Gwendoline Yeo

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The native form of this personal name is Yáng Shíxián. This article uses Western name order when mentioning individuals.
Gwendoline Yeo
Born Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo
(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 39)
Alma mater UCLA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Occupation Actress, voice actress, and musician
Years active 2001 – present
Relatives George Yeo (uncle)

Gwendoline See-Hian Yeo (simplified Chinese: 杨时贤; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: Yáng Shíxián; born July 10, 1977) is a Singaporean-born American actress, voice actress and musician, best known for her recurring guest-star role as Xiao-Mei in the hit television series Desperate Housewives, and as Dr. Kelly Lee in General Hospital.


Early life[edit]

Born in Singapore, Yeo is the niece of George Yeo, former Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs. She moved to California as a teenager, graduating (with honors) from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1994. Yeo received her BA from UCLA before the age of 20, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa as well as receiving a diploma in Classical Piano from the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Her love of music led her to specialize in playing the traditional Chinese instrument, guzheng, which culminated in a one-woman radio show on NPR-KCRW. It also included the debut of her first two zither/vocal tracks "Kiss My Grits" and "Lovers." Yeo was crowned Miss Asian America in 1995 and was also named Miss Chinatown USA in 1998-1999. This led to her getting some TV presenting jobs, as well as a few commercials. From there, her television and film careers blossomed.


Yeo played Xiao-Mei, the Chinese maid of Gabrielle (Eva Longoria) and Carlos (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) in Desperate Housewives, and Dr. Kelly Lee in General Hospital. Her other past appearances include television series 24, JAG, NYPD Blue and The O.C.. Yeo also guest starred in an episode of Hannah Montana and Chuck. Yeo is the voice actress of Paine in Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts II. She also voices Lady Deathstrike in X-Men: Next Dimension, Mercy Graves in The Batman, Li-en in Zatch Bell!, and Lieutenant Keiko Tanaka in an episode of What's New, Scooby Doo?. She has also appeared in the films Night Skies, and The Perfect Girl. In the film Broken Trail, Yeo played "Sun Foy" and was called "number three" by Robert Duvall's character. In 2007, she played Dr. Samantha Yep in The Jane Austen Book Club.


Live-action roles[edit]




  • Progresso: "You don't love the dress?" as Chef

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