Sun Li (actress)
|Chinese name||孫儷 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||孙俪 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Sūn Lì (Mandarin)|
26 September 1982 |
|Alma mater||Shanghai Oriental Culture College|
|Spouse(s)||Deng Chao (m. 2010)|
Sun first entered show business by participating in 2001's Star Search, held by Singapore's MediaCorp. She reached the finals and earned the praise of judge Andy Lau. Following the competition, Sun joined Hairun Media as their first flagship artist.
In 2003, author and TV producer Hai Yan selected her for the female lead in the television series Goddess of Mercy. Sun received overwhelmingly positive feedback from audiences for her portrayal of An Xin, and rose to fame in China as one of the most promising young actresses. In an interview with Global Times, Sun thanked Ding Hei, the director of Goddess of Mercy saying; "Not only because he provided me with [the role of] An Xin, but what's more, he believed in me, a person who never received any formal acting lessons. ... It benefited me all my life."
In 2006, Sun won the Best Newcomer award at the 28th Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in Huo Yuanjia co-starring Jet Li. She then starred alongside Huang Xiaoming in Shanghai Bund (2007), a mainland remake of the 1980 television series The Bund.
Sun starred in Gordon Chan's horror-adventure film Painted Skin (2008), and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as a young and inexperienced demon hunter at numerous award ceremonies. The same year, she starred in Gao Xixi's military-romance drama Tian Mi Mi. The series was chosen by the Chinese Radio & Television Association as one of the Top Ten television series of the year.
Sun then starred in Iron Road (2009), the second joint venture created under Canada/China co-production treaty established in the 1960s. She plays a poor Chinese girl in search of her father who works at a railroad in North America, and challenged speaking in English for the film. For her performance, Sun was crowned Best Actress at the 2nd Roma FictionFest and the 25th Gemini Awards. The same year, Sun played the title character in the television series, Auntie Duohe, based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed writer Geling Yan.
Sun gained widespread recognition by playing Zhen Huan in the critically acclaimed historical drama, Empresses in the Palace. She was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the Best Actress category for her role. Praised for being one of the best historical dramas in China, the series garnered high ratings throughout its run and also sparked trends in dialogue quotes and plastic surgery. The same year, she reunited with Painted Skin director Gordan Chan in Mural (also known as Painted Skin 2). She also starred in martial arts film The Lost Bladesman alongside Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.
For her role as an independent mother in Hot Mom! (2013), Sun won the Best Actress award at the 20th Shanghai Television Festival. She also won the Most Popular Actress award at the 10th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival.
In 2015, Sun played Queen Dowager Xuan, the first stateswoman in China, in historical drama The Legend of Mi Yue. The series was a commercial success, and recorded the highest ratings of the year. Sun won her second Best Actress trophy at the 22nd Shanghai Television Festival. The same year, Sun challenged her first comedy role in Devil and Angel, directed by her husband Deng Chao.
In 2017, Sun played the titular character in the period drama Nothing Gold Can Stay, based off a real-life story of Zhou Ying, a budding businesswoman who takes on the responsibilities from her dead husband and starts rebuilding their business empire from scratch. She has also been cast in Zhang Yimou's upcoming film, Shadow as the female lead.
Sun expressed her stand against animal cruelty by featuring in PETA Asia’s anti-fur ad in 2010.
|2001||Ge Ge Shu||Ling Ling|
|2006||Fearless||Yue Ci (Moon)|
|2008||Painted Skin||Xia Bing|
|2009||Iron Road||Little Tiger|
|Kung Fu Cyborg||Zhou Shumei|
|2010||Just Another Pandora's Box||Rose|
|2011||The Lost Bladesman||Qilan|
|2014||Just Another Margin||Jin Ling|
|The Breakup Guru||Herself||Cameo|
|2015||Devil and Angel||Zha Xiaodao|
|2001||Romance in the Rain||Dancer|
|2003||Goddess of Mercy||An Xin|
|Yi Shuang Xiu Hua Xie||Lin Ying|
|2004||A Ray of Sunshine||Yi Aiyuan/Yi Chuanxia|
|Hong Fen Shi Jia||Yao Zhi|
|Crimson Romance||Zhou Xiaobai|
|2005||Feng Yu Xi Guan||Xie Tianhui|
|Days and a Bureau||Zhu Wanqiu|
|Happiness as Flowers||Du Juan|
|Emerald on the Roof||Mo Jiaqi|
|2007||Shanghai Bund||Feng Chengcheng|
|Yi Shi Qing Yuan||Ji Wen|
|2008||Tian Mi Mi||Ye Qing|
|2009||Auntie Duohe||Duo He|
|2011||The Legend of Zhen Huan||Zhen Huan|
|2013||Hot Mom!||Xia Bing|
|2015||The Legend of Mi Yue||Mi Yue|
|2017||Nothing Gold Can Stay||Zhou Ying|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Language||Notes|
|2006||Love is like the Air||爱如空气||Mandarin|
|2008||A Little Dream||小小的梦想||Mandarin|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Album||Notes|
|2003||"Happier Than Me"||比我幸福||Goddess of Mercy OST|
|2006||"Even If There is No Tomorrow"||就算没有明天||Shanghai Bund OST||with Huang Xiaoming|
|2007||"The Moon Represents My Heart"||月亮代表我的心||Tian Mi Mi OST||with Deng Chao|
|2009||"Memory"||记忆||Kungfu Cyborg OST||with Alex Fong|
|2010||"Slowly Be Happy"||慢慢快乐||N/A||with Mo Yan Lin|
|2011||"Mural"||画壁||Mural OST||with Deng Chao|
|2013||"A Stable Happiness"||稳稳的幸福||Hot Mom OST||with Zhang Yi|
|"How Can You Bear to Hurt Me"||你怎么舍得伤害我||N/A||Charity song; with Gigi Leung & Valen Hsu|
|2017||"Can't Forget"||忘不掉||Nothing Gold Can Stay OST|
Awards and nominations
- Note: there was earlier misreporting in US of her name as Betty, corrected by several news agencies in China, such as News.cn, HaiBao & Baidu
- "Chinese actress Sun Li: Feisty on screen, nervous off screen". The Straits Times. March 21, 2016.
- "Here comes Sun Li". tHE Global Times. October 29, 2013.
- "最佳新人孙俪发表获奖感言 感谢经纪人与李连杰". Sina (in Chinese). October 28, 2006.
- "《上海滩》主演敲定 黄晓明孙俪演许文强冯程程". Sina (in Chinese). January 13, 2006.
- "Sun Li-'Painted Skin'". China Radio International. October 13, 2009.
- "Sun Li Leads Iron Road Production". China.org.cn.
- "Sun Li crowned best actress in Roma Fiction Fest". China.org.cn. July 25, 2008.
- "Sun Li named best actress at Canadian TV Awards". China.org.cn. November 18, 2010.
- "《小姨多鹤》雪藏三年终见天日". Tencent. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
- "Sun Li receives first Emmy nomination". China Daily. October 9, 2013.
- "Top 10 Chinese entertainment events in 2012 (7)". People's Daily. December 21, 2012.
- "Eyeing 'Zhen Huan'". The Global Times. January 30, 2013.
- "First Peek of Love Birds Deng and Sun in "Painted Skin 2"". China Radio International. May 5, 2011.
- "Sun Li in 'The Lost Bladesman'". China Daily. January 20, 2011.
- "Magnolia Awards announced at 20th Shanghai TV Fest". CCTV. June 15, 2014.
- "10th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival concludes". China Daily. October 13, 2014.
- He, Huifeng (December 3, 2015). "Legend of Miyue smashes online video viewing record in China with 700 million hits in 24 hours as country sees industry take off". South China Morning Post.
- "Hu Ge, Sun Li win Magnolia Award for Best TV Series". Sina. June 11, 2016.
- "Film Review: 'Devil and Angel'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
- "Betty Sun Li nearly rejected "Nothing Gold Can Stay"". Yahoo. September 6, 2017.
- "Zhang Yimou starts new film project". China Daily. March 22, 2017.
- "Sun Li and Deng Chao hold party for their daughter". Sina. August 21, 2014.
- "Sun Li Wears Wings to Fight Fur". PETA. February 11, 2010.
- "第二十二届中国电视金鹰奖". CTAATV (in Chinese). September 14, 2012.
- "2012電影節、電視節獲獎名單". MITF (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-05-17.