Jessie Mei Li

Jessie Mei Li

TV Actress

Jessica Mei Li is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Alina Starkov in the Netflix fantasy series Shadow and Bone.

Full Name
Aug 27, 1995
Net Worth


Jessie Mei Li is an English actress, best known for her roles in the television series Shadow and Bone. She was born on June 8th, 1996 in Camden, London. Her mother is a Chinese Malaysian who immigrated to England when she was young and her father is British-Chinese. She has two older brothers.

Li attended The Latymer School in Edmonton, North London before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). She graduated from RADA in 2017 with a BA Hons Acting degree. After graduating, she made appearances in theater productions such as A Midsummer Night's Dream at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and Yellow Face at the Park Theatre. 

In 2020, Li landed her breakthrough role as Alina Starkov in the Netflix original series Shadow and Bone. The show was hugely successful and earned Li a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama at the 78th Golden Globe Awards. Additionally, she won Breakout Talent of the Year at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards. 

Apart from acting, Li enjoys playing violin and spending time with friends and family. In 2017, she founded the charity organization “Matter” which works to provide opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their dreams.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Jessie Mei Li is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 8, 1996, Jessie Mei Li was born in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Bachelor of Arts degree.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Professional Acting Role</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gets her first professional acting role in the BBC miniseries "The Last Days of Troy".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Starring Role in Netflix Series "Shadow and Bone"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jessie Mei Li stars in the popular Netflix series "Shadow and Bone" as Alina Starkov.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Nominated for Saturn Award for Best Actress</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in "Shadow and Bone".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Variety's Power of Young Hollywood Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins Variety's Power of Young Hollywood Award for her work on "Shadow and Bone" and other projects.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2021</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Lead Role in Upcoming Movie "The Dig"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Jessie Mei Li has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming movie "The Dig".</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She is Talented </h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jessie Mei Li is an incredibly talented actress. She has starred in numerous TV shows and films, including the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. She brings her characters to life with her passionate delivery and strong acting skills.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She is Positive and Inspiring</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Jessie Mei Li is a positive and inspiring role model for young people. She always speaks out about issues that matter to her, such as mental health and diversity in the media. Through her words and actions, she encourages others to be their authentic selves and pursue their dreams.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She is Humble </h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Despite her success, Jessie Mei Li remains humble. She often talks about how lucky she was to get where she is today and credits the people who have helped her along the way. She also regularly gives back to the community by participating in charity events and fundraisers.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Asian American Lead in a Netflix Series</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessie Mei Li is the first Asian American to be cast as the lead in a Netflix series. She stars in the show "Shadow and Bone" which premiered in 2021.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Born in England</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessie Mei Li was born in England to Chinese parents. She is of mixed heritage, with both Chinese and British roots.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Started Acting at Age 17</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessie Mei Li began her acting career at age 17, appearing in several short films and commercials before booking her breakthrough role in Shadow and Bone.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessie Mei Li trained at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Acting.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Voiced a Character in an Animated Disney Film</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Jessie Mei Li voiced the character of Raya in the animated Disney film "Raya and The Last Dragon". She also provided the singing voice for the character.</p></div>


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