Benedict Wong

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Benedict Wong
Benedict Wong by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1971-06-03) 3 June 1971 (age 47)
Eccles, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Benedict Wong (born 3 June 1971) is an British actor who has appeared on film, television and also on stage. Wong is known for portraying Kublai Khan in Netflix's Marco Polo (2014–16), Bruce Ng in The Martian (2015) and Wong in Doctor Strange (2016).

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he portrays the role of Wong – a coincidence given his surname – making his first appearance in Doctor Strange (2016) and later in Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

Early life[edit]

Wong was born in Eccles, Greater Manchester, England, to parents who had emigrated from Hong Kong to the United Kingdom via Ireland.[1] He was brought up in Salford and is a supporter of Manchester United.[2] He took a two-year performing arts course at Salford City College.[3]

Career[edit]

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.[4]

In 2007, Wong starred in the feature film Grow Your Own.[5]

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.[6] Wong also appeared in the film Shanghai playing the character Juso Kita and the BBC series Spirit Warriors in the role of Li.[7]

In 2012, Wong appeared in the Ridley Scott film Prometheus as ship's pilot Ravel.[8]

In 2013, Wong was cast in the lead role of #aww: The Arrest of Ai WeiWei at the Hampstead Theatre.[9] Shortly after, the Almeida Theatre announced that Wong had joined the cast of the play Chimerica.[10]

Also in 2013, Wong played the role of gangster Lau in the BBC Two comedy-drama The Wrong Mans.[11]

In 2014, Wong played the role of Kublai Khan in the Netflix series Marco Polo,[11][12] which on 7 January 2015 was renewed by Netflix for a 10-episode second series.

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.[13] In 2016, he co-starred as Wong in the superhero film Doctor Strange,[14] and reprised the role in the crossover film Avengers: Infinity War.[15]

In 2016, he 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 2017, he voiced the character of Alex Yu in Arkane Studios's game, Prey. He also 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.[16]

Awards[edit]

In 2003, Wong was nominated at the British Independent Film Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Guo Yi in Dirty Pretty Things.[17]

In 2013, Wong was nominated for the West End Frame award for Best Dramatic Performance 2013, for his role as Zhang Lin in Chimerica.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Pat Proudence
2001 Wit Fellow 2
Spy Game Tran
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Guo Yi
2003 Code 46 Medic
2005 On a Clear Day Chan
A Cock and Bull Story Ed
2007 Sunshine Trey
Grow Your Own Kung Sang
2008 Largo Winch William Kwan
2009 Moon Thompson
2010 Shanghai Juso Kita
2011 The Lady Karma Phuntsho
Johnny English Reborn Chi Han Ly
2012 Prometheus Ravel
2013 Hummingbird Mr Choy
Kick-Ass 2 Mr. Kim
2015 The Martian Bruce Ng
2016 Doctor Strange Wong
2018 Annihilation Lomax
Avengers: Infinity War Wong
2019 Gemini Man Baron Post-production
TBA The Personal History of David Copperfield Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
Breakout Jerry TV film
2000 Arabian Nights Hassan Miniseries
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"
2002–04 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"
Spooks Kai Episode 9.4
2010–11 Law & Order: UK Eli Smart 2 episodes
2011 Covert Affairs Shen Yue Episode: "World Leader Pretend"
2011–13 Top Boy Vincent 6 episodes
2013 The Wrong Mans Mr. Lau 4 episodes
Words of Everest Tenzing Norgay Documentary
Run Gao Episode 1.2
2014 Prey DS Ashley Chan 3 episodes
2014–16 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 Upcoming pilot

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Prey Alex Yu [19]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
1995 The Letter Ong Chi Seng Lyric Theatre
1998 The Merchant of Venice Solanio Shakespeare's Globe
1998 The Honest Whore Castruccio Shakespeare's Globe
1999 Julius Caesar Gaius Lucilius Shakespeare's Globe
1999 Antony and Cleopatra Menas / Scarus Shakespeare's Globe
2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Vic / Cop Hampstead Theatre
2009 The Pillowman Ariel Curve
2010 Hungry Ghosts Zhi-Hui Orange Tree Theatre
2012 Hamlet Laertes Young Vic
2013 The Arrest of Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei Hampstead Theatre
2013 Chimerica Zhang Lin Almeida Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mesure, Susie (28 July 2013). "Benedict Wong: 'I'm the go-to guy for victims of torture'". The Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Predictions". BBC. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Greater Manchester actors who hit the big time on stage and on screen". 25 March 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  4. ^ O'Neill, Phelim (9 March 2007). "First sight: Benedict Wong". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Kelly, Ann (11 June 2007). "Benedict Wong - Grow Your Own interview". BBC Films. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Benedict Wong discusses playing Prime". Channel 4. Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Press Office - Spirit Warriors press pack: introduction". BBC. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  8. ^ K., Cameron (20 February 2012). "Actor Benedict Wong talks about Prometheus". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Casting announced for #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei". Hampstead Theatre. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Benedict Wong People". Headlong. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Aroesti, Rachel (13 December 2014). "Benedict Wong: 'Television is reflecting an era that has passed, it's wrong'". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Hughes, Sarah (29 November 2014). "The 'Chinese Game of Thrones': Marco Polo sets sail for Netflix". The Independent. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "'The Martian' Slammed Over 'White-Washing' Asian-American Roles". Variety. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (21 January 2016). "'The Martian' Actor Nabs Key 'Doctor Strange' Role". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Benedict Wong Confirmed For Avengers Infinity War". 
  16. ^ "Film Review: 'Annihilation'". Variety. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "Benedict Wong". BIFA. Chapter Media. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vote: Best Dramatic Performance 2013". West End Frame Awards. West End Frame. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  19. ^ @wongrel (28 Apr 2017). "👊🏾💫🕹" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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