Helen Yao

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Helen Yao
Helen Yao 2012.jpg
Helen Yao, in 2012.
Native name 姚星彤
Born Yao Xinqian (姚馨茜)
Yao Lan (姚岚)

(1983-04-12) April 12, 1983 (age 34)
Nangang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang
Residence Beijing
Other names Anankingva
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008 - present
Agent Huayi Brothers
Notable work CZ12
Helen Yao
Traditional Chinese 姚星彤
Simplified Chinese 姚星彤

Yao Xingtong (born 12 April 1983) is a Chinese actress.[1][2] Yao also known by the name Anankingva. Yao is fluent in French and English.[3]

Yao is noted for her roles as Ma Liruo and Coco in the film Life of Sentime (2010) and CZ12 (2012) respectively.[4]


Early life[edit]

Yao was born and raised in Nangang District of Harbin, Heilongjiang. Yao graduated from Beijing Film Academy, where she majored in acting.

Acting career[edit]

Yao was chosen to act as a support actor in many television series, such as Together with You, Police Story, War and Destiny, and Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito 5.

Yao XingTong first film role was uncredited appearance in the film Growth (2006).

After playing minor roles in various films and television series, Yao received her first leading role in a film called Blossom, for which she received Golden Rooster Award nominations for Best Actress.[5]

In 2009, Yao starred in the romantic comedy film Life of Sentime, alongside Ming Dow and Xia Yu, which earned her a Best Newcomer Award at the Macau International Movie Festival.

Yao gained international fame for her starring role as Coco in CZ12 (2012), a Hong Kong-Chinese action film co-produced, written, directed by, and starring Jackie Chan.[6][7] It was instantly a huge critical and box office success.

In 2014, Yao played the lead role in Ex-Files, a romantic comedy film starring Han Geng, Wang Likun, and Zheng Kai.[8]



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2006 Growth 《成长》 guest
2008 Blossom 《绽放》 Yue Ming
2009 A Faiytale Love Story 《爱情童话》 guest
Contract About Interchange Status 《变身契约》 Mao Lala
2010 Life of Sentime 《感情生活》 Ma Liruo
2012 CZ12 《十二生肖》 Coco
2014 Ex-Files 《前任攻略》 Xia Lu
Fiji Love 《斐济99℃爱情》 Lin Ke
2015 Love Without Distance 《土豪520》
Who Am I 2015 《我是谁2015》
Love in the Office 《一路向前》
The Choice: A Story of the Old Shanghai 《君子道:上海滩后传》


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2003 Together with You 《和你在一起》 Zi Yi
2004 Unusual Path 《非常道》 Chen Xiaoyu
Police Story 《刑警故事》 guest
The Sea's Promise 《海的誓言》 Lu Yajie
2005 Vagabond Vigilante 《游剑江湖》 guest
2006 War and Destiny 《庚子风云》 Princess
Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito 5 《康熙微服私访记5》 Qian Xiangya
2007 Tomb Path 《墓道》 guest
Crash 《撞车》 Liu Ying
2010 I Want a Family 《我要一个家》 Meng Xiaoyu


Year Work Award Result Notes
2009 Blossom Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress Nominated
Life of Sentime Macau International Movie Festival - Best Newcomer Won


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