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Angelababy in 2014
Background information
Chinese name 楊穎 (traditional)
Pinyin Yáng Yǐng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Wing6 (Cantonese)
Birth name Yang Ying
Ethnicity 3/4 Han Chinese, 1/4 German
Born (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 27)
Shanghai, China
Nationality Chinese
Occupation Model, actress, singer

Style International

Asia Cross Agency
Avex Group
Huayi Brothers
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Huang Xiaoming (m. 2015)
Ancestry Shanghai, China

Yang Ying (born 28 February 1989), better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese-born Hong Kong model, actress, and singer.[1] Her stage name came from the combination of her English name "Angela" and her nickname "Baby".[2] She is one of the New Four Dan Actresses in mainland China.

Early life[edit]

Yang was born on 28 February 1989 in Shanghai, to a father from Hong Kong, who is of half Chinese and half German descent, and a Shanghainese mother from Shanghai. Her birth name is Yang Ying (Cantonese: Yeung Wing). Her father runs a fashion business in Shanghai.[3] She gained an interest in fashion as a child under her father's influence. She said in an interview, "Even though he [her father] sells more mature clothes, I loved going to his store and trying on new outfits, and mixing and matching them. It was fun. I think that's how I developed a passion for fashion."[3] She is fluent in Mandarin, Shanghainese, Cantonese, and has a basic command of English.

Yang moved to Hong Kong when she was thirteen,[3] and graduated from Notre Dame College.[citation needed] Although her English name is Angela, she was sometimes called "Baby" during her primary and secondary school years. When she started modeling, she combined these two names to Angelababy.[3]


Beginnings as a model and transition to films[edit]

Angela Yeung (better known as Angelababy) entered the entertainment industry when she was 14 years old, signing on as a model at Style International Management. In 2007, she became a back-up dancer for Jay Chou during his 2007-8 World Tour. In 2009, she attended the Fashion's Night Out” held at Tokyo. She also participated in Japan's TCG Fashion Show. Subsequently in 2010, she walked the "Tokyo Girls Collection 2010" and the "Tanjokyo Girls Collection” fashion shows.

Angelababy debuted as an actress in the movie Trival Matters in 2007, where she had a 5 minute cameo in the film. She then starred in numerous films as supporting roles, as well as appearing in music videos. In 2011, Angelababy had her first leading role in the film Love You You alongside Eddie Peng. She sung a duet with JJ Lin titled "Bottom of the Heart" as part of the movie's soundtrack.

In June 2012, Angelababy signed on with Huayi Brothers and set up her own personal studio. She began to shift her career into mainland China. In September, she starred in the kungfu movie Tai Chi O and its sequel Tai Chi Hero in October. The same year, she starred in First Time, a remake of the 2003 Korean movie She plays the role of an adventurous university student, which garnered her the Most Anticipated Actress award at the 13th Chinese Film Media Awards.

Rising popularity[edit]


In January 2013, Angelababy was chosen as the one of the four Fadan actresses along with Liu Shishi, Yang Mi and Ni Ni. In April, she was cast in her first television drama, Love Yunge from the Desert as the main character Yunge, adapted from Tong Hua's novel Song in the Clouds. In August, she played a policewoman in Crimes of Passion. She was nominated as Best Actress at the China International Film Festival for her performance. In September, she played a supporting role as a beautiful courtesan in Tsui Hark's crime action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. The film was a box office hit and Angelababy won the Most Popular Actress award at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival.

In 2014, Angelababy was cast in the American film Hitman: Agent 47, marking her Hollywood debut. In October, she joined the cast of Hurry Up, Brother, a spin-off from the original South Korean variety program Running Man. The series was a huge hit in China, achieving a viewership rating of 4.2, and made Angelababy a household name. In November, she was cast in the crime suspense film Kill Time alongside Taiwanese actor Ethan Juan. In December, she collaborated with fellow Hurry Up, Brother cast member Michael Chen in the romance film Love on the Cloud.


Angelababy was crowned "Weibo Goddess", as well as "Weibo Queen" for the year 2014. She also placed 12th on Forbes China Celebrity 100, her highest ranking yet. In January 2015, she was cast in the Hong Kong fantasy film League of Gods, which also stars Jet Li and Fan Bingbing. In July, she was cast in The Ferryman alongside Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro. In August, she starred alongside Ni Ni in Bride Wars, a remake of the 2009 american film.

In September, Love Yunge from the Desert premiered on Hunan TV. The series was a commercial hit, and went on to surpass 8 billion views online. On December 5, Angelababy was awarded the Leaping Improvement award at the iQiyi All Star Carnival. On December 19, Mojin: The Lost Legend, based on the fantasy novel Ghost Blows Out the Light, was released. Angelababy plays the love interest of Hu Bayi, the main character of the movie played by Chen Kun. The film was a huge commercial hit, topping box office charts upon its release.[4] For the role, Angelababy won Best Supporting Actress at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards.

Angelababy was listed as one of Forbes' inaugural 30 under 30 Asian Celebrities under the film, music, television and sport category for the year 2016. In June 2016, she participated in the Hollywood science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence. She also signed with an American management agency in the same year.

In July 2016, she co-starred alongside Jing Boran in the youth romance film Love O2O, based on Gu Man's novel Just One Smile is Very Alluring. She was also cast as the female lead in upcoming historical drama General and I alongside Wallace Chung.

Personal life[edit]

Angelababy had been dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, who is 11 years her senior, for six years, but their relationship was not revealed to the public until February 2014. On 27 May 2015, they obtained their marriage certificate in Qingdao, China[5] and their wedding banquet took place in Shanghai on 8 October 2015.[6] The wedding banquet was reported to be one of the most lavish in China's history with a reported estimate of US$31 million.[7] In the same month, Angelababy sued a Ruili clinic for US$80,000 for referring to her as a recipient of plastic surgery. An examination she underwent at a Beijing hospital concluded that her face showed no signs of prior surgical work.[8]

In October 2016, Huang and Angelababy announced her pregnancy.



Year English title[9][10] Chinese title Role Notes
2007 Trivial Matters 破事兒 Tak Nga
2009 Short of Love 矮仔多情 Angel
2010 All's Well, Ends Well 2010 花田囍事2010 Princess Pearl of Flowerland
Hot Summer Days 全城熱戀熱辣辣 Xiao Qi
2011 All's Well, Ends Well 2011 最強囍事 Better
Tangled 魔髮奇緣 Rapunzel (speaking) Cantonese version
The Founding of a Party 建黨偉業 Xiao Fengxian
Love in Space 全球熱戀 Huang Mudan
Love You You 夏日樂悠悠 Xia Mi
2012 A Simple Life 桃姐 Herself Cameo appearance
First Time 第一次 Song Shiqiao
Black & White 痞子英雄 Fan Ning
Tai Chi 0 太極之零開始 Chen Yuniang
Tai Chi Hero 太極2 英雄崛起 Chen Yuniang
2013 Together 在一起 Lin Shengnan
Crimes of Passion 一場風花雪月的事 Yue Yue
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁杰之神都龍王 Yin Ruiji
2014 Temporary Family 失戀急讓 Lui Yuen-ping
Rise of the Legend 黃飛鴻之英雄有夢 Xiao Hua
Love on the Cloud 微愛之漸入佳境 Chen Xi
2015 Running Man 奔跑吧!兄弟 Herself
You Are My Sunshine 何以笙簫默 He Yimei
Bride Wars 新娘大作戰 He Jing
Hitman: Agent 47 代號47 Diana Burnwood Small role
Mojin: The Lost Legend 鬼吹燈之尋龍訣 Ding Sitian
2016 Kill Time 謀殺似水年華[11] Tian Xiaomai [12]
Independence Day: Resurgence 天煞—地球反擊戰2 Rain Lao
League of Gods 封神傳奇 Mermaid
Love O2O 微微一笑很傾城 Bei Weiwei
See You Tomorrow 擺渡人 Ah Yu Post-production[13]
2017 Makeshift Squad


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2015 Love Yunge from the Desert 大漢情緣之雲中歌 Huo Yunge [14]
2017 General and I 孤芳不自赏 Bai Pingting



Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2011: m-flo TRIBUTE ~stitch the future and past~ (Her song "Tripod Baby" is included)


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Cinematography Most Charismatic Actress Won
13th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress First Time Won
1st China International Film Festival London Best Actress Crimes of Passion Nominated
Huading Awards Media Popularity Award Won
2014 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Won
14th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Nominated
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Asian All-Rounded Idol Won
2015 12th Sina Weibo Awards Night Weibo Annual Goddess, Weibo Queen Won
iQiyi All-Star Carnival Annual Leaping Grand Award Won
2016 13th Sina Weibo Awards Night Annual Charity Figure Won
19th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient) Love Yunge from the Desert Nominated
33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Mojin: The Lost Legend Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "14歲箍牙薯妹撞入行 紅模坊: Angelababy蛻變姬魔". Apple Daily. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Okwodu, Janelle (23 October 2015). "Who Is Angelababy, and Why Did She Spend More on Her Wedding Than Kim Kardashian West?". Vogue. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Q&A: Angelababy". South China Morning Post. 22 August 2009. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Actors Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy marry in Qingdao, planning big Shanghai wedding: Report". The Straits Times. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Actors Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy hold fairy-tale like wedding". The Straits Times. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Tablang, Kristin (19 October 2015). "Inside Chinese Star Angelababy's $31 Million Wedding in Shanghai". Forbes. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chinese actress Angelababy's face examined for court case". BBC News. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Angelababy at
  10. ^ Angelababy at
  11. ^ "《谋杀似水年华》曝概念海报 Angelababy阮经天主演 定档2016情人节". mtime. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Brown, Todd (23 October 2015). "Fruit Chan Discovers The KILL TIME". Twitch Film. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Angelababy将出演《摆渡人》 搭档梁朝伟金城武
  14. ^ joanna (10 September 2015). "Angelababy's "Cloud in the Song" to Air September 13". JayneStars. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Can We Smile Together (The First Time OST)". 

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