Famous Chinese Film & Theater Personalities

Find out more about the greatest Chinese Film & Theater Personalities, including Bruce Lee, Stephen Chow, Tank Man, Huang Xiaoming and Zhang Ziyi.

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 1 Bruce Lee

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Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973

An iconic actor and martial artist, Bruce Lee, in his short life, gained international fame and developed his own form of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do. In films, he debuted as a child actor and became a huge Hollywood star after the release of his last film Enter the Dragon.

 2 Jet Li

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Jet Li is one of the most popular Asian actors to have made it big in the American film industry. A martial artist and former Wushu champion, he won a national championship before retiring from competitive Wushu to focus on his acting career. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jet Li is closely associated with the Red Cross Society of China.

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 3 Ming Na Wen

Ming Na Wen.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coloane, Macau
Ming-Na Wen is best known as the voice of Fa Mulan in the Mulan animated film series and the video game Kingdom Hearts II. Fans also loved her as Melinda May in the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as Dr. Jing-Mei "Deb" Chen in ER, and as Rachel Lu in Inconceivable.

 4 Dylan Wang

Dylan Wang.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chengdu

Dylan Wang is a Chinese singer, rapper, model, and actor. He achieved international fame for his portrayal of Daoming Si in the popular TV series, Meteor Garden. Apart from being an entertainer, Dylan is also a basketball enthusiast. In 2019, he participated in a celebrity basketball game and helped his team secure a win at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center

 5 Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Chinese actor Fan Bingbing is best known for her roles in hits such as Cell Phone and X-Men: Days of Future Past. She was featured on Forbes China Celebrity 100 for 4 years. She is a fashion icon and has also served as a judge at the Academy Awards

 6 Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Chinese actor Zhang Ziyi began as a dancer and soared to fame with her role in the Academy Award-nominated film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Fans also loved her in Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha. Her role in the film The Grandmaster won Ziyi 12 "Best Actress" awards.
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 7 Dilraba Dilmurat

Dilraba Dilmurat.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ürümqi, Xinjiang, China
Dilraba Dilmurat, also known as Dilireba, is a Chinese actor and model of Uyghur descent. She is known for her roles in films such as Mr. Pride vs Miss Prejudice and series such as The Backlight of Love. She has also been featured on Forbes China Celebrity 100 multiple times.
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 8 Angelababy

Angelababy.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Angelababy is an actress, model, and singer who was selected as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in 2013 by Southern Metropolis Daily. She is known for playing Ding Sitian in the 2015 Chinese action adventure thriller film Mojin: The Lost Legend, for which she received the prestigious Hundred Flowers Award in 2016. Angelababy is also a well-known philanthropist.

 9 Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer, Model
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China

Popularly known as Fairy Sister, Liu Yifei is a famous actress, singer, and model. In 2009, she was named among the New Four Dan actresses of China. As a singer, she has released a couple of albums including a Japanese album titled All My Words. In 2020, she was ranked 30th in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.

 10 Shen Yue

Shen Yue.
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: February 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wugang, Hunan

Shen Yue is a Chinese actress, model, and singer. She is known for playing important roles in TV series like A Love So Beautiful. Also known for her philanthropic efforts, Shen Yue won the Next Generation Influencers for Global Philanthropy award in 2019. The same year, she won the Philanthropy Idol of the Year at the Madame Figaro Fashion Awards.

 11 Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is best known for directing films such as Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider, both of which earned Independent Spirit Award nominations. Her film Nomadland won her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She is also directing the Marvel film Eternals.

 12 Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Film producer, Screenwriter, Comedian
Birthdate: June 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Stephen Chow is a Hong Kong actor, producer, and filmmaker. He is best known for playing important characters in martial arts films like Shaolin Soccer. Apart from appearing in Shaolin Soccer, Chow also directed the film which grossed more than US$50 million. Renowned for his work in comedy, Chow was nicknamed King of Comedy by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 13 Gong Li

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Gong Li is best known for her roles in Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, and the live-action version of Mulan. She was the first Asian to head the jury at both the Berlin and Venice film festivals and served as a FAO goodwill ambassador.

 14 Bolo Yeung

Bolo Yeung
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: July 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Guangzhou, China

 15 Yang Mi

Yang Mi.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Xuanwu District, Beijing
Chinese actor and singer Yang Mi soared to fame with the series Tang Ming Huang and later appeared in series such as Chinese Paladin 3 and Swords of Legends. She has also appeared in movies such as Mysterious Island, the Tiny Times film franchise, and The Witness.

 16 Hu Yi Tian

Hu Yi Tian.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hangzhou

After making waves with his TV debut in A Rush to Dead Summer, Chinese actor Hu Yitian gained accolades and awards for his role of Jiang Chen in the Tencent series A Love So Beautiful. He has also appeared on reality shows such as Twenty-Four Hours.

 17 Zhao Liying

Zhao Liying.
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Famous As: Chinese Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langfang, China
Chinese actor Zhao Liying, or Zanilia Zhao, soared to fame with her roles in series such as Legend of Lu Zhen, The Journey of Flower, and Legend of Fei. She won the 2006 Yahoo Search Star Game and has also appeared in films such as Crazy New Year's Eve

 18 Jimmy O. Yang

Jimmy O. Yang
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

Born in Hong Kong, Jimmy O. Yang moved to the U.S. with his parents at 13. Although equipped with an economics degree, he found his calling in comedy and established himself as a talented stand-up comedian. He is now known for his roles in Silicon Valley and Crazy Rich Asians.

 19 Deng Lun

Deng Lun.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province

Deng Lun soared to fame with the xianxia series Ashes of Love. The star of The Yin-Yang Master film franchise, Lun was named Esquire’s Most Commercially Valuable Artist of the Year. He has also appeared in the series Flowers in Fog and the reality show Go Fighting! 

 20 Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer
Birthdate: July 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai

 21 Sally Phillips

Sally Phillips
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 22 John Woo

John Woo
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Film editor
Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guangzhou

 23 Leslie Cheung

Leslie Cheung
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Film director, Actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kowloon
Died: April 1, 2003

Cantopop pioneer Leslie Cheung was born to a tailor who worked for celebrities such as Alfred Hitchcock. Educated in the U.K., he later began a singing career in Hong Kong and then moved to Canada. After an illustrious 26-year career, he committed suicide by jumping from the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

 24 Tiffany Tang

Tiffany Tang.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanghai, China

Tiffany Tang is a Chinese singer and actress. One of the most decorated Chinese actresses of her generation, Tiffany Tang has won several prestigious awards, such as Beijing TV Drama Award, China TV Drama Awards, and Huading Awards. She has also been named on Forbes China Celebrity 100 lists on several occasions.

 25 Joan Chen

Joan Chen.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shanghai
Chinese-American actor Joan Chen initially came to be known for the films Little Flower and The Last Emperor and later appeared as Jocelyn 'Josie' Packard in the series Twin Peaks. She also delivered a multiple-award-winning role in The Home Song Stories and directed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

 26 Lu Han

Lu Han.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haidian District, Beijing, China

Lu Han is a Chinese actor and singer who was part of the popular South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo. In 2014, he was ranked sixth in the most popular entertainment star list published by China National Radio. Over the years, Lu Han has been honored at several important film festivals like Beijing International Film Festival and Fresh Asia Chart Festival.

 27 Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines

 28 Jiang Qing

Jiang Qing
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zhucheng, Weifang, China
Died: May 14, 1991

 29 James Wong Howe

James Wong Howe.
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, China
Died: July 12, 1976
Chinese-American James Wong Howe Known, known as The Poet of the Camera, had aspired to be a boxer but then earned his living as a bellboy and a cleaner, before stepping into cinematography. The Oscar-winning cinematographer used innovative techniques with the camera, such as roller-skating to film fighting scenes.

 30 Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuhu, Anhui

Zhao Wei is a Chinese actress, filmmaker, pop singer, and businesswoman. One of the most popular Chinese actresses, Zhao is also one of the highest-paid actresses in China. Renowned for her performance in popular films like Shaolin Soccer, Zhao Wei is widely considered the first national idol of Mainland China since the Chinese economic reform in 1978.

 31 Faye Wong

Faye Wong.
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: August 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Beijing, China

Faye Wong is a Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress. She is popularly known as  the "Diva of Asia." Her music features a combination of alternative music and mainstream Chinese pop. She is widely popular in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. As an actress, she has starred in the films Chungking Express and 2046.

 32 Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China

Part of the Chinese Fifth Generation of filmmakers, Zhang Yimou is best known for his Academy Award-nominated films Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, and Hero. His most expensive film, The Great Wall, was, however, a box-office failure. He also directed part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

 33 Han Geng

Han Geng
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mudanjiang, China

Mandopop and K-pop singer and actor Han Geng first gained fame with the band Super Junior. He is trained in 56 types of traditional Chinese dance forms, apart from martial arts and ballet. He has also succeeded as a solo singer and has appeared in movies such as Ex-Files.

 34 Hans Zhang

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Qiqihar, China

Hans Zhang is a Chinese actor, host, and singer. He is known for playing important roles in TV series like Meteor Shower, The Queen of SOP, Boss & Me, and Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties. Over the years, Hans Zhang has won several prestigious awards, such as Asian Idol Awards, China TV Drama Award, and Seoul International Drama Award.

 35 Vin Zhang

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wuxi

Chinese actor Vin Zhang soared to fame with series such as Chronicle of Life and The King's Woman. He made headlines when a netizen claiming to be his neighbor stated that Zhang was already married and had a child, though Zhang later denied the rumor, claiming he was single.

 36 William Hung

William Hung
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

 37 Anita Mui

Anita Mui
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
Died: December 30, 2003

 38 Hawick Lau

Hawick Lau.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Chinese actor Hawick Lau Hoi-wai had been exposed to the world of films since childhood, owing to his legendary actor father Lau Dan. Best known for series such as A Kindred Spirit, he made headlines for after his split with his ex-wife, actor Yang Mi. 

 39 Lin Gengxin

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shenyang, China

Lin Gengxin is a Chinese actor best known for his portrayal of Yinti in the popular television series, Scarlet Heart. One of the most bankable actors in China, Gengxin has starred in many box office hits like My Old Classmate and Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. He is often featured on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.

 40 Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu
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Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Foshan, China

 41 Lee Hoi-chuen

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Famous As: Opera Singer, Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shunde District, China
Died: February 7, 1965

Better known as Bruce Lee’s father, Cantonese opera performer Lee Hoi-chuen married half-Chinese and half-German Grace Ho after moving to Hong Kong. Bruce Lee was born to them while they were touring U.S. for an opera. His death, just days after the birth of his grandson Brandon Lee, shocked many.

 42 Hu Ge

Hu Ge.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Hu Ge began as a part-time host on TV shows at age 14 and then gained fame with the series Chinese Paladin. The Chinese actor was dragged into a controversy after stating that men are born to be playboys. An avid photographer, too, he often brings his cameras to sets.

 43 Wang Leehom

Wang Leehom
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.

 44 Tyrus Wong

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taishan, Guangdong, Jiangmen, China
Died: December 30, 2016

 45 John Lone

John Lone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hong Kong

 46 Zhou Xun

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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quzhou, Zhejiang
Chinese actor Zhou Xun made headlines in late 2020 when she split up with her actor husband Archie Kao after a 6-year marriage, following divorce rumors. The Cloud Atlas star is one of China’s Four Dan Actresses and has received major accolades such as the Golden Rooster Award.

 47 Ni Ni

Ni Ni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: China

 48 G.E.M.

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China

 49 Winston Chao

Winston Chao
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Taiwan

 50 Deng Chao

Deng Chao.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: February 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nanchang, China
Chinese actor Deng Chao has soared to fame with his blockbuster hits such as The Breakup Guru and critically acclaimed films such as The Dead End. The father of two has also won the Golden Rooster and the Shanghai International Film Festival awards. He is married to actor Sun Li.