|Education||Queens College Oxford, The Poor School|
|Occupation||Actor / Writer|
Vera Chok is a London-based Malaysian actress and writer, who has featured in stage, screen and radio roles.
Early life and education
Chok was born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, of Chinese ancestry. After attending Assunta Primary and Secondary schools in Malaysia and Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire, she graduated from Queens College, Oxford, before training as an actor at the Poor School in London and with Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
Chok's main theatre roles have included parts in the award-winning Lucy Kirkwood play Chimerica (2013), as part of the original cast at the Almeida and Harold Pinter theatres and in The World of Extreme Happiness (The Shed at the National Theatre, 2013), in which she co-starred with Katie Leung. Chok played the part of Ming Ming, a female migrant worker, in a production about the world of migrant workers in rapidly emerging modern China. Vera Chok also appeared in the TV miniseries version of Chimerica on Channel 4 in 2019, alongside Katie Leung.
In 2015, Chok appeared in Nicholas Hytner's final production as artistic director for the National Theatre, Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem. The play was Stoppard's first for the theatre since 2006 and a special screening was broadcast live to cinemas. She subsequently had roles in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of The Winter's Tale at the Garrick Theatre in late 2015  and an associated work, Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade, also at the Garrick, which humorously depicts a postwar CEMA-sponsored theatrical troop at a provincial theatre in Brackley making a hash of Romeo and Juliet and "the intrigues and dalliances of the company members".
Chok was nominated in the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Awards (Best Debut Performance In An Audio Drama) for her performance in the BBC Radio 3 production of British Chinese novelist Xiaolu Guo's first play, Dostoevsky And The Chickens (2014), in which she co-starred. In Liao Yimei's comedy drama Rhinoceros in Love, also for Radio 3, she plays the beautiful Mingming, the object of a zookeeper's longing, in a performance described by the Sunday Times as 'bewitching'.
She appeared in Jingo (2008, Finborough Theatre, London) and played the lead role of Lila in the stage adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Firework-Maker's Daughter (2011, Theatre by the Lake) - described by The Stage as a 'poignant performance'.
In addition, Chok has appeared in a number of independent and main release films, in the long-running ITV series Coronation Street and in TV dramas for the BBC, Netflix and Sky.
Whatsonstage.com named her one of "15 theatre faces to look out for in 2015". Asked by the magazine to give her advice on International Women's Day, Chok said "Play the long game: stay open, generous, and keep developing your craft."
In 2016, she contributed a chapter to the widely publicised anthology of the personal accounts of members of immigrant and ethnic minorities in the UK, 'The Good Immigrant'. Writing about her experiences as a Malaysian immigrant in Britain in the Guardian during Black History Month, Chok commented on the invisibility of 'East Asian' groups in Britain: "In the UK media, we don’t see south Asians portrayed in a way that reflects their position as the largest racial minority group in the UK (3 million to 1.9 million black British). East Asians, the third-largest and fastest-growing racial group at 1.2 million, people bear the damning “model minority” label which isolates them from other people of colour, and condemns them to an invisibility where violence against them is ignored." Writing in British Chinese journal Neehao in 2017, she urged British Chinese and East Asian actors not to take on parts that reinforce anti-China sentiment at a time when " ...asians in America, in LIBERAL states, are being beaten up because of anti-China rhetoric from D(onald) T(rump)."
She wrote a play for online, Rice!, broadcast on Zoom in 2021, a co-production between Omnibus Theatre and Malaysian company Wayang Kitchen, which featured a distributed Malaysian meal to cook at home with tutorial help, plus a play broadcast from Kuala Lumpur and Wiltshire, according to The Stage "an elegant proposition: playing to audiences in both the UK and Malaysia, this story about migration and belonging unfolds while we cook congee with meal kits provided by the company".
In 2010, Chok founded saltpeter, an independent theatre company. She produced and starred in their opera production Tonseisha - The Man Who Abandoned the World (2014 - Studio, Central Saint Martins), which is adapted from the play by Erik Patterson. In the work, which features opera, dance and theatre, Chok played Yukiko, a Japanese woman haunted by the losses of her father and Beat writer Richard Brautigan. In 2011, she founded the Brautigan Book Club, which stimulates creative explorations based on Brautigan's work.
|2007||Heartless||Lily||London Film School, Sasha Collington|
|2007||The Games||Athlete||Audience Award, East End Film Festival (2008), Optimistic Productions, Hilary Powell|
|2008||Son||Dancer||Sister Films, Daniel Mulloy|
|2010||The Heights||Mrs Watson||BBC/Shorthouse, Sue Dunderdale|
|2011||Random 11||Candace||VertigoHeights, TS Ukpo|
|2012||Alice 3||Alice||VertigoHeights, TS Ukpo|
|2012||After the World Ended||Anna||VertigoHeights, TS Ukpo|
|2012||Panic||Ling||White Night Films, Sean Spencer|
|2013||The Riot Club (released September 2014)||Banker||Blueprint, Lone Scherfig|
|2014||Alice in the City (working title)||Alice||TS Ukpo|
|2014||Lucky 13||Mallory||TS Ukpo|
|2015||Miss You Already||Chang Zhe Tzung||New Sparta/S Films, Catherine Hardwicke|
|2016||Simana||VertigoHeights, TS Ukpo|
|2017||The Mummy||Prodigium Tech||Universal Pictures, Alex Kurtzman|
|2018||Christopher Robin||Margaret King (Train Passenger 1)||Walt Disney Pictures, Marc Forster|
|1990||Selamat Pagi Malaysia (Good Morning Malaysia)||Presenter|
|2009||Future Perfect (pilot)||Sarah||Vertigo Heights, TS Ukpo|
|2010||Hacket Hill (pilot)||Spittlelick||Drowning Bee Productions, Dominic St Clair|
|2012||Coronation Street||Moira Bayley||ITV Granada, David Kester. Episode 8029.|
|2017||Chewing Gum||Penelope||E4, Michaela Coel. Series 2, Episode 2: 'I need some company'.|
|2018||Collateral||Jill Leong||BBC2 / Netflix, George S. J. Faber and The Forge. Episode 3.|
|2018||Fortitude||Shen||Sky Atlantic / Amazon, Tiger Aspect Productions / Fifty Fathoms. Season 3.|
|2019||Chimerica||Shen||Channel 4, Playground Entertainment, written by Lucy Kirkwood, produced by Colin Callender, Sophie Gardiner, Adrian Sturges.|
|2020||Cobra||Air traffic controller (episodes 1.1 and 1.6)||Sky One, written by Ben Richards, directed by Hans Herbots.|
|2014||Dostoevsky and the Chickens||Nieu||BBC Radio 3, Emma Harding|
|2014||Brief Lives (Season 7, Episode 1)||Anh||BBC Radio 4, Tom Fry / Sharon Kelly|
|2014||Rhinoceros in Love ||Mingming||BBC Radio 3, Emma Harding|
|2017||Inspector Chen ||Detective Hong||BBC Radio 4, Joy Wilkinson|
|2000||The Winter's Tale (by William Shakespeare)||Time||Toured Japan with OUDS|
|2007||When the Lights Went Out||Samina||Tara Arts UK Tour, Vik Sivalingam|
|2008||Jingo by Charles Wood||Shirley||Finborough Theatre, Primavera Productions|
|2009||Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, adapted from the translation by Simon Armitage||Guinevere / The Green Lady||New Perspectives (UK tour), Daniel Buckroyd|
|2010||Mansfield Park and Ride||Fanny Fitztightly/Lucy Bonnet||Eastern Angles, Ivan Cutting|
|2010||Uncle Vanya (by Anton Chekhov)||Yelena||Sturdy Beggars, Vik Sivalingam|
|2010||The Death of Tintagel||Ygraine||saltpeter, Vik Sivalingam|
|2011||Talking in Bed||Nadia||Theatre503, Cecily Boys|
|2011||The Fever||Brighton Fringe, saltpeter, Gary Merry|
|2011||The Firework-Maker's Daughter (theatre adaptation)||Lila||Theatre by the Lake, Stefan Escreet|
|2012||Upstairs (rehearsed reading)||Noi||Finborough Theatre, Steve Keyworth|
|2013||Chimerica (by Lucy Kirkwood)||Mary Chang/Michelle||Almeida Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Lyndsey Turner|
|2013||The World of Extreme Happiness||Xiao Li / Ming - Ming / Qing Shu Min||National Theatre, Michael Longhurst|
|2014||Twelfth Night (by William Shakespeare)||Maria||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Max Webster|
|2015||The Hard Problem (by Tom Stoppard)||Bo||National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner|
|2015||The Winter's Tale (by William Shakespeare)||Dorcas||Garrick Theatre, Kenneth Branagh|
|2015||Harlequinade (by Terence Rattigan)||Miss Fishlock||Garrick Theatre, Kenneth Branagh|
|2018||The Outsider (L’Étranger) (adapted by Ben Okri)||Marie||Print Room at the Coronet, Abbey Wright|
|2019||The Paper Man, Improbable (artistic director Lee Simpson), directed by Tanuja Amarasuriya.||Co-creator and actor||Soho Theatre|
|2020||Alice - A virtual theme park, directed by Zoe Seaton.||The Red Queen||Creation Theatre Company|
|2021||Rice!, directed by Hester Welch and Razif Hashim.||Writer||Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, London (online), Felicity Paterson|
- "WHO'S THIS MALAYSIAN ACTRESS WHO'S ACTING WITH JAMES BONDS' BOSS?". Cil!sos.my. 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "Spotlight Actresses 2013/2014". Spotlight. 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "The World of Extreme Happiness: A Story of China's Urban Migrants". The Culture Trip - China. 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Casting, Plot and Dates Announced for National Theatre Production of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem". Playbill.com. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "The Winter's Tale". Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. 2015. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "The Winter's Tale/Harlequinade (Garrick Theatre)". WhatsOnStage.com. 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
- "Harlequinade". Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
- "Doctor Who and Ian McKellen among BBC Audio Drama Award nominations". Digital Spy. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
- "The Wire - Dostoevsky and the Chickens". BBC. 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Radio Reviews "Pick of the day"". The Sunday Times. London. 19 October 2014.
- "The Firework-Maker's Daughter". The Stage. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "15 theatre faces to look out for in 2015". Whatsonstage.com. 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- "26 leading ladies offer their advice on International Women's Day". Whatsonstage.com. 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- "Sitting comfortably? The Good Immigrant will change that". The Spectator. 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "Is political blackness still relevant today?". The Guardian. 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "British Chinese/East Asian actors: Don't take on jobs that reinforce anti-China sentiment". Neehao.co.uk. 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- "Rice!". The Stage. 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
- "Malaysia has Talents - Abroad". New Straits Times. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "IMDB, 'Chewing Gum - I just need some company'". IMDB. 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- "Radio Times - Brief Lives, Season 7, Episode 1". Radio Times. 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Drama on 3: Rhinoceros In Love". BBC Media Centre. 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "BBC Radio 4 Drama: Inspector Chen, 'Red Mandarin Dress'". 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.