Gwendoline broke into prime time landing the role as sultry adulteress “Xiao Mei” in the hit series “Desperate Housewives” where she was submitted for an Emmy Nomination for Best Guest Star in a comedy.
She lent her talent once again to ABC in acclaimed crime drama “American Crime” created & written by oscar winner John Ridley playing compassionate yet tough “1st Sgt. Richelle Yoon,” alongside her former “Housewives” co-star Felicity Huffman & talented ensemble. The show garnered 10 emmy nominations including best casting & best show.
Yeo first caught the eye of critics as she played opposite Robert Duvall in the Emmy® award winning miniseries "Broken Trail." She was nominated Best Supporting Actress for the NAMIC Vision Award for her work. She also won two Best Actress awards: the first at the Worldfest- Houston International Film Festival and the second at Iowa’s Landlocked Film Festival for her lead role as femme fatale “Kun Hua” in the indie movie "Heathens & Thieves." She has since held a number of notable primetime roles including but not limited to "Castle," "the Mentalist," “Chuck" & "24".
She also finds great affinity for voice work and has three action figures: Paine from "Final Fantasy X-2:, Cato Parsitti from "Star Wars Clone Wars" & Domino from "Wolverine and the X-men." She's voiced over 50 cartoons & games. Feature leads include "Iron Man", "Dead Space 2" & "The Dark Knight Returns 1&2".
Yeo who was born in Singapore & immigrated with her family to the United States when she was eleven years old. Some Singaporeans refer to her as “BG Yeo’s niece" her famous uncle, a General in the military as well as deeply respected Foreign Minister of Singapore for two decades. Her Uncle jokes “now they refer to me as Gwendoline Yeo’s Uncle”.
After high school, her dream to attend UCLA was deterred by her parent’s disapproval. A neighbor urged her to compete in the "Miss Teen Chinatown San Francisco" pageant in hopes of using the prize money to pay her own way. She won the pageant title in 1994 and went on to win "Miss Asia America in 1996" and finally "Miss Chinatown USA in 1998" during which time she traveled through Asia and used her fluency in Chinese to help connect with many children in need in Hong Kong & Taiwan.
Just shy of 17, Yeo graduated from high school with a nomination for Valedictorian & received the General Excellence Award. She simultaneously graduated with a Diploma in Music having completed the advanced program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music playing the Piano & Chinese Long Zither. With the help of her pageant winnings, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s from UCLA - Phi Beta Kappa & Summa Cum Laude in Communication Studies before she turned 20.
In 2010, Yeo realized how much she wanted to tell her own story and in turn produced, wrote and starred in a successful run of her one-woman show in Los Angeles "Laughing With My Mouth Wide Open" at the El Centro Theatre—charting a journey from abuse and suppression to freedom and laughter that the Los Angeles Times described as “Brilliant!”
Yeo adapted her story in a screenplay, a "Little Miss Sunshine"- esque dramedy she wrote based on her autobiography.
She was also invited to design a Limited Edition Women’s Line for Nine Deep aptly named “Gwendoline Yeo” that launched December 2015 at “The Zoo” boutique in West Hollywood & Online.
Gwendoline resides in Los Angeles & when not on screen, writing at a cafe or at her clothing boutique, she loves to travel America, vintage & antique hunt, tinkles on the keyboard & Chinese Zither, exploring eateries with her close friends & spends time with her Yorkshire Terrier.
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