Born in Inglewood and raised in Carson, SUMIKO BRAUN is best known as surfer girl Deanna in the sci-fi cult classic Sharknado. She recently booked a role on the series Secrets and Lies (ABC) and has previously appeared on Extant (CBS). Sumiko can also be seen in various national commercials for Nike, Samsung, Dodge RAM, Courtyard Marriott, and Powerade. She trained at Howard Fine Acting Studio and Beverly Hills Playhouse, and studied improv at Upright Citizens Brigade.
Additionally, Sumiko produced and acted in the neo-noir thriller This Last Lonely Place, which premiered at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival and screened at Cannes. She is currently in post-production on Master of the Sky: The Life and Art of Sam Koji Hale, a short documentary following the journey of a mixed race Japanese American puppet filmmaker.
Along with acting and filmmaking, Sumiko is a current graduate student in the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies.