Godfrey Gao

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Godfrey Gao
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Gao in 2010
Background information
Chinese name高以翔
PinyinGāo Yǐxiáng (Mandarin)
BornTsao Chih-hsiang (曹志翔)
(1984-09-22) 22 September 1984 (age 34)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other namesGodfrey Tsao
Gao Yixiang
Kao Yi-hsiang
Alma materCapilano University
OccupationActor, model
Years active2004–present

Godfrey Gao (Chinese: 高以翔; pinyin: Gāo Yǐxiáng; born 22 September 1984) is a Taiwanese-born Canadian model and actor. Gao was the first Asian model to be signed on by luxury brand Louis Vuitton.

Life and career[edit]

Gao was born in Taipei, Taiwan,[1] to a Taiwanese father and a Malaysian mother.[2] He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, during his childhood, and later studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Gao's father is Shanghainese but raised in Taiwan while his mother is a Peranakan Chinese from George Town.[3]

Since returning to Taiwan to work as a model in 2004, Gao has appeared in several TV dramas and films. He played Magnus Bane in the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013). He is also the first Asian male to model for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. He is managed by JetStar Entertainment,[4][5][6][7][8][9] and joined Korean actress Yoo In-na for Wedding Bible.[10] In 2017 he is set to appear in the romantic comedy film Love is a Broadway Hit, alongside Wang Likun, Wang Chuanjun, Yuan Li and Naren Weiss.[11]



Title Year Role Notes
All About Women 2008 X
Toy Story 3 2010 Ken Mandarin voice-over for Taiwan release
Say Yes 2013 Xu Zhuo
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 Magnus Bane American debut film
Wedding Bible 2015 Chikai
Min & Max 2016 Zhang Xiao
Legend of the Ancient Sword 2017 Xia Yize
My Other Home 2017

Television series[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
Magicians of Love 2006 Fan Xiaoling's boyfriend Cameo
The Kid from Heaven 2006 Luo Yixiang
Chao Ji Pai Tang Super 2006 Big Mac Cameo
Love Queen 2006 Wang Zhixun
Wo Yao Pien Cheng Ying Shih Tzu 2007 Tiger
Bull Fighting 2007 Tank
Momo Love 2009 Chen He
Volleyball Lover 2010 Bai Qianrui
Odd Perfect Match 2010 Ying Kaitai
The Queen of SOP 2012 Gao Ziqi
Hello Gorgeous 2013 Li Zhen
Never Give Up Dodo 2013 Xiu Fei
God of War, Zhao Yun 2015 Lü Bu
Remembering Lichuan 2016 Wang Lichuan


  1. ^ Kwon, Crystal (2011-04-13). "Interview With Godfrey Gao. Louis Vuitton Model From Vancouver". Vancitybuzz.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  2. ^ "Canadian model the new face of Louis Vuitton | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  3. ^ "Godfrey Gao no mere mortal – Features | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  4. ^ "Male model bonded with mother over facials". News.asiaone.com. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  5. ^ Shackleton, Liz (2012-07-20). "Godfrey Gao joins cast of Mortal Instruments | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  6. ^ "'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' Actors Join 'Mortal Instruments'". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  7. ^ "The world's first Asian male supermodel | Fashion". Guardian.co.uk. 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  8. ^ Armitage, Hugh (2012-07-20). "Lena Headey, Jared Harris join 'The Mortal Instruments' – Movies News". Digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  9. ^ "Headey, Harris Join "Mortal Instruments" | News". Darkhorizons.com. 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  10. ^ "Yoo In Na Cast as Lead Actress in Chinese Movie 'Wedding Bible'". Mwave.interest.me. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  11. ^ "Backstage". n.d. Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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