Benedict Wong (born 3 July 1971) is a British actor known for portraying Kublai Khan in Netflix's Marco Polo (2014–2016) and Bruce Ng in The Martian (2015). He gained global recognition as Wong in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Doctor Strange (2016).
Early life and education
Wong was born on 3 July 1971 in Eccles, Greater Manchester, England, to parents who had emigrated from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom via Ireland. He was brought up in Salford. He attended De La Salle Sixth Form College on Weaste Lane, Salford after leaving high school. He took a two-year performing arts course at Salford City College.
His first role was in a 1993 BBC Radio play called Kai Mei Sauce, written by Kevin Wong. He appeared as Errol Spears alongside Sean Lock in the situation comedy 15 Storeys High, and as Franklin Fu in the second series of Look Around You.
In 2007, Wong starred in the feature film Grow Your Own. Wong went on to appear in the second episode of Series 4 of the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd, playing the character Prime, a previous Countdown contestant who had won the sixteenth Countdown teapot when he was known as Harold Tong. Wong also appeared in the film Shanghai playing the character Juso Kita and the BBC series Spirit Warriors in the role of Li.
In 2012, Wong appeared in the Ridley Scott film Prometheus as ship's pilot Ravel. In 2013, Wong was cast in the lead role of #aww: The Arrest of Ai WeiWei at the Hampstead Theatre. Shortly after, the Almeida Theatre announced that Wong had joined the cast of the play Chimerica. Also in 2013, Wong played the role of gangster Lau in the BBC Two comedy-drama The Wrong Mans.
The next year, he appeared in another Ridley Scott science fiction film, playing the director of the Jet Propulsion Lab, Bruce Ng in The Martian. In 2016, he co-starred as Wong in the superhero film Doctor Strange and later reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, He will once again return in the role in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Wong appeared in "Hated in the Nation", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror, playing Shaun Li, an agent with the National Crime Agency in 2016. In 2017 he voiced the character of Alex Yu in the Arkane Studios game Prey and starred in "2036: Nexus Dawn", a promotional short film prequel to Blade Runner 2049 directed by Luke Scott and co-starring Jared Leto. He appeared as the scientist Lomax in the 2018 science fiction horror film Annihilation.
In 2019, he performed the voice of the Skeksis general skekVar in the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and the voice of Bull in the film Lady and the Tramp. In 2020, he appeared as a Necromancer in an episode of the FX television series What We Do in the Shadows. In 2021, Wong voiced the warrior giant Tong in the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon.
|1992||Screenplay||Le Van Dong||Episode: "Small Metal Jacket"|
|1993||Last of the Summer Wine||Chinese Man||Episode: "Aladdin Gets on Your Wick"|
|1994||The Chief||Peng||Episode 4.2|
|Frank Stubbs Promotes||Lee||Episode: "Chinatown"|
|1995||Cardiac Arrest||Radiographer||Episode: "Shallow End"|
|Hearts and Minds||Chinese Interpreter||Episode 1.3|
|1996||Pie in the Sky||Michael Cheung||Episode: "Chinese Whispers"|
|Cracker||Peter Yang||Episode: "White Ghost"|
|1997||Supply & Demand||Frankie Li||TV film|
|The Bill||Li Mann||Episode: "Alternative Therapies"|
|The Bill||Michael Wei||3 episodes|
|2002||The Bill||DS David Chiu||5 episodes|
|TLC||Terry Cheung||6 episodes|
|Look Around You||Chess Player||Episode: "The Brain"|
|2002–2004||15 Storeys High||Errol Spears||12 episodes|
|2003||State of Play||Pete Cheng||6 episodes|
|2005||Look Around You||Dr Franklin Fu||Episode: "Health"|
|2006||Eleventh Hour||Danny||Episode: "Containment"|
|2007||Frankenstein||Dr. Ed Gore||TV film|
|2008||The Peter Serafinowicz Show||Various characters||4 episodes|
|2009||Spirit Warriors||Li||7 episodes|
|2010||The IT Crowd||Harold "Prime" Tong||Episode: "The Final Countdown"|
|2010, 2011||Law & Order: UK||Eli Smart||2 episodes|
|2011||Covert Affairs||Shen Yue||Episode: "World Leader Pretend"|
|2011–2013||Top Boy||Vincent||6 episodes|
|2013||The Wrong Mans||Mr. Lau||4 episodes|
|Words of Everest||Tenzing Norgay||Documentary|
|2014||Prey||DS Ashley Chan||3 episodes|
|2014–2016||Marco Polo||Kublai Khan||20 episodes|
|2016||Black Mirror||Shaun Li||Episode: "Hated in the Nation"|
|2017||Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams||Ed Andrews||Episode: "Impossible Planet"|
|2019||Deadly Class||Master Lin||10 episodes|
|The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||The General (skekVar)||Main voice role|
|2020||What We Do in the Shadows||Wallace the Necromancer||Episode: "Resurrection"|
|2021||What If...?||Wong (voice)||Episode: "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?"|
|TBA||The 3-Body Problem||TBA||Pre-production; main role|
|1995||The Letter||Ong Chi Seng||Lyric Theatre|
|1998||The Merchant of Venice||Solanio||Shakespeare's Globe|
|The Honest Whore||Castruccio|
|1999||Julius Caesar||Gaius Lucilius|
|Antony and Cleopatra||Menas / Scarus|
|2003||In Arabia We'd All Be Kings||Vic / Cop||Hampstead Theatre|
|2010||Hungry Ghosts||Zhi-Hui||Orange Tree Theatre|
|2013||The Arrest of Ai Weiwei||Ai Weiwei||Hampstead Theatre|
|Chimerica||Zhang Lin||Almeida Theatre|
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