014–2017 Teen Wolf Noshiko Yukimura Episodes: "Galvanize", "Riddled", "Letharia Vulpina", "The Fox and the Wolf", "De-Void", "Insatiable", "The Divine Move", "Muted", "Time of Death", "Smoke and Mirrors", "Creatures of the Night", "Strange Frequencies", Ouroboros", "Damnatio Memoriae", "Codominance", "Ghosted"
2014 Resurrection Dr. Toni Willis Episodes: "The Returned", "Unearth", "Home", "Torn Apart", "Revelation"
2014–2015 How to Get Away with Murder Judge Carol Marrow Episodes: "He Deserved to Die", "Hello Rasholnikov"
2014 NCIS: Los Angeles Homeland Security Agent Shana Rollins Episode: "Leipei"
2015 Chasing Life Dr. Mae Lin Episodes: "Life, Actually", "No News is Bad News", "One Day", "The Last W", "Bottle of Secrets"
2015 Zoo Minako Oz Episode: "The Silence of the Cicadas"
2016 Berlin Station Sandra Abe Episodes: "Station to Station", "Lights Don't Run on Loyalty", "Riverrun Dry", "By Way of Deception", "Until Druck", "Just Decisions", "Proof of Life", "False Negative", "Thomas Shaw", "Oratorio Berlin"
2017–present The Good Doctor Allegra Aoki Main cast
2018 The Man in the High Castle Tamiko Watanabe Episodes: "Imagine Manchuria", "Sensõ Kõi", "Sabra", "Kasumi (Through the Mists)", "Baku"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2002 James Bond 007: Nightfire Makiko Hayashi


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