Jenny Wu Actress

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I'm an actress for film, television, and stage.

Kicking off 2017, I will be seen in Sydney Theatre Company (STC)'s production of Chimerica, directed by STC's newly appointed Artistic Director, Kip Williams.

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In 2016, I starred in an Australian film that explored hot topics of racism, family and identity. 

In a leading role opposite Bryan Brown, directed by Kriv Stenders, the film, 'Australia Day', takes place over 12 hours interweaving the stories of three non-white Australians and their struggles on the national holiday.

Produced by Hoodlum and Foxtel, the film, led by a diverse cast, questions what it means to be Australian.

Estimated release late 2017.

'Lady Bloodfight', was my first martial arts movie lead role, a US production shot in the bustling city of Hong Kong. I played the antagonist, a sexy, comic book style, street punk, bad-ass chick who ends up kung fu fighting in a secret underground tournament, known as the Kumite.

Rigorous training in martial arts took place months prior to shooting in Hong Kong, building our skills level to where we, the actors, were actually fighting and doing a lot of our own stunts!

Directed by Chris Nahon, produced by Voltage Pictures. Lady Bloodfight premiered in Asia, late 2016.


Also in 2016, I had the great honour to work with Jane Campion on the TV sequel 'Top of the Lake' Season 2, which she wrote, produced and co-directed. Stayed tuned for dates, as the show premieres in 2017.

A Chinese comedy exploring relationships between sent-down youth during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, known by its Chinese title as《那年我对你的承诺》and in English as 'The Promise I Made to You', officially premiered at the Golden Rooster Chinese Film Festival, and was released theatrically across China in fall 2016. I had the joy of shooting this movie in the middle of winter, at -30 degrees Celcius heavy snow, in Northeastern China, bordering Russia.


An original Foxtel TV series - 'Secret City', a political thriller led by Anna Torv and Jackie Weaver, dubbed as the Australian 'House of Cards' was released to rave reviews in 2016. Stay tuned for season 2.

Born in Shanghai, and raised in Sydney, I decided quite young to be an actress. In year 7 we all had to name the potential career for our future, most people were undecided, I stood up and said ‘actor’, that turned a lot of heads. Nobody in their right mind would choose that career, and there I was, a studious, nerdy little girl.

I made my stage debut at 16 in a Bertolt Brecht play and honed my craft at the Young Actors Studio. First year of uni, I was adjudicator for the “Globe Shakespeare Competition” judging the quality of high school thespians all across the state. A year after that, I quit my uni studies, against my parents’ wishes, and spent the next three years at NIDA, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, a place where many successful creative forces have emerged and a few celebrities.

I also made it into the final top 10 out of 70000 entrants in the Transformers4: The Age of Extinction Chinese Actors Talent Search Competition, hosted by national Chinese TV channel CCTV6, M1905 and Paramount.

In 2014, I became an Artstart recipient from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Whilst on exchange at the Peking University, Beijing, I got involved on the biggest blockbuster Chinese movie at the time, 'Dragon Blade', as assistant director and translator. The job took me on a journey from Beijing through to the Gobi Desert, working with Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Siwon Choi, the Chopstick Brothers and several other Asian celebrities. Working closely with the big name superstars taught me so much about acting first hand. For 7 months, more than 18 hours a day, and pretty much no breaks, the work was incredibly challenging. In China, anything goes!


I was also fortunate to work alongside Liu Xiao Qing (the Chinese Meryl Streep), and badminton world champion Bao Chun Lai, on a soon-to-be-released celebrity driven reality travel show called 'Deep Breathing in Australia'. Working on the TV show as actor as well as bi-lingual assistant director, allowed me to take reigns both in front and behind the camera.

And so here we are, I'm only just getting started. My motto is dream big! Your only limits are the ones you place upon yourself! 

If you have a project you would like me to be involved with, contact me here, and we can embark on the next exciting and crazy adventure together.

Jenny Wu