Huang Xiaoming

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Huang Xiaoming
Chinese name 黃曉明 (traditional)
Chinese name 黄晓明 (simplified)
Pinyin Huáng Xiǎomíng (Mandarin)
Born (1977-11-13) November 13, 1977 (age 38)
Qingdao, Shandong
Other name(s)
  • Xiaoming Huang
  • "Jiaozhu" (教主; "cult leader")
Occupation Actor, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Angelababy (m. 2015)
Official website

Huang Xiaoming (born 13 November 1977) is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. His best known roles in television are Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Xu Wenqiang in Shanghai Bund (2007). Huang graduated from the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 2000, alongside other well-known actors such as Zhao Wei and Chen Kun. He first rose to prominence in 2001 for playing Emperor Wu of Han in the television series Da Han Tian Zi. The series reached number one in the ratings when it aired in Taiwan, and his later dramas all achieved high ratings in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In 2007, Huang signed a contract with Huayi Brothers and began focusing on his film career, appearing in movies like The Sniper, The Message, and Ip Man 2. In 2010 he starred in the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire, alongside Peter Ho and Barbie Hsu. He returned to television in 2013, portraying the national hero Yue Fei in The Patriot Yue Fei.

Early life[edit]

Huang was born in Qingdao, Shandong and is an only child. His father was an engineer while his mother was an accountant. At age nine, he was selected by a film studio to play the child protagonist in a movie.[1] Throughout his school career, Huang planned to become a scientist,[2] but his language teacher encouraged him to apply to the Beijing Film Academy, which rarely came to Qingdao to recruit students. A week before his entrance examination, his foot was run over and crushed by a jeep; luckily, the injury was not serious because he was wearing army boots. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Huang recalls the person who had the greatest influence on him, a teacher named Cui Xinqin. Huang was also a close friend with Zhao Wei, and with Chen Kun, three were known as the "Three Musketeers".


Acting Work[edit]

In 1984, Huang was initially chosen by a producer to star in a drama as a child actor, but was dropped later because of his shy and introverted personality. In 1996, Huang auditioned for Beijing Film Academy and joined in the same year. He later debuted in the 1998 drama Love is Not a Game and made his big screen debut in the following year in Marry Me.

Huang began to gain attention when he chose to replace Lu Yi for the leading role in Da Han Tian Zi, which earned high ratings. He later starred in all three installments of the series from 2001 to 2005, and went from an unknown newbie to a front-line actor.

In 2003, Huang played the leading character Tang Bohu in the drama Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu and won an the Outstanding Actor Award at the 14th Zhejiang TV Peony Award for his performance. He then starred in My Fair Princess III, the sequel to the hit series, playing the character Xiao Jian.

In 2005, Huang starred in Strange Tales of Liao Zhai, based on Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. The series premièred on Guangdong Television station in August and achieved the highest rating of the year for the Guangdong region.

In 2006, Huang was chosen to play Yang Guo, the leading role in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Jin Yong's novel of the same title.[3] Director Zhang Jizhong selected him over actors Nie Yuan and Huang Jue to play the highly fought-over role. After the drama aired, it garnered high ratings as well as critical acclaim. It also made him a household name in China. Huang started to gain recognition in Southeast Asia after the show was broadcast in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In the same year, Huang decided to focus on expanding in his movie career, starring in Feng Xiaogang's wuxia film The Banquet alongside Zhang Ziyi, Ge You and Daniel Wu. He won the Most Popular Mainland Actor Award at the 2006 QQ Entertainment Awards.

Huang's most controversial and difficult, but most critically acclaimed, role was in Shanghai Bund (2007), a remake of the 1980 Hong Kong television series The Bund, which starred Chow Yun-fat. Because Chow was his idol, he felt nervous, excited, and pressured about portraying the same role his idol had. In order to play Xu Wenqiang, he had to learn to smoke, and went through several packs a day. He also sang the ending theme for the drama, a duet with his costar Sun Li.

In 2009, Huang took on his first villainous character in the 2009 critically acclaimed espionage spy thriller The Message, which became a huge box office draw and was praised extensively by critics. Huang received nominations for Best Supporting Actor at the Asian Film Award, Golden Rooster Award as well as Hundred Flowers Award. The following year, Huang joined the cast of Sacrifice, which was also a commercial hit. He was voted as the Most Anticipated Actor at the 11th Chinese Film Media Awards.

Huang then acted in popular Taiwanese idol drama Summer's Desire. Although originally slated to play Ou Chen, Huang asked if he could play Luo Xi instead. The drama also starred Peter Ho, who was the producer as well, and Barbie Hsu, with whom Huang had always wanted to work. Huang later admitted that he lowered his acting fee in order to participate in this series.

In 2012, Huang produced the film Inaccurate Memoir and took on the leading character Fang Youwen. He won his first Best Actor Award at the 4th China Image Film Festival. He was also selected as the ambassador of the Changchun Film Festival. In November, Huang became the first Mainland actor to have his wax figure displayed in Hong Kong's Madam Tussauds museum.

2013 was a significant turning point in Huang's career. He starred in the China's first venture film American Dreams in China, a story about three men and their aspirations to build an education empire to fulfill teenager's dreams. In just 10 days, the movie generated nearly 51 million USD in revenue. Huang won four Best Actor awards courtesy to the film and greatly raised his acting profile. Huang also took on the role of national Hero Yue Fei in The Patriot Yue Fei.

In 2014, he starred opposite Fan Bingbing in 3D wuxia film The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, romantic-comedy Women Who Flirt with Zhou Xun and historical war drama The Crossing. All three films were successful at the box office.

In 2015, Huang starred opposite Joe Chen in contemporary romance drama Cruel Romance. The drama series was a hit, recording the highest average viewership ratings for the first half of 2015 in China. He then starred in romance drama film You Are My Sunshine, based on Gu Man's novel Silent Separation, which won him the Best Actor award at the International Chinese Film Festival. Huang then collaborated with his good friend Zhao Wei for the first time in their careers, in the comedy film Hollywood Adventures, which was commercially successful and praised by critics. Huang became the first Mainland China actor to leave his handprint at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre.

In 2016, Huang was cast in Ancient Love Song, adapted from Tong Hua's novel Once Promised.

Singing Career[edit]

Huang released his first studio album It's Ming on December 2007. Huang won various best new artist awards and his singles "An Lian" and "Shen Me Dou Ke Yi" were listed as one of the "Top 10 Songs" and best song at the Music Pioneer Chart Awards and China Original Music Chart.

In 2008, Huang sang a duet with close friend Zhao Wei titled "Hao Ren Ka". The song won the Best Duet Song at the 2009 Global Chinese Music Awards. Huang himself bagged a total of 4 awards at the ceremony.

In 2010, Huang released his second studio album Moopa, which incorporated various genres such as electronic dance, hip-hop and mandopop.

Huang also regularly contributes to the soundtracks of television dramas and movies.

Male Celebrity with the Highest Commercial Value[edit]

Huang is the spokesman of a number of world-class brands. He is the current global image spokesman of the international brand Tissot, taking part in advertising campaigns for the brand around the world. In addition, he was the spokesman of Gucci Olympic Red Series (Limited Version) in APAC, the first spokesman of Mercedes-Benz as well as the spokesman of Pepsi-Cola, Remy Martin, ZWILLING and other huge brands in China.

Huang has worldwide influence and is almost known by majority of the Chinese around the world. Invited by British Tourist Authority, Huang has traveled for work to London in 2011, and became the first Chinese celebrity to hold an autograph session in Harrods, the departmental store in Britain with the longest history. In addition, he has appeared in all the prominent men's magazines in China as well as Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. In October 2011, Huang was awarded the Actor with Highest Commercial Spokesman Value.

Huang has been listed in Forbes China Celebrity for consecutive 12 years, ranked first in Chinese young male celebrities of Forbes China Celebrity for consecutive 9 years, and first in Chinese male celebrities for consecutive 4 years. He was the cover figure of Forbes China Celebrity in 2013.

Top Chinese Celebrity Philanthropist[edit]

Huang started to help the underprivileged children in 2004 and decided to take charity as his career since then. He was the first celebrity to donate to 2008 major snowstorm (CNY 200,000). He was the first celebrity to take part in the rescue work of 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, donating millions yuan for relief goods and post-disaster reconstruction, and establishing the "emergency engineering room" in 17 schools. He donated TWD 1,000,000 to Typhoon Morakot Disaster of Taiwan, becoming the first Chinese celebrity in donation again. Together with his wife Angelababy, he donated CNY 2,000,000 to 2015 Tianjin Explosion and sent the air pumps and other relief goods to the fire fighters in the first time. He took the lead to donate CNY 200,000 to Wang Feng, whose 98% skin was severely burnt in rescuing two students and one teacher in nursery in fire for three times, and helped Wang to successfully receive the first skin grafting operation.

The media hailed him as the "First Beauty in China" in 2007, appreciating his physical and mental beauty. Appointed as Compassion Ambassador of China Giant Panda Protection in 2008, Huang adopted Giant Panda Pingping and An’an all his life. In addition, he was honored as Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Shandong Province, and he established "Tomorrow Foundation" in the same year. He did excellent job in charity.

Huang was appointed as various international charity ambassadors including Compassion Ambassador of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, Compassion Ambassador of China Giant Panda Protection, Promotion Ambassador of China Expo Volunteers and Image Ambassador of China Children and Teenagers’ Fund. Over the past 12 years, he has donated lots of money and goods, established charitable fund, taken care of children and senior citizens, helped social vulnerable groups, and adopted giant pandas and homeless dogs. What's more, he associated his wedding with charity by taking the assistance to 527 children as the wedding gift for his wife. He never forgot to share and gave even in his happiest time. Huang ranked the first in "China Charity Celebrity List" in 2015, and was honored as the "Most Influential Charity Celebrity" of China Philanthropy List in 2016. He was awarded "Top Chinese Celebrity Philanthropist" by the authoritative magazine China Philanthropy and the authoritative newspaper Philanthropy Times in Chinese charity industry, and became the first cover celebrity of China Philanthropy.

Huang has donated money and goods of more than CNY 32,000,000 and called upon to raise donation of more than CNY 90,000,000 by Apr. 2016.

A Successful Entrepreneur[edit]

Huang Xiaoming bought 1.8 million shares of initial offerings when Huayi Brothers Media Corporation went public in 2009 and later bought another 1.8 million shares. In 2010 he raised about 60 million CNY to initiate French wine auction business in Chinese mainland; and later invested and founded Golden King Golf Club in Beijing.

In 2010 Huang Xiaoming founded his own agency company to fund movies and television serials, wine, golf courses, etc.; in 2013 he invested in great works including movies like An Inaccurate Memoir, American Dreams in China, Crimes of Passion, Women Who Flirt and television serials like The Patriot Yue Fei, which helped Huang Xiaoming top the list of China's highest paid stars that year with an annual income of 392 million CNY.

In May 2014, Huang Xiaoming officially introduced a world-famous milkshake brand known as Millions of Milkshakes into China, guests of its opening ceremony including Hollywood superstars Monica, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and NBA player Ron Artest, etc. The Millions of Milkshakes store in Wanda Plaza (Wujiaochang), Shanghai is the first of its kind in Greater China and the third one worldwide following the Hollywood flagship store and Dubai store; in 2016 Huang Xiaoming opened a hot pot restaurant of his private brand name in Bali and planned to set up branches in America, Europe, etc.; he also funded Star VC in partnership with Ren Quan and Li Bingbing.

In 2015 he founded Ming Capital to go for business in technology, hospitals, fitness and other fields, proved to be quite profitable. In June 2015 he established Shanghai Chunyamingfang, which become the general agent in China for Bodegas LAN from Rioja, Spain; in March 2016 he founded Dongyang Yixing Media Co., Ltd and declared a 1-billion-yuan film shooting and production program, presenting VR high concept movie Dark Fantasy in May 2016 and promoting China's VR videos in content mining, IP incubation, technical support, funding, etc.; the company also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Croton Media to launch in-depth cooperation on development and production of quality film and television IP.

Personal Life[edit]

On Feb 28th, 2014, Huang announced his relationship with Angelababy. They registered their marriage with Qingdao Civil Affairs Authority on May 27 2015 and on October of the same year, they had their wedding at Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

Huang is a friend of Zhao Wei, and he had told the media that while studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he had a big crush on her. They had remained close friends since then. In 2013, Huang showed up on crutches to help promote Zhao's directorial debut So Young. He described his friendship with Zhao as a fourth type of love - "Everyone needs a soulmate and I am lucky to have met mine in Zhao Wei".



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1999 Marry Me 我们结婚吧 Li Jun
2000 Bright Heart 明亮的心 Ma Lu
2005 Legend of the Dragon 龙威父子 Qi Feng
2006 The Banquet 夜宴 Yin Sun
2009 The Sniper 神枪手 Ling Jing
The Message 风声 Takeda
2010 Ip Man 2 叶问2 Huang Liang
Flirting Scholar 2 唐伯虎点秋香2 Tang Bohu
Sacrifice 赵氏孤儿 Han Jue
2012 The Guillotines 血滴子 Tianlang
The Last Tycoon 大上海 Cheng Daqi (young)
Inaccurate Memoir 匹夫 Fang Youwang
2013 American Dreams in China 中国合伙人 Cheng Dongqing
Crimes of Passion 一场风花雪月的事 Xue Yu
Saving Mother Robot 玛德2号 Xiao Tie
Amazing 神奇 Bing Shan
2014 The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom 白发魔女传之明月天国 Zhuo Yihang
Women Who Flirt 撒娇的女人最好命 Marco
The Crossing 太平轮 Lei Yifang
2015 Insanity 暴疯语 Zhou Mingjie
You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 He Yichen
Hollywood Adventures 横冲直撞好莱坞 He Yuming
The Crossing 2 太平轮·彼岸 Lei Yifang
2016 Xuanzang 大唐玄奘 Xuanzang
League of Gods 封神传奇 Yang Jian
Mission Milano 王牌逗王牌 Luo Tianhao


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1998 Love is Not a Game 爱情不是游戏 Xiao Zhuoyi
2000 A Netizen's Diary 网虫日记 Yu Baimei
Storm of the Dragon 龙珠风暴 Di Guangyuan
2001 The Prince of Dynasty 大汉天子 Liu Che
Chang Ying Zai Shou 长缨在手 Zhang Li
2002 Invincible Magistrate 无敌县令 Tian Long
2003 Little Sister Hua Ni 花妮妹妹 Zhi Yang
My Fair Princess III 还珠格格3 Xiao Jian
Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu 风流少年唐伯虎 Tang Bohu
2004 The Prince of Dynasty 2 大汉天子2 Liu Che
Long Piao 龙票 Qi Zijun
2005 Nu Cai Nan Mao 女才男貌 Wang Jun
Strange Tales of Liao Zhai 聊齋之小倩 Bai Yang
2006 The Prince of Dynasty 3 大汉天子3 Liu Che
The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Yang Guo
2007 Shanghai Bund 新上海滩 Xu Wenqiang
2008 Royal Tramp 鹿鼎记 Wei Xiaobao
2009 Dark Fragrance 暗香 Cheng Yuan / Cheng Da
2010 Summer's Desire 泡沫之夏 Luo Xi
2013 The Patriot Yue Fei 精忠岳飞 Yue Fei
2015 Cruel Romance 锦绣缘·华丽冒险 Zuo Zhen
2017 Ancient Love Song 上古情歌 Wu Buyi

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Year Album details Tracklist
2007 It's Ming
  1. An Lian (暗恋) - Crush/Unrequited Love
  2. My Girl
  3. Shen Me Dou Ke Yi (什么都可以) - Anything is Possible
  4. Feng De Hai Zi (风的孩子) - Child of the Wind
  5. Mei You Ni Wo Ai Shei (没有你我爱谁) - Without You, Whom Should I Love
  6. Tian Xie Qing Ren (天蝎情人) - Scorpion Lover
  7. Niang Jiu (酿酒) - Brewing
  8. Yin Wei You Ni (因为有你) - Because of You
  9. An Jing De Xiang Ni (安静的想你) - Quietly Thinking of You
  10. I'm Coming
  11. Jiu Suan Mei You Ming Tian (就算没有明天) - Even Without Tomorrow
2010 Moopa
  1. MOOPA (Move Party)
  2. Feng Sheng (风声) - The Message
  3. Tuan Tuan Yuan Yuan (团团圆圆) - Reunion
  4. Wo De Kuai Le Bu Shou Fei (我的快乐不收费) - My Happiness is Free of Charge
  5. Ni Shuo De Dui (你说的对) - You are Right
  6. Hao Ren Ka (好人卡) - Nice Guy Card
  7. Ni Zai Wo Xin Shang (你在我心上) - You're on My Heart
  8. Shou Bu Liao (受不了) - Unbearable
  9. Hei Mao Yu Niu Niao (黑猫与牛奶) - Black Cat and Milk
  10. MOOPA (Remix)


Year Single
2002 只要有你
2006 双飞
2008 One World One Dream
  • Charity song
2009 你是天使
  • Theme song for Dark Fragrance
2010 Better City Better Life
2011 飞跃的心
  • Theme song for The Legend of Yuefei (animation film)
2012 匹夫
  • Theme song for Inaccurate Memoir
2013 光阴的故事
  • Theme song for Cruel Romance
2011 何以笙箫默

Important Awards[edit]

Film and Television Awards[edit]

Year Events Awards
2004 4th Chinese TV Drama Awards Top Ten Actors - The Prince of Dynasty 2
14th Zhejiang TV Peony Award Outstanding Actor - Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu
2007 1st Sina TV Drama Rankings Best Actor - Shanghai Bund
2009 12th Golden Phoenix Awards Best Actor - The Sniper
2010 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival Favorite Actor
10th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Popular Actor
3rd DienAnh Movie Adwards Most Popular Actor (Mainland)
2011 11th Chinese Film Media Awards Favorite Actor - Sacrifice
23rd Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers Awards Most Charming Actor - Sacrifice
2012 4th China Image Film Festival Best Actor - An Inaccurate Memoir
5th DienAnh Movie Adwards Most Popular Actor (Mainland)
9th Guangzhou Student Film Festival Favorite Actor - An Inaccurate Memoir
2013 6th DienAnh Movie Adwards Most Popular Actor (Mainland)
29th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actor - American Dreams in China
15th Huabiao Film Awards Outstanding Actor - American Dreams in China
2014 12th Changchun Film Festival Best Actor - American Dreams in China
10th Chinese American Film Festival Best Actor of the Year - American Dreams in China
32nd Hundred Flower Award Best Actor - American Dreams in China
2015 2nd China-Australia International Film Festival Best Actor - You Are My Sunshine
15th Golden Phoenix Awards Best Actor - American Dreams in China
iQiyi Festival Actor of the Year


Year Awards
2006 One of the Ten Philanthropist Superstar by BAZAAR
2008 Image Ambassador of China Children and Teenagers' Fund
2008 Love Ambassador of China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda
2009 Love Ambassador for giant pandas in Chengdu
2009 Love Ambassador for giant pandas in Ya’an
2009 Love Ambassador of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF
2009 Action Ambassador of Star Commonwealth
2009 Volunteer Promotion Ambassador of EXPO 2010
2012 Star Citizen awarded by Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly
2014 Love Ambassador for accompanying empty nesters
2015 "Silver Angel" Love Ambassador of China Social Assistance Foundation
2015 Top Celebrity Philanthropist awarded by China Philanthropist
2016 Most Influential Philanthropist on China's Philanthropist List


Year Awards
2004 China Fashion Awards - Breakthrough Actor
2005 China Fashion Awards - Character Award
Top Chinese TV Drama Awards - Favourite Actor
2006 China Fashion Awards - Best Actor
MTV Super Festival - Favourite Actor (Mainland)
QQ Entertainment Awards - Favourite Actor (Mainland)
2007 BQ Celebrity Score Awards - Best Artist
China's Most Beautiful 50 List of the Year - 1st
2008 BQ Celebrity Score Awards - Best Artist
2010 Top Ten Most Influential Entertainment Figures
2012 QQ Entertainment Awards - Favourite Actor
8th Esquire Festival - Favourite Actor of the Year
5th ROI Festival - Most Valuable Actor in Commercial Endorsement
2013 GQ's Man of the Year
2014 China TV Star Image Standings - Best Public Image Star
Outstanding Youth of the Year
2015 Excellence Award in both Artistic Career and Moral Integrity
2015 Labor Award granted by China Film Co. Ltd.


Year Awards Notes
2007 Chinese Song Chart Awards Favorite New Singer
China M.Music Charts Outstanding Contribution Award
China Original Music Chart Favorite Idol
Global Chinese Music Awards Favourite New Singer & Best All Around Artist
Music Pioneer Charts Award Top Ten Songs, Best New Singer & Best Singer
2008 Chinese Song Chart Awards All Around Artist & Best Songs
China Original Music Chart Outstanding New Singer, Favourite Idol & Best Song
Global Chinese Music Awards Top 20 Songs - Welcome to Beijing
MusicRadio China TOP Ranking Chart Best New Singer
2009 Chinese Song Chart Awards All Around Artist & Best Songs
Global Chinese Music Awards Favorite Duet Song - 好人卡 (with Zhao Wei), Favorite Singer, Best Stage Performance & All Around Artist


  1. ^ 九岁的时候,我被在艺术团跳舞的姑姑送去参选儿童电影 (in Chinese). SOHU Corporation. 
  2. ^ 黄晓明:我始终有梦想 它指引我方向 (in Chinese). SINA Corporation. February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Huang Xiaoming selected to play the Warrior Hero Yang Guo". China Internet Information Center. October 20, 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-13. 
  4. ^ "Huang Xiaoming". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Huang Xiaoming". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 

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