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Harry Shum Jr.
Portrays Magnus Bane
Harry Shum Jr
Biographical Information
Born: April 28, 1982 (age 33)
Birthplace: Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Family: Susana Shum (sister)
Cristina Shum (sister)
Shelby Rabara (wife)
Series Information
Character portrayed: Magnus Bane

Harry Shum Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He portrays Magnus Bane on Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments.


Shum was born in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica, on April 28, 1982. His mother is a native of Hong Kong, and his father is from Guangzhou, China. They relocated to Costa Rica, where Shum and his two older sisters were born. When Shum was six years old, the family moved to San Francisco, California.

Shum launched his career as the only male dancer on BET's Comic View in 2002 and has continued his dancing career from there. He was also one of the lead dancers with stars such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson. He won a dance competition to dance in an iPod commercial.

Harry became most well-known for his role as Mike Chang on the Fox musical television show Glee, where he was promoted from guest star with a minor role in the first season to series regular for the third season.

Shum has also appeared in several Wong Fu Productions videos. Harry also choreographed and portrayed Elliot Hoo for The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers and starred in various other web series productions, including Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Caper. Harry is also currently a judge on truTV's Fake Off.


Harry originally auditioned for the film adaptation, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.[1]

On May 15, 2015 it was announced that Harry was cast as Magnus Bane in the Freeform drama Shadowhunters.[2] Cassandra Clare was thrilled after watching his audition and gave him her vote.[3][4][5] She had also previously fancast him as Magnus three years prior (ca. 2012, before Godfrey Gao was cast for the film).[6][7]

Personal life

Shum has been in a relationship with actress and dancer Shelby Rabara since 2007,[8] and the couple got engaged in October 2013 and was married in November 2015 in Costa Rica.[9]

In April 2014, Shum founded a website, Tenth + Fourth, in partnership with Digital Media Management.[10]


  • Harry speaks English, Cantonese, and Spanish.
  • Harry's earliest motivations to dance were from Ginuwine, Dru Hill, and Usher, before becoming influenced by iconic dancers like Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson.


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