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Hu Ge
Chinese name 胡歌
Pinyin Hú Gē (Mandarin)
Jyutping Wu4 Go1 (Cantonese)
Birth name Hu Ke (for 1 month only)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Ancestry Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Born (1982-09-20) September 20, 1982 (age 33)
Shanghai, China
Other name(s) Hugh
Occupation Actor, singer
Label(s) Tangren Media
Years active 2004–present
Official website
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hu.

Hu Ge (born 20 September 1982 in Shanghai, China), is a Chinese actor and singer. While he was studying at the Shanghai Theater Academy, he was invited to play the leading role Li Xiaoyao in the 2005 television series Chinese Paladin, and immediately skyrocketed to fame as one of China's most popular idol actors. In September 2012, he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 31st Hundred Flowers Awards for his role as Lin Juemin in Chinese historical film 1911. Hu Ge is currently managed by his one man workshop Hu Ge Studio (胡歌工作室), contracted under Tangren Media.

Early life[edit]

Hu is an only child, born and raised in Shanghai. During his kindergarten years, he was one of sixty children chosen from over thirty thousand to attend SMG's Little Stars Performing Arts School (Xiao Yingxing Yishu Tuan) and stopped in Grade 6. Hu Ge started his onscreen career as a 14-year-old host on Shanghai Educational Television (Shanghai Jiao Yu Dianshitai),[1] and hosted the show Sunny Youth (Yangguang Shaonian) for three years.

Hu took an examination for the "art of directing" at Central Academy of Drama and achieved an excellent score, making him the top student nationwide. However, due to his parents' wishes, he also took an exam for the "art of performance" at Shanghai Theatre Academy, came third overall and ultimately chose to complete his tertiary education there, graduating in July 2005.[2] While in the Academy, Hu met and befriended classmates Justin Yuan and Cecilia Liu, whom he would later collaborate with in numerous television projects.


In 2005, Hu made his breakthrough role as Li Xiaoyao in the television series Chinese Paladin, an adaptation of the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. Hu also performed two songs for the series' soundtrack, which marked the beginning of his music career.

Hu Ge acting as Li Xiaoyao in Chinese Paladin.

After Chinese Paladin, Hu embarked on a number of television series projects, most of which had a wuxia theme. Hu has acted in a number of films during that period as well, including The Ghost Inside and The 601st Phone Call. In late 2008, he co-starred with Wu Chun and Charlene Choi in The Butterfly Lovers, a film based on the Chinese legend of the Butterfly Lovers. In the same year, he played the role of Guo Jing in The Legend of the Condor Heroes, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title.

Hu performed many songs for the soundtracks of the television dramas he starred in. On 31 October 2006, Hu released his own EP, titled Treasure (珍惜) or Tell Her I Love Her (告訴她我愛她), which featured three songs. On 15 May 2008, Hu released his first full-length music album, titled Start (出發), which featured ten tracks. In August of the same year, Hu started filming Chinese Paladin 3, which aired on Zhejiang Television in June 2009.[3]

Hu starred as the male protagonist Yi Xiaochuan in 2010 Chinese television series The Myth, based on the 2005 Hong Kong film of the same title. It aired on CCTV-8, from 2 to 18 January 2010.[4] It acquired very high viewership ratings,[5] and boosted Hu's popularity to a new high, winning him several awards, including Best Actor in the legend genre at the Huading Awards 2010.[6] Trying hard to avoid being typecast, Hu subsequently stopped accepting ancient productions after he finished filming The Myth in 2009. During the two years that he didn't participate in ancient dramas, Hu participated as lead actor in Cafe, Modern People and Unbeatable.

Hu is the producer and male antihero Yuwen Tuo in the 2012 Chinese television series Xuanyuan Sword: Scar of the Sky, adapted from Xuanyuan Sword: Scar of the Sky, a role-playing video game in the series Xuanyuan Jian, developed by Taiwanese company Softstar Entertainment Inc.. Hu's excellent portrayal of his character's paradoxical personality earned him another Best Actor in the legend genre at the Huading Awards 2012.[7]

In 2012, Hu participated in CES produced nano-movie Refresh 3+7. He wrote the script for one of the stories Lights from the City, and participated in 4 out of the 10 stories. The nano-movie aired Dragon TV late 2012. He also starred in Romance of the Desert as second male lead Meng Jiu. The plot is based on the novel Ballad of the Desert. Aside from doing well in television series, Hu participated in two films during the period from 2010 to 2012. He was the revolutionary Lin Juemin in 2011 historical film 1911 and the male protagonist Hu Ming, a blind massager, in 2012 film DIVA.[8]

2013 has often been referred to as Hu Ge's year of theatre plays. Hu Ge acted as Patient No.5 in Stan Lai's A Dream Like a Dream (如梦之梦) and then as Xu Zhuang Tu (徐壮图) in Forever Yi Xue Yan (永远的尹雪艳), a play based on Pai Hsien-yung's novel of the same title performed in the Shanghai dialect. His performance in A Dream Like A Dream especially surprised many theatre critics, and garnered positive reviews all round.[9][10] As to why he took on two theatre plays one after the other, Hu stated, "When I graduated from university a while back, I suddenly felt quite nostalgic. I participated in many plays while in the Academy, and after acting in so many television dramas, I reached a few bottleneck periods. I did think it was time for me to return to the stage and refine my acting skills even more."[11] After his main rehearsals ended in mid-March, Hu Ge entered the crew of Forty Nine Days Memorial (四十九日祭), drama adaption of Geling Yan's (严歌苓) 13 Flowers of Nanjing (金陵十三钗) as Major Dai Tao.

In 2014, Hu Ge starred in his first modern family drama Life Revelations alongside Yan Ni, and then took on leading roles in Nirvana in Fire (琅琊榜), The Disguiser (伪装者) and Good Times (大好时光). Nirvana in Fire was a turning point in Hu's acting career,[12] and a commercial and critical success in its own right, surpassing ten million views by the second day,[13] and raking in daily internet views of over three hundred million by the end of its run. Global Times praised the story, acting and cinematography of the series, stating that it had restored viewers' confidence in Chinese period dramas.[14] Following his phenomenal surge in popularity and public awareness, Hu has also been appointed the Shanghai Tourism Ambassador.[15] Hu is currently filming Lie Chang (猎场), a drama produced by critically acclaimed director and screenwriter Jiang Wei (姜伟).[16]


Hu was involved in a car accident on 29 August 2006 while travelling from Hengdian to Shanghai on the highway. He survived with severe injuries while his assistant died. Hu had to undergo surgery and the entire healing process took approximately one year. The filming of The Legend of the Condor Heroes, which he was working on then, was temporarily halted due to his injury,[17] in addition to being unable to complete promoting his finished project, The Young Warriors, with his fellow cast members.[18] Hu expresses how he felt of the incident through the performance of his single, Dare to Love (去爱吧), and filmed a music video with his co-star from the two series and friend Cecilia Liu.[19]

Soon after the accident, he also published a book Scavenger of Happiness (幸福的拾荒者), filled with his thoughts on the accident and post events, interesting childhood events, well wishes from good friends and previously unexposed pictures. This book documented in detail the process of how Hu changed from a young idol with a smooth career path into an increasingly mature actor who could truthfully face life's problems as a scavenger of happiness.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Pretend There's No Feeling
2005 The Ghost Inside
Shen Lang
2006 The 601st Phone Call
2008 The Butterfly Lovers
Ma Cheng'en alternative Chinese title Jiandie (剑蝶)
2011 1911
Lin Juemin
2011 The Legend of Young Yue Fei voiced Yue Fei
2012 The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven voiced Wen Qu Xing and two soldiers
2012 McDull - Pork of Music voiced grown-up McDull
2012 Diva Hu Ming
2014 Just Another Margin assassin guest


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Dandelion
Cheng Hao
2004 Chinese Paladin
Li Xiaoyao
2004 Liaozhai - Xiaoqian
Ning Caichen "Strange Tales of Liao Zhai"
2005 The Little Fairy
Dong Yong
2005 Till Death Do Us Apart
Xu Feng
2006 The Young Warriors
Yang Yanzhao
2008 The Legend of the Condor Heroes
Guo Jing
2009 Chinese Paladin 3
Feipeng / Long Yang / Jingtian / Li Xiaoyao
2010 The Myth
Yi Xiaochuan / Meng Yi
2010 Bitter Coffee
Chen Cong
2010 Modern People
Xie Feifan
2010 Shangri-La
Tashi Phuntsok
2011 Unbeatable
Xu Ran
2012 Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar Of Sky
Yuwen Tuo / Sword Fanatic
2013 Refresh 3+7
Chen Jie, Luo Yue Ran, Er Zhu Zi and a policeman appeared in 4 episodes of the nano-movie
2013 The Sound of the Desert
Mo Xun
2013 Forty Nine Days: Fiesta
Dai Tao
2014 Life Revelations
Bao Jia Ming
2014 Nirvana In Fire
Mei Changsu/Su Zhe/Lin Shu
2014 Xuan Feng Shi Yi Ren
Mu Qi
2015 The Disguiser
Ming Tai
2015 Good Times
Yuan Hao
2016 Hunting Ground
Zheng Qiu Dong

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Year Title Notes
2006 Treasure (珍惜胡歌) EP
2008 Start (出发)
2010 Blue Ray (蓝光) Also includes songs from the previous two albums.
Year Title Notes
2004 Chinese Paladin OST
2005 The Little Fairy OST
2006 Till Death Do Us Apart OST
2007 The Young Warriors OST
2008 The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008 OST
2009 Chinese Paladin 3 OST
2010 The Myth OST
2011 The Vigilantes In Masks OST
Scarlet Heart OST
2012 Xuanyuan Jian: Tian Zhi Hen OST
2015 Nirvana In Fire OST



  1. ^ "胡歌剃光头戴牙套卖萌 盼两年后触电金鹰奖". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "At Forty, I Stand!". Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Chinese Paladin 3 Baidu baike". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Myth on CCTV-8". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Myth (TV series) ratings". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Huading Awards 2010 winners". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Huading Awards 2012 winners". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hu Ge promotes DIVA in Chengdu". Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "A Dream Like A Dream". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "A Dream Like A Dream:Idol actors turn out a surprise". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sohu Entertainment Forever Yi Xue Yan". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Turning point after ten years". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Online viewership surpasses ten million in two days". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Lang Ya Bang winning success with sincerity". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Hu appointed Tourism Ambassador". Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Hu Ge stars in economic espionage drama". Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  17. ^ 遇车祸胡歌可能毁容 经纪称做好去国外整容准备 (in Chinese). 北京娱乐信报. Retrieved 2006-08-31. 
  18. ^ CTV
  19. ^ Sina Video
  20. ^ "Douban Book Reviews". Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Hu Ge". Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Hu Ge". Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  23. ^ Sina Video

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