Liu Shishi

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Liu Shishi
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)
Ethnicity Hui
Origin Beijing, China
Born (1987-03-10) March 10, 1987 (age 29)
Beijing, China
Other name(s) Cecilia Liu
Occupation Actress, ballerina
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)
Ancestry Beijing, China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.

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.

Known as one of the New Four Dan Actresses, Liu is one of the highest paid TV actress in mainland China.[1]



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.[2]


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,[3] 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.

Along with actresses Angelababy, Yang Mi and Ni Ni, Liu was chosen as the one of the four Fadan actresses.[4]


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.[5]

In August 2016, she began filming crime suspense film Wanted Dangerous Man opposite Deng Chao and Ethan Juan.

In October 2016, Liu began filming for time-travelling period drama Lost Love in Times alongside William Chan.

Personal life[edit]

On 20 January 2015, Nicky Wu, her co-star in Scarlet Heart announced on his weibo that he and Liu had registered their marriage in Beijing.[6]

Liu is known to be good friends with Hu Ge, Wallace Huo and Yuan Hong.



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
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

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Album Notes
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[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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


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