She is a Golden Globe winning actress, writer and producer from Queens, New York. She grew up with her given name, Nora Lum, and has since used her trademark comedic style and signature flair to become a breakout talent in the entertainment industry. Lum can be seen in season one of her Comedy Central Show, "Awkwafina is Nora From Queens," which she created and stars in. The show was picked up for a second season. Additionally, she was recently seen in "Jumanji: The Next Level," which opened December 2019. She will next be seen in MGM’s “Breaking News in Yuba County” released on February 12th, 2021 and starring in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” in March 2021 as well as Marvel’s “Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings” July 9th, 2021.
Lum received glowing reviews for her starring role in the indie darling "The Farewell,” where she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The story is based on a true story about a family saying goodbye to their beloved matriarch - the only person who doesn't know she is dying. In just its first weekend in four theaters only, the film beat the record of biggest per-theater average of the year, previously held by “Avengers: Endgame,” the second best-selling movie in history. The small family drama quickly won over viewers and critics alike, with many calling it one of the best films of 2019. The film releases nationwide on August 2, 2019.
Lum brings an impressive range of talent to everything she does, most famously to Warner Bros' smash hit "Crazy Rich Asians," opposite Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding and Ken Jeong in which she starred as Peik Lin. The film opened on August 15, 2018 to rave reviews and four straight weekends of $20+ million at the box office. Lum hosted "Saturday Night Live" that same year as part of the show's 44 th season. She starred in another Warner Bros feature, "Ocean's 8," directed by Gary Ross and alongside an impeccable ensemble cast including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter.
Prior to that, she starred in the indie comedy, "Dude," written and directed by Olivia Milch. In 2016, Lum made her feature film debut in the comedy "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne and was heard as the voice of Quail in the animated adventure "Storks." Her first book, Awkwafina's NYC, a travel guide to New York, was published by Penguin Random House in 2015.