Liu Shishi

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Liu Shishi
Born (1987-03-10) March 10, 1987 (age 32)
Beijing, China
Other namesCecilia Liu
Alma materBeijing Dance Academy
Years active2004–present
AgentTangren Media (2007–2016)
Liu Shishi Studio (2017–present)
Nicky Wu (m. 2015)
Children1 Son (2019)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese劉詩詩
Simplified Chinese刘诗诗
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Liu Shishi (Chinese: 刘诗诗, born 10 March 1987), also known as Cecilia Liu, is a popular Chinese actress who graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy with a major in ballet. She is best known for her role as Ruoxi in the Chinese time-travel drama Scarlet Heart.

Liu is known as one of the New Four Dan Actresses. She ranked 19th in Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017.[1]


2005–2010: Beginnings and Rising popularity[edit]

Having been trained in ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy, Liu Shishi made her acting debut in the television drama series The Moon and the Wind (2005). She included a segment of Swan Lake in one of her scenes.[2] She then starred in wuxia drama The Young Warriors (2006) and shenmo television series The Fairies of Liaozhai (2007).[3][4]

In 2007, Liu graduated from Beijing Dance Academy and was signed on by Tangren Media, successfully making her transition from a dancer to an actress. She then starred as Mu Nianci in the wuxia drama The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2008), which gained her more recognition.[5]

In 2009, Liu gained popularity after appearing in the popular xianxia drama Chinese Paladin 3; her role as Long Kui broke her previous typecasting as a "gentle, kind, and understanding maiden" and received positive reviews from critics and fans.[6]

In 2010, Liu starred in the historical drama A Weaver on the Horizon, based on the life story of Huang Daopo. Originally cast in the role of the lead female protagonist, Liu instead chose to portray the princess Zhao Jiayi, as she felt that the character's developments would challenge her acting.[7]

2011–2012: Breakthrough and Film debut[edit]

The year 2011 saw Liu's further rise in popularity with two successful dramas. She starred alongside Wallace Huo in period action drama The Vigilantes In Masks, which was a commercial success and led to increased popularity for Liu.[8] She then played the female protagonist, Ruoxi in the time travel historical romance series, Scarlet Heart, based on the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua.[9] Scarlet Heart became a major sleeper hit in China, and swiftly gained popularity across East Asia. Liu, then a rising actress, was propelled to stardom.[10][11] Liu bagged several awards at local award-giving bodies for her performance, including Most Popular Actress awards at the China TV Drama Awards and Shanghai Television Festival.

Liu then focused her career on the big screen; she made her feature film debut in The Next Miracle, directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Zhuo Li.[12] She also filmed two other movies, Sad Fairy Tale and A Moment of Love.[13][14]

In 2012, Liu starred in Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky, adapted from the video game of the same name.[15][16] The fantasy-action drama topped TV ratings and garnered 2 billion views online, becoming the 9th drama in Hunan TV's broadcast history to achieve that feat.[17] Liu's soaring popularity due to Scarlet Heart in 2011 coupled with Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky in 2012 allowed her to become the "Golden Eagle Goddess" at the 9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival.[18] Liu was also chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the new Four Dan Actresses alongside Angelababy, Yang Mi and Ni Ni.[19]

2013–present: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2013, Liu starred in action comedy Badges of Fury alongside Jet Li.[20] She then starred in wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades,[21] alongside Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, which received critical acclaim.[22] Liu was nominated for Best Actress at the China Film Directors' Guild Awards for her performance.[23]

She returned to the small screen with historical romance drama Sound of the Desert, based on the novel Ballad of the Desert written by Tong Hua.[24] The series topped television and web ratings domestically, and was also well-received overseas.[25] Liu then starred in romance film Five Minutes to Tomorrow playing dual roles.[26] She and co-stars Haruma Miura and Joseph Chang attended the 19th Busan International Film Festival for the premiere of the film, where she received the Asia Star Award.[27][28]

Liu then headlined historical drama The Imperial Doctress (2016), based on the life of Tan Yunxian, a famous female physician during China's Ming Dynasty.[29] The drama was extremely popular during its run and received positive reviews, and Liu won the Most Influential Actress award at 1st China Television Drama Quality Ceremony for her performance.[30]

In 2017, Liu starred along veteran actors Wang Qianyuan and Cao Bingkun in the spy drama, The Battle at Dawn; produced by the Ministry of Public Security.[31] The same year, she played a young single mother in romance melodrama Angelo alongside Ming Dao.[32] Liu then starred in historical fantasy drama Lost Love in Times alongside William Chan,[33] as well as the crime suspense film The Liquidator.[34]

In 2019, Liu starred in the romance melodrama If I Can Love You So alongside Tong Dawei. The series has previously completed filming in 2016.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Liu registered her marriage with Scarlet Heart co-star Nicky Wu on January 20, 2015[36] and the wedding ceremony was held in Bali, Indonesia on March 20, 2016.[37] On April 28, 2019, Liu gave birth to their son.[38]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 Fantasy Zhu Xian 梦幻诛仙 Short film[39]
2011 Royal Tramp 梦回鹿鼎记 Short film[40]
2012 The Next Miracle 下一个奇迹 Li Jiayi
Sad Fairy Tale 伤心童话 Yang Jia
Ji Yuan Qiao He 肌缘巧合 Short film
2013 Badges of Fury 不二神探 Liu Jingshui
A Moment of Love 回到爱开始的地方 Ji Yaqing
Xi Meng 戏梦 Short film[41]
2014 Brotherhood of Blades 绣春刀 Zhou Miaotong Special appearance
Five Minutes to Tomorrow 深夜前的五分钟 Ruo Lan / Ru Mei
2017 The Liquidator 心理罪之城市之光 Mi Nan

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2005 The Moon and the Wind 月影风荷 Yang Fenghe / Yan Xiulian
2006 The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng 陆小凤传奇 Sun Xiuqing television film[42]
Flying Like a Butterfly 飞花如蝶 Qi'er [43]
The Young Warriors 少年杨家将 Lady Luo
2007 The Fairies of Liaozhai 聊斋奇女子 Xin Shisiniang
2008 The Legend of the Condor Heroes 射雕英雄传 Mu Nianci
2009 Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传3 Long Kui
The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Yellow Dress Maiden Special appearance[44]
2010 Tale Of The Oriental Serpent 白蛇后传 Yin Shuangshuang [45]
A Weaver on the Horizon 天涯织女 Zhao Jiayi
2011 The Vigilantes In Masks 怪俠一枝梅 Yan Sanniang
Scarlet Heart 步步惊心 Ma'ertai Ruoxi / Zhang Xiao
2012 Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky 轩辕剑之天之痕 Taba Yu'er
2013 The Patriot Yue Fei 精忠岳飞 Lady Yang Special appearance[46]
2014 Scarlet Heart 2 步步惊情 Zhang Xiao / Lan Lan [47]
Sound of the Desert 风中奇缘 Xin Yue
Incisive Great Teacher 犀利仁师 Lu Yunfei [48]
2016 The Imperial Doctress 女医·明妃传 Tan Yunxian
Precious Youth 那年青春我们正好 Liu Ting [49]
2017 The Battle at the Dawn 黎明决战 Song Hongling
Angelo 天使的幸福 Li Xiaohan
Lost Love in Times 醉玲珑 Feng Qingchen Co-producer
2019 If I Can Love You So 如果可以这样爱 Bai Kao'er

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Singer Notes
2004 The Night of Falling Flowers (落花之夜) Shao Bing
When the Wind is the Coldest (风最冷的时候)
2008 Go and Love (去爱吧) Hu Ge [50]
2009 Love Until I Am Alone (爱得剩我一个人) Chen Long
Dare to Love (敢不敢爱) Hu Ge
2011 I Am Not Going To Be A Hero (我不做英雄)


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2011 "Season of Waiting" 等你的季节 Scarlet Heart OST
2016 "Holding Hands" 手牽手 N/A with Nicky Wu
2017 何者般若 The Liquidator OST [51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 18th Shanghai Television Festival Most Popular Actress Scarlet Heart Won [52]
Best Actress Nominated
9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Golden Eagle Goddess N/A Won [18]
8th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Scarlet Heart Nominated [53]
Best New Actress Nominated
Actress with the Most Media Popularity Won
2014 19th Busan International Film Festival Asian Star Award N/A Won [28]
6th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Five Minutes to Tomorrow Nominated
2015 6th China Film Directors' Guild Awards Best Actress Brotherhood of Blades Nominated [23]
15th Huading Awards Best Actress (TV) Sound of the Desert Nominated [54]
2017 22nd Huading Awards Best Actress The Imperial Doctress Nominated [55]
2011 2nd China Student Television Festival Most Popular Actress Scarlet Heart Won [56]
3rd China TV Drama Awards Media Recommendation Award N/A Won [57]
2012 3rd LeTV Entertainment Awards Most Commercially Valuable Actress N/A Won [58]
4th China TV Drama Awards Popular Actress Award Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky Won [59]
2014 Sina Weibo Awards Night Weibo Queen N/A Won [60]
Weibo Goddess N/A Won
6th China TV Drama Awards Most Commercially Valuable Actress Scarlet Heart 2 Won [61]
2016 1st China Television Drama Quality Ceremony Most Influential Actress The Imperial Doctress Won [30]
5th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Best Actress (TV) N/A Won [62]
2017 2nd China Television Drama Quality Ceremony Most Influential Actress N/A Won [63]


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  34. ^ 《心理罪之城市之光》曝概念海报 邓超刘诗诗领衔. Sina (in Chinese). February 21, 2017.
  35. ^ 《如果可以这样爱》终定档 佟大为刘诗诗暖爱上线. Sina (in Chinese). April 29, 2019.
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