The Info List - Yao Chen

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Yao Chen (Chinese: 姚晨, born 5 October 1979) is a Chinese actress and philanthropist.[1] In 2014, Time named Yao as one of the most influential people on their Time 100 list.[2] As of 2014, she is listed as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[3] The American media named her "China's answer to Angelina Jolie.[4][5]


1 Personal life 2 Career 3 Social activities 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television series

5 Discography 6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Personal life[edit] Yao Chen was born in Shishi City, Quanzhou, Fujian
province, China
on October 5, 1979 to a middle-class family, and studied Chinese folk dance at the Beijing Dance Academy
Beijing Dance Academy
from 1993 to 1997, then studied at the Beijing Film Academy
Beijing Film Academy
from 1999 to 2003. In 2004, Yao Chen married Chinese actor Ling Xiao Su, but they divorced in January 2011.[6] Yao married cinematographer Cao Yu in November 2012.[7] She gave birth to their first child in 2013.[8] Career[edit] Yao Chen starred as the daughter of a powerful martial artist in a 2005 television production of My Own Swordsman. The series was especially popular and skyrocketed her to fame in China.[9] Following this, in 2008, she played the part of an iconic guerilla leader in the series Lurk. The spy drama became a smash hit in China
and Yao won the Best Actress
award at the Huading Awards and the Golden Eagle Awards.[9][10] In 2009, she made her theatrical debut; playing a white-collar heroine in A Story of Lala's Promotion.[11] She also had a supporting role in the romantic comedy Sophie's Revenge
Sophie's Revenge
starring Zhang Ziyi. In a departure from her usual style, Yao's portrayal of a money-grabbing woman received acclaim from the audience.[12] Yao then starred in romantic comedy Color Me Love (2010) as an aspiring fashion magazine editor, which would go on to become one of her most famous film roles.[13][14] In 2012, Yao starred in Chen Kaige's social drama Caught in the Web
Caught in the Web
as a truth-seeking journalist.[15] She then starred alongside Andy Lau
Andy Lau
in the action thriller Firestorm, which won her the Outstanding Actress award at the Chinese Film Media Awards.[16] Yao played a lawyer in the 2014 drama Divorce Lawyers. The drama was a huge success in China
and sparked discussions online about emotion, truth, and law.[17] Most recently, Yao starred in blockbusters Monster Hunt
Monster Hunt
(2015),[18] Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe
(2015)[19] and Journey to the West
Journey to the West
2 (2017).[20] Yao was nominated as Best Supporting Actress
at the Hundred Flowers Awards
Hundred Flowers Awards
for her performance in Monster Hunt.[21] She also starred in MBA Partners
MBA Partners
(2016), playing an ambitious young woman.[22] In 2017, Yao served as the jury of the 23rd Shanghai Television Festival.[23] In 2018, Yao will return to the small screen with family melodrama All Is Well, produced by Daylight Entertainment.[24] Social activities[edit] Yao was named the UNHCR’s Honorary Patron for China
and has visited refugees in places including the Philippines, Thailand, Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia. The number of followers of her microblogging during this visit increased dramatically, won over by her sincere, fearless communication and her honest engagement with current world events.[25][26] In 2013, she was named the first UNHCR goodwill ambassador in China.[27][28][29] Yao is among one of the most people followed on Weibo with 79 million followers.[30][31] She uses her influence and wide reach to spread awareness on issues such as refugees crisis, pollution and censorship.[32][2] Yao was among the recipients of the 2016 Crystal Award for her work on behalf of the U.N. refugee agency in raising awareness of the world refugee crisis.[33][34] The same year, she was selected as one of the "Young Global Leaders" in 2016 by the World Economic Forum.[35] Yao was also awarded the Top Influence Award at the You Bring Charm to the World award ceremony.[36] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2006 Axis of War: My Long March Su Ma

Big Movie Luo Qian

2007 Falling In Love


Two Stupid Eggs Yan Zi

Crossed Lines Ma Ting

2009 Sophie's Revenge Lily

All's Well, Ends Well Xiao Yazhen

Freeway Jin Hong

2010 If You Are the One 2[37] Mango

Love In Cosmo Wang Shunjia

Color Me Love Wang Xiaofei

2011 My Own Swordsman Guo Furong

2012 Caught in the Web Chen Ruoxi

2013 My Lucky Star Lily Cameo

Control Jessica

Firestorm Yan Bing

2015 Monster Hunt Cooking Master Cameo

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Shirley Yang

2016 Everybody's Fine Guan Qing

The New Year's Eve of Old Lee


MBA Partners Lu Zhenxi

2017 Journey to the West
Journey to the West
2 Jiu Gong

2018 Goddesses in the Flames of War

Forever Young

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes

2003 City Girl 都市男女 Su Qingqing

Shen Bian 神鞭 Zhan Jiarong

2004 Chui Shi Ban's Story 2 炊事班的故事2 Xiao Yao

2006 Life Concern 人命关天 Meng Ting

My Own Swordsman 武林外传 Guo Furong

2007 Fang Qian Wu Hou 房前屋后 Gu Li Li

Chui Shi Ban's Story 3 炊事班的故事3 Xiao Yao

2008 Six Cities 都市六人行 Fang Fang Guest appearance

China's Volunteers 中国志愿者 Ye Meng

Lione 防火墙5788 Song Yuxiu

Hundred Years Past Events 百年往事 He Jiabi

2009 Health Team's Story 卫生队的故事 Xiao Yao

Lurk 潜伏 Wang Cuiping

2010 Tie Niu Han and his Daughters 牛鐵漢和他的兒女們 Gu Xiaoxin

Days with the Air Hostess[38] 和空姐一起的日子 Ran Jing

2013 Longmen Express 龙门镖局 Lu Qingning Cameo

2014 Wonder Lady 3 极品女士第三季 Lawyer Luo Cameo

Divorce Lawyers 离婚律师 Luo Li

2018 All Is Well 都挺好 Su Mingyu


Year English Title Chinese Title Album

2007 "Searching" 寻找 Fuwa OST

2014 "Don't Let Love Be Lost" 别让爱迷路 Divorce Lawyers OST

2016 "A Letter Home" 一封家书 Everybody's Fine OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.

2009 Lurk 27th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated

2010 2nd Huading Awards Best Actress Won

25th China
TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Won

2011 Love in Cosmo 5th Huading Awards Best Actress
in Romance Film Won [39]

My Own Swordsman 18th Beijing College Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress Won [40]

N/A 13th Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Won [41]

Color Me Love 11th Chinese Film Media Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated

2014 Firestorm 14th Chinese Film Media Awards Outstanding Actress Won [42]

2015 Divorce Lawyers 15th Huading Awards Best Actress
(TV) Nominated

21st Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated

13th Sichuan Television Festival Best Actress Nominated

2016 Monster Hunt 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

13th Changchun Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Goddesses in the Flames of War 3rd China
Australia International Film Festival Special
Jury Award Won [43]


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and Yao Chen's new film 'Firestorm' sweeps theatres". China.org.cn. 16 December 2013.  ^ "TV Drama The Divorce Lawyer Has Been A Huge Success In China". China
Radio International. 5 September 2014.  ^ "姚晨《捉妖记》为戏蓬头"粉"面被虐成渣". Sina (in Chinese). 15 July 2015.  ^ "专访《九层妖塔》主演姚晨 一人分饰三角 "这部作品没来得及展示一切"". Mtime (in Chinese). 10 October 2015.  ^ "姚晨《西游伏妖》演技纯熟 被赞最萌反派". Sina (in Chinese). 31 January 2017.  ^ "姚晨提名百花奖女配 《捉妖记》女厨神展"姚式喜剧"". CCTV.com (in Chinese). 24 August 2016.  ^ "Star-studded Premiere of 'MBA Partners' Hits Beijing". China
Radio International. 25 April 2016.  ^ " Yao Chen and Wallace Chung as Jury Members of TV Drama Category". Shanghai Television Festival. 28 April 2017.  ^ "《都挺好》曝首批主演阵容 姚晨倪大红首演父女". Tencent (in Chinese). 11 October 2017.  ^ Yolanda Chen (June 2011). "Passion & Fame". Glass Magazine. London (6): 25–29. ISSN 2041-6318.  ^ Kitty McKinsey (1 April 2011). "Chinese actress Yao Chen shares refugees' stories with millions of fans". UNHCR. Retrieved 29 June 2011.  ^ "Chinese actress Yao Chen uses huge Weibo following to help refugees". USA Today. 21 January 2016.  ^ " Yao Chen Enjoys Her Role as Chinese Honorary Patron of UNHCR". Women of China. 25 July 2014.  ^ "Ms. Yao Chen, UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador". United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 28 March 2007.  ^ "Yao Chen: '77 million Followers? It's not so much...'". PR Newswire. 6 May 2015.  ^ "Yao Chen". China
Daily. 7 March 2016.  ^ "TIME 100 - YAO CHEN PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF CHINA'S SOCIAL MEDIA". bmore digital. 24 July 2014.  ^ " Yao Chen Honored at 22nd Annual Crystal Awards in Davos". China Radio International. 20 January 2016.  ^ "Leonardo DiCaprio, Yao Chen win WEF awards". CCTV.com. 20 January 2016.  ^ "WEF names China's Yao Chen as a 'Young Global Leader' in 2016". China
Daily. 18 March 2016.  ^ "Jackie Chan, Chinese astronauts win 2016 influence awards". China Daily. 7 April 2017.  ^ "'If You Are the One 2' Starts Filming". China
Radio International. 2 August 2010.  ^ "Still Photos of 'Days with the Air Hostess'". China
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Daily. 14 December 2014.  ^ "第三届中澳国际电影节10月30日在澳大利亚落幕". Tencent (in Chinese). 1 November 2016. 

External links[edit]

Yao Chen's official Weibo (Chinese