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Fan Bingbing

Fan BingbingFan Bingbing, born on the 16th of September 1981 in Qingdao, China but was raised in Yantai, China. She is a Chinese actress, television producer and pop singer. She topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in both 2013 and 2014 after ranking among the top 10 every year since 2006. Her surname is Fan - the Chinese traditionally place the surname first.

She became well-known in Asia in 1998 -1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in the film, Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year. It won a Hundred Flowers Award and since then she has received awards from the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Eurasia International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Beijing College Student Film Festival and Huading Awards for films like The Matrimony in 2007, Lost in Beijing in 2007, Buddha Mountain in 2011 and Double Xposure 2012.

Fan has participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch, filmed in 2011. The Korean film My Way in 2011 and the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014. She has also been called a fashion icon due to frequent appearances on the red carpet, movie premieres, and fashion shows.

She graduated from Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and Shanghai Theatre Academy.

She rose to stardom in 1999 for her supporting role in the first two seasons of the Chinese television series, My Fair Princess, which were adapted from Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao's novels. Before My Fair Princess, she had played minor roles in different projects for almost two years.

She was recommended by Taiwanese actress Leanne Liu to join the cast of My Fair Princess and after that, Fan signed an eight-year contract with Chiung Yao's company, which produced My Fair Princess.

Fan BingbingBut, as the company had not yet to established any branches in mainland China, many of the mainland Chinese television advertising companies had to make calls to Taiwan for negotiations which resulted in a waste of time and effort.

When Fan and her mother wanted to end the contract, Chiung Yao's company asked for ¥1 million in compensation, but eventually the court ordered Fan to pay ¥200,000 because the contract was illegal due to her age.

In 2000, Fan joined a company owned by Wang Jinghua, a well-known artist manager in mainland China. At the end of 2000, Wang became the general manager of Huayi Brothers, so Fan followed Wang and signed a six-year contract with Huayi.

During her time in Huayi, Fan starred in many television series, such as Young Justice Bao II, Red Poppies - adapted from the Mao Dun Literature Prize novel, and The Proud Twins which was adapted from Gu Long's novel Juedai Shuangjiao.

Fan also appeared in many films. In 2003, she starred in Feng Xiaogang's Cell Phone, which earned her a Best Actress Award at the 27th Hundred Flowers Awards, a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the 24th Golden Rooster Awards and an Outstanding New Actress nomination at the 10th Huabiao Awards. She also appeared in The Lion Roars, The Twins Effect II, A Chinese Tall Story, A Battle of Wits, The Matrimony and Flash Point. She received a Golden Bauhinia Awards nomination for her role in the film, A Battle of Wits.

Fan released her first album Just Begun in 2005 and a year later Forbes China gave its most prized award, the Star of the Year, to Fan, for her popularity, formidable press coverage and website hits in the previous year.

Fan BingbingIn regards to the six-year cooperation with Huayi Brothers, Fan stated:

"Huayi gave me a lot of opportunities. It has a very good team and the spirit of cooperation. I also tried my best. The six years really are a non-stop time. In the company, everyone calls me Astro Boy. I did the most work, and I am the person who was able to endure the most hardship. I am 25 years old now, from 25 years of age to 30 years of age, I think that whatever my life will experience or my career will confront, this period is a very important juncture, or a crossroad for me, and I do not want to be too hasty to make any decisions."

Fan left Huayi Brothers in February 2007 and then started her own studio, Fan Bingbing Studio - starring in eight films in 2007 and winning the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 44th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Matrimony that year. She also won the Best Actress Award of 4th Eurasia International Film Festival for her role in the film Lost in Beijing.

In 2008. Fan started an arts school in Huairou, Beijing, where she served as its principal - but the school was actually run by her parents. She also became the leader of the acting team of West Movie Group's arts centre. That year, her studio made its first television production, Rouge Snow, adapted from the novel of the same name, in which she portrayed a poor girl, sold to a wealthy and influential clan, fighting for freedom against fate.

In 2009, her studio produced The Last Night of Madam Chin, also adapted from the same name novel written by Bai Xianyong, a story about a beautiful dancing girl’s legendary life. That year, Fan starred in Shinjuku Incident and Sophie's Revenge. She also appeared in Bodyguards and Assassins, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Fan BingbingIn 2010, Fan starred in Chen Kaige’s film Sacrifice. She also appeared in Wang Xiaoshuai's film Chongqing Blues, which premiered at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. On the 24th of October, another film Fan starred in, Buddha Mountain, premiered at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival - which earned her the Best Actress Award.

In April of 2010, Fan was ranked first on the "50 Most Beautiful People in China" list by the newspaper Beijing News.

In 2011, Fan starred in Shaolin, The Founding of a Party and Stretch with Nicolas Cazalé and David Carradine.

On the 4th of March, the film Buddha Mountain was released in mainland China. On the 28th of April, Fan won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing College Student Film Festival for her role in Buddha Mountain.

In May, she appeared at the 64thCannes Film Festival to promote My Way together with director Kang Je-gyu and actors Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri. In October, she became a member of the International Competition Jury of 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.

During the first half of 2012, Fan attended many fashion shows in Paris and on the 16th of May, she attended the opening ceremony of 65th Cannes Film Festival as the only Asian global spokesperson on behalf of Paris L’Oreal.

On May 21, Forbes ranked Fan third on the 2012 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List according to her success in the past year. On 17 July, she appeared at the first press conference to promote the film Double Xposure, which was released in China on the 29th of September. She also attended The Voice of China final concert to promote the film.

Fan BingbingIn this film, she portrayed a girl who suffered childhood trauma and experienced visual hallucinations after witnessing her father killing her mother. Most film critics gave overwhelmingly high praise to Fan's performance.

The film was a huge financial success, with a domestic gross of more than ¥100 million - which broke the box office record for a domestic art film in China.

On the 12th of December, Fan appeared in Lost in Thailand, in which she did an unpaid cameo in order to "help" her first-time filmmaker friend Xu Zheng. The film broke the box office record of all Chinese films in China.

In 2013, Fan appeared as Dr. Wu's assistant Wu Jiaqi in the mainland Chinese version of Iron Man 3, which was released on the 1st of May.

Commenting on her role, Fan said:

"People who are familiar with me know that I am willing to help friends. That was why when the Iron Man 3 production company asked me whether I had time to shoot a half-day in order to help, I went. Helping friends makes me feel at ease."

On the 10th of April, Fan won the Chinese Best Actress Award for her performance in Double Xposure at the 2013 Huading Award ceremony held in Hong Kong. One day later, she became the first Asian celebrity ambassador for the Champagne House Moët & Chandon.

On the 23rd of April, Fan topped the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List and on the 17th of May, Chopard announced that Fan was their new brand ambassador.

Fan BingbingOn the 18th of May, Fan was honoured as the International Artist of the Year in Cannes by The Hollywood Reporter.

On December 9th, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's B2C business Taobao announced that Fan topped the list of the most valuable celebrities for boosting online business, and said that Fan influenced approximately US$74 million in sales on its ecommerce website.

On the 22nd of December, Fan received the Best Actress Award and the Hottest Figure Award at the Baidu Hot Ceremony.

In 2014, Fan portrayed Clarice Ferguson in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was released in China on the 23rd of May.

She also announced that she has a four-film-contract with 20th Century Fox. The contract will be dependent on the script and the circumstances of both sides.

On May 31st, Barbie announced the launch of the Fan Bingbing Celebrity Specialty doll in Shanghai.

Fan becomes the first actress from China to be invited to join the Barbie global celebrity Hall of Fame.

Fan portrayed Wu Zetian in The Empress of China, believed to be the most expensive Chinese series in history, broadcast on Hunan Television on the 21st of December 2014 in mainland China.

Fan BingbingAs to her participation in philanthropy projects she says:

"Looking back at how more and more children have been helped, it feels a bit like writing a diary – one page a day does not feel like much but after some time you hold it and, wow, you realise that it is already very thick. I think this is the feeling of achievement."

Heart Ali, a project started by Fan and Chen Lizhi (the general manager of Beijing Maite Media), is aimed at helping children suffering from congenital heart disease in Ngari Prefecture in Tibet. Fan has visited them several times so far with medical teams to identify children in need of treatment. After identification, the children and their parents are brought in groups to Beijing or Shanghai for surgery.

The first screening was held on the 8th of August 2010, when Fan and several others from Beijing went to Ngari to screen children with congenital heart disease. They diagnosed 267 children with congenital heart disease.

The second screening was In June of 2011. A volunteer group, convened by Fan Bingbing Studio and Chen Lizhi, including members from Fan's studio, two doctors from Tsinghua University First Affiliated Hospital Heart Diseases Center and nine other volunteers, carrying portable echocardiography equipment, went to Ngari to diagnose children with congenital heart disease.

This time, the group screened 336 children and diagnosed 78 cases of congenital heart disease. The third screening was on the 5th of April 2012. Fan Bingbing Studio members, Chen Lizhi, two doctors from Tsinghua University First Affiliated Hospital, two doctors of the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-thoracic Hospital and some other volunteers, went to Ngari to screen the children with congenital heart disease.

In 12 days, volunteers screened almost 10,000 children and diagnosed more than 160 cases of congenital heart disease. Since August 2010, more than 200 children with congenital heart disease have received medical treatment in Beijing and Shanghai.

Fan BingbingFan wore a “Dragon Robe” on the red carpet of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. The dress, co-designed by Chinese designer Laurence Hsu and Fan herself, features two leaping dragons and crashing waves on the hem, in the bright yellow colour that was exclusively used by emperors in ancient China. The dress was collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on the 12th of March 2012.

Laurence Hsu announced that the dress shown at the museum is a modified version of the original, which was bought by Madame Tussauds.

On the 11th of May 2011, Fan, wearing a crane dress, appeared on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival. The dress was auctioned off by Fan herself for about a million RMB for her charity project, Heart Ali, on the 27th of April 2012.

On the red carpet of the opening ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Fan wore an elegant pale strapless gown designed by her friend Christopher Bu, decorated with bright floral designs and stories about the Four Beauties of ancient China.

Inspired by a porcelain vase, the ancient vibe of her dress was complemented by her hairstyle, which made her look like a young maiden in the Tang dynasty.

Due to these appearances in Cannes, Fan has attracted notable media attention. In recent years, Fan received various invitations from fashion brands such as Valentino Garavani, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A., Atelier Versace, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, to attend fashion shows in Paris, Beijing and Shanghai.

On the 3rd of July 2012, she closed the Stéphane Rolland Couture show in Paris, and was featured in the fashion show's finale.

Fan BingbingOn the 31st of July 2012, she was ranked number nine on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed list 2012 and on the 19th of September, she was honoured with the Personal Style Award by Elle USA.

On the 2nd of December, she became the new ambassador of Louis Vuitton "Epi Alma" series of handbags and on the 5th of December, she was awarded "The Most Beautiful Woman of the Year" by Esquire magazine (China Edition).

On the 24th of December, she was selected by the website Red Carpet Fashion Awards as the Best Dressed International Star of 2012.

Fan joined in the opening ceremony of 2013 Cannes Film Festival premiere, wearing a custom Louis Vuitton gown, and that was the first time the French fashion house had created a gown especially for an Asian actress.

In December, Fan posed for the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 ad campaign.

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Year Title Role Notes
2001 Reunion
2002 The Lion Roars
Princess Ping'an
2002 Fall in Love at First Sight
Jiu Jiu
2003 Dragon Laws I: The Undercover
Yu Feng Television film
2003 Cell Phone
Wu Yue Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Huabiao Award for Outstanding New Actress
2004 The Twins Effect II
Red Vulture
2005 A Chinese Tall Story
Princess Xiaoshan
2006 A Battle of Wits
Yiyue Nominated – Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Actress
2007 Love to Be Found in Newhere
Cheng Lin
2007 The Matrimony
Xu Manli Golden Horse Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2007 Call for Love
Chen Xiaoyu
2007 Sweet Revenge
Cheung Yung
2007 Lost in Beijing
Liu Pingguo Eurasia International Film Festival - Award for Best Actress
2007 Flash Point
2007 Contract Lover
Liu Zao
2007 Crossed Lines
Ning Can; Xin Ran
2008 Desires of the Heart
Zhang Ying
2008 Home Run
Tian Cong
2008 Kung Fu Hip-Hop
2009 Shinjuku Incident
2009 Sophie's Revenge
Joanna Wang Jingjing
2009 Wheat
2009 Bodyguards and Assassins
2010 Future X-Cops
Meili / Milie Guest star
2010 East Wind Rain
2010 Chongqing Blues
Zhu Qing
2010 Sacrifice
Princess Zhuang
2011 Stretch Pamsy
2011 Shaolin
Yan Xi
2011 Buddha Mountain
Nan Feng Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Beijing College Student Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 The Founding of a Party
Empress Dowager Longyu
2011 My Way Shirai
2012 Double Xposure
Song Qi Huading Award for Best Actress
2012 Lost in Thailand
(Herself) Guest star
2013 Iron Man 3 Wu Jiaqi Fan appears only in the mainland Chinese version
2013 One Night Surprise
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Clarice Ferguson / Blink
2014 The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
Lian Nishang
2015 The Moon and the Sun
2015 Dynasty Woman
Yang Guifei
2015 Ever Since We Love
Liu Qing
TBA The Lady in the Portrait
Empress Ulanara
TBA Skiptrace
Bai Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Powerful Woman
1997 Love Travel
1997 My Fair Princess
1998 The Scary Folktales - Black Moth
1998 My Fair Princess II
1998 Ma Yongzhen
Bai Xiaodie; Ma Suzhen
1999 The Kitchen God
Princess Hongyan
1999 Master of Zen
1999 Legend of Dagger Li
1999 The Act of the Youngs
Huang Xiaoduo
2000 The Story of the Past
Lin Siyuan Alternative Chinese title Hongchen Wangshi (红尘往事)
2000 Floating in Chaos
Fenghuang Nü; Run Ge'er; Run Tianhong
2000 Storm in Zhongguan Village
Su Xue'er Alternative Chinese title Heihun (黑魂)
2000 Qin Shi Huang
Princess A'ruo
2001 Young Justice Bao II
Little Dragonfly
2001 The Book of Love
Song Yinzhang
2001 Sweetheart of the Palace
Shangguan Xueru Guest star
2001 Jiangshan Weizhong
Lü Siniang Guest star
Alternative Chinese title Da Qing Diguo (大清帝国)
2001 Homeward Bound
Ma Jiahui Alternative Chinese title Geiwo Yige Ma (给我一个妈)
2002 Red Poppies
2002 Flying Dragon - the Special Unit
Yu Feng
2002 Princess Enuo
Princess Enuo
2002 Famous Cathcher in Kanto
Princess Ning'an
2003 The Legend of the Treasure Basin
Zhao Xue'er Guest star
2003 Heroic Legend
2003 No. 4 Female Prison
Chen Yu Alternative Chinese title Di San Ke Zidan (第三颗子弹)
2003 Lucky Zhu Bajie
Hued Rat
2003 Library
Fan Yunlian
2004 Explosion
Luo Xiao Alternative Chinese title Tufa Shijian (突发事件)
2004 Soaring Ambition Justice Bao
Yelü Aoxue Alternative Chinese title Jianlin Tianxia (剑临天下)
2004 The Proud Twins
Tie Xinlan 鐵心蘭
2004 Mu Guiying
Lijun Guest star
2004 Da Tang Fu Rong Yuan
Yang Guifei
2005 Eight Heroes
Chu Xiangxiang Guest star
2005 A Beautiful New World
Cheng Lin
2006 The Legend and the Hero
2006 An Angel Will Love You for Me
Fan Wenxing
2007 War and Destiny
Jin Nuannuan Guest star
2007 Human Love
Gan Lu Guest star
2008 Rouge Snow
Wen Yuhe Also creator and theme song singer
2009 The Last Night of Madam Chin
Jin Zhaoli Also producer and theme song singer
2015 The Empress of China
Wu Zetian Also producer

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Set against the frenzied backdrop of Beijing, where a fast growing economy has created a new class of urban socialites and nouveau riche, Lost in Beijing features four of Asian cinema's biggest stars, including Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Elaine Jin, Fan Bingbing and Tong Da Wei, who together fumble their way through a tragicomic ménage-a-quatre that left the Chinese censors blazing.

Stars Fan Bingbing as the fabled sorceress who defends the oppressed against a corrupt Imperial Court. An opposing clan leader frames her for murder, turning her and the members of her cult into wanted fugitives for a crime they didn't commit.

After ambushing and killing his rival -- losing everything in the process -- dispirited warlord Hou Jie turns to a Shaolin monastery seeking salvation. But his newfound redemption is soon put to the test in this kinetic kung fu saga.

Sophie's Revenge stars international sensations, Fan Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha. Dumped by her fiance just two months before their wedding, comic strip writer Sophie hatches an elaborate plan to get her Jeff back and punish the movie star, Joanna, who seduced him away. She finds herself a partner, Gordon, an ex-lover of Joanna's. The two start on a comic adventure full of laughs and tears, aided by Sophie's two best friends, Lucy and Lily. At the eve of her success, Sophie suddenly realizes that she has been so focused on revenge that she has not heard her own change of heart.

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