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|Chinese name||劉詩詩 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||刘诗诗 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Liú Shīshī (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Lau4 Si1 Si1 (Cantonese)|
|Birth name||Liú Shīshī (刘诗施)|
March 10, 1987 |
|Other name(s)||Cecilia Liu|
|Label(s)||Tangren Media (2007-2016)|
|Years active||2004 - present|
|Associated acts||Hu Ge, Nicky Wu, Wallace Huo, Yuan Hong, Liu Yifei|
|Spouse(s)||Nicky Wu (2015-present)|
Liu Shishi (born March 10, 1987 in Beijing, China), also known by her English name Cecilia Liu, is a popular Chinese actress and ballerina. She first gained recognition through her breakout role as Ruoxi in the Chinese time-travel drama Scarlet Heart, and has since gone on to undertake more notable roles in television dramas and films.
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) in a leading role. She then starred in The Young Warriors (2006) and The Fairies of Liaozhai (2007), receiving acclaim for her performances.
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 rose to fame for her role as Mu Nianci in The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2008).
Liu gained popularity after appearing in the popular wuxia-fantasy drama Chinese Paladin 3 (2009); her role as Long Kui in broke her previous typecasting as a "gentle, kind, and understanding maiden" and received positive reviews from critics and fans. She also started to gain recognition in Southeast Asia after the show was broadcast in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The following year, Liu was cast in the drama A Weaver on the Horizon (2010), based on the life story of Huang Daopo. Originally cast in the role of the female protagonist Huang Qiao'er, Liu instead chose to portray the bratty princess Zhao Jiayi. Her portrayal of the character further boosted her acting acclaim, giving critics and audiences alike a taste of her versatility and growing competence in challenging roles.
The year 2011 saw Liu's further rise in popularity with two successful dramas. She played the thief Yan Sanniang with aplomb in period action drama The Vigilantes In Masks. She then played Ma'ertai Ruoxi in the critical and commercial time travel hit, Scarlet Heart, and made her singing debut for the soundtrack of the drama. The series not only captured the first place spot among TV show ratings, but also went on to amass large number of views on online platforms, and subsequently captured a loyal fanbase across Asia. It is regarded as Liu's most notable role to date, and she won many awards at local award-giving bodies for her performance.
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, which saw a transition from her usual genre of period dramas. She also filmed two other movies, Sad Fairy Tale and A Moment of Love.
In August 2012, Liu took on the role of Taba Yu'er in Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky, a television drama adaption of the popular role-playing game by developed by Taiwanese company Softstar Entertainment Inc. This not only marks her return to period dramas, but also reunited her with Chinese Paladin 3 co-stars Hu Ge and Tiffany Tang. Due to the cast's popularity, the drama achieved #1 spot in TV ratings and garnered a total of 2 billion views online, becoming the 9th drama in Hunan TV's broadcast history to achieve that feat. Liu's soaring popularity thanks 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, beating out other popular stars for the honor.
In 2013, Liu starred in the suspense action comedy film Badges of Fury, alongside Jet Li. She then began filming for the wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades, which was released in August 2014. Both films were relatively successful at the box office.
Liu then returned for Scarlet Heart 2, the sequel to the 2011 hit drama Scarlet Heart, reprising her role as Zhang Xiao. The series premiered on 22 April 2014. In the same year, she starred in Chinese television series Sound of the Desert, based on the novel Ballad of the Desert written by Tong Hua. The drama aired in October 2014 and gained huge popularity.
She then attended the 19th Busan International Film Festival for the premiere of Five Minutes to Tomorrow, in which she plays a leading role. Liu also received the Asian Star Award at the film festival.
In order to broaden her acting range, Liu took on drama series of different genres. In 2015, she filmed her first republican drama The Battle At Dawn, playing a female agent; youth melodrama Precious Youth and If Love Like This, based on the novel written by Qian Xun Qian Xun.
In 2016, after a one-year gap, Liu returned to television, taking on the titular role of Tan Yunxian in The Imperial Doctress, a drama series based on the history of the famous female physician in China's Ming Dynasty. The drama series premiered on 13 February 2016 on both Dragon TV and Jiangsu TV, achieving an average ratings of 1.2 on both broadcasting stations and placing first in its ratings slot nationally. Liu's performance in the drama was highly praised, and she won the Most Influential Actress Award at 1st annual China Television Drama Quality Ceremony.
Following the success of The Imperial Doctress, Liu is currently one of the highest paid Chinese TV actresses.
|2012||The Next Miracle||下一個奇跡||Li Jiayi|
|Sad Fairy Tale||傷心童話||Yang Jia|
|2013||Badges of Fury||不二神探||Liu Jingshui|
|A Moment of Love||回到爱开始的地方||Ji Yaqing|
|2014||Brotherhood of Blades||飞鱼服绣春刀||Zhou Miaotong|
|Five Minutes to Tomorrow||深夜前的五分钟||Ruo Lan / Ru Mei|
|2017||Wanted Dangerous Man||缉凶者||Mi Nan|
|2005||The Moon and the Wind||月影風荷||Yang Fenghe / Yan Xiulian|
|2006||The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng||陸小鳳傳奇||Sun Xiuqing||television film|
|Flying Like a Butterfly||飛花如蝶||Qi'er|
|The Young Warriors||少年楊家將||Lady Luo|
|2007||The Fairies of Liaozhai||聊齋奇女子||Xin Shisiniang|
|2008||The Legend of the Condor Heroes||射雕英雄傳||Mu Nianci|
|2009||Chinese Paladin 3||仙劍奇俠傳3||Long Kui|
|The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber||倚天屠龍記||Yellow Dress Maiden|
|2010||Tale Of The Oriental Serpent||白蛇後傳||Yin Shuangshuang|
|A Weaver on the Horizon||天涯織女||Zhao Jiayi|
|2011||The Vigilantes In Masks||怪俠一枝梅||Yan Sanniang|
|Scarlet Heart||步步驚心||Ma'ertai Ruoxi / Zhang Xiao|
|2012||Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky||軒轅劍:天之痕||Taba Yu'er|
|2013||The Patriot Yue Fei||精忠岳飛||Lady Yang|
|2014||Scarlet Heart 2||步步驚情||Zhang Xiao / Lan Lan|
|Sound of the Desert||风中奇缘||Xin Yue|
|Incisive Great Teacher||犀利仁師||Lu Yunfei|
|2016||The Imperial Doctress||女醫·明妃傳||Tan Yunxian|
|Precious Youth||那年青春我们正好||Liu Ting|
|2017||The Battle at the Dawn||黎明决战||Song Hongling|
|If We Could Love Like This||如果可以这样爱||Bai Kao'er|
|Lost Love in Times||醉玲瓏||Feng Qingchen|
|2011||"Season of Waiting" (等你的季节)||Scarlet Heart OST|
|2016||"Holding Hands" (手牽手)||Sung with Nicky Wu|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Grand Ceremony||Media's Most Popular Actress||Scarlet Heart||Won|
|6th Sohu TV Drama Awards (Autumn)||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Best On-screen Couple (with Nicky Wu)||Won|
|6th Chinese TV Audience Festival||Top 10 Favourite Stars||Won|
|Nanning TV Festival||Audience's Favourite Actress||Won|
|Esquire Award Ceremony||Annual Most Popular Female Artiste||Won|
|Tudou Video Festival Awards||Annual Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Youku Drama Festival||Most Influential Actress||Won|
|3rd TV Drama Awards||Annual Media Recommendation Award||Won|
|2012||6th Tencent Star Ceremony||Mainland Actress of the Year||Won|
|5th DMA Awards (Vietnam)||Most Popular Actress (Mainland)||Won|
|18th Shanghai Television Festival||Magnolia Award for Most Popular Actress||Won|
|Magnolia Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival||Golden Eagle Goddess||Won|
|3rd LeTV Awards||Most Commercially Valuable Actress||Won|
|7th Chinese TV Audience Festival||Top 10 Favourite Stars||Nominated|
|8th Huading Awards||Best Cutting-Edge Actress||Scarlet Heart||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Ancient)||Nominated|
|Media Popularity Award||Won|
|2013||BQ Celebrity Score Awards||Most Influential Celebrity||Won|
|5th TV Drama Awards||Most Popular Actress||Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky||Won|
|Baidu Fudian||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|2014||Sina Weibo Awards Night||Weibo Goddess & Weibo Queen||Won|
|19th Busan International Film Festival||Asian Star Award||Won|
|6th Macau International Movie Festival||Best Actress||Five Minutes to Tomorrow||Nominated|
|Baidu Fudian||Annual Most Popular Actress||Won|
|2015||7th TV Drama Awards||Most Commercially Valuable Actress||Sound of the Desert||Won|
|15th Huading Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2016||1st annual China Television Drama Quality Ceremony||Most Influential Actress||The Imperial Doctress||Won|
|Baidu Entertainment Awards||Person of the Year||Won|
|iQiyi All-Star Carnival||Best Actress (TV)||Won|