Tuyen Do was born in Vietnam and raised in East London, the youngest of seven children to exiled parents. Ignoring her artistic impulses, she followed a traditional route through University with a degree in Finance, before joining her sisters in the restaurant business. After several years, she found that she could no longer suppress the need to express herself creatively and began attending adult drama classes. Her thirst for knowledge of the craft led her to train in depth in the Meisner Technique under the tutelage of Gary Condes and Tom Radcliffe (a direct pupil of Sanford Meisner), adding to her past classical training at Drama Studio London. Juggling training by day and running the restaurant by night, she made the decision to break from hospitality to follow her heart on the morning of her 30th birthday.
She began her professional career in the short film My Dad The Communist starring alongside Benedict Wong which went on to win the Audience Award at the London Film Festival. In 2018 she burst onto the professional stage with her role as Jung Sun in The Great Wave, National Theatre, directed by Indhu Rubasingham to critical success (reviews). Tuyen has gone on to give notable performances at the Royal court, Hampstead theatre and many more, working with directors such as Michael Boyd and Debbie Hannan. Her leading role as Joy in I will still be whole (when you rip me in half) at the Bunker Theatre (reviews), and her self-penned one woman show Long Me at the Vaults both received critical recognition (reviews), earning her a growing reputation as a dramatic actress with great depth and flexibility.
In the last few years, Tuyen has starred in roles on screen, notably acting opposite Kerry Godliman in Whitstable Pearl, and Ben Whishaw in TIGTH, adding to her growing list of screen credits. (reel)
She is a champion of new writing and has workshopped plays with the RSC, National Theatre new works, and ETT. She has also written herself, winning 2019/20 Channel 4 Playwrights award for her debut play Summer Rolls. (reviews)
Tuyen is an artist who believes in the healing power of story-telling for all, reflected in her work as both an actor and a writer.
She is currently a student at the Free Association, home of London's best long form comedy improv.