Birthdate: December 9, 1996
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Leah Lewis (birthname: Leah Marie Liang Lewis) is a diversely talented actor-singer who was born an orphan in Shanghai but raised in the U.S. and became a child actor. After acting in three short films in 2006-2007, Lewis acted in dramatized segments in the documentary about the Nanjing Massacre, Nanking (2007), alongside Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, and Robert Wu, which premiered at the Sundance film festival.
After her first starring role in filmmaker Alice Wu’s loose Cyrano comedy-drama version, The Half of It (2020), Leah Lewis played support in debuting writer-director Maria Bissell’s crime comedy, How to Deter a Robber (2020), with Vanessa Marano and Chris Mulkey. Lewis’ first major role in a studio movie and her first voice performance was as a co-star in Disney/Pixar’s animated feature, Elemental (2023), directed and co-written by Peter Sohn and co-starring Mamoudou Athie.
Lewis then starred with Ashley Moore, Sasha Fox, and Vanessa Williams in the Shruti Ganguly-directed comedy, Tripped Up (date to be announced). For Nickelodeon Movies, Lewis starred with Brandon Soo Hoo, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Sandra Oh, and Bowen Yang in the animated action-adventure, The Tiger’s Apprentice (2024), under the co-direction of Raman Hui, Yong Duk Jhun, and Paul Watling.
Leah Lewis was born in Shanghai, China, and adopted when she was eight months by realtors Lorraine and Frederick Lewis in Windemere, Florida. Lewis’ younger sister, Lydia, was also adopted by the Lewises. Lewis schooled in Orlando, Florida at Thornebrooke Elementary School, Southwest, and Gotha Middle Schools. Also in Orlando, Lewis participated in performing arts at Crenshaw School.
As Lewis developed her acting career in her teen years, she transited between Orlando and Los Angeles with her mother. Lewis attended her senior year at age 17 at Olympia High School in Orlando, where she graduated and then moved on her own to Los Angeles in 2016. In the same year, Lewis dated actor-singer Payson Lewis. Lewis’ height is 5’ 5”.
Perfect: Leah Lewis was born with perfect pitch, and competed on the fourth season of NBC’s music competition show, “The Voice.”
Commercial Girl: Lewis performed in national commercial spots as a child actor for sponsors Disneyland, Kraft, The Home Depot, and Nature’s Own.