Tamlyn Tomita (JOY LUCK CLUB) in ABC’s hit medical drama “The Good Doctor” (returning on Monday, September 24th).
Iconic Japanese-American actress Tamlyn Tomita, who jumped to fame in her exemplary performance in THE JOY LUCK CLUB, is back on primetime TV as a series regular on ABC’s #1 drama series The Good Doctor(returning for season 2 on Monday, September 24th). Tamlyn is also set for an integral arc in Amazon’s flagship drama series The Man in the High Castle for their highly anticipated third season (returning Friday, October 5th).
Co-created by David Shore, the showrunner behind House, and produced by Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O), The Good Doctor centers around brilliant pediatric surgeon “Dr. Shaun Murphy” (played by actor Freddie Highmore who was is a 2018 Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee for the role) with autism and savant syndrome who relocates to a respected hospital in S
an Jose, where his new colleagues wrestle with the opportunities and challenges provided by his abilities. Tomita plays “Allegra Aoki,” the director at the hospital w
ho makes the decision to hire him and goes to bat as his ally in the work place.
The first season of the drama series from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, averaged a 1.8 and 9.8 million viewers per episode in Live+Same Day, solidifying it as the # 1 new drama of the season, with IndieWire’s Ben Travers saying “There have been few storylines that stand out beyond the typical medical drama; this one’s just done well enough to make you buy in.
Tomita is also set for a key recurring role in Amazon’s drama series The
Man in the High Castlefor the upcoming third season whichpremieres Friday, October 5th. Tomita will play “Tamiko”, an Okinawan-American woman born in Hawaii who was an American citizen before the war. Now living in San Francisco, she is “Tagomi’s” (Cary Hiroyuki-Tagawa) neighbor. Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II.
Tamlyn made her screen debut as “Kumiko” in THE KARATE KID, PART II, and is best known for her role in the memorable BAFTA Award-nominated film THE JOY LUCK CLUB. Since then, she has appeared in numerous feature films, television and theatre projects. On television, Tomita was recently a series regular on the EPIX original series Berlin Station, which follows a CIA agent on a mission to uncover the source of leaked information to a now infamous whistle blower stationed in Berlin. Tamlyn additionally co-starred as “Noshiko Yukimura” in the CW’s fan favorite series Teen Wolf. She’s had memorable roles on hit acclaimed series How to Get Away with Murder, True Blood, Glee, and 24, just to name a few.
As a strong voice and leader in the Asian community, Tamlyn prides herself inchoosing roles that are impactful and a true representation of the rich history of her culture. Her work in film has included THE JOY LUCK CLUB which centers around the loving relationships of four Chinese women and their daughters; COME SEE THE PARADISE, a film depicting the Japanese-American concentration camps, as well as sci-fi thrillers THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, TEKKEN, and THE EYE. Tamlyn has also found the time to appear in several stage productions including Heart Song, A Distant Shore, and Winter Crane, for which she received a Drama-Logue Award.
Tamlyn is active in social and political causes and proudly supports Asian-American and emerging independent filmmakers and artists in the pursuit of giving the world a gallery of portraits from golden and unique perspectives. One such project is the short film REAL ARTISTS whose filmmakers were committed to elevating representation with this sci-fi short about art, artificial intelligence and the future of film that features a 75% female crew and a cast-crew that’s 50% people of color. REAL ARTISTS is currently on the festival circuit and has already won 12 awards and received 27 other nominations. Another project is the short film NINGYO, which has also received acclaim and buzz on the festival circuit.
Tamlyn is based in Los Angeles but is currently filming in Vancouver.