|Chinese name||黃曉明 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||黄晓明 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Huáng Xiǎomíng (Mandarin)|
November 13, 1977 |
|Other name(s)||"Jiaozhu" (教主; "cult leader")|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, model|
|Years active||1998 – present|
Huang Xiaoming (born 13 November 1977) is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. His best known roles in television are Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Xu Wenqiang in Shanghai Bund (2007). Huang graduated from the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 2000, alongside other well-known actors such as Zhao Wei and Chen Kun. He first rose to prominence in 2001 for playing Emperor Wu of Han in the television series Da Han Tian Zi. The series reached number one in the ratings when it aired in Taiwan, and his later dramas all achieved high ratings in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In 2007, Huang signed a contract with Huayi Brothers and began focusing on his film career, appearing in movies like The Sniper, The Message, and Ip Man 2. In 2010 he starred in the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire, alongside Peter Ho and Barbie Hsu. He returned to television in 2013, portraying the national hero Yue Fei in The Patriot Yue Fei.
Huang was born in Qingdao, Shandong and is an only child. His father was an engineer while his mother was an accountant. At age nine, he was selected by a film studio to play the child protagonist in a movie. Throughout his school career, Huang planned to become a scientist, but his language teacher encouraged him to apply to the Beijing Film Academy, which rarely came to Qingdao to recruit students. A week before his entrance examination, his foot was run over and crushed by a jeep; luckily, the injury was not serious because he was wearing army boots. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Huang recall the person who had the greatest influence on him was a teacher named Cui Xinqin. Huang was also good friendship with Zhao Wei, and the three were known as the "Three Musketeers".
Unlike his classmates, Huang struggled to find work as the date of his graduation drew nearer. On the eve of his graduation, he received an offer to act in the TV series A Netizen's Diary (网虫日记). During filming, however, he was involved in a head-on collision with a truck and lost consciousness for more than half an hour. He had to get a total of six stitches on his chin and ear.
While filming Long Piao (龙票), Huang was involved in another car accident, which took place on the way from Yinchuan to Inner Mongolia. His head was scratched and his vertebrae shifted, and he was informed by a doctor that he had to wear a plaster cast for his head and neck for four months, otherwise the healing of his bones would be affected. But Huang refused to rest for fear of delaying filming and causing losses for the crew, so he appeared on set wearing a neck brace.
After his fellow Musketeers shot to fame, Huang did not think he would become famous as well, since one of the academy's teachers had said that it was difficult enough for one or two students from each graduating class to make it big. Fame found him in 2001, however, when he was chosen to replace Lu Yi for the leading role in Da Han Tian Zi. Because the TV series was such a big production, and Huang was virtually unknown, many people had misgivings but the foresight and boldness of the investors is now admirable. Huang starred in the series' three installments, from 2001 to 2005, and he went from a newbie to a front-line actor.
In 2004, Huang was chosen to play Yang Guo, the leading role in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Jin Yong's novel of the same title, and a sequel to The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003). Director Zhang Jizhong selected him over actors Nie Yuan and Huang Jue to play the highly fought-over role. The role of Xiaolongnü, Yang Guo's love interest, was rumored to go to Zhou Xun, but ended up going to Liu Yifei, who is ten years Huang's junior. Yang Guo is arguably Huang's most recognizable role to date.
Huang's most controversial and difficult, but most critically acclaimed, role was in Shanghai Bund, a remake of the 1980 Hong Kong television series The Bund, which starred Chow Yun-fat. Because Chow was his idol, he felt nervous, excited, and pressured about portraying the same role his idol had. In order to play Xu Wenqiang, he had to learn to smoke, and went through several packs a day. He also sang the ending theme for the drama, a duet with his costar Sun Li. The song was included in his first studio album, It's Ming, which was released in December of the same year.
On April 9, 2007, Huang signed with Huayi Brothers Media, an entertainment and record label. In October of that year, Huang purchased the company's shares. After acting in several films produced by Huayi, including 2009 espionage thriller The Message, he left the company in 2010. It has been said that he will switch to Asia Media Films Hong Kong, although this has yet to be confirmed.
In 2009, Huang was chosen to replace Dylan Kuo in the 2010 Taiwanese idol drama Summer's Desire, an adaptation of a trilogy by Ming Xiaoxi. Although originally slated to play Ou Chen, Huang asked if he could play Luo Xi instead. The drama also starred Peter Ho, who was the producer as well, and Barbie Hsu, with whom Huang had always wanted to work. He later admitted that he lowered his acting fee in order to participate in this series.
In 2007, Huang signed a deal with Italian luxury brand Gucci to promote their 2008 limited edition sports line, becoming the first Asian celebrity featured in a Gucci advertisement. A production team flew from Italy to Hong Kong to shoot the print ads. In the same year, he also signed as a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz. In 2008-2010, he was featured in advertisements for Pepsi, Toshiba, Diadora, and Tissot.
Huang is also known for participating in charity work and environmental friendliness events. On 7 July 2007, he performed at the Live Earth concert in Shanghai.  He is also an ambassador to China's Panda Protection Research Center. In October 2008, he adopted twin pandas named Ping Ping and An An, the first panda cubs born after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In 2009, he was appointed as a UNICEF Ambassador and participated in a charity run that year. In 2010, Huang was awarded as one of the international well-known philanthropists.
Huang Xiaoming had told media that while studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he had a big crush on classmate Zhao Wei (Vicki Zhao). They remained close friends. In 2013, showing up on crutches to help promote Zhao's directorial debut So Young to Zhao's surprise, Huang said: "Friendship is not meant to be taken out and showed off... It's been 16 years, and as long as Vicki needs it, I will definitely support and help her. It will always be like this."
|Ma Lu||Hua Biao Film Award for Best Film|
|2005||Legend of the Dragon
|2006||The Story of Ah Bao
|Takeda||Nominated — Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
Nominated —Golden Rooster Awards for Best Outstanding Supporting Actor
|2009||Searching for Dust
|2009||The Founding of a Republic
|2010||Ip Man 2
|Huang Liang||Beijing Student Film Festival for Most Popular Actor|
|2010||Flirting Scholar 2
|Han Jue||Nominated —Hong Kong International Film Festival Of Best Outstanding Supporting Actor|
|2010||Adventure of the King
|2012||Love in the Buff
|2012||The Last Tycoon
|Cheng Daqi (young)|
|Fang Youwang||also producer; Wan Xiang Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role|
|2013||American Dreams in China
|2013||Badges of Fury
|man in black||cameo|
|2013||Crimes of Passion
|2013||Saving Mother Robot
|2014||Breaking the Waves
|2014||The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
|2014||Women Who Flirt
|Awaiting release November 28, 2014|
|Awaiting release December 2, 2014|
|Awaiting release March 2015|
|TBA||Wu Wen Xi Dong
|1998||Love is Not a Game||Xiao Zhuoyi|
|1999||Bodidharma||Pang Xin||guest appearance|
|2000||A Netizen's Diary||Yu Baimei|
|2000||Little Sister Hua Ni||Ren Zhiyang|
|2000||Storm of the Dragon||Di Guangyuan|
|2001||Da Han Tian Zi 1||Emperor Wu of Han|
|2001||Chang Ying Zai Shou|
|2002||My Fair Princess III||Xiao Jian|
|2002||Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu||Tang Bohu|
|2003||Heroic Legend||Ancient prince|
|2003||Da Han Tian Zi 2||Emperor Wu of Han|
|2003||Womanly Skill and Manly Look||Wang Jun|
|2004||Long Piao||Qi Zijun|
|2005||Da Han Tian Zi 3||Emperor Wu of Han|
|2006||The Return of the Condor Heroes||Yang Guo|
|2007||Shanghai Bund||Xu Wenqiang|
|2008||A Sunny Day||Singer||subway series|
|2008||Royal Tramp||Wei Xiaobao|
|2009||Dark Fragrance||Cheng Yuan, Cheng Da||also producer|
|2010||Summer's Desire||Luo Xi||Lead Role|
|2013||The Patriot Yue Fei||Yue Fei|
|2008||One World One Dream
Released April 2008
|Hao Ren Ka (好人卡)
Released September 2008
|Ni Zai Wo Xin Shang (你在我心上)
Released November 2008
|2009||Ni Shi Tian Shi (你是天使)
|Feng Sheng (風聲)
Released September 2009
|2010||Better City Better Life
Released January 2010
- 九岁的时候，我被在艺术团跳舞的姑姑送去参选儿童电影 (in Chinese). SOHU Corporation.
- 黄晓明：我始终有梦想 它指引我方向 (in Chinese). SINA Corporation. February 5, 2011.
- "Huang Xiaoming selected to play the Warrior Hero Yang Guo". China Internet Information Center. October 20, 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-13.
- "張紀中：周迅極可能演小龍女 黃曉明聶遠有机會". Epoch Times. August 10, 2004.
- "It's Ming debuts". China.Org.Cn. December 13, 2007.
- Huang Xiaoming maybe join Media Asia Films July 13, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- 黄晓明离开华谊 被曝将签约香港寰亚 (in Chinese). SINA Corporation.
- "Huang Xiaoming, the first asian face of Gucci". China.Org.Cn. February 1, 2008.
- "Huang Xiaoming calls on panda protection". China.Org.Cn. October 9, 2008.
- "3 Chinese stars appointed as UNICEF ambassadors". China.Org.Cn. August 6, 2009.
- "黄晓明获颁"国际慈善名人" 出席联合国儿基会活动". ent.ifeng.com. June 21, 2010.
- Vicki Zhao names the men most important to her
- Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy admit to relationship
- "Huang Xiaoming". imdb.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
- "Huang Xiaoming". chinesemov.com. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
- Xiaoming Huang at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Website
- Hong Kong Cinemagic
- Extensive and informative Website on Huang Xiaoming