Naomi Yang was born in Beijing but grew up in Manchester, England. Surprisingly, she was a primary school teacher before she decided to become an actor. It was perhaps the greatest decision she could have made, having since appeared in several high profile roles in both film and television.
She made her debut in Lilting (2014), also the debut feature of Hong Khaou who was named as one of BAFTA’s Brits to Watch shortly after the film’s release. The film, which starred Ben Wishaw and Chinese film icon Pei-Pei Cheng, was nominated for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer, as well as three British Independent Film Awards. Naomi followed her incredible debut with guest roles in New Blood (BBC), DCI Banks (ITV) and Hollyoaks (Channel 4), before landing the part of Joy in the four-part Chimerica (Channel 4) alongside double BAFTA nominee Sophie Okenado and 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Katie Leung.
Naomi is soon to appear as one of the lead voice talents in a Spain-China animated co-production called Dragonkeeper, also starring Bill Nighy and Bill Bailey.