Birth Name: Gemma Chan
Date of Birth: 29 November 1982 (United Kingdom)
Height: 5′ 9″ (1,75 m)
Chan was born at Guy’s Hospital in London, England. Her father grew up in Hong Kong and was an engineer. Her mainland Chinese mother, a pharmacist at Guy’s Hospital, emigrated from pre-Cultural Revolution Communist China via Hong Kong with her parents (Chan’s maternal grandparents) and younger sister, growing up in Greenock, Scotland. Chan was raised near Sevenoaks, a town in west Kent, in South East England and attended Newstead Wood School for Girls in Orpington, in the London Borough of Bromley. She later went on to read law at Worcester College, Oxford.
Following graduation, she gained a training contract offer as a graduate at the law firm Slaughter and May; but instead pursued an acting career and studied at the Drama Centre London. Spotted at her showcase by British film producer Damian Jones, she then signed to acting agent Nicki van Gelder.