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Elaine Tan

Elaine Tan
Born London, England
Occupation Actress

Elaine Tan is an English actress. As a young child she spent several years at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, appearing in television, film, commercials, radio and stage productions, including Royal Variety Shows, South Pacific and the Sadler's Wells Theatre production of The King and I. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Law and completed the Legal Practice Certificate in London.

Tan was cast in the lead role of "Liat" by Sir Trevor Nunn in his production of South Pacific at the Royal National Theatre,[1] and sang 'Happy Talk' as a duet with the character of Bloody Mary which features on the musical soundtrack recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

In 2006, she was nominated for Best Actress at the ECU European Independent Film Festival.

Her television credits include HBO feature film Starter for 10, Sala Khan in the movie Jewtopia, April in Gina Prince-Bythewood's Beyond the Lights and Xandra in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice.


  • Filmography 1
    • Film 1.1
    • Television 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3



year Film Character
1988 Infantile Disorders Tiny
2002 420 Seconds of Love Holly
2006 Apartment 406 Angela Proctor
2006 Starter for 10 Lucy Chang
2012 Jewtopia Sala Khan
2012 Departure Date Gorgeous Girl
2012 Mission Chinese Antu
2014 Beyond the Lights April
2014 Inherent Vice Xandra


Year Title Role
1988 Playbus Unknown
1990 Alfonso Bonzo Second Kid
1992 Uncle Jack Yasmin
2001 Risk Kim
2002–2003 Harry and Cosh Stacey
2003 Trust Jazz singer
2004 EastEnders Receptionist
2004 Nighty Night Gina
2004 Footballers' Wives Candy
2004 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Waitress
2006 The Bill Shona Dickins
2006 Hollyoaks: In the City Gucci
2006–2007 EastEnders Li Chong
2008 Boston Legal Lisa
2009 'Til Death Julie
2010 Fake It til You Make It Leela
2011 Entourage Tammy
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Shizu Yoshi
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Miss Lotus
2014 Person of Interest Kelli
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Zi Chen
2014 Hand of God Anne
2015 Frikjent Angeline Borgen
2015 Doctor Who Nagata


  1. ^ Wolf, Matt (13 December 2001). "South Pacific". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 

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