|Pinyin||Yáo Chén (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Jiu4 San (Cantonese)|
|Pe̍h-ōe-jī||Iâu Sîn (Hokkien)|
|Born||(1979-10-05) 5 October 1979
Shishi City, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
|Alma mater||Beijing Film Academy|
Yao Chen Studio (present)
|Spouse(s)||Ling Xiaosu (m. 2004–2011)
Cao Yu (cinematographer) (m. 2012)
|Children||Xiao Tudou (son)
Xiao Moli (daughter)
Yao Chen (Chinese: 姚晨, born 5 October 1979) is a Chinese actress and philanthropist. In 2014, Time named Yao as one of the most influential people on their Time 100 list. As of 2014, she is listed as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. The American media named her “China’s answer to Angelina Jolie.
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 from 1993 to 1997, then studied at the Beijing Film Academy from 1999 to 2003.
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. 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.
In 2009, she made her theatrical debut; playing a white-collar heroine in A Story of Lala’s Promotion. She also had a supporting role in the romantic comedy 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. 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.
In 2012, Yao starred in Chen Kaige‘s social drama Caught in the Web as a truth-seeking journalist. She then starred alongside Andy Lau in the action thriller Firestorm, which won her the Outstanding Actress award at the Chinese Film Media Awards.
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.
Most recently, Yao starred in blockbusters Monster Hunt (2015), Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015) and Journey to the West 2 (2017). Yao was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in Monster Hunt. She also starred in MBA Partners (2016), playing an ambitious young woman.
In 2018, Yao will return to the small screen with family melodrama All Is Well, produced by Daylight Entertainment.
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. In 2013, she was named the first UNHCR goodwill ambassador in China.
Yao is among one of the most people followed on Weibo with 79 million followers. She uses her influence and wide reach to spread awareness on issues such as refugees crisis, pollution and censorship.
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. The same year, she was selected as one of the “Young Global Leaders” in 2016 by the World Economic Forum. Yao was also awarded the Top Influence Award at the You Bring Charm to the World award ceremony.
|2006||Axis of War: My Long March||Su Ma|
|Big Movie||Luo Qian|
|2007||Falling In Love||Cameo|
|Two Stupid Eggs||Yan Zi|
|Crossed Lines||Ma Ting|
|All’s Well, Ends Well||Xiao Yazhen|
|2010||If You Are the One 2||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|
|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||Cameo|
|MBA Partners||Lu Zhenxi|
|2017||Journey to the West 2||Jiu Gong|
|2018||Goddesses in the Flames of War|
|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|
|Hundred Years Past Events||百年往事||He Jiabi|
|2009||Health Team’s Story||卫生队的故事||Xiao Yao|
|2010||Tie Niu Han and his Daughters||牛鐵漢和他的兒女們||Gu Xiaoxin|
|Days with the Air Hostess||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|
|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
|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|||
|My Own Swordsman||18th Beijing College Student Film Festival||Most Popular Actress||Won|||
|N/A||13th Golden Phoenix Awards||Society Award||Won|||
|Color Me Love||11th Chinese Film Media Awards||Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
|2014||Firestorm||14th Chinese Film Media Awards||Outstanding Actress||Won|||
|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|||