Angana with her family
“I was born (well, left) in Kowloon, Hong Kong. On the stairwell of Number 9, Austin Avenue in the late ‘50s early 60s. I was found and taken to an orphanage or home for foundlings, “Fan Ling,” where I stayed for 11 months. I was put up for adoption and like many of the female foundlings, was transracially adopted by an English family. I was flown over to the UK where I was handed over to my English adoptive parents, where they met me for the first time.
Growing up in the ‘60s, pre-multicultural UK, was an “experience” to say the least. I left school and went to drama school. I got my first acting job as the female lead in a British feature film Ping Pong (’86) and the rest, as they say, is history. More notable roles and appearances came along…Secrets & Lies, Call The Midwife and Casualty.
The low in my adoption has been being abandoned, then being transracially adopted, losing my mother tongue and cultural heritage. My highs have been leaving my adoptive home, getting into drama school and grabbing my first acting job.
Currently, I’m trying to keep my head above water like most people in the COVID10 pandemic. I’m staying busy by writing, connecting and putting the groundwork together for a variety of projects after COVID (hopefully).”
(London, United Kingdom)
Lucy currently lives in London, United Kingdom and has been busy in her acting career. Follow her work and upcoming projects on Instagram @lucysheen. To know more about Lucy, watch her documentary Abandoned Adopted Here and read her debut poetry collection