Fan Bingbing is a well-known and well-paid actress and singer in China. She rose to prominence after appearing in the Taiwanese television series ‘My Fair Princess.’ She later began working in mainland China with Huayi Brothers, with whom she co-starred in a number of Chinese television dramas. She went on to act in films and establish Fan Bingbing Studio as her own production company. She also became the team leader of a web movie group that produces television serials, as well as the principal of the arts school run by her parents. She has appeared on the reality show ‘Challenger’s Alliance,’ as well as on a couple of variety shows as a jury member. Her first recording studio. ‘Just Begun,’ her maiden studio album, was a smash hit in China. She was named the ’50 Most Beautiful People in China,’ as well as the ‘Forbes China Celebrity List.’ She is the co-founder of the ‘Heart Ali’ project, which aids Tibetan children with congenial heart disease. She has donated a large portion of her earnings to charity. On social media, she has a sizable fan base.
Fan Bingbing Childhood & Early Life
Fan Bingbing was born on September 16, 1981, in Qingdao, Shandong, China, to Fan Tao and Zhang Chuanmei. Her ancestors were Han Chinese. Her family later moved to Yantai, a city in Shandong’s northwestern region, where she grew up.
She earned a degree in film and television arts from Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Arts College before enrolling at Shanghai Theatre Academy to study theatre. She was interested in acting since she was 16 years old and began with minor roles.
Fan Bingbing Career
Her first major supporting role was in the Chinese television series ‘My Fair Princess’ in 1999, after Taiwanese actress Leanne Liu recommended her. The series was well-received, and Fan began to receive press attention in China. She signed an eight-year contract with the production company for ‘My Fair Princess,’ but she later terminated it because it required her to frequently travel to Taiwan.
She preferred mainland China and signed a six-year contract with Huayi Brothers, with whom she appeared in “The Proud Twins,” “Red Poppies,” and “Young Justice Bao II,” among other Chinese serials.
She also acted in a number of Chinese films at this time, including ‘Feng Xiaogang’s Cell Phone,’ which was the highest-grossing picture in Chinese cinema in 2003, and ‘A Battle of Wits,’ for which she was nominated for a Golden Bauhinia Award. ‘The Twin Effect II,’ ‘A Chinese Tall Story,’ and ‘The Lion Roars’ were among her other credits.
Her debut album, ‘Just Begun,’ was published in 2005. It featured music from a variety of producers and songwriters with whom she collaborated. Her popularity and media coverage earned her the title of ‘Forbes China, Star of the Year’ the following year.
In 2007, she left Huayi Brothers and founded Fan Bingbing Studio, which she still runs today.She went on to star in films like ‘The Matrimony’ and ‘Lost in Beijing,’ which both won awards. She produced and starred in her first television series, ‘Rouge Show,’ the following year.
Her next job was to take over as principal of her parents’ art school in Huairou, Beijing. She also worked for a web movie production company that specialized in television serials, where she rose to the position of team leader.
She starred alongside Zhang Ziyi in ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ and ‘Bodyguards and Assassins,’ for which she was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.’ Her performance in ‘Shinjuku Incident’ was praised by critics, and her studio produced the classic film ‘The Last Night of the World.’Film critics loved her performance in ‘Shinjuku Incident,’ and her studio released the classic film ‘The Last Night of Madam Chin’ the following year.
Beijing News named her #1 on their list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in China” in 2010. She starred in Chen Kaige’s epic film ‘Sacrifice,’ about Princess Zhuang Ji’s bravery, as well as ‘Buddha Mountain,’ which premiered at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival.
She promoted her film ‘My Way’ at the 64th Cannes Film Festival with actors Jang Dong Kang and Joe Odagiri. She was also asked to serve on the International Competition Jury for the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.
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She was ranked third in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 List in 2012 for her multiple appearances at fashion shows in Paris and around the world. She was also seen at the 65th Cannes Film Festival as a spokesperson for L’Oreal.
She was named a brand ambassador for ‘Champagne House’ and Swiss watchmaker ‘Chopard’ the following year, after topping the Forbes China Celebrity List.’ She was named International Artist of the Year in Cannes.In the same year, the Chinese corporation Alibaba Groups declared her the most valuable celebrity.
She inked a deal with 20th Century Fox in 2014, which increased her international market value. She was inducted into the Barbie worldwide celebrity hall of fame after launching a Fan Bingbing doll.
She then became a judge on the ‘Amazing Chinese’ variety show and appeared on the reality show ‘Challenger’s Alliance.’ She was placed 4th on Forbes’ list of the World’s Highest Paid Actresses in 2015. In 2017, she was named to the jury list for the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and her name was included in the Times 100 list of Most Influential People.
Her creative outfits worn at various red carpet events caught the public eye and made her one of the most sought after brand ambassadors. She has consistently appeared in Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list since 2015. Many of her outfits have been auctioned and the profits donated to charity
ding of a Party’. In her latest movie she portrays Empress Ulanara in ‘The Lady in the Portrait’.
She has appeared in the television serials ‘Powerful Woman’ (1996), ‘My Fair Princess’ (1998), ‘The Book of Love’ (2001), ‘The Great Qing Empire’ (2002), ‘Red Poppies’ (2004), ‘The Proud Twins’ (2005), ‘The Empress of China’ (2014) and ‘Win the World’ (2017).
Her debut studio album ‘Just Begun’ was released by Warner Music, Beijing in 2005.
Fan Bingbing Awards & Achievements
She won Best Actress Awards for her performance in ‘Cell Phone’, ‘Lost in Beijing’, ‘Buddha Mountain’, ‘Double Xposure’, ‘Ever Since We Love’ and ‘I Am Not Madame Bovary’.
She got the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in ‘The Matrimony’ and ‘Skiptrace’.
She was recognised as the Most Influential Chinese Actress Overseas at the 1st China Film International Festival, London in 2013.
Fan Bingbing Personal Life
She has been dating Chinese actor Li Chen for awhile and recently got engaged to him on her 36th birthday. Her name was falsely linked to some senior Communist Party leaders by one Gau Wengui. She filed a lawsuit againsta the person for defamation.
She is the co-founder of the project titled ‘Heart Ali’ which helps children in Tibet who are suffering from congenial heart disease. She has made several trips to Tibet to promote her project and has been instrumental in screening over 10,000 children in the remote region.
Fan Bingbing Trivia
Fan wore a ‘Dragon Robe’ for the 63rd Cannes Film Festival that was designed by herself and famous designer Laurence Hsu. The dress was later bought by Madame Tussauds museum at an auction and the money earned was gifted to support her ‘Heart Ali’ project.