Incredible Famous Chinese Actors
Chinese people are huge fans of the movies, especially they adore originally produced in China movies. And if the audience liked a movie, every actor who starred in there automatically become very and very popular. I would like to bring to your attention the list of the most famous Chinese actresses and actors, they are so magnificent that you can easily fall in love with them!
Birth name: Cheung Pak Chi (Zhang Bai Zhi)
This Chinese female actress was born in 1980 in Hong Kong. When she was 14, she went to Australia where her aunt lived and graduated from college there; at the age of 18, Cecilia came back to her native Hong Kong. Actress’s first experience in a shooting was a lemon tea advertisement due to which the girl was offered a part in The King of Comedy directed by Stephen Chow. Despite the fact that this film wasn’t a great success, the young actress was noticed.
Participation in the film “King of Comedy” directed by Jingle Ma was life-changing for the actress. The director gave her the leading part in the movie and came up trumps. This film was appreciated by viewers as well as critics. Cecilia Cheung was twice nominated for two films at Hong Kong Film Festival. And she did win one prize and received it wearing a fantastic Chinese inspired red dress.
Cheung won her next prize – “Best actress” – for the leading part in Lost in Time directed by Derek Yee in 2003. Besides acting, the girl was studying music, as many Chinese actors do. People liked her gruffish voice, so she released a couple of platinum albums for the period from 1999 till 2005.
After a scandal caused by inappropriate photos, the actress didn’t show up until 2011. By the way, this very scandal was the reason for her suspension from the opening of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
Wong Fei / Wong Faye
Birth name: Xia Lin
Early name: Shirley Wong
Wong Fei is a famous Chinese pop singer and actress. She was born in Peking; when she was 20 she moved to Hong Kong with her family and began her pop career. Since 1995, Wong Fei recorded songs in her native Putonghua language. Having taken Chinese pop as a basis of her career, she often experimented with related styles.
Today, Wong Fei is one of the most successful Chinese pop stars. She is very popular almost in all countries of Eastern and Southeastern Asia and even in some western countries, though she has only a few songs in English. Besides her pop career, Wong Fei starred in a couple of films. The most successful of them were “Chungking Express” and “2046” directed by Wong Kar Wai.
Liu Shi Shi
Alternative name: Cecilia Liu
Having graduated from Beijing Dancing Academy, Liu made her first appearance on the stage in “The Moon and the Wind” (2005) drama, having played the leading part in this movie. She gained recognition after two dramas – “The Young Warriors” (2006) and “The Fairies of Liao Zhi” (2007) and became really famous after her part in a drama named “The Legend” of the “Condor Heroes” (2008).
In 2011, she starred in two successful dramas – The Vigilantes In Masks and “Scarlet Heart”, and also made her first appearance on the stage as a singer with her soundtrack to “Scarlet Heart.” Liu has over 12 million fans on weibo.
Second name: Chu Yan / Zhu Yin
In 1990, Athena entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing arts and graduated from it two years later. Back then, she was earning money for studying by working as an anchor of children’s program on TVB channel. Soon, after graduation from the Academy, she made her first appearance in “Fight Back to School II” movie; the actress was a nominee for Best New Artist HK Film Award. She met Stephen Chow and dated him, but in a few years they broke up as their relationships were full of problems.
This hot Chinese actress starred in the second part of “Chinese Odyssey” and in two parts of “Raped” by an “Angel” series directed by Wong Jing; she refused to play naked because of her religious beliefs (the actress is a steadfast Christian).
Religious beliefs led Athena to her best part in the movie called “The Boss Up There” (1999) where she played a drug addict who accepted God by faith. Due to this part the actress was nominated for Best Actress award at Golden Horse Film Festival. She also played in “20/30 Dictionary” series which is often called “Hong Kong Sex and the City”.
Besides acting, Athena tried signing; but wasn’t much success: she was not so talented in this field, though she spent a lot of money for her Athena in Maldives album.
Birth name: Li Liаnjiе
Jet Li is a popular Chinese and American (one of the most popular among Asian American actors) actor and wushu master. Since early childhood this actor has been practicing wushu. He won a lot of wushu competitions. Three years in a row, since 1977 till 1979, he won National Wushu Competitions, taking first places in routines with Dao sword, without weapon, Long Fist style etc.
Due to Li’s success in martial arts, he was invited to star in movies. They promised that this young man would become a second Bruce Lee. And success was not long in coming. Having become popular almost in the whole world, Jet Li tries his hand in Hollywood. The first negative part of Li was his debut in Hollywood. This was “Lethal Weapon 4”. Back then he got the part only because Jackie Chan refused it, but after this film came out, it was Li who was invited in the first place.
It is worth mentioning that Li plays not only in action movies. He also starred in Ocean Heaven without a single martial arts scene. Interestingly, Jet Li refused the part in the ‘Matrix’, having said that computer graphics allows common actors to play in this movie.
William Feng / Feng Shao Feng
Birth name: Feng Wei
The only child in the family of textile company owner and the artist, he visited different school project teams and played violin under the influence of his mother. After graduation from school, he entered Shanghai Theatre Academy to become an actor.
Having graduated from the Academy, Feng, as many of his fellow-students, began playing parts in dramas. In 2007, he became popular after his part in “The Drive of Life.”
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Birth name: Leung Chiu Wai
Leung was born in Hong Kong. In 1982, after acting classes, he almost immediately began starring in movies and appearing on TV. Tony Leung is a great comedy actor. When A “City of Sadness” directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien took first place at Venice Film Festival, he became popular.
He became really popular in his native Hong Kong City when he worked with Wong Kar Wai. In 2014, Tony Leung became one of the members of the jury at Berlin Film Festival.