Julie Cheung-Inhin is a London-based British East Asian actress and playwright.
She is ethnically Chinese, with Mauritian-born parents, and she recently became a Mauritian citizen herself. A minority within a minority, Julie is unusual in that her second language is Creole.
Julie took a rather academic route before embarking on a full-time acting career. She worked for a number of years in higher education after completing her law degree from UCL. In 2006 however, she enrolled in the Acting Diploma at Birkbeck University and started acting part-time after successfully finishing the course.
In 2009 she was chosen for BBC Talent Boost, a scheme that provided screen acting training for minority performers. She continued working as an actor part-time and in 2013 she was accepted into the 2-year acting course at Drama Studio London.
After graduating in 2015, Julie went on to write and perform her one-woman show No More Lotus Flower!, a satirical piece of theatre that puts the spotlight on what it is like to be an East Asian actor in the UK. It was originally produced for the Camden Fringe Festival at the Camden People's Theatre, and in 2017 it was revived for the HerStory Festival at Theatre N16. Oberon Books published the play in January 2018 as part of a selection of plays called Foreign Goods Last Forever, edited by Jingan Young.
Julie works extensively in theatre and film, and has performed in various productions with True Heart Theatre and Yellow Earth. Most recently she was the Princess in Love’s Labour’s lost at The Rose Playhouse. She is also one of the actresses of Dangerous Space, an all-female theatre company created by Barbara Houseman and Nastazja Somers, launched in 2017 to address the lack of multi-dimensional roles for actresses.
This September she will be playing Maya in Eastern Star at Tara Arts, written and directed by Guy Slater.