Élodie Yung

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Élodie Yung
Elodie Yung by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Yung at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1981-02-22) February 22, 1981 (age 38)
Paris, France
Alma materUniversity of Paris
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2002–present

Élodie Yung (French pronunciation: ​[elɔdi juŋ]; born February 22, 1981) is a French actress. She is best known for her role as Elektra Natchios in the second season of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix series Daredevil and the Netflix miniseries The Defenders.

Early life[edit]

Yung was born in Paris, on February 22, 1981. Her father is Cambodian and her mother is French.[1][2] She grew up in Seine-Saint-Denis.[2] Her father enrolled her in karate classes at age 9,[3] and she eventually became a black belt in her late teens.[4][2] Yung earned a law degree at the University of Paris with the intention of becoming a judge.[2][5][6] However, at the age of 29, she instead pursued acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[2][6]


Yung's first roles were on TV after she started receiving acting role proposals when she was 20 years old.[7] Following her 2004 film debut as female lead Tsu in Les fils du vent, she played the gang lord Tao in District 13: Ultimatum.[6] Yung returned to TV for the first three seasons of the successful police series, Les Bleus with Clémentine Célarié.[8] Yung appeared in the 2011 film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Miriam Wu, a romantic interest of Lisbeth Salander.[6] In 2013, she appeared on the silver screen as the ninja Jinx in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.[9] She starred in the film Gods of Egypt (2016), as the goddess Hathor.[10] She plays Elektra in season 2 of Daredevil in 2016, and reprised the role in 2017 in The Defenders.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2018, Yung announced she was pregnant with her first child.[12] Her daughter with actor Jonathan Howard, Minavann Yung Howard, was born early August 2018.[13][14]


Yung at New York Comic Con 2015


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Les fils du vent Tsu
2007 Fragile(s) Isa
2008 Home Sweet Home Marie-Jo
2009 District 13: Ultimatum Tao
2010 Opération Casablanca Isako
Let Her The woman Short film
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Miriam Wu
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Kim Arashikage / Jinx
2014 10 Things I Hate About Life
Still Christina
Believe Murray's Wife Short film
2015 Narcopolis Eva Gray
2016 Gods of Egypt Hathor
2017 The Hitman's Bodyguard Amelia Roussel
2020 Secret Society of Second Born Royals Queen Catherine[15] Disney+ film; in post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 La vie devant nous Jade Perrin 30 episodes
2005–2007 Mademoiselle Joubert Fanny Ledoin 3 episodes
2006–2010 Les Bleus Laura Maurier 29 episodes
2007 Sécurité intérieure Joséphine Television miniseries
2009 Little Wenzhou Su Television movie
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Rizpah 1 episode
2016 Daredevil Elektra Natchios Main role, 10 episodes
2017 The Defenders Elektra Natchios Main role, 8 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Olivia Durant


  1. ^ Ty, Kanara (June 15, 2013). "Yung at Heart: G.I. Joe star Élodie Yung opens up". Audrey. Archived from the original on May 25, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e Tucker, Reed (August 16, 2017). "Badass Marvel 'Defender' Elodie Yung could kick your butt in real life, too". New York Post. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Betancourt, David (March 16, 2016). "This 'Daredevil' actress used her karate skills to play one of TV's toughest characters". Washington Post. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Grey, Tobias (Summer 2004). "France's new urban superheroes". Paris Voice. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Kwong, Lily (August 15, 2017). "ELODIE YUNG". The Last magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d Okwodu, Janelle (April 7, 2016). "Daredevil Star Elodie Yung Kicks Butt On and Off the Red Carpet". Vogue. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "La féminité est un atout, je n'hésite pas à en user" [Femininity is an asset, I don't hesitate to use it.]. Le Figaro. November 5, 2012. Élodie Yung, action girl. La belle eurasienne de 'Millennium' et 'G.I. Joe'... [Élodie Yung, action girl. The beautiful Eurasian woman from Millennium and G.I. Joe...]
  8. ^ "Les Bleus, episode listings". Universal France DVD.
  9. ^ Borys Kit (June 10, 2011). "G.I. Joe: Elodie Yung in talks to join new movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Jen Yamato (2014-02-20). "Elodie Yung joins Summit's Gods of Egypt". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Andrew Steinbeiser (July 7, 2015). "Elodie Yung cast as Elektra for Daredevil Season 2". ComicBook.com. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "ELODIE ⚡️YUNG on Instagram: "Surprise! My little sunshine ☀️"". Instagram.
  13. ^ "Jonathan Howard on Instagram: "Friends, Instagrammers and Social Media, lend me your ears... Let me introduce you to the new love of my life.. Minavann Yung Howard!"". Instagram.
  14. ^ Jenna Anderson: 'Daredevil' Star Elodie Yung Welcomes Baby Girl. comicbook.com, 14 August 2018
  15. ^ "Skylar Astin Joins Cast of Secret Society of Second-Born Royals on Disney+". BroadwayWorld. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 10, 2019.

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