Biography 

Samantha Wan is a Toronto-based actor-filmmaker. She is most well know for being one of the creators and stars of City TV’s sit-com Second Jen. Second Jen was nominated for Best Comedy Series by the Canadian Screen Awards ( Canada's Oscars equivalent). Samantha also plays Zoe Chow in Globals hit detective series Private Eyes. In other projects, Samantha is also the creator and star of Sudden Master, an online Kung Fu series commissioned by OMNI TV.  The show has accumulated numerous awards, including Best Action Series at the LA Action On Film Festival. The Festival also awarded Wan with a Woman With A Vision Award for her work as a producer and creator and best Female Action Performer of the Year for the project. She was also named Best Actress in a Drama at the Hollyweb Festival. Samantha also works in theatre, co-creating the play Madame Mao, that went on to win five Best of Fest awards from NOW Magazine. Samantha graduated from the National Theatre School in 2011 and has since appeared in various other works, a few being The Devil's Mile, Leslieville, Ruby Skye P.I. and Out With Dad. On the side, Samantha is also a dancer, with a particular love for jazz and urban street dance, and a martial artist, studying Wing Chun under Grand Master Sunny Tang. Coupled with her fight skills, Wan is a certified combatant for stage and screen with Fight Directors of Canada. 

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Awards & Nominations 

  • Best Comedy Series - Canadian Screen Award Nomination - Second Jen

  • Trail Blazer Award - Reel World FilmFestival - For overall contributions to the industry 

  • Female Action Performer of the Year 2015 - LA Action On Film Festival - Sudden Master

  • Best Actress in a Drama – Hollyweb - Sudden Master

  • Women With a Vision Award - LA Action On Film Festival - Sudden Master 

  • Best Digital Series - Rockie Nomination, Banff World Media Festival - Sudden Master

  • Best Rookie Script - WGC Nomination - Second Jen

  • Best Action Series - Vancouver Webfest - Sudden Master

  • Best New Play – NOW Magazine - Madame Mao