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Background Information

Chinese name 趙薇 (traditional)
Chinese name 赵薇 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhào Wēi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Ziu6 Mei4 (Cantonese)
Vietnamese name Triệu Vi
Origin  China
Born 12 March 1976 (age 41)
  Wuhu, Anhui, China
Other name(s) Vicki Zhao
  Vicky Zhao
Occupation actress, director, producer, singer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 1994-present
Spouse(s) Huang Youlong (m. 2008)
Children 1
Parents Zhao Jiahai (father)
  Wei Qiying (mother)
Education Master of Fine Arts
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy

Awards

Hong Kong Film Awards

 
Best Actress  
2015 Dearest – Li Hongqin  
 

Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan

 
2014 So Young  

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

 
Best Actress  
2015 Dearest – Li Hongqin  

Huabiao Awards

 
Outstanding Actress  
2005 A Time to Love – Qu Ran  

Golden Rooster Awards

 
Best Directorial Debut  
2013 So Young  

Hundred Flowers Awards

 
Best Actress  
2010 Mulan – Hua Mulan  
   
Best Director  
2014 So Young  

Golden Eagle Awards

 
Best Actress  
1999 My Fair Princess – Xiaoyanzi  

RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards

 
Outstanding Mandarin Song  
1999 Swallow  

MTV Asia Awards

 
Favorite Artist, Mainland China  
2006  

Beijing Pop Music Awards

 
Song of the Year  
2007 Angel’s Suitcase  

Other awards

Changchun Film Festival

 

Best Actress  
2006 A Time to Love  
2010 Mulan  

Golden Phoenix Awards

 
2005 Society Award  
2009 Special Jury Award  

Shanghai Film Critics Awards

 
Best Actress  
2010 Mulan & 14 Blades  
Best New Director  
2013 So Young  

Shanghai International Film Festival

 
Best Actress  
2005 A Time to Love  
Most Attractive Actress  
2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai

ZHAO WEI BIODATA

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

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Zhao Wei (born 12 March 1976), also known as Vicky Zhao or Vicki Zhao, is a Chinese actress, film director, producer and pop singer. She is considered one of the most popular actresses in China and Chinese-speaking regions, and one of the highest paid actresses.

While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao rose to national and regional prominence overnight for her role as Xiao Yanzi (“Little Swallow”) in the hit TV series My Fair Princess (1998–1999), for which she also won Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress. My Fair Princess enjoyed unprecedented success in East and Southeast countries, and Zhao is regarded by many as Mainland China’s first “national idol” since the economic reform began in 1978.

Over her 20 years acting career, Zhao has starred in many box-office smash-hits, including Shaolin Soccer (2001), Red Cliff (2008-2009), Painted Skin (2008), Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), Dearest (2014) and Lost in Hong Kong (2015). She has received numerous awards from the Shanghai International Film Festival, Huabiao Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards for films like A Time to Love (2005) and Mulan (2009). In 2014, after almost 2-year break from acting, she returned to the silver screen in Peter Chan’s movie Dearest, and won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress.

While focusing mostly on films, her works also include highly-popular TV series such as Romance in the Rain (2001), Moment in Peking (2005) and Tiger Mom (2015). She also began a singing career with her debut album Swallow (1999), and has since released 7 albums. In 2006, she won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist from Mainland China, for her album Double.

Zhao received her master’s degree of Film Directing from Beijing Film Academy in 2012. Her directorial debut So Young (2013) was both a huge box office and critical success. It broke the box office record for movies directed by female Chinese directors in just a week, and eventually became one of the highest-grossing films ever in China. The movie also earned her multiple awards in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan.

In 2016, Zhao was named as member of the main Jury at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Early career (1994–1997)
2.2 Rise to Stardom (1998–2002)
2.3 Film (2003–2008)
2.4 Gongfu epics (2008–2010)
2.5 Comeback and directing (2012-)
3 Personal life
4 Philanthropy
5 Media
5.1 Rumours and controversy
5.2 Other work
6 Filmography
7 Discography
8 Ambassadorship
9 Awards and nominations

Early Life


Born and brought up in Wuhu, Anhui, Zhao is the second child to Zhao Jiahai (Chinese: 赵家海; pinyin: Zhào Jiāhǎi), an engineer, and Wei Qiying (Chinese: 魏启颖; pinyin: Wèi Qǐyǐng), a primary school teacher, She has an elder brother Zhao Jian (Chinese: 赵健; pinyin: Zhào Jiān; born 1971). After secondary school, Zhao entered Wuhu Normal School, a local education institution training students to become pre-school teachers. Apart from school, she also received training in piano, dance, and Chinese ink wash painting.

Career


Early Career (1994–1997)

In 1993, while Zhao was still in school, the movie A Soul Haunted by Painting (1994), directed by Huang Shuqin, starring Gong Li and Derek Yee, was filming in Wuhu. Zhao was cast for a cameo role, a young prostitute in the brothel where Gong’s character works. This is her first acting experience though she only appeared briefly at the beginning of the film and had no dialogues.

Zhao had developed strong interests in acting after her first acting experience, and decided to become an actress. In 1994, after graduating from the Wuhu Normal School, she gave up her job as an apprentice pre-school teacher. She moved from her hometown to Shanghai and was enrolled in Xie Jin Star Academy, an acting school founded by the legendary Chinese director Xie Jin, where she received structured acting training during 1994 – 1995. She was also selected by Xie to star his movie Penitentiary Angel (1996). This was her first substantial role. Though she did not find her own performance fulfilling, Zhao considered it a valuable experience and a good start of her career. The film landed her other roles in TV series including her first leading role in Sisters in Beijing (1996). “I was too young to understand the role,” she said, “but if you’ve been cast in a film by a famous director, no matter how well you did, other less-famous directors will also want to cast you.”

In 1996, Zhao was admitted to the School of Performing Arts, Beijing Film Academy (BFA) with the highest score national-wide. She graduated 4 years later with Bachelor Degree of Performing Arts from BFA as one of the most outstanding graduates – Zhao scored five “A”s and nine “A-“s out of the 14 courses. Her graduation thesis scored 90 (out of 100).

Rise to Stardom (1998–2002)

In 1997, renowned novelist and producer Chiung Yao was casting for the TV series My Fair Princess, a joint production by mainland China and Taiwan which was adapted from Chiung Yao’s own novel. She identified Zhao Wei as a talent after watching Sisters in Beijing and offered Zhao the title role of Huan Zhu Ge Ge (Princess Pearl) a.k.a. Xiao Yanzi (“Little Swallow”), a rebellious and funny princess who dared to challenge authority and rules in the Palace. Filming the series was an arduous task for Zhao and her co-stars; Zhao herself acknowledged the intensity of filming:

We shot 18 to 20 hours a day. There were two groups of actors. One shot during the day, one at night. Frequently I’d have to do both. A few times I worked so hard that I actually threw up from the exertion. But I was young then. I didn’t get tired easily. And I never complained about the working conditions. I thought that’s just how it was supposed to be. Now I know that’s wrong. But at the time I had no clue. Whatever they’d give me, I’d do. And as soon as I was done working I could just fall asleep. They’d say, ‘Go to sleep,’ and I’d go right to sleep.

The hard work of the cast yielded unexpected results. This comedic period drama quickly became a phenomenal sensation and swept TV ratings in Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore and Vietnam. Zhao rose to prominence and became a household name overnight. In 1999, she became the youngest actress to win the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress. She was regarded by many as mainland China’s first “national idol”, and was named one of Taiwan’s “Top Ten Most Outstanding Individuals in Television Industry”. She is also regarded as one of China’s Four Dan Actresses. However, alongside the phenomenal success were increasingly negative critics in mainland China, attacking the rebellious role as a “bad influence” over children and youngsters. During Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference 2002, a member of the CPPCC submit a proposal to calling to boycott the “little swallow”. Zhao once again worked with Chiung Yao for the 2001 television series Romance in the Rain, a costume drama based in the 1930s and 1940s. Opposite to the funny princess she played in My Fair Princess, Zhao played a vengeful girl who tried to exact revenge against her parents. The series was a commercial success, and recorded the highest ratings of the year.

Zhao soon felt that she had achieved all she could in television[inconsistent] and began to shift her career focus from TV to films.

Zhao went on to star a few Hong Kong movies. In 2001, she starred in the comedy film Shaolin Soccer alongside Hong Kong actor and director Stephen Chow. Zhao played an ugly-duckling steamed bun-maker-cum-taichi-master, a great contrast from the glamorous image she had established for herself in previous roles. Zhao was nominated at the Chinese Film Media Award for Best Actress. This was followed up by a supporting role in Chinese Odyssey 2002 as “Phoenix”, for which she nominated Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002, Zhao played an assassin in So Close, which also stars Shu Qi and Karen Mok.

Film (2003–2008)

In 2003, Zhao starred in four films: My Dream Girl, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, Green Tea, and Jade Goddess of Mercy. After much speculation over who was cast for the female lead An Xin in Ann Hui’s film Jade Goddess of Mercy, the role was finally offered to Zhao, and her performance was well received by critics. In 2004, the Chinese Association of Film Performing Arts presented her the Golden Phoenix Award for this role. She was also nominated at the 27th Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actress for her performance in Warriors of Heaven and Earth.

In 2004, Zhao was cast to dub the character Princess Fiona when Shrek 2 was released in China.

The year 2005 proved to be another successful year for Zhao. She won the Golden Goblet Award for Best Actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival and tied with Zhang Ziyi for the Huabiao Award. Both awards were for her performance in A Time to Love. Zhao once again won Best Actress for the film at the 8th Changchun Film Festival in 2006.

After a four-year break from television series, Zhao starred as Yao Mulan in a remake of Lin Yutang’s Moment in Peking (2005). The television series became Zhao’s fourth TV drama (after My Fair Princess, My Fair Princess 2 and Romance in the Rain) to become the highest rated drama of the year. Zhao was nominated at the 26th Flying Apsaras Awards for Outstanding Actress.

Following the success of Moment in Peking, Zhao starred in The Postmodern Life of My Aunt, which premiered at film festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival. Though Zhao only appeared ten minutes in the film, her performance led her to be nominated at the 43rd Golden Horse Awards and the 27th Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2006, Zhao made a surprising move by sitting for the national entrance exam for postgraduate studies. After passing with flying colours, Zhao returned to her alma mater, the Beijing Film Academy (BFA) in September 2006 as a postgraduate student in the Department of Film Directing, where she studied under director Tian Zhuangzhuang. That year, Zhao was ranked No.4 on Forbes’ 2006 China Celebrity 100 list. She was also selected as the “Most Beautiful Woman” in China through a national voting by Sina.com & Sohu.com’s users. People magazine also listed Zhao as “100 Most Beautiful People” in 2006.

Zhao then portrayed a cabby in the 2007 film The Longest Night in Shanghai, starring alongside Masahiro Motoki and Dylan Kuo. The same year, Zhao starred in the television series Thank You For Having Loved Me. She reportedly received a salary of 100,000 yuan per episode.

Gongfu Epics (2008–2010)

From 2008 to 2009, Zhao starred in John Woo’s historical epic Red Cliff. Set in the Three Kingdoms period, the film was mainland China’s most expensive production then. She played Sun Shangxiang, the independent-minded sister of warlord Sun Quan, who disguises herself as a male enemy soldier to gather intelligence. Zhao received two nominations at the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She next appeared in Gordon Chan’s horror-adventure film Painted Skin (2008). The film set a new milestone in Chinese film by grossing 100 million yuan in six days. Zhao’s role as a general’s wife was particularly acclaimed, and she received Best Actress nominations at the 27th Golden Rooster Award and 3rd Asian Film Award.

In 2009, Zhao played the legendary character Hua Mulan in Jingle Ma’s Mulan. Jingle Ma called Zhao the “perfect fit” for the cross-dressing heroine. Zhao won the Best Actress Award at the 10th Changchun Film Festival, 30th Hundred Flowers Awards and 19th Shanghai Film Critics Awards for her performance in the film.

On 6 August 2009, she was elected vice-president of China Film Performance Art Academy and executive member of the council of the China Environmental Society.

After filming the wuxia film 14 Blades alongside Donnie Yen, Zhao took a 2-year break from acting in the middle of 2010. On 11 April 2010, she gave birth to a girl, Huang Xin, the only child of her and businessman Huang Youlong, whom she married in 2008.

In June 2010, she returned to limelight as a jury member of the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Comeback and Directing (2012-)

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On 3 June 2015, Zhao Wei became the first ever Chinese actress to have left her hand-prints and footprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Zhao returned from her extended parental leave in 2012, playing, incidentally, a single mother in Love, directed by Doze Niu. The film also achieved commercial success, and became the only film to gross 100 million yuan in both Taiwan and mainland China. Critics call the solo performance of Zhao Wei as “the most amazing scene”. The same year she starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, the sequel to the 2008 film Painted Skin. The film grossed over 700 million yuan to become the highest grossing Chinese film then, before being beaten by Lost in Thailand.

In 2012, she graduated from the directing institute of Beijing Film Academy, with an MFA dissertation defense score of 99/100, ranking #1 out of all the graduates.

Her directorial debut, So Young, opened on 26 April 2013 to 141 million yuan in its first weekend. She was the first female director whose debut film broke 100 million yuan in China. In just one week, So Young garnered 350 million yuan, with the final box office record in China being over 700 million yuan. For the film, Zhao won the Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan.

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Production still. On 8 April 2016, director Zhao Wei (center) filming her second feature.
Zhao also became a judge for the 5th season of China’s Got Talent alongside Liu Ye, Alec Su and Wang Wei Chun.

Zhao returned to acting in 2014, playing a countrywoman in the film Dearest, directed by Peter Chan. The movie was selected by the 71st Venice International Film Festival in the Out-of-competition category, and Zhao’s performance as a foster mother of illegally kidnapped children received international acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter called her Chinese Juliette Binoche. This movie also earned Zhao the Hong Kong Film Award and Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress.

In 2015, she starred in comedies Hollywood Adventures and Lost in Hong Kong, both of which were commercially successful. The same year, Zhao made her return to television in Tiger Mom. She was nominated at the Asian Television Award and Magnolia Award for Best Actress. On 20 October, Zhao elected as executive member of Executive Committee of China Film Directors’ Guild.

In 2016, Zhao played a doctor in Johnnie To’s crime thriller film Three. She also began the production for her second directorial work No Other Love. In July, she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

In February 2017, Zhao went back to her alma mater – School of Performing Arts, Beijing Film Academy – to be the finale round examiner/assessor of applicants for the 2017 intake. The entrance exam is said to be the most challenging one of students pursuing performing arts whereby the success ratio is 1:113. In September, she was named as a member of the main competition jury for the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Personal Life


Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming publicly acknowledged that he had crush over Zhao Wei when he and she both attended the Beijing Film Academy. Zhao rejected his courtship because she felt he was not mature enough. The two remain as close friends and have collaborated in the movie Hollywood Adventures, a joint Hollywood-Chinese production.

After two known relationships, Zhao Wei married Chinese businessman Huang Youlong in 2008 in Singapore. The couple’s daughter, was born in April 2010.

Zhao is a well-known wine lover and has a passion for winemaking. On 21 December 2011, French newspaper Sud-Ouest reported that Zhao had bought Château Monlot, a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, at 4 million euro. On 16 September 2012, Zhao Wei is admitted into the Jurade de Saint-Émilion. After 4 years of work, in October 2015, the winery launched the Bordeaux wine brand in the Chinese mass market. The online shop offers both high end and affordable wine selections.

Philanthropy


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Zhao in a 2011 charity event.

Zhao has been actively involved in charity and disaster relief work. Her notable charity work and donations include:

In 1999, Zhao Wei donated 100,000 yuan, for Taiwan 921 earthquake.

In 2004, with the local education authority, she set up a scholarship and study grant fund in Wuhu, her hometown. for students from families in financial difficulties.

In 2005, she was appointed as a spokesperson and ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund and China Youth Concern Committee’s “Awareness for Children Affected by AIDS” campaign; she also performed the song “来得及的明天” (pinyin: lái dé jí dè míng tiān; literally: “Still Time for Tomorrow”) as the theme song for the campaign.

In 2006, Zhao supported the fundraising events for the Smile Angel Foundation, a charity fund set up by Zhao’s friend, pop diva Faye Wong, for children with clefts.

The morning following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Zhao was at Cannes to promote her film Red Cliff and she donated 100,000 yuan to the China Red Cross. Soon afterward, she donated 500,000 yuan to the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund to construct a Spring Bude Building School.

On 29 March 2010, Zhao donated 200,000 RMB to the Yunnan government, as Yunnan was suffering from the worst drought during the past few decades. On 17 April, the third day after Qinghai Yushu Earthquake, Zhao donated 200,000 yuan to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation.
Zhao received the China Charity Billboard Award for her contributions to charity in 2011.

On 22 April 2013, Zhao donated 500,000 RMB to the Sichuan Yaan Earthquake.

In 2014, Zhao Wei launched the V-Love Foundation for Childhood leukemia. Also in 2014, Zhao Wei was named ambassador for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

In June 2016, Zhao donated 1 million RMB to the Anhui government, as Anhui was suffering from the worst flooding during the past decade. The same year, Zhao was appointed amabassador for China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and UNDP’s “Ethnic Minority Women Empowerment and Development Project”, aimed to promote sustainable human development with ethnic minority women through joint collaborations in social and economic development. She was also named the ambassador by Chinese Ministry of Public Security for Anti Child-trafficking campaign. On 20 November, UNDP appointed her as goodwill ambassador. On 26 December, Zhao held a charity party for her V-Love Foundation and raised donations more than 16 million yuan for Childhood leukemia.

In July 2017, Zhao and her husband donated 1 million HKD to the Hunan government, as Hunan was suffering from the flooding.

Media


Rumours and Controversy

As the price of her fame, Zhao has been a regular subject of tabloids. In 2001, Zhao did a group of photos for the August issue of fashion magazine L’Offciel China. In one photo, Zhao was wearing a designer dress (Heatherette NYC label, designed by Richie Rich). The dress assembled a pattern similar to the Japanese military flag during the WWII. Four months later, in Dec 2001, one of the local evening newspaper started to question and criticize the photo. Still torn by Japan’s crimes to China during the WWII, the newspaper quickly provoked a public outcry, and more media joined to attack Zhao. Some called to ban her work and prohibit her from show business. On 9 December, the newspaper Beijing Evening News and network Sina.com published Zhao’s apology letter to the nation. On 17 December, Zhao again apologized on the television show Entertainment Live; the apology was broadcast on 200 television networks and 100 radio stations in China.

Different opinions and questions started to surface over the magazine editors’ negligence and choice of dress. There were also suspicions that the incident was a set-up to ruin Zhao’s career. On 28 December 2001, during her performance at a concert, Zhao was attacked on stage by Fu Shenghua, a construction worker who later said his grandparents were killed during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Reflecting upon his actions, Fu told a Chinese magazine: “I know what I did wasn’t right. But I believe my cause was just… As a famous Chinese person, she should have been aware of such an important event in Chinese history.” Later, a Chinese newspaper, Beijing Youth Daily published a special report after a two-month investigation and alleged that Fu had lied to the media, claiming that no one in his family had died during the war and that he was not a construction worker but instead had been unemployed for several years. The journalist noted that it was difficult to have conversations with Fu due to his alleged extremist views. More and more people started to believe that the incident was a set-up and the public views started shifting more empathetically towards Zhao. After this report was published, the hype surrounding the incident died down and the Chinese media seldom mentioned it again.

In July 2004, Zhao was embroiled in further controversy when a pregnant lady named Zou Xue accused Zhao of assaulting her in a restaurant over a business dispute. Zhao and Zou had been business partners, and opened a bar together in Beijing. Zou claimed that Zhao had instructed her chauffeur to hit Zou after a business dispute. Zou filed a lawsuit demanding compensation as well as a public apology. Zhao denied hitting Zou, but the public were not on Zhao’s side. However, the incident quickly had a dramatic twist when the media investigated that Zou’s medical check-up report was fake, and was produced by a hospital managed by her family members. The court then rejected Zou’s lawsuit against Zhao. In addition, people found that Zou was the L’Offciel editor who stepped down due to the “Japanese flag” incident. The public was more convinced that the “Japanese flag” incident was a set-up and Zou was somehow involved. Zhao regained the public’s support.

Zhao completed her second directorial feature No Other Love in June 2016. On 1 July 2016, the Communist Youth League used its own website and social media to criticize Zhao over the male cast and Taiwanese director-actor Leon Dai’s alleged support for Taiwanese independence. It posting on Weibo called for boycott of this movie. Following the call, China’s nationalists and nationalist unions started to attack Zhao for being a “public enemy” and “traitor” to the nation. The nationalists also branded Zhao as an “American spy”, citing Zhao had taken a photo and shaken hands with Hillary Clinton at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Future Summit in Manhattan, US on 20 November 2014. In early July, both Dai and Zhao and their movie production studios issued apology statements but the nationalists continued to attack them, even against Zhao’s family members including her husband, daughter and brother. On 15 July 2016, under fierce online assault, Zhao apologized, and the movie studio also announced its plan to replace Dai. The incident generated much debate online, and some famous Chinese writers, professors and filmmakers, including Fang Fang, Sai Ren, Shi Hang, Yan Feng, He Ping, Chen Guoxing, along with People’s Daily’s social media and China Newsweek (present by China News Service) categorically denounced the online abuse and/or voiced their support for Zhao.

Other Work

Alongside her acting career, Zhao has become actively involved in commercial work. In 2001, she was selected as one of “China’s Top Ten Most Popular Commercial Models”, the culmination of her work for Red Earth and Amoisonic Mobile Phone. The same year, Zhao was ranked second on “China’s Top 10 Artists for Advertisements” list. South Korean television network KBS ranked Zhao number one in China and Japan and number two in South Korea, crowning her “Commercial Queen in 3 countries.”

On several occasions, Zhao has been praised by the media for her sense of style. At the Lycra Channel Young Awards (now known as the China Fashion Awards), Zhao was chosen as the “Most Stylish Actress” in mainland China. The same year, MTV China also selected Zhao as the “Most Stylish Asian Actress”. Zhao also garnered another fashion award at the 2004 Pierre Cardin Awards. Zhao was awarded the “Most Stylish Female Artist” and “Most Stylish Actor” at the China Fashion Award (CFA) in 2005. In 2007, Zhao won her the third “Most Stylish Actor” in China Fashion Awards. The same year, she won “Most Stylish Female Artist” at the MTV China Style Gala.

As of 18 April 2011, Zhao is climbing up the ranks of the most followed microbloggers worldwide. Her fan count has exceeded six million, bringing her ever-closer to American celebrities Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher and Katy Perry, all of whom also recently surpassed the six million fan mark.

Wei and her husband purchased stakes in Alibaba Pictures in 2014, leading to tens of millions of dollars in gains over the next two years. Near the end of 2016, her company Longwei Culture & Media purchased control of Zhejiang People Culture, a Chinese animation studio and mobile gaming company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, for CN¥3 billion. Although the acquiring company have answered the Shanghai Stock Exchange questions, several mainland China media and some netizens still boycott it, regard the buyout by a female actor as “the hen cackles in the morning”. Furthermore, nationalists combined with ultra-left media attack Zhao continuously. Finally, original banks quit for “uncertainty”, causing the acquisition to fail.

Gallery


Filmography


Film

       
         
Year Title Director Role Notes
1994 La Peintre Huang Shuqin Extra  
  画魂 黄蜀琴 雏妓  
1995 Penitentiary Angel Xie Jin Ding Jing’er aka Behind the Wall of Shame
  女儿谷 谢晋 丁静儿  
1996 East Palace, West Palace Zhang Yuan “The Bus”  
  东宫西宫 张元 公共汽车  
1999 Déjà Vu 2000 Kin-Nam Cho Vicky  
  缘,妙不可言 曹健南 薇薇  
2000 The Duel Andrew Lau Princess Phoenix  
  决战紫禁之巅 刘伟强 飞凤公主  
2001 Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow Ah Mui  
  少林足球 周星驰 阿梅  
2002 So Close Corey Yuen Sue aka Virtual Weapon
  夕阳天使 元奎 林爱群  
  Chinese Odyssey 2002 Jeff Lau Ah Feng (Phoenix)  
  天下无双 刘镇伟 李凤姐  
2003 Warriors of Heaven and Earth He Ping Wen Zhu  
  天地英雄 何平 文珠  
  My Dream Girl Yip Wai Man Zhang Ning  
  炮制女朋友 叶伟民 张宁  
  Green Tea Zhang Yuan Wu Fang/Lang Lang  
  绿茶 张元 吴芳/朗朗  
2004 Jade Goddess of Mercy Ann Hui An Xin  
  玉观音 许鞍华 安心  
2005 A Time To Love Huo Jianqi Qu Ran  
  情人结 霍建起 屈然  
2006 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt Ann Hui Liu Dafan  
  姨妈的后现代生活 许鞍华 刘大凡  
2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai Zhang Yibai Lin Xi  
  夜。上海 张一白 林夕  
2008 Red Cliff I John Woo Sun Shangxiang  
  赤壁 吴宇森 孙尚香  
  Painted Skin Gordon Chan Chen Peirong  
  画皮 陈嘉上 陈佩蓉  
2009 Red Cliff II John Woo Sun Shangxiang  
  赤壁:决战天下 吴宇森 孙尚香  
  Mulan Jingle Ma Hua Mulan  
  花木兰 马楚城 花木兰  
  The Founding of a Republic Han Sanping/Huang Jianxin Member of CPPCC Cameo
  建国大业 韩三平/黄建新 政协委员  
2010 14 Blades Daniel Lee Qiao Hua  
  锦衣卫 李仁港 乔花  
2011 Eternal Moment Zhang Yibai Yang Zheng’s Wife Cameo (voice)
  将爱 张一白 杨铮妻子  
2012 LOVE Doze Niu Jin Xiaoye  
  钮承泽 金小叶  
  Painted Skin: The Resurrection Wu’ershan Princess Jing/Xiao Wei  
  画皮II 乌尔善 靖公主/小唯  
2014 Dearest Peter Chan Li Hongqin  
  亲爱的 陈可辛 李红琴  
2015 12 Golden Ducks Matt Chow Aunt Mei (young version) Cameo
  十二金鸭 邹凯光 媚姨  
  Hollywood Adventures Tim Kendall Wei Wei  
  横冲直撞好莱坞   薇薇  
  Lost in Hong Kong Xu Zheng Cai Bo (Spinach)  
  港囧 徐峥 蔡波  
2016 Three Johnnie To Tong Qian  
  三人行 杜琪峯 佟倩  
         

Television

     
         
Year Title Role Notes  
1996 Sisters in Beijing Bai Xiaoxue 30 Episodes, first leading role  
  姐姐妹妹闯北京 白小雪    
  Yutian Has a Story Miao Lan    
  雨天有故事 苗兰    
1997 Magic Formula Luo Man    
  大魔方 罗曼    
1998 My Fair Princess Xiaoyanzi 24 episodes, breakthrough role  
  还珠格格 小燕子    
  Records of Kangxi’s Travel Incognito Season 2 Yue Qing’er    
  康熙微服私访记(第二部)之桂圆记 岳清儿    
  Old House Has Joy Ji Xiang/Li Mei 30 Episodes  
  老房有喜 吉祥/李眉    
1999 My Fair Princess II Xiaoyanzi 48 Episodes  
  还珠格格(第二部) 小燕子    
2000 Treasure Venture Lu Jianping/Du Huixin 30 Episodes  
  侠女闯天关 陆剑萍/杜慧心    
2001 Romance in the Rain Lu Yiping 48 Episodes  
  情深深雨濛濛 陆依萍    
2005 Moment in Peking Yao Mulan 44 Episodes  
  京华烟云 姚木兰    
2006 Fast Track Love Chen Xiaoxiao    
  车神/极速爱恋 陈骁骁    
2007 Thank You For Having Loved Me Tan Yuwei 34 Episodes  
  谢谢你曾经爱过我 谭雨薇    
2009 The Epic of a Woman Tian Sufei 34 Episodes  
  一个女人的史诗 田苏菲    
2015 Tiger Mom Bi Shengnan 45 Episodes  
  虎妈猫爸 毕胜男    
2017 Chinese Restaurant Herself Reality Show  
  中餐厅   12 Episodes  

Dubbing

     
       
Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride Kiara China version
2004 Shrek 2 Princess Fiona China version
2007 My Blueberry Nights Leslie China version
       

Sound Recording

   
       
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Peter and the Wolf   Conductor: Claudio Abbado

As Director or Producer

Theatrical Releases

         
             
Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
2013 So Young Yes       Directorial feature debut
  致我们终将逝去的青春          
2015 Hollywood Adventures   Yes   Actor  
  横冲直撞好莱坞          
TBD No Other Love (literal title) Yes       Filming
  没有别的爱          
TBD Zhao Wei’s untittled produced project   Yes     Pre-production
TBD My Fair Princess Yes       Animated Feature
  还珠格格         Adapted from comedy series My Fair Princess

Television

         
             
Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
2015 Tiger Mom   Yes   Actor Executive Producer
  虎妈猫爸          
             

Music Video

         
             
Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
2007 Angel’s Suitcase Yes     Actor The title song of Zhao Wei’s sixth album
  天使旅行箱          

Short Films

         
             
Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
2017 One Encounter     Yes   Story
  一刻邂逅          

Other Works

Hosting

   
     
Year Film Notes
2000 CCTV New Year’s Gala  
2001 CCTV Lantern Festival Concert  
2002 Huabiao Film Awards Ceremony  
2011 Golden Rooster Awards Ceremony Opening performance and guest host

As Judge

   
     
Year Film Notes
2013-2014 China’s Got Talent Season Five
     

Radio Opera

 
     
Year Film Notes
2001 Tomorrow is a Sunny Day leading female voice cast
  • 1998: My Fair Princess (TV)
  • 2001: Shaolin Soccer
  • 2001: Romance in the Rain (TV)
  • 2002: So Close
  • 2005: A Time to Love
  • 2005: Moment in Peking (TV)
  • 2008: Red Cliff
  • 2008: Painted Skin
  • 2009: Mulan
  • 2010: 14 Blades
  • 2012: LOVE
  • 2012: Painted Skin: The Resurrection
  • 2013: So Young
  • 2014: Dearest
  • 2015: Hollywood Adventures
  • 2015: Lost in Hong Kong
  • 2015: Tiger Mom (TV)
  • 2016: Three

Discography


  • 1999: Swallow (小燕子)
  • 1999: Magic of Love (爱情大魔咒)
  • 2001: The Last Separation (最后一次分手)
  • 2004: Afloat (飘)
  • 2005: Double (双)
  • 2007: Angel’s Suitcase (天使旅行箱)
  • 2009: We’re All Great Directors (我们都是大导演)

Ambassadorship

  • 2001 World University Games
  • 2002 China Youth Development Foundation “Hope Project”
  • 2002 All-China Environment Federation
  • 2004 China Farmers Games
  • 2005 United Nations Children’s Fund’s “Orphan and Vulnerable Children, Children Affected by AIDS Awareness.”
  • 2007 World Special Olympic Games
  • 2007 China Foundation of Disabled Person “Lighting Activities”
  • 2008 China Red Cross “Heart Project”
  • 2009 China Flowers Expo
  • 2010 Changchun Film Festival
  • 2011 Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival
  • 2014 China Sport Show
  • 2014 United Nations Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • 2016 The Ministry of Public Security of China’s Anti-kidnapping
  • 2016 United Nations Development Programme’s goodwill ambassador

Awards and Nominations


Film and Television Awards

Mainland China Grand Slam

The three most prestigious film awards in mainland China are the Golden Rooster Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards and the Huabiao Award, while the two most prestigious television awards in mainland China are the Golden Eagle Award and Flying Apsaras Awards.

Film

     
       

Golden Rooster Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2009 Painted Skin Best Actress Nominated
2013 So Young Best Directorial Debut Won
2015 Dearest Best Actress Nominated
       

Hundred Flowers Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2004 Warriors of Heaven and Earth Best Actress Nominated
2010 Mulan   Won
2014 So Young Best Director Won
2016 Dearest Best Actress Nominated
       

Huabiao Award

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 A Time to Love Outstanding Actress Won
       

Television

   
       

Golden Eagle Award

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 My Fair Princess Best Actress Won
       
       

Flying Apsaras Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2007 Moment in Peking Outstanding Actress Nominated
       

Taiwan and Hong Kong Awards

   
       

Golden Horse Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2006 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt   Nominated
2013 So Young Best New Director Nominated
2014 Dearest Best Actress Nominated
       

Hong Kong Film Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2009 Red Cliff Part I   Nominated
2010 Red Cliff Part II   Nominated
  Mulan Best Actress Nominated
2015 Dearest   Won
       

Other Industry Awards

   
       

Asian Film Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2009 Painted Skin Best Actress Nominated
2015 Dearest   Nominated
       

Asian Television Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Tiger Mom Best Actress Nominated
       

Chinese Film Media Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2002 Shaolin Soccer Best Actress – Hong Kong/Taiwan Nominated
2004 Jade Goddess of Mercy Favorite Actress – Mainland China Won
  Green Tea    
  Jade Goddess of Mercy Best Actress – Mainland China Nominated
2008 The Postmodern Life of My Aunt Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2015 Dearest Best Actress Won
  Outstanding achievement in acting and directing Infinity Award Won
       

China TV Drama Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Moment in Peking Favorite Actress Won
    Best Leading Actress Nominated
2015 Tiger Mom   Nominated
       

Chinese Young Generation Film Forum

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 So Young New Director of the Year Won
       

Chunyan Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 Painted Skin Best Actress – Motion Picture Won
       

Huading Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 So Young Best New Director Nominated
2015 Tiger Mom Best Actress Nominated
2015 Dearest Best Actress Won
       

Vietnam DAN Movie Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2009 Painted Skin Favorite Chinese Actress Won
2010 Mulan   Won
2013 Painted Skin: The Resurrection   Won
       

Critics’ Awards

   
       

Chinese Cinephilia Society Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Dearest Best Actress Won
       

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Dearest Best Actress Won
       

Shanghai Film Critics Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 Mulan Best Actress Won
  14 Blades    
2013 So Young Best New Director Won
       

Guild Awards

   
       

China Film Director’s Guild Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2014 So Young Best Director Nominated
    Best New Director Nominated
       

Golden Phoenix Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Jade Goddess of Mercy Society Award for Actor Won
2009 Painted Skin Special Jury Award Won
  Red Cliff    
  The Longest Night in Shanghai    
       

Festival Awards

   
       

Asia Pacific Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2002 Chinese Odyssey 2002 Best Supporting Actress Nominated
       

Beijing College Student Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2004 Warriors of Heaven and Earth Best Actress Nominated
    Favorite Actress Won
2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai   Won
  The Postmodern Life of My Aunt    
2010 14 Blades   Won
2014 So Young Best Directorial Debut Nominated
2015 Dearest Best Actress Won
       

Changchun Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 A Time to Love Best Actress Won
2010 Mulan   Won
       

China Farmers Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2011 14 Blades Favorite Actress Won
       

Chinese American Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2013 So Young Best Director Won
2014 Dearest Best Actress Won
       

Guangzhou Student Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2012 Painted Skin: The Resurrection Favorite Actress Won
2013 So Young Favorite Director Won
       

New York Chinese Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2013   Outstanding Asian Artist Won
       

Shanghai International Film Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 A Time to Love Best Actress Won
2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai Press Prize for Most Attractive Actress Won
       

Shanghai Television Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2016 Tiger Mom Best Actress Nominated
       

Sichuan Television Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2015 Tiger Mom Best Actress Nominated
       

Music Awards

   
       

Asia Pacific Music Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Afloat Best Song of the Year Won
    Best Album Nominated
    Best Female Vocal Performance Nominated
    Favorite Female Artist Nominated
       

Asia Song Festival

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Angel’s Suitcase Favorite Artist, Mainland Won
       

Beijing Pop Music Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Angel’s Suitcase Best Song of the Year Won
    Best Female Vocal Performance Nominated
       

CCTV-MTV Music Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2010 We’re All Great Directors Best Female Vocal Performance, Mainland Nominated
    Favorite Artist, Mainland Nominated
       

Channel[V] China Music Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Double Favorite Female Artist Won
    Best Music Video Won
2009 Good Man Card Best Male & Female Duet Won
2011 We’re All Great Directors Best Female Vocal Performance Nominated
    Favorite Female Artist Nominated
       

ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Afloat Favorite Female Artist Nominated
  Gradually from Afloat Top 10 Golden Melody Won
    Best Music Video Won
    Best Stage Performance Won
2006 Double Favorite Female Artist Won
  Shangguan Yan and I from Double Top 10 Golden Melody Won
       

Metro Radio Hong Kong Hit Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 Swallow Most Popular Singer Won
       

MTV Asia Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2006 Double Favorite Artist, Mainland China Won
       

MusicRadio China Top Chart Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Afloat Favorite Female Artist Won
  Gradually from Afloat Best Song of the Year Won
2006 Double Favorite Female Artist Won
  Shangguan Yan and I from Double Best Song of the Year Won
2008 Angel’s Suitcase Best Album Won
    Best All-around Artist Won
  Angle’s Suitcase from Angel’s Suitcase Best Song of the Year Won
  Angel’s Suitcase Best Female Artist Nominated
    Favorite Female Artist Nominated
2010 We’re All Great Directors Favorite Female Artist Nominated
       

RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
1999 Swallow Outstanding mandarin song award Won-Brozen
       

Sprite China Original Music Chart Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2005 Afloat Best All-round Artist Won
    Network Favorite Artist Won
  Raining Sunday from Afloat Best Song of the Year Won
  Afloat Favorite Artist Nominated
2008 Angel’s Suitcase Best Song of the Year Won
       

Top Chinese Music Chart Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2002 Romance in the Rain Best Theme Song of Motion Picture or Television Series Won
2005 Afloat Favorite Artist, Mainland China Won
  Gradually from Afloat Top 10 Golden Song of the Year Won
  Rainny Sunday from Afloat   Won
  Afloat Best Album Nominated
    Best Female Artist, Mainland China Nominated
2006 Double Best Album Nominated
    Best Female Artist, Mainland China Nominated
2008 Angel’s Suitcase Best Female Artist, Mainland China Won
       

TVB8 Golden Song Awards

   
Year Nominated work Category Result
2000 Magic of Love Best Music Video Won
2005 Afloat Favorite Artist Nominated
  Gradually from Afloat Top 10 Golden Song of the Year Nominated

Magazine Recognition

  • 2000: Rank 2 of Popular TV “Top 10 Celebrities”
  • 2002: Rank 2 of FHM Singapore edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2003: Rank 15 of FHM Singapore edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2003: Rank 10 of FHM Thailand edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2004: Rank 2 of FHM Singapore edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2004: Rank 3 of FHM Thailand edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2004: Rank 3 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2004: Selected as US magazine Sirens of Cinema “International Actor of the Year”
  • 2005: Rank 4 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2005: Rank 15 of FHM Thailand edition “100 Sexiest Women in the World”
  • 2006: Listed in People “100 Most Beautiful People”
  • 2006: Rank 4 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2007: Rank 7 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2008: Rank 7 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2013: Selected as China Screen “Actors of the Year 2012”
  • 2013: Selected as Southern People Weekly “Youth Leadership of the Year”
  • 2014: Selected as China Screen “Directors of the Year 2013”
  • 2014: Selected as Ren Wu magazine “People of the Year 2013”
  • 2015: Selected as China Screen “Actors of the Year 2014”
  • 2015: Rank 7 of Forbes China Celebrity 100
  • 2015: Rank 393 of New Fortune 500 Richest Chinese
  • 2016: Rank 548 of Rupert Hoogewerf’s China Rich List

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