Ariel Lin

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Ariel Lin
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Lin at a promotional event for They Kiss Again in 2008
Born (1982-10-29) 29 October 1982 (age 36)
Alma materNational Chengchi University
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Years active2002–present
Charles Lin (m. 2014)
AwardsGolden Bell AwardsBest Actress
2008 They Kiss Again
2012 In Time with You

Musical career
LabelsAvex Taiwan (2009–2010)
Zhouzi Entertainment (present)

Ariel Lin (Chinese: 林依晨; born 29 October 1982) is a Taiwanese actress and singer. She rose to fame for her role as Yuan Xiangqin in the Taiwanese drama It Started with a Kiss (2005) and the Chinese fantasy drama The Little Fairy (2006). Lin won Best Actress at the 43rd and 47th Golden Bell Awards for her roles in They Kiss Again (2007) and In Time with You (2011) respectively.

Early life[edit]

Lin was born in Yilan, Taiwan to a middle-income family. She has a younger brother. Her parents divorced when she was very young, and she was raised by her mother. Lin lived in poverty for many years. In 2014, Lin helped reconcile her estranged parents.[1]

Lin holds a BA in Korean and Literature from National Chengchi University.[2] She obtained her Master of Arts (MA) in Acting for Screen from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London in 2014.[3]


2004: Beginnings[edit]

Lin was first discovered in a Taiwanese beauty contest. She made her debut in the television drama True Love 18 (2004).[4] Lin also starred in her first film Love Me, If You Can (2004),[5] which earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the 40th Golden Horse Awards.[6] She gained more popularity after starring in the idol drama series My Secret Garden II and Love Contract opposite Mike He.[7][8] She also sang the theme song for Love Contract, titled "Alone in the northern hemisphere", which topped the KTV and ring tone charts for 12 weeks.[9]

2005–2007: Breakthrough[edit]

Lin rose to mainstream popularity for her role as Yuan Xiangqin in the popular Taiwanese idol drama It Started with a Kiss (2005).[10] The series topped ratings in Taiwan, and was a hit across Asia.[11][12]

Lin then starred in her first Chinese drama, The Little Fairy (2006) where she played the Seventh Fairy Maiden.[13] The series was extremely popular and had high ratings, marking her successful foray into the Chinese market.[14] The same year, she starred in Tokyo Juliet alongside Wu Chun.[15]

Lin reunited with Joe Cheng in They Kiss Again (2007), the sequel of It Started with a Kiss.[16] The drama had an average rating of 3.43, becoming one of the highest rated idol dramas. Lin's performance in the drama won her the Best Actress award at the 43rd Golden Bell Awards, making her the first actress in history to win the award with an idol drama.[12] The same year, she released the single "Adventure of Lunia" as the theme song for the video game Lunia: Record of Lunia War.

2008–2013: Continued success and Singing career[edit]

Lin starred in the 2008 adaptation of Louis Cha's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes.[17] She plays Huang Rong, opposite her The Little Fairy co-star Hu Ge who plays Guo Jing.,[18] She also starred in the Taiwanese drama Love or Bread, her third collaboration with Joe Cheng.[19]

In 2009, Lin signed a three-year and three-album contract with Avex Taiwan.[20] She released her first album Blissful Encounter, which sold 20,000 copies within 2 days.[21] The same year, she starred in her first theater play, The War and Peace between Men and Women.[22]

Lin then starred in romance drama In Time with You (2011), co-starring Bolin Chen.[23] It was the highest rated Taiwanese idol drama of the year and was extremely popular across Asia.[24] Lin won her Golden Bell Award for Best Actress trophy for her performance in the series.[25] She then starred alongside Feng Shaofeng in the historical drama Prince of Lan Ling (2013).[26]

2014–present: Films[edit]

Following her television career, Lin focused on films. In 2014, she starred in the crime caper Sweet Alibis alongside Alec Su.[27] It was chosen as the Most Popular Taiwanese Film at the 6th Straits Film and Television Awards.[28] Lin then starred in Go Lala Go 2 (2015), the sequel to the 2010 hit film Go Lala Go!.[29] However unlike its predecessor, it was a critical and commercial flop.[30]

Lin turned to the thriller genre in The Mysterious Family (2017), playing a rape victim who becomes psychologically scarred after the incident.[31] The same year, she was cast in the television drama Old Boy alongside Liu Ye, marking her small-screen comeback after 4 years.[32]

In 2018, Lin was cast in the historical drama I Will Never Let You Go as the protagonist.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2008, Lin was diagnosed with a 2 cm cyst on her pituitary gland, following which she had an operation in February 2009.[34]

On December 24, 2014, Lin married businessman Charles Lin. The couple were introduced by mutual friends. Subsequently, the two started dating until their marriage.[35][36]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2003 Kung Fu Girls 空手道少女組 Ye Lizhu
Love Me, If You Can 飞跃情海 Lin Xiaoying
2005 Herbie: Fully Loaded N/A Maggie Peyton Taiwanese version, voice
2011 Memory Loss 忆世界大冒险 Hsiao-ta Voice
Love Sick 恋爱恐慌症 Liang Ruoqing [37]
2014 Sweet Alibis 甜蜜杀机 Gao Yiping
2015 Another Woman 234说爱你 Jian Peiyan [38]
Go Lala Go 2 追婚日記 Du Lala
2016 Love Is Frozen 爱情冻住了 Tseng Mei-bao [39]
Trippin' in Taipei 迷途台北 Hye
  • Short film
  • Also producer[40]
2017 The Mysterious Family 神秘家族 Miao Miao
A Choo 不倒俠 Xinxin [41]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2002 True Love 18 18岁的约定 Hsia Hsiao-tung
Purple Corner 紫色角落 Stacy Cameo
2003 Seventh Grade 七年级生 Wu Yali [42]
My Secret Garden 我的秘密花园 Fan Xiaomin
Friends 名扬四海 Yanru Cameo
2004 Love Contract 爱情合约 Cheng Hsiao-feng
My Secret Garden II 我的秘密花园Ⅱ Fan Xiaomin [43]
2005 It Started with a Kiss 恶作剧之吻 Yuan Hsiang-chin
2006 Tokyo Juliet 东方茱丽叶 Lin Laisui
The Little Fairy 天外飞仙 Seventh Fairy
2007 They Kiss Again 恶作剧2吻 Yuan Hsiang-chin
2008 Love or Bread 我的亿万面包 Zeng Shanmei
The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射雕英雄传 Huang Rong
2011 In Time with You 我可能不会爱你 Cheng Yu-ching
2013 Prince of Lan Ling 兰陵王 Yang Xuewu
2018 Old Boy 老男孩 Lin Xiao'ou
2019 I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不弃 Hua Buqi


Year English title Original title
2009-2010 Man and Woman, War and Peace 男人與女人之戰爭與和平


Studio albums[edit]

Year English title Original title Released date Label
2007 Adventure of Lunia 路尼亞戰記 19 November 2007
2009 Blissful Encounter 幸福遇見 10 July 2009 Avex Taiwan
2010 A Wonderful Journey 美好的旅行 21 August 2010 Avex Taiwan


Year English title Original title Notes
2004 Cha Cha My Secret Garden II original soundtrack
Lonely Northern Hemisphere 孤單北半球 Love Contract ending theme song
2005 The Way Home 歸途 April Snow original soundtrack (chinese version)
2006 It Had to Be You 非你莫屬 Tokyo Juliet ending theme song
2007 You They Kiss Again ending theme song
Record of Lunia War 路尼亞戰記主題曲 Lunia: Record of Lunia War theme song
2008 The Taste of Bread 麵包的滋味 Love or Bread ending theme song
2010 Guardian Star 守護星 Prius Online theme song
2011 Wings 翅膀 In Time with You original soundtrack


Year English title Original title Notes
2005 Ariel's Blog 林家女孩依晨的青春部落格
2008 Ariel Lin's New York Bagel Diary 林依晨的紐約貝果日記
2010 Ariel's A Wonderful Journey 美好的旅行

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 40th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Love Me, If You Can Nominated
2008 43rd Golden Bell Awards Best Actress They Kiss Again Won
2012 47th Golden Bell Awards In Time with You Won
2014 13th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient drama) Prince of Lan Ling Nominated
2015 10th Seoul International Drama Awards[44] Asia Star Grand Award N/A Won


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  2. ^ "林依晨当翻译大飙韩语". (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-01-09.
  3. ^ "Ariel Lin Attends her Graduate Commencement in London". China Topix. December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "《十八岁的约定》林依晨扮"野蛮女生"". NetEase (in Chinese). April 29, 2004.
  5. ^ "《飞跃情海》:梁祝下世传奇". Sina (in Chinese). September 18, 2006.
  6. ^ "「飛躍情海」林依晨 問鼎金馬有潛力". TVBS (in Chinese). December 3, 2003.
  7. ^ ""秘密花园"续"流星"经典 林依晨饰女一号". Sohu (in Chinese). January 13, 2006.
  8. ^ "《爱情合约》即将播出 贺军翔林依晨为爱签约". Sohu (in Chinese). July 5, 2007.
  9. ^ "林依晨献唱《爱情合约》 歌手梁静茹亲临指点". Sina (in Chinese). July 28, 2004.
  10. ^ "《恶作剧之吻》热播 林依晨发动"恶作剧攻势"". Sina (in Chinese). January 24, 2007.
  11. ^ "《恶作剧之吻》收视爆棚 称霸周日收视排行榜". Sina (in Chinese). November 9, 2015.
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  14. ^ "《天外飞仙》开播一周收视不凡". Sina (in Chinese). January 26, 2006.
  15. ^ "《东方茱丽叶》:限制级爱情偶像剧实战手册". Sina (in Chinese). September 1, 2007.
  16. ^ "《恶作剧2吻》华娱卫视甜蜜放送 "吻"不停". Sohu (in Chinese). March 10, 2009.
  17. ^ "林依晨:不愿当"偶像剧女王"(组图)". Sina (in Chinese). October 7, 2008.
  18. ^ "From 1983 to today, 'The Legend of the Condor Heroes' lives on". China Daily. February 15, 2017.
  19. ^ "林依晨《我的亿万面包》可爱花苞头详解(组图)". Sina (in Chinese). April 24, 2009.
  20. ^ "林依晨正式签约 勇闯歌坛". Sina (in Chinese). May 6, 2009.
  21. ^ "林依晨新专辑《幸福遇见》销量好 两天破两万". Tencent (in Chinese). July 14, 2009.
  22. ^ "林依晨排练舞台剧 大胆讨论性高潮". Sina (in Chinese). November 12, 2009.
  23. ^ "《我可能不会爱你》热播 林依晨为陈柏霖庆生". Sina (in Chinese). November 9, 2011.
  24. ^ "《我可能不会爱你》收视飘红引发热议". Sina (in Chinese). June 20, 2012.
  25. ^ "'In Time with You' wins big at Golden Bell Awards". People's Daily. October 29, 2012.
  26. ^ "TV drama King of Lan Ling stars Feng Shao Feng and Ariel Lin". Asia Pacific Arts. August 21, 2013.
  27. ^ "Alec Su, Ariel Lin star in film 'Sweet Alibis'". February 25, 2014.
  28. ^ "海峡影视季大奖出炉 《甜蜜杀机》最受大陆观众欢迎". China News (in Chinese). June 14, 2014.
  29. ^ "《杜拉拉追婚记》:从职场回归都市情感". Sina (in Chinese). December 8, 2015.
  30. ^ "Sequel fails to work as romance or drama". The Straits Times. December 2, 2015.
  31. ^ "《神秘家族》曝揭秘特辑 林依晨陈晓还原真实犯罪现场". ifeng (in Chinese). April 11, 2017.
  32. ^ "刘烨演机长!《老男孩》搭档林依晨挑战航空剧". NetEase (in Chinese). May 10, 2017.
  33. ^ "Fans excited for Ariel Lin's upcoming costume drama". Yahoo. June 13, 2018.
  34. ^ "Ariel Lin quits acting?". Yahoo News. July 5, 2011.
  35. ^ "Ariel Lin engaged with her boyfriend". Sina. October 8, 2014.
  36. ^ "Ariel Lin gets married on Christmas Eve in Taipei". December 25, 2014.
  37. ^ "《恋爱恐慌症》造型曝光 看林依晨的惊艳变身". Tencent (in Chinese). September 22, 2011.
  38. ^ "《234说爱你》定档9.23 林依晨秦昊来袭". Sina (in Chinese). August 29, 2016.
  39. ^ "《爱情冻住了》定档4.14 林依晨凤小岳银幕牵手". Sohu (in Chinese). April 5, 2017.
  40. ^ "有才!林依晨首擔任製片畢業作 獲選遊牧影展閉幕片". ETtoday (in Chinese). April 19, 2016.
  41. ^ ""我的情敌是超人"改名"不倒侠" 12.15上映". Mtime (in Chinese). October 16, 2017.
  42. ^ "林熙蕾魔鬼女教練 槓上「七年級生」林依晨". TVBS (in Chinese). August 25, 2003.
  43. ^ "《我的秘密花园2》". Sohu (in Chinese). April 7, 2007.
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