Yvonne Shima

Yvonne Shima Biography

Yvonne Shima as Sister Lily

Yvonne Shima was a Canadian/Japanese actress best known for her role as Sister Lily in the first James Bond film Dr No (1962). She moved to England in the late 1950s and starred in many theatre shows in the West End.

She had some minor roles in films before she was offered the role of Sister Lily, Dr. Julius No‘s chatty receptionist on Crab Key Island.

She also starred in TV series Armchair Theatre (1958), The World of Suzie Wong (1960), The Savage Innocents (1960), Passport to China (1960), TV series The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1961), The Sinister Man (1961), The Road to Hong Kong (1962), popular British TV series The Avengers in 1963, The Cool Mikado (1963), and her last role was as a concubine in Genghis Khan alongside Omar Shariff in 1965.


Yvonne Shima didn’t enjoy a prominent acting career, but she will always be remembered by fans of the James Bond franchise all over the world for her unforgettable performance as Sister Lily.

A Selection of Yvonne Shima Pics

A list of the known film and television work Yvonne Shima starred in

Film/ TVRoleYear
Television Playwright-1958
Armchair TheatreFujiko Maki1958
The Savage InnocentsLulik1960
The World of Suzie WongMinnie Ho1960
Visa to CantonLiong Ti1960
The Edgar Wallace Mystery TheatreTamaya1960
The Sinister ManTamaya1961
The Road to Hong KongPoon Soon1962
Dr. NoSister Lily1962
The AvengersAnna1963
The Cool MikadoPeep-Bo1963
Genghis KhanConcubine1965