Gao Yuanyuan

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Gao Yuanyuan
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Gao Yuanyuan at China the art of life,11 December 2013
Chinese name 高圓圓 (traditional)
Chinese name 高圆圆 (simplified)
Pinyin Gāo Yuányuán (Mandarin)
Born (1979-10-05) October 5, 1979 (age 36)
Beijing, China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Mark Chao (m. 2014)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Gao.

Gao Yuanyuan (born October 5, 1979 [1] simplified Chinese: 高圆圆; traditional Chinese: 高圓圓; pinyin: Gāo yuányuán) is a Chinese actress.


Gao was born in Beijing on October 5, 1979 and entered the entertainment industry in 1996. Gao, unlike other mainland Chinese actresses, did not graduate from any drama academic institutions. Rather, she started her stardom by acting in a television commercial for Meadow Gold ice-cream after being spotted off the street at Beijing's Wangfujing shopping district.[citation needed]

She appeared as a minor role in the 1997 comedy film Spicy Love Soup, directed by Zhang Yang. In 2000, she starred in an advertisement for Qing Zui (fresh mouth) mint during CCTV's broadcast of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and is thus known to viewers as "fresh mouth girl".

Gao rose to fame in 2002 when she played the leading role of Zhou Zhiruo in television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. The series was broadcast in Taiwan and Mainland China, achieving high ratings, making her well-known in Asia.

Gao has also made inroads into the international market. In 2005, she walked the red carpet at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, where her film Shanghai Dreams, directed by Wang Xiaoshuai, won the Prix de Jury prize. Jackie Chan has described her as "having the freshest look and chaste spirit that no Hong Kong actress could approach". The same year, she was crowned "Miss Bai He" in Mainland China for her "pure and innocent looks".

Gao was then picked by Jackie Chan to star in the the action comedy movie Rob-B-Hood, which won her a Best Actress nomination at the Hundred Flowers Awards.

In 2007, she starred in romance film Love in the City opposite Shawn Yue, in which she plays a deaf-mute kindergarten teacher. Her performance won her the Newcomer Award at the 11th China Film Society Of Performing Art Award.

Gao was then selected in 2008 to be a torch bearer in the Nanjing leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Summer Olympics on 27 May.

The following year, she starred in the critically acclaimed historical movie City of Life and Death, a fictional account of events during the Nanjing Massacre. The film won the top prize at the 2009 San Sebastian Film Festival. Her role in the film as a female teacher who returns to China after the Second Sino-Japanese War. It was a turning point in her career. Gao, who faced pressure starring in a movie with a oppressive and sensitive theme, developed depression. After recovery, Gao felt that her views in life were being changed due to the movie.

In 2011, Gao reunited with Rob-B-Hood co-star Louis Koo in Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Following that, she was chosen as the Most Anticipated Actress at the Chinese Film Media Awards. Moreover, Gao became FIYTA's Brand Ambassador and took a series of street snaps in Milan Fashion Week by wearing FIYTA watches.

Gao then starred in Chen Kaige's social drama Caught in the Web. She plays a young woman who commits suicide after she becomes embroiled in controversy after a cell phone video of her being disrespectful on a public bus to an elderly person goes viral.

In 2013, Gao plays a "leftover" unmarried woman who gets entangled with a man who has a phobia of marriage in the drama Let's Get Married. The series was a commercial hit, achieving the highest ratings in 2013 and online views of more 400 million. For her performance, Gao won the Best Actress Award at the 18th Beijing Chunyan Awards.

Gao then collaborated with Nicholas Tse in the romantic film But Always. The film was relatively successful at the box office, grossing 207 million yuan. She was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the 2014 Macau International Movie and TV Festival. She then starred in Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, the sequel to the 2011 film.

In 2015, Gao starred in the movie version of her 2013 hit drama Lets Get Married. The film was also successful, grossing US$45 million at the box office. On November 20, she won the Best Foreign Actress Award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards.

Personal Life[edit]

Gao started dating Mark Chao in in 2012. The two met on the set of Caught in the Web.

In 2014, the couple got married in Beijing.


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1997 Spicy Love Soup 爱情麻辣烫 He Ling
2001 Beijing Bicycle 十七岁的单车 Xiaoxiao
2002 Spring Subway 开往春天的地铁 Tian'ai
2005 Shanghai Dreams 青红 Wu Qinghong
2006 Rob-B-Hood 宝贝计划 Melody
2007 Love in the City 男才女貌 Qin Xiaoyou
Unfinished Girl 第三个人 Xiao Ke
2008 In Love We Trust 左右 School teacher guest star
2009 City of Life and Death 南京!南京! Jiang Shuyun
2010 A Season of Good Rain 好雨时节 Wu Yue (May)
The Love of Three Smile 三笑之才子佳人 Top Female Scholar guest star
Ocean Heaven 海洋天堂 Da Fu's mother
Driverless 无人驾驶 Xiao Yun
Color Me Love 爱出色 Herself guest star
2011 Don't Go Breaking My Heart 单身男女 Cheng ZiXin
2012 Romancing in Thin Air 高海拔之恋II Ding Yuanyuan
Caught in the Web 搜索 Ye Lanqiu
2013 Blind Detective 盲探 Ting Ting
2014 But Always 一生一世 An Ran
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 单身男女2 Cheng Zixin
2015 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧 Ye Wenwen
2016 The Choice: A Story of the Old Shanghai 君子道 Feng Xiao
Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1998 Shixi Sheng De Gushi 实习生的故事 Gao Fei
Zhaobuzhao Bei 找不着北 Jiang Xin
1999 Za Laobaixing 咱老百姓 Yu Qian
2003 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龙记 Zhou Zhiruo
The Adventures of Di Renjie 护国良相狄仁杰 Pan Yu
Zhundian Chuji 准点出击 Huang Li
2004 Nizai Weixiao Woque Kule 你在微笑我却哭了 Shen Xiao
Haide Shiyan 海的誓言 Ye Yu
Yanhua Sanyue 烟花三月 Shen Wan
Ai Yu Meng Feixiang 爱与梦飞翔 Hongjie guest star
Miracle Healers 神医侠侣 Qinzi
2005 The Royal Swordsmen 天下第一 Liusheng Piaoxu
Qin Wang Li Shimin 秦王李世民 Yang Ruoxi
2007 Ai Wu Hui 爱无悔 Gao Mingyue alternative title Jiangnan Diyi Dian (江南第一店)
2009 The Qin Empire 大秦帝国 Bai Xue
2013 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧 Yang Tao
The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龍八部 Li Biyun


Theatre musicals
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Beautiful Encounter
Lin Momo
2008 Hamlet 1990


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  2. ^ "Gao Yuanyuan". Retrieved February 1, 2010. 

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