Did you know that all of life’s riddles are answered in movies and dramas?
Roger Ebert once said, “Every great film always seems new every time you watch it,” This is precisely the same feeling you will experience when watching Chinese drama series and movies.
China has some of the best actresses with global recognition. Here are the top 41 most famous Chinese actresses;
1. XING FEI
On October 1, 1994, she was born in, Inner Mongolia, China. Xing became famous in 2015 after appearing in a variety program called Grade One Freshman.
Other dramas she has participated in include; Tornado Girl in 2017, Master Devil Do Not Kiss Me – a romance comedy series, Put Your Head on My Shoulder (2019).
Other Filmography works that she has participated in are; Your Highness Class Monitor (2019), Forget You Remember Love (2020), My Little Happiness (2021), Hello, the Sharpshooter (2021), Don’t Waste Youth, among others.
2. DILRABA DILMURAT
Dilraba Dilmurat is also known as Dili Reba, Dilireba Dilimulati, Di Li Re Ba, and she is a Chinese actress, singer, and a model. She was born on June 3, 1992, in Xinjiang.
She graduated from Shanghai Theatre Academy and made her acting debut in “Anarhan,” a series that garnered a nomination for “Outstanding TV series” at the 30th Flying Asparas Awards.
She rose to fame after taking part in the Xianxia series “Swords of Legends” in 2014 and was in the world spotlight in 2017 when she played a role in a romantic comedy-drama Pretty Li Huizhen that received over 7 billion views online.
3. FAN BINGBING
Fan was born on September 16, 1981, in, Shandong, China. She began her career at 15. Fan topped the Forbes China Celebrity list for four years in arrow and was at one point the 4th highest-paid actress worldwide.
She is a global icon for her frequent appearance on the red carpet at movie premieres and fashion shows. In 1998, she received her first recognition in Asia while playing a role in Jin Sou, a period drama; My Fair Princess starring Zhao Wei.
In 2017, she appeared on Time Magazine’s list of top 100 most influential people. On May 16, 2012, she attended the Festival’s opening ceremony as the only East Asian global spokesperson on behalf of L’Oréal Paris.
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4. ZHAO LUSI
On November 9, 1998, Zhao Lusi was born in Sichuan, China. Besides acting, she is a well-respected Fashion Designer, something she studied at Mingdao University.
In 2017 she acted in the ancient romance drama “Untouched Lovers.” Some of her actions works are; Love of Thousand Years (2020), I Hear You (2019), Love better Than Immorality (2019), Please Feel At Ease Mr. Ling (2021), and Who Rules The World.
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5. XU LU
On December 28, 1994, Xu Lu was born in China in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. She has acted in over 15 dramas and films.
Xu is a graduate of the People’s Liberation Army Academy of Arts. Aside from the action, she is a well-known artist and a model.
Some of her dramas and films saw her register her name in the Chinese books of fame include; The dream of Red Mansions (2010), Be With You (2017), Prince Of Coffee Lab (2018), Stray Birds (2021), The Message (2020)), Ivy Monsters (TBA) and Song of the Moon(TBA).
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6. ZHANG ZI
She is an actress and a model and she is one of the most successful actresses in China and across the globe.
She gained international recognition for her role in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon (2000). She played a role in; The Road Home, a film that won the Silver Bear prize at Berlin International Film Festival.
In 2001, Zhang made her acting debut in an American Film, alongside Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. She has also co-starred along with other world-respected actors like Jet Li, Tony Leung, Liu Ye, Aaron Kwok, and actress Cecilia Cheung.
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7. BAI LU
Bai Lu is a Chinese actress and model, born on September 23, 1994. She first appeared on a TV series, “Sunsong,” in 2016 September.
She went to Shanghai to participate in an overseas trainee audition for SM ENT in Korea in 2012 and failed.
In 2020, eight years later, Bai Lu won the 7th actors of China Awards Ceremony Best Actress of Web series.
In 2017, won the Most Promising New Actress award at the 11Th Tencent Video Star Awards.
In 2022, she won the 7th Global Diplomat’s Chinese Culture Award as the Most Popular Young Actress.
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Shen Yue was born and bred in China. She is 25 years old, an actress, and a professional journalist. Shen has gained her popularity in the entertainment industry after winning 4 out of the five awards where she was nominated.
In 2019, she won the Next Generation Influencers for Global Philanthropy in the category of Young Philanthropy Star, and Madame Figaro Fashion Model Awards as Philanthropy Idol of the Year.
The same year, she was nominated as the Best Actress in the Golden Bud The Fourth Network Film and Television Festival awards through her work in Another Me.
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8. ZHANG YUXI
Zhang Yuxi was born on January 30, 1991, in Dunhua, China. She is famous for her TV show series and Chinese drama.
In October 2009, she won the 7th Ruili Cover Girl Contest, registering her name in the books of famous Chinese actresses.
In 2016, she won; the Rayli Beauty Fans Awards Ceremony in Breakthrough Newcomer and the Sohu Fashion Awards category of Best web series Actress My Little Princess.
In 2017, she won Female Artist with The Best Fashion in Rayli Fans Awards. In 2018, she managed to bag home two different awards, the Charity Awards at All for Life Charity Award Ceremony and the Most Popular Newcomer at ifeng Fashion Choice Awards.
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9. LIANG JIE
Liang Jie was born and bred in China. On June 16, 1994, she was born in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. She studied acting at the Central Academy of Drama.
She joined the entertainment industry in 2014 after featuring in “Go! Goal! Fighting”. In addition, Liang has featured in several TV series, including; To Our Dreamland of Ice (2022), The Day of Becoming You (2021), among others.
Liang Jie has won four awards out of six that she has been nominated at in different categories and events like; Popular Artists of The Year in 2018, at QQ “The Night of Heart Appreciation” awards for her role in The Eternal Love.
10. LI QIN
Li Qin was born on September 27, 1990, in Jiangsu province. At 11, she attended Shipai Central School to study traditional Chinese opera.
Li Qin rose to popularity in 2010 for playing Xue Baochai in the television series The Dreams of Red Mansions and won the Best New Actress award at the TVS Awards Ceremony.
In 2011, she acted in The Founding of a Party. She was nominated for the Best Newcomer award at the 31st Hundred Flowers Awards. In 2018, she was named the Most Promising Actress at the China TV Drama Awards.
In 2020, Li was on the big screen in CCTV New Year’s Gala for the 1st time, performing a song item, “Hello 2020”. In addition, her comedy film Warm Hug was ranked 72nd on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list the same year.
11. MA SICHUN
Ma Sichun is also known as Sandra Ma and was born on Mach 14th, 1988, in Bengbu, China. She first made her name in the entertainment industry through her movie, “Winter of Three Persons,” in 1995.
In 2015, she became more popular through her role as Li Bala in “The Left Ear.” A year later, she won Best Actress Awards for the film “Soul Mate” at the 53rd Taiwan Film Golden Horse Awards.
Some of the films and Television Series where she has featured include; The Fallen Bridge, Wild Grass (2020), One Minute More (2014), Saving Mr. Wu (2015), The Crack of Dawn (2022), You Are My Hero (2021), and much more.
12. TAN SONGYUN
Tan Song Yun was born and bred in China. She was born on May 30, 1990, in Sichuan, China.
She started her career in 2005 when she filmed the television series Wild Chrysanthemum. In 2012 she gained the attention of her audience after starring in the hit historical series Empresses in the Palace, and since then, she has never looked back.
She has appeared in many drama films and television series like; Go Ahead (2020), The Sword and The Brocade (2021), Under the Power (2019), With You (2016), Nice Meet (2017), among others.
13. GUAN XIAOTONG
Guan was born on September 17, 1997, in Beijing, China. She is not only an actress but also an artist. She became famous in China as the Nation’s Daughter.
She started her acting career when she was barely four, and at six years, she had already started appearing in an award-winning film. In addition, she has appeared in over 50 filmographic works some of which she was able to be nominated for various awards.
14. JU JINGYI
As a member of SNH48, from 2014-2017, Ju was ever on the top four during the annual General Elections among over 100 members. She is a multitalented young woman who is considered the next Chinese superstar by her fans.
She has won over ten awards in various events and categories, making it very difficult to omit her name in the entertainment industry history, not just in China but worldwide.
15. YUKI CHEN
Yuki Chen is also known as Chen Yu Qi. On July 29, 19992, she was born in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China.
She struggled to get roles until 2015 when she was discovered by Tang Yang while filming Westward Journey 3.
And since then, she has conquered the industry by performing many filmographic works and winning awards one after the other.
Some of her filmographic works are; Princess Wei Young, Ashes of Love, Mystery of Antiques III, Memory of Encaustic Tile, Heavenly Swords, and Dragon Slaying Sabre. She has also featured on TV series like; Produce Camp 2019 and Happy Camp.
16. WU JINYAN
She was born on August 16, 1990, in China. She is well known for her beauty and roles in the television series Beauties at the Crossfire (2013), Story of Yanxi Palace (2018), and The Legends of Haolan (2019).
She penned a contract with Zijun Entertainment in 2011 that became an eye-opener for more opportunities in her career.
Wu has won many awards from different filmographic works, and some of the films she has featured in include; The Law of Attraction (2011), Mr. Six (2015), Born to Be Wild, and Forever Young, both in 2018.
She has done more than 25 television series, including; Royal Feast (2022), Fighting Youth (2021), My Bargaining Queen (2021), Untouchable Lovers (2018), and much more.
17. YANG MI
She is a Chinese actress and a singer, born on September 12, 1986. She found herself in the Chinese list of fame for her role as a time-traveling protagonist in the historical romance drama Palace in 2011. And even won the most famous actress award at the 17th Shanghai Television Festival
She is among the most followed Chinese celebrities with over 100 million followers on the microblogging platform.
18. JANICE WU
On September 26, 1992, Janice Wu was born in Ezhou, Hubei, China. She attended Wuhan University and studied Theatre, Film, and Television Acting.
She rose to popularity for portraying young Zhao Mosher in the 2015 hit romance drama My Sunshine.
She gained more attention through her roles in the television series My Amazing Boyfriend, Fighter of the Destiny, Le Coup de Founder, Beauty From Heart, etc.
Janice has taken part in films and has won awards in different events and categories. However, the majority of her works are television series. She has also perfumed in three music videos and two albums.
19. GULZAR BEXTIYAR
The beautiful Chinese actress and model were born on May 2, 1992, in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.
Gulzar first made her dept on the screens in 2012 in a television series Xuan Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky.
In 2013, she was back on the screen in the film Police Story. Since then, she has never thought of backsliding as she has participated in over 30 filmographic works.
She has also taken part in various shows like; Keep Running (2014), Up Idol (2015), Happy Camp, and Yes, I Do.
Gulzar has seen many of her works nominated for various awards an example is the Newcomer Award at Golden Phoenix Awards.
20. WAN PEN
In China, the young, ambitious, talented actress and model was born on August 20, 1996. She works under Easy Entertainment.
She first gained her fame through the drama When We Were Young (2018) and a year later made another stunning performance that was well-received by her fans in another drama, My Girlfriend is an Alien (2019).
Some of her filmographic works are; Love like White Jade, First Romance (2020), Rush into Danger (2019), and Meeting You (2020).
She has won three awards in her career, which is heartwarming, especially to her fans, who see her as the next superstar in the entertainment industry.
21. QIAO XIN
She is also known as Bridgette Qiao; she was born on November 23, 1993, in Harbin. She attended the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China.
Qiao rose to fame after her stunning performance as Guan Guan in Ode to Joy. Other filmographic works that made her name are; Dream Garden, Song of Youth (2021), The Ordinary Glory (2021), Cross Fire (2020), among others.
She has also featured in several TV Shows like Friends in Summer Surf Shop, The Detectives Adventures, Miss Beauty: Season 2 (2019), Who’s The Murderer: Season 4 (2018), and much more.
22. RAINBOW XU
Rainbow is a Chinese actress and a professional singer. She was born on June 19, 1994, in Shanghai, China. The beauty queen gained her popularity as a Chinese Idol under AMG, debuted in Lady Bees, and later on, she became the 11th member of Rocket Girls 101.
In 2021 she called off her contract with AGM and started her own company and studio. Some of her filmographic works include; Love Me Fearlessly (Yu Guo) (2021), Secrets in the Lattice (ding Xian) (2021), We Are Blazing, Produce Camp, Super Nova Games, and Let’s Sing Together, among others.
23. LANDY LI
On September 2, 1999, Landy Li was born in Beijing, China. She started making big-screen debt at a very tender age of 10. She dreams of becoming a designer and has had an excellent appreciation of aesthetics.
Since 2017 she has been conquering the entertainment industry with her career, which fans have received well, hence gaining fame. Other filmography works are; Tea Love(2015), All About Secrets (2017), Never gone (2018), Chess Love, and Chinese Style Relationship.
Some of the awards she has won are; the Newcomer Award at the iQiyi Scream Night event in 2020, the Outstanding Youth Newcomer Award at TV Dramas Awards in China (2020), and China 30 Under Asia at Forbes event in 2019. Li is still a student, and her career looks brighter and more promising.
24. CRYSTAL ZHANG
Crystal Zhang was born on October 28, 1988, in Harbin, she is also known as Zhang Tiantai.
Crystal Zhang is best known for her breakout role in Go Princess Go’s hit web drama (2015).
She has been active in the entertainment industry since 2008. Her first screen appearance was when South Korean director Woody Han invited her to star in the Korean short film Cherry Blossom and actor Kim Soohyun.
Some of her filmographic work that made her famous in the industry include; Uncle Victory, I Belong to You, Father and Son, The founding of an Army, The Captain, Miss Puff, Legend of the Demon Cat, and Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse.
She has equally appeared on many television series, including; Mop Lady’s Spring, Stage Coffee, My fair Lady, Marital Universe, I Can Never Love You, and Held in the Lonely Castle. In addition, she has won over 16 awards.
25. JUDY QI
She is also known as Cik Jin Dek. Judy was born on May 20, 1995, in China. She is an actress and a singer.
On April 21, 2018, she participated in Produce 101, and in June 2020, she starred in the drama Love Unexpected.
Some other filmographic works that she has participated in are Farewell, My Love (2018), and many television series, including; A River Runs Through (2021), Lost Promise (2021), Miracle Healer (2017), among others.
26. VICTORIA SONG
Victoria was born and bred in China on February 2, 1987. She is a well-known actress, singer, dancer, model, host, and author.
In 2012, she was cast to play the lead role in the Chinese-Taiwanese coproduction When Love Walked In, a drama with excellent viewership ratings. She won the Best New Actress award at the China TV Drama Awards.
In 2014, Song was chosen to host the Korean-Chinese variety show titled Strongest Group. Some of her works entail studio albums, singles, collaborations, soundtracks, several films, television series, and variety shows.
27. ZHAO LI YING
She is a Chinese-born actress and a singer. She was born on October 16, 1987, and she is also known as Zanilia Zhao.
Zhao Liying is best known for her role in the television series Legend of Lu Zhen (2013), Boss and Me (2014), Noble Aspirations (2016), The Mystic Nine (2015), The story of Minglan (2018), and Legends of Fei (2020)
In 2016, Zhao was named the ambassador of Hebei, and the same year she was appointed the Vice President of Yi Xia Technology. In 2017 she became a brand ambassador for Dior in China.
28. ZHU SUDAN
Zhu won several awards like Most Popular Female Celebrity at Feng Fashion Choice Awards in 2019, [ Best Actress (nominated), and Leaping Actress of the Year] at the Golden Bud The Network Film and Television Awards Promising Actress all in 2019.
She has featured in several filmographic works (Television series, variety shows, and short films), some of which had a positive viewership, leading to her fame.
29. JADE CHENG
On November 25, 1990, Jade Cheng was born in Jieyang, China. She is also known as Zheng Zeman or Zheng Qui Hong.
She graduated from the Guangdong University of Technology with a major in pre-school education. In 2014 she joined Dragon TV. She is a singer and an actress by profession.
She gained her popularity in 2011 when she participated in Human Satellite TV’s Super Girl and won second place in singing in the Guangzhou region, a performance that placed her second nationally.
Jade began her acting debt in 2015 when she took part in the female lead selection for idol drama Full House in a Happy Town which was a coproduced by China and South Korea.
She has participated in several filmography and discographic works.
30. SONG ZU ER
The young beauty queen was born on May 23, 1998, in China. She is best known as a former child actress through her first debt in the Chinese TV drama The Sea and Sky Boundless (2007).
She starred in the ancient fantasy drama Prelude of Lotus Lantern, she gained popularity by playing Nezha. Her popularity went to another level in 2017 after she joined a cast outdoor variety program, Divas Hit the Road.
Some of the filmographic works are; The Dark Lord, Pride, and Price (2022), To Fly with You (2021), Cupid’s Kitchen (2022), Guardians of the Ancient Oath (2020), Gossip High (2018) among others. She has also taken part in over 20 TV shows and two movies, Crush (2019) and Papa (2016). Song is also a producer.
31. ANGEL ZHAO
She is also known as Zhao Jin Mai and was born in China on September 29, 2002.
The young beauty queen made herself a name in the entertainment industry at the age of 10, when she acted in the drama series; Not Without A Mother (2012), and at 12, she made her movie debut in Balala the Fairies; The Magic Trial.
She later reappeared in another movie with Princess Camellia and the TV series The Riddle of The Notes.
Since then, she has participated in several dramas, movies, and TV shows, some of which have had a positive viewership rating, like Let’s Call It a Day (2019) TV show, Go Brother (2018), and The Wandering Earth(2019) [movie].
32. ZHOU DONGYU
Zhou Dongyu was born on December 27, 1992, in Hebei, China. After her appearance in Zhang Yimou’s film Under The Hawthorn Tree, she gained popularity.
She won many awards for her role in the film, including The Best Actress at the 56th Valladolid International Film Spain Festival, Outstanding New Actress at the 14th Huabiao Awards, and Best New performer at the 20th Shanghai Film Critics’ Awards.
Southern Metropolis Daily chose her as one of the Four Dan actresses of the post-90s generation. Since then, she has participated in many filmographic works like films, television series, and variety shows. She has also performed discography works and won many career awards.
33. MENG ZIYI
On December 5, 1995, Meng Ziyi was born in Changchun, Jilin, China.
She is known for her role in The Legend of the Condor Heroses (2017) Mu Nianci, Ever Night (2018) Ye Hongyu, and The Untamed (2019) Wen Qing.
In 2020, she started a youth business drama, Rebirth of Shopping Addict, and performed in the wuxia drama Sword Snow Stride by Wang Juan.
She has filmed in (The Captain in 2019). And many other television series; – People’s Prosecutor, Double Life (2018), Straight (2018), Season Love (2017), among others, and TV shows; – Grade One Freshman (2016).
34. PENG XIAORAN
Peng Xiao Ran, or Peng Xioanran as she is commonly known, was born on December 3, 1990, in China. She is a host, singer, and actress.
In 2015, she attended the 8th Variety Show festival and won the Potential Host of the Year. After that, she began her supporting role in the mysterious and suspenseful horror drama Ferryman.
In 2019, she won the Best Actress of the Year Online Drama award at the First Internet Film and Television Culture and Entertainment Festival for her role in the costume romance drama Goodbye My Princess.
Some of her film works are;- Faith Makes Great (2021), The Mystic Nine (2016), Jun Jiu Ling (2021), Refinement of Faith (2021), and To Our Dreamland Ice (2022). TV shows; – Snow Day, Challenge League (2017), and Everybody Stand By (2019).
35. LI YITONG
Li Yitong was born on September 6, 1990, in Jinan, Shandong, China. She is a singer and an actress by profession and has been active in the entertainment industry since 2015.
In 2018, she starred in the wuxia romance web series Bloody Romance, playing an assassin named Wan Mei, and recoded one song for the drama’s theme songs.
Other filmographic works of Li Yitong that kept her relevant in the industry include:- Demon Girl 1 & 2, both in 2016, Blood Romance (2018), Don’t Think Twice, Love’s All Right (2020), Court Lady 92021) among others.
36. ESTHER YU
She is also known as Yu Shuxin and was born on December 18, 1995, in Shanghai, China. Though she made her first appearance on the screen in 2015 in the drama Border Town Prodigal, she had to wait until 2016 to get recognition in the variety program Grade One Freshman.
In 2020, her popularity rose to another level when she participated in the variety program Youth With You 2.
In addition, she has made several appearances on TV shows as a regular and as a guest like Let’s Party, Youth with You 2&3, The sound, Happy Camp, Play! Fridge, and Send 100 Girls Home Season 3. Among others.
Her film is Yet to be aired, but some Television Series are out like; The Advisors Alliance and Ordinary Years (2017), I Have Fallen For You, and Find Yourself all 2020, and the latest one is A Romance of The Little Forest (2022).
37. OUYANG NANA
On June 15, 2000, Ouyang was born in Taipei, China. She is a musician and an actress. She is known for the coming of age romance film Secret Fruit and the cyberpunk action film Bleeding Steel that she starred alongside Jackie Chan.
In 2012, she became the youngest cellist to give a solo recital debt in Concert Hall of Taiwan.
The same year she won her first award at the Taiwan School Year 100 National Music Competition and got admitted to National Taiwan Normal University.
Ouyang rose to fame after her appearance in the 2014 romance film Beijing Love Story, where she played a cellist.
She later starred film To the Fore and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Macau International Film Festival.
38. YANG CHAOYUE
Yang was born on July 31, 1998, in China. She is an actress and a singer. In 2018, she was named by China Newsweek as one of the most influential Chinese people.
In 2018, she had a lot of controversy about her career, which made her hit the headlines and online debates, and at one point, her name was a trending keyword on Baidu.
Some of her filmographic works are on television series; Ever Night 2 (2020), The Promise of Chang’an, and The Ideal City. She also has TV shows; The Great Wall, Heart Signals, and When We Write Love Story (2020).
She has appeared on several magazine covers like China Newsweek, People Magazine, Nylon China, and Bazaar men’s style.
She is also known as Angela Yeung Wing and was born on February 28, 1989. Ngelababy is her stage name, and she is a model, actress, and singer.
In 2013, she was chosen as one of the New Four Dan Actresses by Southern Metropolis Daily. In 2015, she made her Hollywood film debut in Hitman: Agent 47.
Later, she starred in Mojin: The Lost Legend, based on the famous tomb raiding novel series Ghost Blows Out The Light.