Lin Chi-ling

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lin.


Background Information

  • Lin Chi-ling
  • 林志玲
  • Chiling Lin in NTUST.jpg
  • Lin in 2008
  • Born 29 November 1974 (age 42)
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Occupation Actress, model, television host
  • Modeling information
    • Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)
    • Hair color Black
    • Eye color Brown
  • Agency Catwalk Production House (2000-2012)
    • ChilingLin Studio (2017-present)
    • Avex Management (Japan)
    • Lin Chi-ling
    • Chinese 林志玲
  • Transcriptions
  • Lin Chi-ling
    • Chinese 林志玲
  • Transcriptions
  • Standard Mandarin
    • Hanyu Pinyin Lín Zhìlíng
    • Wade–Giles Lin Chi-ling
  • Southern Min
    • Hokkien POJ Lím Jî-Léng


Lin Chi-ling(born 29 November 1974) is a Taiwanese actress, model and television host.


1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Modeling
2.2 Television
2.3 Film
3 Earnings
4 Filmography
5 Discography
5.1 Singles
6 Awards




Early Life

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.

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.



In 2002, Lin was invited to model in a television advertisement in Hong Kong. The advertisement received attention and discussion on the internet, and interest in Lin began to grow. The following year, noted television producer Ge Hongfu offered Lin a position as hostess of a fashion program on Shanghai Oriental Television. In 2004, Lin starred in a broad series of advertisements in Taiwan that included big giant building-size posters, billboards, and television commercials. Almost overnight, Lin skyrocketed to national fame and became an instant celebrity model. Her rise to fame initiated a Taiwanese craze for supermodels, an effect commentators named “The Lin Chi-ling Phenomenon” (Chinese: 林志玲現象; pinyin: Lín Zhìlínɡ xiànxiànɡ).



Lin’s popularity grew throughout the rest of 2004, as she began modeling in Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese advertisements, and continued when she began doing Japanese advertisements in 2005. From 2004 to 2006, Lin served as Taiwan’s goodwill ambassador to the Japan Tourism Association. One of the unintended results of Lin Chi-ling phenomenon is that due to Lin’s popularity among her Chinese fans, some Japanese pornographic actresses resembling Lin have become more famous and more popular among Chinese fans than their native homeland Japan, and received nicknames given by their China fans in association with Lin Chi-ling, such as in the case of Yui Hatano, who is frequently referred by Chinese fans as AV Lin Chi-ling, and Nozomi Aso (麻生希/あそう のぞみ), who is frequently referred by Chinese fans as AV little Lin Chin-ling. On 8 August 2005, Lin was in Dalian, China, shooting an advertisement for Procter & Gamble home products when she fell from the back of a horse she was riding and was inadvertently trampled. Workers rushed Lin to a nearby hospital where doctors discovered that she had suffered six broken ribs, a punctured left lung, and an accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity. Lin underwent four months of treatment and therapy, and announced in November 2005 that she had completely recovered.



At the LG New Chocolate Phone launching event in Hong Kong on 4 November 2009
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.


As of 2006, Lin has served as an official spokesperson for both China Airlines and Longines.

Taiwanese media reported Lin as #1 model in the “Richest Celebrities [in Taiwan]” list in 2007, with estimated earnings of TWD$60,000,000 (≈ AU$2,100,000 ≈ CA$1,900,000 ≈ UK£906,000 ≈ US$1,900,000), in which Jay Chou appeared as #1 male singer (with over TWD$100,000,000) and Jolin Tsai appeared as #1 female singer (with nearly TWD$100,000,000).

Hong Kong press reported she was 2009’s #1 highest-paid model in the Greater China region, followed by Chinese Jennifer Du (#2), Hong Kong’s Gaile Lai (#3) and Lynn Hung (#4). She has continuously ranked #1 on Taiwan’s “Highest-earning models” list since 2004. Her earnings was estimated to be TWD$160,000,000 (≈ AU$5,400,000 ≈ CA$5,400,000 ≈ UK£3,370,000 ≈ US$5,320,000) in 2010, which consisted of those from advertisements (TWD$120,000,000) and various such as TV-series appearance in Japan (TWD$40,000,000), and TWD$200,000,000 (≈ AU$6,600,000 ≈ CA$6,800,000 ≈ UK£4,240,000 ≈ US$6,600,000) in 2011.

In the same year, she established a charity fund Chiling Charity Foundation (財団法人台北市志玲姐姐慈善基金会), which supports child welfare.


Year English title Original title Role Notes
2008 Red Cliff: Part 1 赤壁 Xiao Qiao  
2009 Red Cliff: Part 2 赤壁 Xiao Qiao Both parts also released as a single 2½ hour trimmed-down version in 2009
  The Magic Aster 馬蘭花 Da Lan Voice acting
  The Treasure Hunter 刺陵 Lan Ting  
2010 Moon Lovers 月の恋人 Liu Xiu Mei Japan TV Series
  Welcome to Shama Town 決戰刹馬鎮 Chun Niang  
2011 Love on Credit 幸福額度 Xiao Hong and Xiao Qing  
2012 Sweetheart Chocolate 甜心巧克力    
2013 Say Yes! 101次求婚 Ye Xun  
  Switch 富春山居圖 Lisa  
2014 Who is Undercover 王牌    
2015 Beijing, New York 北京,紐約 Jasmine  
  Monk Comes Down the Mountain 道士下山 Yu Zhen  
2017 This Is Not What I Expected 喜歡·你 Private chef  
  Didi’s Dream 吃吃的愛 Shangguan Lingling  
2018 The Monkey King 3 西遊記·女兒國 River God  



  • “Fly Away” (2009) – written by Jay Chou and Lin Chi-ling
  • “The Power of Beauty” (2010)
  • “Me and The Moon” (2015)


  • “International Artist Credibility Award”, 2nd International Television Commercial Arts Festival in 2006
  • “Hong Kong Style Icons”, Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 2006
  • “Top Ten China Beauty”, 5th International Beauty Week in 2006
  • “Best Fashion Icon at the 2nd Entertainment Award at Beijing in 2007
  • “Most popular New Actress”, Baidu Award in 2008
  • “Best New Actress”, Sina Award in 2008
  • “Best Asia Star Award”, Asia Model Festival awards at Korea in 2009
  • “Most Influential Charity Icon”, Charity Star Award in 2009

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