Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Samantha is an actress, writer, director, chef-entrepreneur and former professional dancer who has lived in Malaysia, UK and USA. She is the first Malaysian in history to become a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio
, led by co-presidents Ellen Burstyn, Al Pacino and Alec Baldwin.
Samantha is the creator and star of Ally Chia on Amazon Prime Video, based loosely on her real life as a struggling chef.
She can currently be seen opposite Kristen Bell in a viral PAW Patrol promo, directed by Emmy winners Morgan Sackett and Dean Holland.
Film/TV: Fresh Off The Boat, Venom, Harry Potter V and VI
Road Theatre: According to the Chorus (2022), Memorial Day
NYC (Actors Studio Drama School): Blackbird by Adam Rapp, The Lover by Harold Pinter
London West End:
The King & I (Royal Albert Hall), High School Musical (original UK cast), Carmen the Opera (O2 Arena), London Olympics closing ceremony
Training: MFA Acting – Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University NY, BA (Hons) Theatre Dance – London Studio Centre, The Groundlings
Samantha is also an experienced audiobook narrator, with titles including Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon.