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) 22 February 1981 (age 40)
Alma materUniversity of Paris
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2002–present

Élodie Yung (French: [elɔdi juŋ]; born 22 February 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 22 February 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.[2][4] 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] In 2016 she starred as Amelia Roussel in the action comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. She plays Elektra in season 2 of Daredevil in 2016, and reprised the role in 2017 in The Defenders.[11] In 2020, Yung played the role of Catherine in the Disney+ film Secret Society of Second-Born Royals. In 2020, Yung appeared in the role of Thony in the Fox drama series The Cleaning Lady.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2018, Yung announced she was pregnant with her first child.[13] Her daughter with actor Jonathan Howard, Minavann Yung Howard, was born early August 2018.[14][15] In 2017, Yung commented on her cultural upbringing and identity and said "I've grown up in Cambodian culture, but I am French. I feel completely French."[2]


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 Disney+ film


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 (Season 2)
2017 The Defenders Main role; 8 episodes
2021 Love, Death & Robots Alice (voice/motion capture) Episode: "Pop Squad"
2022 The Cleaning Lady Thony De La Rosa Main role

Video games[edit]

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


  1. ^ Ty, Kanara (15 June 2013). "Yung at Heart: G.I. Joe star Élodie Yung opens up". Audrey. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tucker, Reed (16 August 2017). "Badass Marvel 'Defender' Elodie Yung could kick your butt in real life, too". New York Post. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  3. ^ Betancourt, David (16 March 2016). "This 'Daredevil' actress used her karate skills to play one of TV's toughest characters". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  4. ^ Grey, Tobias (Summer 2004). "France's new urban superheroes". Paris Voice. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  5. ^ Xuzuxuxjxjcj|url=https://thelast-magazine.com/elodie-yung/ |title=ELODIE YUNG |last=Kwong |first=Lily |work=The Last magazine |date=15 August 2017 |access-date=23 November 2017}}
  6. ^ a b c d Okwodu, Janelle (7 April 2016). "Daredevil Star Elodie Yung Kicks Butt On and Off the Red Carpet". Vogue. Retrieved 23 November 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. 5 November 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 (10 June 2011). "G.I. Joe: Elodie Yung in talks to join new movie (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  10. ^ Jen Yamato (20 February 2014). "Elodie Yung joins Summit's Gods of Egypt". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ Andrew Steinbeiser (7 July 2015). "Elodie Yung cast as Elektra for Daredevil Season 2". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (6 April 2020). "Élodie Yung To Headline Fox Drama Pilot 'The Cleaning Lady'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  13. ^ "ELODIE ⚡️YUNG on Instagram: "Surprise! My little sunshine ☀️"". Instagram.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ Jenna Anderson: 'Daredevil' Star Elodie Yung Welcomes Baby Girl. comicbook.com, 14 August 2018

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