Who Is Gemma Chan? The ‘Captain Marvel’ Star’s Past Roles & Net Worth

It’s official: Captain Marvel is a huge hit. The 21st film in the MCU has skyrocketed to new heights, and it’s taking its stars along with it. Everyone knows Brie Larson plays the eponymous heroine — and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone unfamiliar with Nick Fury’s portrayer Samuel L. Jackson. But what about the supporting characters? Here’s what you need to know about Gemma Chan, who plays a Kree soldier (spoilers ahead for Captain Marvel).

Gemma Chan at the Captain Marvel premiere
Gemma Chan | Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Gemma Chan plays Minn-Erva

We’re introduced to Minn-Erva early on the film, as she is part of the Starforce team on Vers’ first mission. She’s a skilled marksman — err, woman — and is tasked with taking down the Skrulls from afar. At the end of the film, she and Carol face-off, though she is later shot down by Maria Rambeau, seemingly to her death.

The character of Minn-Erva is alternatively known as Doctor Minerva in the comics. She is a geneticist and has superhuman strength, as well as the power of flight using her scientific abilities. However, none of this is demonstrated in Captain Marvel.

Her past roles

Actress Gemma Chan hails from Great Britain. She studied law in school, though she made the switch to acting shortly after graduating. She got her start in popular British series such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, and as a regular on Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Chan’s breakout role was in the Channel 4 sci-fi series Humans. From there, she landed parts in big-budget films such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Transformers: The Last Knight.  

You probably know her from this movie

Chan’s biggest role prior to Captain Marvel was as Astrid Leong-Teo in the acclaimed romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians. Astrid is the cousin of the main character, Nick, with whom she is very close.

In the film, Astrid works to keep her excessive spending from her husband, who refers to himself as “a commoner” in comparison to her family’s extraordinary wealth. She is one of the only characters who accepts Rachel (Nick’s girlfriend) into the family. In the end, she leaves her husband, though a potential sequel in which she connects with a handsome stranger with whom she locked eyes with at the wedding seems imminent.

What is Chan’s net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chan is estimated to be worth around $6 million. This number was calculated some time ago, so her years on Humans as well as her recent major film roles will definitely help to bring that number up. It’s only a matter of time before the celebrated actress is bringing in a lot more cash.

Here’s what she’s up to next

According to her IMDb page, Chan has a couple of projects in the works. Her film Intrigo: Dear Agnes, part of a trilogy from director Daniel Alfredson, is said to be in post-production, though it was filmed in 2017. Chan is also part of an upcoming as-yet-untitled anthology TV series from Dominic Savage for Channel 4, which is said to have been shot in mid-late 2018. So there’s a lot more of the brilliant actress to look forward to in the future.

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