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Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1966 and raised in California, Tamlyn Tomita's first foray into entertainment came when she was crowned the Los Angeles Nisei Week Queen at age 18. Her new title came with a trip to Hawaii, where she auditioned for and won her first film role as Kumiko in "The Karate Kid Part II" (1987). She memorably played Ming Li on two seasons of the soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993) in 1987 and Lt. Cmdr. Laurel Takashima in the TV movie "Babylon 5: The Gathering" (PTEN, 1993) in 1993. Tomita would also appear in the segment of the comedy "Four Rooms" (1995) entitled "The Misbehavers," directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as the acclaimed comedy-drama "Living Out Loud" (1998) and the disaster film "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004). Eventually, Tomita found a great number of opportunities in television, playing recurring roles like Jenny Dodge on the series "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and Ishi on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). She would also play memorable characters on "Law & Order: L.A." (2010-11) and "Teen Wolf" (MTV, 2011-) before signing on to play Allegra Aoki on the medical drama "The Good Doctor" (ABC, 2017-).
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Feature acting debut, "The Karate Kid Part II" playing Ralph Macchio's love interest, Kumiko
TV acting debut in an episode of "Tour of Duty"
Had a recurring role on the NBC daytime serial, "Santa Barbara"
First film in a lead role, "Come See the Paradise"
Played Waverly in the critically acclaimed "The Joy Luck Club"
Appeared in 'The Misbehavers,' the Robert Rodriguez segment of the film, "Four Rooms"
TV series debut as a regular, "The Burning Zone" (UPN)
Cast on the Fox series, "24" as the Press Secretary to President David Palmer
Cast in Roland Emmerich' s "The Day After Tomorrow"
Played the recurring role of Ishi on "Heroes"
Played the recurring role of Dr. Ellen Yu on "Law & Order: L.A."
Played the recurring role of Noshiko Yukimura on "Teen Wolf"
Took on the role of Allegra Aoki on "The Good Doctor"