Eddie Peng

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Eddie Peng
2008TIBE Day2 Hall2 MightyMedia Honey and Clover Signing EddiePeng.jpg
Peng in 2008
Born (1982-03-25) 25 March 1982 (age 38)
EducationSir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Years active2002–present
Musical career
Chinese name

Eddie Peng Yu-Yan (Chinese: 彭于晏; pinyin: Péng Yúyàn; born 24 March 1982) is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, singer and model.

Peng ranked 75th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013,[1] 87th in 2015,[2] 46th in 2017,[3] and 38th in 2019.[4]

Early life[edit]

Peng was born in Penghu, Taiwan. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the age of thirteen. In 2000, he graduated from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.[5] Subsequently, he was admitted to the University of British Columbia and majored in economics, but later dropped out to begin his acting career.


2002–2008: Beginnings[edit]

Peng began his career when he was cast as in Tomorrow by director Yang Daqing during a summer vacation in Taiwan. The drama is adapted from the Japanese manga series Asunaro Hakusho, written by Fumi Saimon.[6] Peng built a teenage fan following after the romantic comedy gained popularity.[7] In 2003, he took on his first leading role in the Taiwanese drama Scent of Love, which tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who transcend life and death to find one another in their many reincarnations.[8][deprecated source]

In 2005, he starred in the idol drama When Dolphin Met Cat, portraying an autistic youth. To prepare himself for the filming, Peng took one month to learn how to interact with dolphins from a trained instructor.[9] He then starred in Chinese xianxia drama Chinese Paladin and wuxia drama The Young Warriors, which were extremely popular during their run and led to increased recognition for him in the Mainland.[10]

Thereafter, Peng made his big screen debut in the movie Exit No.6 (2006), directed by Yu-Hsien Lin.[11][deprecated source] The film put him on the radar of many film directors, including Tsui Hark who cast him in his 2008 romantic comedy, All About Women.[7] In 2007, Peng was nominated as Best New Actor at the 44th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for his performance in My DNA Says I Love You.[12]

2009–2010: Contractual disputes[edit]

In 2009, Peng was involved in a contract dispute lawsuit against his former manager, reaching the nadir of his career. However, during this period, Peng starred in the movie Hear Me, directed by Fen-Fen Cheng, about a delivery boy who falls for a hearing impaired girl and communicates with her using sign language.[13][deprecated source] The film was released a week prior to the opening of the 21st Summer Deaflympics,[14] and became the highest grossing locally produced movie at Taiwan's box office.[15]

After winning the lawsuit in 2010, he released his debut EP titled It Has To Be You, which featured 5 songs under the management of Avex Group.[16]

The same year, he starred as the male lead in the movie Close to You. In order to portray his role as a boxer, Peng trained for three months prior to filming.[17] He was nominated in the Best Actor category at the 2nd Macau International Movie Festival for his performance.[18]

2011–2013: Rising popularity[edit]

Peng achieved breakthrough with his performance in the 2011 teen film Jump Ashin!, directed by Yu-Hsien Lin.[7] He reportedly trained eight months to portray an athlete. The film was a critical and commercial success. Peng earned nominations as Best Actor at the 48th Golden Horse Film Festival and 13th Taipei Film Festival, which marked the turning point of his career.[19][20]

Thereafter, he starred in romance films Love You You and Love;[21][22] police thriller Cold War;[23] kungfu comedy Tai Chi 0 and Tai Chi Hero;[24][25] showcasing his versatility.[26]

In 2013, Peng starred in action film Unbeatable, playing a Mixed martial arts fighter.[27] Peng practised boxing for four hours a day to portray his character.[7] Unbeatable was the highest grossing local production at the Hong Kong box office, and received positive reviews.[28] The film earned Peng nominations as Best Supporting Actor at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Award and 50th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards.[29][30] The same year, Peng starred in romantic comedy A Wedding Invitation alongside Bai Baihe. The film earned nearly 200 million yuan ($32 million) in China, making it the highest-grossing Chinese-South Korean production.[31]

2014–present: Box office success[edit]

In 2014, Peng was cast as Wong Fei-hung in Rise of the Legend, the latest film about the iconic Kung-Fu master. He reportedly practiced 10 hours of martial arts every day to prepare for the role.[32] Peng was nominated in the Best Actor category at the 34th Hong Kong Film Award.[33] The same year, he starred in historical drama Sound of the Desert and coming-of-age film Fleet of Time, which were both commercial successes.[34][35] Peng's achievements in both the film and television industry brought his career to a new height.[36]

In 2015, Peng played a professional cyclist in sports film To the Fore.[37] He reportedly received training and earned qualifications for competitive racing during filming.[7] The film was selected to represent Hong Kong in the best foreign-language film category at the 88th Academy Awards.[38] Peng was also appointed the first Chinese Goodwill Ambassador of the 2015 Tour de France.[39] The same year, Peng starred alongside Shu Qi in romance film The Last Women Standing.[40]

Peng achieved another breakthrough in 2016 with the film Operation Mekong, where he portrayed a hardcore undercover agent along with veteran actor Zhang Hanyu.[41] The film received critical acclaim, and is highest grossing Chinese cop film to date.[42][43] He also starred in romance film Run for Love alongside Zhang Ziyi,[44] police thriller Cold War 2 as an antagonist,[45] war epic Call of Heroes,[46] and Zhang Yimou's historical epic The Great Wall.[47]

In 2017, Peng co-starred in Han Han's film Duckweed alongside Deng Chao and Zanilia Zhao.[48] The sleeper hit gained commercial and critical success.[49][50] He then starred in war film Our Time Will Come directed by Ann Hui, playing a complicated anti-hero.[51][52] Peng then headlined his first film, fantasy epic Wu Kong where he played the title character.[53] The film was a box office success and grossed US$100 million at the box office.[7]

In 2018, Peng stars in the wuxia film Hidden Man, directed by Jiang Wen.[54]

In 2020, Peng starred in The Rescue, a thriller film directed by Dante Lam which focuses on an emergency rescue operative.[55] He is also set to star in period romance film Love After Love , directed by Ann Hui On-wah.[56]



Year English title Original title Role
2005 A Record 记录 Ah Xiang
2006 Open To Midnight 午夜照相馆 A Hai[57]
2007 Muddy but Pure White 泥巴色的纯白 Tang Xuchuan
Exit No. 6 六号出口 Fan Dayin
My DNA Says I Love You 基因决定我爱你 Xiao Xiong
2008 Sleeplessness All Through the Night 公主在台北彻夜未眠 Gong Ping
All About Women 女人不坏 Mo Qiyan[58]
My So Called Love 爱的发声练习 A Liang[59]
2009 Hear Me 听说 Tian Kuo
2010 Lover's Discourse 恋人絮语 Li Guangsheng[60]
Close to You 近在咫尺的爱恋 Zhao Dajie
2011 Love You You 夏日樂悠悠 You Lele
Jump Ashin! 翻滚吧!阿信 Ashin
2012 LOVE Ah Kai
Tai Chi 0 太極1:從零開始 Fang Zijing
Tai Chi Hero 太極2:英雄崛起 Fang Zijing
Cold War 寒戰 Joe Lee
2013 A Wedding Invitation 分手合約 Li Xing
Unbeatable 激戰 Lin Siqi
2014 Rise of the Legend 黄飛鴻之英雄有夢 Wong Fei-hung
Fleet of Time 匆匆那年 Chen Xun
2015 12 Golden Ducks 12金鸭 Cameo
To the Fore 破風 Qiu Ming
The Last Women Standing 剩者為王 Ma Sai
2016 Run for Love 奔愛 Feng Yujian
The Bodyguard 我的特工爺爺 Cameo
Cold War 2 寒戰2 Joe Lee
Call of Heroes 危城歼霸 Ma Feng
Operation Mekong 湄公河行動 Fang Xinwu
The Great Wall 長城 General Wu
2017 Duckweed 乘風破浪 Xu Zhengtai
Wu Kong 悟空傳 Sun Wukong
Our Time Will Come 明月幾時有 Liu Heizai
2018 Hidden Man 邪不压正 Li Tianran
2019 Midnight Diner 深夜食堂 Guest appearance[61]
2020 The Rescue 紧急救援
热带往事 [62]
Love After Love 第一炉香

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role
2002 Tomorrow 愛情白皮書 Xu Shouzhi
2003 Scent of Love 恋香 Jin Chengtian
2005 I Only Care About You 我只在乎你 Lin Qingyun[63]
Chinese Paladin 仙劍奇侠傳 Tang Yu
When Dolphin Met Cat 海豚愛上猫 Xu Wei
2006 The Young Warriors 少年楊家將 Yang Yansi /Qilang
2007 Wayward Kenting 我在墾丁*天氣晴 Zhong Hanwen[64][deprecated source]
Liao Zhai 聊齋誌異2 Yang Yuedan[65]
2008 Honey and Clover 蜂蜜四叶草 Ren Sentian[66]
2009 The Concerto 协奏曲 Yuan Hao[67][deprecated source]
2010 My Sassy Girl 牵牛的夏天 Jin Qianniu[68]
2014 Sound of the Desert 风中奇缘 Wei Wuji


Extended plays[edit]

Year English title Original title Released date Label
2010 It Has To Be You 非愛不可 23 April 2010 Avex Taiwan


Year English title Original title Album Notes
2003 "Cannot Reject" 不能拒绝 Scent of Love OST
2005 "The Sea loves Blue Sky" 大海爱蓝天 When Dolphin Met Cat OST
2008 "Give Me Love" N/A Honey and Clover OST with Joe Cheng & Ito Chiaki
"Lucky Clover's Happiness" 幸运草的祝福 with Clover Band
2013 "Didn't We Agree To It" 我们不是说好了吗 A Wedding Invitation OST with Bai Baihe
2019 "Crazy Waves" 狂浪 The Rescue OST [69]

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist Notes
2005 The Most Beautiful (最美) Maggie Chiang
Happy Together (春光乍泄)
One on One (一对一) Fish Leong
2006 Searching for Unicorn (寻找独角兽) Fiona Sit
Lonely Road (寂寞公路) Yu Yongbang
Chase and Chase Again (一追再追)
2007 Can't Stop Thinking (想個不停) Claire Guo
2008 Lucky Clover's Happiness (幸运草的祝福) Clover Band
Coastal Highway Exit (沿海公路的出口) S.H.E
Because You Love Me (因為你愛我) Joanna Wang
2010 Break Up Needs Practice (分手需要練習的) A-Lin


Year English title Chinese title
2004 Photos of Lian Xiang Eddie & Ben 照相簿/恋香全追踪
2005 Eddie Peng's Dolphin Diary 彭于晏的海豚日记
2008 Eddie Peng Ken Ding 15x6 彭于晏 垦丁15x6

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 44th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best New Performer My DNA Says I Love You Nominated
2010 2nd Macau International Movie Festival Best Actor Close To You Nominated
2011 13th Taipei Film Festival Best Actor Jump Ashin! Nominated
48th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actor Nominated
2012 12th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
11th Changchun Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
2013 13th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Performance Cold War Nominated
50th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Supporting Actor Unbeatable Nominated
2014 14th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Performance Nominated
33rd Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
12th Changchun Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Nominated
32nd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Newcomer Cold War Nominated
2015 15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Performance Rise of the Legend Nominated
34th Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor Nominated
7th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actor To the Fore Nominated
2016 16th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
2017 24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actor Operation Mekong Nominated
20th Shanghai International Film Festival Best Actor Our Time Will Come Nominated
9th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actor Wu Kong Nominated
2018 12th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Our Time Will Come Nominated
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actor Duckweed Nominated
23rd Huading Awards Best Actor Our Time Will Come Nominated
Television awards
2006 41st Golden Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor I Only Care About You Nominated
2008 43rd Golden Bell Awards Best Actor Wayward Kenting Nominated
2012 8th Huading Awards Best Actor (Youth Drama) My Sassy Girl Nominated
Music awards
2010 12th TVB8 Mandarin Music On Demand Awards Presentation Best New Singer (Gold Award) It Has To Be You Won
2012 11th CCTV-MTV Music Award Ceremony Most Popular Promising Singer (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Nominated
2010 7th Esquire Man At His Best Awards[70] Popular Male Artist of the Year (Hong Kong/Taiwan) N/A Won
2011 3rd Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards[71] Most Popular Film Actor N/A Won
2012 9th Esquire Man At His Best Awards[72] Artist of the Year N/A Won


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