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Freda Foh Shen made her professional debut on Broadway in Prince/Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures, as The Shogun’s Wife. In NY she received an Obie Award as Lady Nijo in Top Girls (Public Theatre). Other theatre work in the city includes Lady Macbeth in Shogun Macbeth, Miranda in Julie Taymor's The Tempest, Nancy Wing in Yellow Fever, and Queen Isabel in Joe Papp’s Richard II opposite Peter MacNichol. In LA she received a Dramalogue award as well as LA Drama Critics and Ovation nominations for her portrayal of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, as well as for Phyllis Stone in Follies. She originated Le Thi in Julian Barry’s The Reunification Hotel (Dramalogue award). Her most recent film work includes The Ladykillers, A Mighty Wind, Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, and the voice of Mulan's mother in Mulan and Mulan II.

On TV, she has co-starred with Mandy Patinkin in the movie NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323, with Robbie Coltrane in Cracker: Lucky White Ghost, and played Mrs. Kultida Woods opposite Keith David in The Tiger Woods Story. She has had recurring roles on 24, ER, Seventh Heaven, Party of Five and Gideon’s Crossing. Her TV movies Horse Sense and Miracle in Lane Two can be seen on the Disney Channel.

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