|Jean Yoon Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||May 4, 1962|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Jean Yoon is an American-born Canadian actress, writer, playwright, and voiceover artist. She is best known for originating the role of family matriarch Umma in the 2011 play Kim’s Convenience as well as in the award-winning CBC Television series adapted from the play. Jean Yoon has also been a part of shows and movies like This Is Wonderland, Orphan Black, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Brady Bunch in the White House, Dragon Boys, La Femme Nikita, The Path to 9/11, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Peg+Cat, and Elliot the Littlest Reindeer.
Champaign, Illinois, United States
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jean Yoon studied at Innis College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Toronto, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.
Actress, Writer, Playwright, Voiceover Artist
- Mother – Chung-Bin
Jean Yoon has been signed with Gary Goddard Agency Ltd., Talent Agency, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
5 ft 1 in or 155 cm
48 kg or 106 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Note – Jean Yoon has a son and she described herself as a “mom who acts” in a 2017 interview with NOW Magazine.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Korean descent.
Jean Yoon Facts
- She grew up in Toronto, Ontario.
- In the early 1980s, Jean Yoon began her acting career as a theatre artist.
- Between 2005 and 2006, she played the recurring role of June Kim in the legal comedy-drama television series titled This Is Wonderland.
- She co-starred as Belinda Lok in the CBC miniseries, Dragon Boys, in 2007 and this role got her nominated for a Gemini Award.
- Jean Yoon played the character of Dr. Montague in the 2009 American romantic science-fiction drama film, The Time Traveler’s Wife, which stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.
- In 2016, she started appearing as Mrs. Yong-mi Kim (“Umma”), the family matriarch whose life revolves around the store, family, and church, in the CBC Television sitcom, Kim’s Convenience. Jean Yoon co-starred in the show alongside Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Andrea Bang, Simu Liu, Andrew Phung, and Nicole Power.
- For her performance in Kim’s Convenience, she won the 2017 ACTRA Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress” and was also nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards.
- She has written many plays, poems, and essays.
- Jean Yoon wrote The Yoko Ono Project, a multi-media performance art comedy about Yoko Ono, her art, and her impact. This won her a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination and a Jessie Richardson Award.
Featured Image by Canadian Film Centre / Flickr / CC BY 2.0