Naomi Yang was born in Beijing but grew up in Manchester. Surprisingly, she was a primary school teacher before she decided to become an actor. It was perhaps the best 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 Whishaw 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 Katie Leung.
The past couple of years have been equally busy for Naomi; she appeared in the ITV hit series Endeavour; as Maya in BBC1’s ratings topper The Salisbury Poisonings; as well as Brave New World (NBC) and Safe Space (Sky). Later this year will see the release of animated feature Dragonkeeper, (China Film Animation) in which Naomi stars as heroine Ping, alongside Bill Nighy and Bill Bailey. She is currently filming Wolfe (Sky) from creator Paul Abbott, alongside Babou Ceesay and Amanda Abbington.