Most Beautiful Chinese Artists


List of Beautiful Artists from China

  1. Barbie Hsu
  2. Cecilia Cheung
  3. Chen Hao
  4. Chen Hong
  5. Lin Chi-Ling
  6. Zhou Xun
  7. Crystal Liu Yi Fei
  8. Eva Huang Sheng Yi
  9. Fan Bingbing
  10. Gao Yuan-Yuan
  11. Gillian Chung
  12. Gong Beibi
  13. Gong Li
  14. He Mei-Tian
  15. He Sai-Fei
  16. Hsu Chi | Shu Qi
  17. Huang Lu
  18. Huang Sheng-Yi
  19. Huang Yi
  20. Isabella Leong
  21. Jiang Qinqin
  22. Jing Tian
  23. Kitty Zhang Yu Qi | Zhang Yuqi
  24. Li Bingbing
  25. Li Man
  26. Li Xiao-Lu
  27. Liu Yan
  28. Maggie Cheung
  29. Ning Jing
  30. Qu Ying
  31. Rulu Jiang Xin
  32. Sun Li (or Susan Sun)
  33. Tang Wei
  34. Vivian Hsu
  35. Xu Jing-Lei
  36. Xu Ting | Kitty Xu Ting
  37. Yang Mi
  38. Yu Nan
  39. Yuan Quan
  40. Zhang Zi-Yi
  41. Zhang Jing-Chu
  42. Zhang Xin-Yu
  43. Zhao Wei
  44. Zhou Xun
  45. Zhu Zhu

Barbie Hsu

Barbie Hsu Si-yuan (born 6 October 1976) is a Taiwanese actress, singer, and television host. From 1994 to 2001, she was a member of the pop duo ASOS (originally called SOS for “Sisters of Shu”, the name changed to ASOS for legal reasons) with her younger sister Dee Hsu. As such, Hsu is also known by her nickname “Big S” (while Dee Hsu is nicknamed “Little S”), but Barbie is the middle child in the family. As an animal-lover, she is a vegetarian.


As an actress, Hsu is probably best known for her lead role in the 2001 television series Meteor Garden. She has semi-retired after her 2010 marriage, with no work released since 2012.


Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi (born 24 May 1980) is an award-winning Hong Kong actress and cantopop singer. Currently one of Hong Kong’s top actresses, Cheung is considered a “Sing girl”—an actress who first received media attention through starring alongside Stephen Chow, and later went on to her own successful career.



Chen Hao

The Chinese actress, Chen Hao, came into limelight in 1998 after the release of her award winning film the “Postman in the Mountains”. Her good acting talent gave her an opportunity to work in more films and on TV. It was not until 2000/2001 that she gained popularity after she bagged a leading role in the TV drama “Li Wei the Magistrate”. Chen Hao’s acclaim grew far and wide and in 2001 she got a role in a TV comedy play called the “Pink Ladies” in Taiwan. The movie proved a blockbuster among the Chinese community living across Asia.


Chen Hao, as one of the heroines, in the Pink Ladies, won the heart of the cine-goers with her superb acting in the role of a sensuous woman given to exploiting the males. With TV films like the 2003 “Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils”, Chen Hao became a roaring success.

Chen Hao was a woman of many talents as she got into singing and stage performances. Her maiden music album hit the market in 2005, by corutesy of the Japanese producer Tetsuya Komuro. Her album, Chen Hao, bagged the Channel V’s the most popular female singer award in 2006.


A graduate from the Central Academy of Drama with majors in acting in 1997, more awards seem to come her way as she was again decorated with the Jury Award at the 2009 Seoul TV Festival for her outstanding performance in the film, “Live a Luxurious and Dispassionate Life”. She portrays the character of a permissive woman given to gambling and an indulgent life.

Chen, in a popularity online poll, was able to collect over one million votes pronouncing her the “Most Beautiful Woman” in China.



Chen Hong

Chen Hong (born December 13, 1968) is a Chinese actress and film producer. She married film director Chen Kaige in 1996 and they have two sons. In recent years, she has co-produced and acted in the films Together, The Promise and Forever Enthralled. She is also known for her role as Diaochan in the 1994 television series Romance of the Three Kingdoms.



Lin Chi-Ling

Lin’s father, Lin Fan-nan (Chinese: 林繁男), and her mother, Wu Tzu-mei (Chinese: 吳慈美), are both from Tainan, in southern Taiwan. Following their marriage, they moved to Taipei where Lin and her elder brother Lin Chi-hong (Chinese: 林志鴻) were born. Lin attended Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School and at the age of 15 was discovered by model talent scout Lin Chien-huan (Chinese: 林健寰). She later attended Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada, then attended the University of Toronto until 1997, when she completed bachelor degree, double-majoring in Western art history and economics. Born 29 November 1974, Taipei, Taiwan


After graduating from university, Lin returned to Taiwan. She intended to pursue a career in fine art and sought a position at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, but was turned away because she lacked a postgraduate degree in the field. Lin continued to model part-time before leaving the industry and working as an administrative assistant for the Fubon Cultural and Educational Foundation. In 2000, Lin left Fubon and spent three months studying in Japan, then returned to Taiwan and modeling, with Catwalk Production House.


Lin has had numerous roles in television over her time as a model, being the host of TVBS-G LA Mode News, TVBS-G Fashion Track, the Golden Melody Awards and the Top Chinese Music Chart Awards in 2005.


Lin starred as one of the three female leads in the 2010 Fuji TV Japanese television drama Tsuki no Koibito. The male lead is popular actor Takuya Kimura.


Lin has made her film début role in a historical epic directed by John Woo entitled Red Cliff. Playing the role of Xiaoqiao, it was her first time acting. In 2009, she starred together with Jay Chou in the action-adventure film The Treasure Hunter.


Crystal Liu Yi Fei

Liu Yifei (born 25 August 1987), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子), also known as Crystal Liu, is a Chinese actress, model and singer. Said to be one of the most beautiful Chinese actresses, Liu is widely known as “Fairy Sister” in the entertainment industry for her sweet and delicate image. In 2009, she was named as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in China.

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Eva Huang Sheng Yi

Huang Shengyi (born 11 February 1983), also known as Eva Huang, is a Chinese actress and singer.


Huang was born and raised in Shanghai. Her father was educated in the United States and lived there in the early 1990s, while her mother worked as an editor in a newspaper agency in Shanghai. She graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 2001.


Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing (born 16 September 1981) is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer.


Fan rose to fame in East Asia in 1998–1999 with the TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Awards. She has starred in many films, most notably Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012) and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), where she received awards from prestigious award ceremonies such as the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival and Asian Film Awards. Fan has participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch (2011), the Korean film My Way (2011) and the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).


Fan topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 after ranking in the top 10 every year since 2006. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has been called a global fashion icon due to her frequent appearances on the red carpet, movie premieres, and fashion shows.


Gao Yuan-Yuan

Gao Yuanyuan (born 5 October 1979  simplified Chinese: 高圆圆; traditional Chinese: 高圓圓; pinyin: Gāo yuányuán) is a Chinese actress. She is considered China’s “National Goddess” for her beauty and extraordinary acting skills.



Gao Yuanyuan was born in Beijing and graduated from China Institute of Industrial Relations. Gao entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted on the street at Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping district.

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Gao made her debut in the 1997 film Spicy Love Soup. Thereafter, she starred in Beijing Bicycle (2001), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and romance film Spring Subway (2002).[4] She rose to fame in 2003 for her role as Zhou Zhiruo in the television adaptation of Louis Cha’s The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber.

Gao made inroads into the international market with the film Shanghai Dreams (2005), directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, which won the Prix de Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. She was then picked by Jackie Chan to star in the action comedy movie Rob-B-Hood (2006). Chan has characterized Gao as having the “freshest look and chaste spirit no Hong Kong actress could approach”.

Gao next starred in the romance film Love in the City (2007) opposite Shawn Yue, where she plays a deaf-mute kindergarten teacher. Her performance won her the Newcomer Award at the 11th Golden Phoenix Awards.


Gao was then cast in City of Life and Death (2009), directed by Lu Chuan and based on the events of the Nanjing Massacre. Departing from her “girl-next-door” image, Gao played a middle-aged teacher who helped Nanjing people survive the horrors of the Japanese atrocities in 1937. Gao called the role a “turning point” in her career, stating that she had never started taking acting seriously until she worked on the film. City of Life and Death won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival.

In 2010, Gao starred alongside Korean actor Jung Woo-sung in the romantic film A Season of Good Rain directed by Hur Jin-ho. The following year, she starred in Johnnie To’s romantic comedy Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011) alongside Daniel Wu.

In 2012, Gao starred in Chen Kaige’s Caught in the Web where she plays a young woman who commits suicide after she becomes embroiled in a social media controversy. The film was especially popular among young viewers, drawing more than six million viewers and praise from critics.

Gao returned to television in 2013 with the television series Let’s Get Married, playing a “leftover” unmarried woman who gets entangled with a man who has a phobia of marriage. The series was a commercial hit, and was the highest rated drama of 2013. For her performance, Gao won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing Chunyan Awards.

Gao then starred alongside Nicholas Tse in the romantic film But Always (2014). She won the Best Foreign Actress Award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards.

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung Yan-tung (born Chung Dik-san on 21 January 1981) is a Hong Kong singer and actress. She is a member of the Cantopop duo Twins, along with Charlene Choi.

Chung was born in Hong Kong as Chung Dik-saan (traditional Chinese: 鍾狄珊; simplified Chinese: 钟狄珊; pinyin: Zhōng Díshān; Jyutping: Zung1 Dik6-saan1). It was later changed since the Chinese character Dik (狄) was believed to be too strong. When she was 2, her family renamed her Chung Ka-lai (traditional Chinese: 鍾嘉勵; simplified Chinese: 钟嘉励; pinyin: Zhōng Jiālì; Jyutping: Zung1 Gaa1-lai6). Her father died when she was one year old. She initially grew up in a single parent family until her mother remarried when Chung was in high school, but also has a surname of Chung. Chung graduated from Kowloon True Light Middle School and briefly attended the William Angliss Institute of TAFE in Melbourne, Australia.[6] She was given the English name “Gillian” while in high school. On August 26, 2013 Chung changed her Chinese name to 鍾欣潼.


Gong Beibi

Gong Beibi (Chinese: 龚蓓苾; pinyin: Gōng Beìbì) (born February 21, 1978 in Fujian, China) is a Chinese film actress. Beginning her career as a child actress, she later graduated from the prestigious Central Academy of Drama where she gained fame and popularity among young audiences in China after starring in several popular TV series and feature films in both China and Hong Kong. Due to her success while still a student, she became dubbed in the media at the time as “little Gong Li”.


After graduating, she continued diversifying her roles with different projects, including Bus 44, which gained her critical acclaim in China, Europe, and North America where it premiered and won awards at the Venice Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.


In 2005, Gong Beibi starred in the feature film Waiting Alone which opened to critical raves at the Tokyo Film Festival. The indie film was released nationwide in September 2005 and became a hit with youth audiences across China[1] and one of the best reviewed and most talked about Chinese films the year. Later in the year, Waiting Alone was nominated for several awards including “Best Picture” at the Chinese Academy Awards (Golden Rooster Awards). Gong Beibi’s memorable performance in Waiting Alone, which Variety magazine called “impressive”, caught the attention of Hollywood.


Gong’s 2007 Chinese holiday ensemble comedy Call for Love was a success at the box office, she followed up with a special appearance in Connected the Hong Kong action film remake of Cellular.

In 2010, Gong co-starred with Aaron Kwok in Oxide Pang’s thriller The Detective 2. In 2011, Gong starred alongside Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu in the dramedy/psychological suspense Inseparable. Inseparable was named one of The Wall Street Journal’s Top 10 Most Notable Asian Films of 2011.

Gong Beibi will be next seen in several upcoming TV series in China, most notably The Legend of Qin in 2015, and Ice Fantasy based on Guo Jingming popular fantasy novel, in 2016.


Gong Li

Gong Li (born 31 December 1965) is a Singaporean-Chinese actress. She first came to international prominence through her close collaborations with Chinese director Zhang Yimou and won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice for her performance in his 1992 film The Story of Qiu Ju. She is credited with helping to bring Chinese cinema to Europe and the United States. In 2008, she became a naturalized citizen of Singapore.


Gong won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for Farewell My Concubine (1993) and the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). She has also twice been awarded the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards, as well as the Berlinale Camera, and the Cannes Festival Trophy. Her other film appearances include Ju Dou (1990), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), 2046 (2004), and Miami Vice (2006).



He Mei-Tian

He Meitian (born 2 December 1975) is a Chinese actress and former gymnast. She was previously a contracted artiste under the Hong Kong television network TVB. After her contract with TVB ended, she returned to mainland China and continued her career with the talent agency Feiteng (飞腾).



He Sai-Fei

He Saifei (simplified Chinese: 何赛飞; traditional Chinese: 何賽飛; pinyin: Hé Sàifēi; also credited as He Caifei; born 1964) is a Chinese actress. She was born in Daishan County, Zhejiang Province. Movies she has acted in include Raise the Red Lantern and Lust, Caution. She has two sisters. Her parents separated when she was five. She has one son, born in 1998.



Shu Qi | Hsu Chi

Lin Li-hui (Chinese: 林立慧; pinyin: Lín Lìhuì; born 16 April 1976), better known by her stage name Shu Qi, is a Taiwanese actress and model. She is among the highest paid actresses in China.

Early Life

Born in Xindian township, Taipei County (now New Taipei City), Shu Qi went to Hong Kong at the age of 17 to seek a film career. She eventually came under the management of Hong Kong film producer Manfred Wong, who signed her to several Hong Kong Category III films such as Sex & Zen II (1996). She was a “soft-porn” actress for a period of time and appeared in the Chinese edition of Playboy magazine.



Shu Qi at the premiere of Three Times in Taipei in 2005.

Shu Qi starred in Derek Yee’s 1996 film, Viva Erotica, which was about the erotic film industry in Hong Kong, together with Karen Mok and Leslie Cheung. She received the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Viva Erotica at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards in 1997. Thereafter, she has appeared in Hong Kong films such as Portland Street Blues (1998), City of Glass (1998), the box office hit Gorgeous (1999), Stanley Kwan’s The Island Tales (1999) and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s critically acclaimed film Millennium Mambo (2000), successfully made her transition into mainstream acting.

In 2002, Shu starred in the french film The Transporter, the first installment of the Transporter franchise. This marked her first foray into the American market. Later, Shu would go on to star in a small but very memorable role in the American romantic comedy New York, I Love You (2008).

Among Shu’s earlier notable works were The Foliage (2004), a romance film set in Yunnan during the Cultural Revolution. She won the Best Actress award at the 13th Shanghai Film Critics Awards for her performance. Shu again worked with Hou Hsiao-hsien in Three Times (2005), which competed at the Cannes Film Festival and won Shu the Best Actress award at the Golden Horse Awards.

In 2006, Shu starred in the third installment of the gangster film, My Wife Is a Gangster alongside Korean actor Lee Beom-soo. She also starred alongside Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro in the crime drama Confession of Pain.

Shu was a member of the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008 and the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The same year, she was honored at the Huabiao Awards as Best Actress for the Taiwan and Hong Kong region for her performance in the romantic comedy film, If You Are the One, directed by Feng Xiaogang. The romantic comedy was a hit and became the highest grossing Chinese film of the year.

Shu starred in Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013), directed by Stephen Chow and loosely based on the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West. The film overtook Lost in Thailand to become the highest grossing Chinese movie.

Shu reunited with director Hou Hsiao-hsien in his first wuxia film The Assassin (2015), where she starred as the titular character. The film received overwhelming positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, and Shu won the Best Actress award at the Asian Film Festival. The same year, she starred in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend, adapted from popular adventure novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light.

In 2016, Shu starred alongside Feng Shaofeng and Victoria Song in the Chinese remake of My Best Friend’s Wedding. She was also cast in fantasy comedy The Village of No Return, which premiered at the first day of Spring Festival in 2017. In 2017, Shu starred in Stephen Fung’s The Adventurers alongside Jean Reno and Andy Lau.


Huang Lu

Huang Lu (simplified Chinese: 黄璐; traditional Chinese: 黃璐; pinyin: Huáng Lù) is a Chinese actress. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, Huang debuted in director Li Yang’s Blind Mountain, where she played a young college student sold into sexual slavery in a mountain village in northern China.\She has since acted in Cai Shangjun’s The Red Awn in a supporting role.



Huang Sheng-Yi

Huang Shengyi (born 11 February 1983), also known as Eva Huang, is a Chinese actress and singer.

Huang was born and raised in Shanghai. Her father was educated in the United States and lived there in the early 1990s, while her mother worked as an editor in a newspaper agency in Shanghai. She graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 2001.



Eva Huang rose to fame after starring in Stephen Chow’s action comedy film Kung Fu Hustle (2004).[1] In August the following year, she ended her contract with Chow’s company after appearing in a magazine photo shoot without their consent.

Huang then starred in Dragon Squad (2005), which received critical acclaim and was among the first films to be listed in the permanent collection by the National Museum of China.

Starting in 2006, Huang worked with China Juli Group on a number of television series, including Fairy Couple (2007) and The Shadow of Empress Wu (2007). Fairy Couple was the highest rated drama of the year, and led to increased recognition for Huang. She also starred in the television adaptation of Louis Cha’s novel Sword Stained with Royal Blood.

In 2009, Huang became the CEO of China Juli Group’s Entertainment Media Co., Ltd, drawing a six-figure salary annually. The same year, she made her Hollywood film debut in Race to Witch Mountain.

Huang starred alongside Jet Li and Raymond Lam in The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011) where she played the White Snake Demon. She then starred in The Locked Door (2012), a film which tells about the life story of a girl from noble family, who was raped at young age. The film won the Best Feature at the Monaco Charity Film Festival.

Huang won the Best Actress award at the Huading Awards for her performance in Iceman (2014) co-starring Donnie Yen.


Huang Yi

Huang Yi (born September 13, 1979) is a Chinese actress and singer. She graduated from the TV Film Department of the Shanghai Institute of Oriental Culture.



Isabella Leong

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Leong Lok-yau, better known as Isabella Leong, is a Hong Kong-based Macanese actress and former singer.


  • Birth name:
    • Leong Lok-yau (梁乐瑶)
    • Luisa Isabella Nolasco da Silva
  • Born: 23 June 1988 (age 29), Macau
  • Other name(s):
    • Isabella Leong
    • Isabella Leung
    • Luisa Isabella Leung
    • Leung Lok-si

Early Life

Luísa Isabella Nolasco da Silva Lok-yau was born on 23 June, 1988, in Macao to Luís Alberto Marques Nolasco da Silva (b. Sé, 8 August, 1951; d. São Lourenço, 20 January, 1989) and a croupier. She has a sister who is seven years older.

Leong’s father was a descendant of one of the most prominent and long-established Macanese families (Nolasco da Silva, 殷理基家族). Her father was born to Frederico Joao Moreira de Sousa Teles de Menezes, a Portuguese father and Terry Marques Nolasco, a Chinese woman living in Portugal. Frederico Joao is the sixth generation of the family and former President of the Macau Football Association. Leong’s father has 2 elder brothers, Henrique and Frederico, and one younger brother, Jose Manuel.

Leong’s father suffered from a secret drug addiction and died from an overdose when she was only 6 months old. Leong had never received recognition from her paternal family, so she took her mother’s surname. Leong’s mother worked as a croupier in Casino Lisboa and Leong was responsible for contributing to the family’s finances.

In 1993, she moved from Macau to Hong Kong and enrolled in Po Leung Kuk Camões Tan Siu Lin Primary School, after which she went to several schools in Hong Kong and Macao. She attended Macau Sam Yuk Middle School in 1999 but dropped out.


To help provide for her family, Leong abandoned school at age 12 to become a model for Emperor Entertainment Group.

She later began singing and released her debut album, Isabella, when she was 16 years old. Isabella did not achieve the success hoped for and Leong subsequently debuted with acting. From 2005 to 2007, she made a string of films including The Eye 10, Bug Me Not!, Isabella, Diary, and Spider Lilies.

Leong won her first American film role in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which was released in 2008.


Jiang Qinqin

Jiang Qinqin (born September 3, 1975) is a Chinese actress. She is sometimes credited as Shui Ling (simplified Chinese: 水灵; traditional Chinese: 水靈), a stage name given to her by Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao while she was involved in the production of the television series Tears in Heaven.



Jiang started learning Beijing Opera at the age of 10 and entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1994 after attaining first place in the entrance examination. She graduated from the academy four years later and joined Beijing Film Studio. In 1997, she starred in Tears in Heaven, an adaptation of a novel by Chiung Yao. Following that, she played a number of tragic roles, including Gu Manlu in Affair of Half a Lifetime (2002), Mu Nianci in The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003), and Niu Hongmei in A Loud Slap (2004).

Jiang married actor Chen Jianbin on February 22, 2006, whom she co-starred with in Qiao’s Grand Courtyard. Their son was born on January 8, 2007.


Jing Tian

Jing Tian (born 21 July 1988) is a Chinese actress. She graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy. She is known for her roles in war epic The Warring States (2011) and the action films Special ID and Police Story 2013 (both in 2013). She is part of the cast for three Legendary Pictures films, including a prominent role in The Great Wall (2016) as well as Kong: Skull Island (2017) and the upcoming Pacific Rim: Uprising.

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Kitty Zhang Yu Qi | Zhang Yuqi

Zhang Yuqi (simplified Chinese: 张雨绮; traditional Chinese: 張雨綺; pinyin: Zhāng Yǔqǐ; born 8 August 1986), also known as Kitty Zhang, is a Chinese actress. Her first major role was in 2008’s CJ7, which brought her media attention and kick-started her acting career.


Early Life and Career

Zhang was born in Dezhou, Shandong province. She left Shandong at the age of 15 to attend acting school in Shanghai.

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Zhang appeared in a minor, uncredited role in the 2007 film The Longest Night in Shanghai. Stephen Chow first noticed her in an advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and recruited her into his agency. Zhang was given arduous training in acting, dancing, and singing. She made her debut in the science fiction film CJ7, playing a young teacher. The role brought her major media attention, and because of Chow’s tradition of starring alongside new actresses who later gain other major roles, Zhang has been called one of the “星女郎” (xīng nǚ láng, “star girls” or “Sing girls”—Sing Yeh is a common nickname of Chow’s).

After CJ7, Zhang appeared in the Japanese film Shaolin Girl (which was also produced by Chow). Chow considered casting her in Dragonball Evolution, but the role was ultimately given to another actress.

Zhang then starred in the romantic comedy All About Women playing a headstrong business woman. In 2009, she played a country girl with a passion for hip-hop music in Jump, a musical comedy directed by Stephen Fung and penned by Stephen Chow.

Zhang ventured next to the horror genre in the Curse of the Deserted, where she played a college student scoping out a haunted house. She then starred in the kungfu comedy The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman, playing a dance hostess.

In 2012, Zhang was cast in the role of Qian Xuesen’s wife, Jiang Ying in the biopic of the author. She then starred in the film adaptation of the Chinese literary classic White Deer Plain written by Chen Zhongshi. She plays Tian Xiao’e, a sensual, illiterate woman who follows her instincts. The role posed a challenge to Zhang, as it involve various intimate scenes, and many other actresses have rejected the role.

Zhang won her first “Best Actress” trophy at the Chinese American Film Festival. She was also voted the Most Popular Actress at the Beijing College Student Film Festival for her performance.

In 2015, Zhang was cast alongside Brandon Routh in Lost in the Pacific, a sci-fi action adventure film directed by Vincent Zhou.

Zhang reunited with mentor Stephen Chow in his 2016 film The Mermaid, where she played the film’s antagonist. Variety praised Zhang for “letting herself go.. with her bitchiness and predatory sex appeal”. The Mermaid was the highest-grossing film of all-time, and revived Zhang’s waning film career.

Personal Life

Zhang Yuqi and Wang Quan’an had a whirlwind romance in 2011, and they married on April 18 in that year. But Zhang has announced they were divorced on July 2, 2015. Zhang married businessman Yuan Bayuan in October 2016.


Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer. She rose to fame with her role in Seventeen Years (1999) and since then received critical acclaim for her roles in A World Without Thieves (2004), Waiting Alone (2005), The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (2009), Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) and Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015).


Li has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).


Education and Career

Li was born in Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China. She had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.


Li rose to fame after starring in Zhang Yuan’s Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the Best Actress Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China.


Li was subsequently labelled as an “action actress” as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.


Li achieved breakthrough with her performance in Feng Xiaogang’s A World Without Thieves. She then starred in Dayyan Eng’s romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, for which she received her first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards.

In 2006, Li starred in romance film The Knot, directed by Yin Li. The film was China’s entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. Li won Best Actress awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards. In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 blockbuster The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. The film was her first appearance in an international film, and gave her a solid international following.

In 2009, Li won Best Actress at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her performance in The Message, about Japanese invaders in China who try to ferret out a spy among their Chinese collaborators.

Li then starred in Tsui Hark’s 2010 action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. She played Shangguan Jing’er, a fictional character based off Shangguan Wan’er, a prestigious politician during the Tang Dynasty. She established her studio in the same year, co-starring and co-producing the film 1911 with Jackie Chan, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.

Career in Hollywood

Li’s first-time in an English-language film is Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, adapted from Lisa See’s 2005 novel of the same title. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Li started to gain recognition in Hollywood after starring in Resident Evil: Retribution, playing Ada Wong. The same year, she was cast in action fantasy film 400 Boys, directed by British director Alastair Paton.

In 2013, Li attended the 4th Annual US-China Film Summit and received the East-West Talent Award. Hollywood magazine Variety also named her Asian Star of the Year. The following year, Li featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the film franchise. This helped solidify her success overseas.

In 2015, she was cast in 3D science fiction thriller Nest (also known as Guardians of the Tomb), the most expensive Chinese-Australian co-production to date. The same year, it was announced that Li would play China’s first female superhero in upcoming film Realm, written by Stan Lee.

In 2016, Li joined the cast of Meg, an American shark film based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel. She is also in talks to join The ExpendaBelles, a spin-off movie of The Expendables franchise.


Li Man

Li Man (李曼; born 4 June 1988) is a Chinese actress. She is a student at the Central Academy of Drama. She debuted in Zhang Yimou’s 2006 film Curse of the Golden Flower. This film boosted her career to stardom.



Li Xiao-Lu

Li Xiaolu (Chinese: 李小璐; pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎolù; born 30 September 1982), also known as Jacqueline Li, is a Chinese actress and singer. She is best known for her role in Joan Chen’s directing debut Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1998), idol drama All the Misfortunes Caused by the Angel (2001) and the popular youth series Struggle (2007).


Early Life

Li was born into a literary family. Her grandfather was a worker at the August First Film Studios; and both her parents were actors. She first appeared in a television series at the age of 3.

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Li first rose to fame with the 1998 movie Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl, which won her Best Actress awards at the Golden Horse Awards and the Deauville Asian Film Festival. At age 17, she was the youngest actress to win the Golden Horse Awards for Best Actress. She laid low for the next two years, but in 2001, was thrust back into the limelight with her role in the popular idol drama All the Misfortunes Caused by the Angel (2001).

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In 2005, Li won the Best Actress award at the Romania International Film Festival for her performance in the Sino-Japanese film About Love.

In 2007, she co-starred in the youth series Struggle. Based on the popular novel by Shi Kang, Struggle gained unexpected acclaim and was seen as a breakthrough in Chinese TV production as it broke from the usual Chinese TV series focusing in traditional legends and series. Her role as the bratty and adorable Yang Xiaoyun was a hit with the audience and propelled her to a household name in China. Due to her popularity, Li was crowned the “Golden Eagle Goddess” at the China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival, where she performed as the opening act to the ceremony.

In 2011, Li starred in historical fantasy series Beauty World (2011), her first period drama in six years.

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Li’s subsequent roles in the family dramas My Mom and My Mother-in-Law (2011), AA Lifestyle (2012) and We Love You, Mr. Jin (2012) cemented her image as the “Nation’s Daughter-in-Law” in China. She won the Best Actress at the Huading Awards for her role in My Mom and My Mother-in-Law.

In 2013, Li starred in Personal Tailor directed by Feng Xiaogang, playing multiple roles in the film. Personal Tailor was one of the highest grossing films of the year.

Personal Life

Li married actor Jia Nailiang in 2012. The same year, she gave birth to their daughter named Jelena.