Joe Chen

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Joe Chen
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Chinese name 陳喬恩 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈乔恩 (simplified)
Pinyin Chen Qiao En (Mandarin)
Jyutping Can Kiu Jan (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Tân Kiâu-un (Hokkien)
Origin Hsinchu, Taiwan
Born (1979-04-04) April 4, 1979 (age 37)
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Other name(s) 小紅恩、教主、球恩
Occupation Actress, Singer, Writer, Host
Years active 2001-
Associated acts Ming Dao, Wallace Huo
Official website Joe Chen on Sina Weibo
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.

Joe Chen Chiao-en (traditional Chinese: 陳喬恩; simplified Chinese: 陈乔恩; pinyin: Chén Qiáo'ēn, Chen Chiao-en also known as 教主 jiào zhǔ, born 4 April 1979) is a Taiwanese singer, actress, writer and model.

Joe rose to fame in 2003 with the idol drama series The Prince Who Turns into a Frog. She received critical acclaim for her role in Fated to Love You at the 43rd Golden Bell Awards, where she was nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series. Known as the "Queen of Idol Dramas", Joe starred in a number of popular idol dramas, including 100% Senorita, A Game About Love, Ying Ye 3 Jia 1 and the Chinese series The Queen of SOP.

In 2013, her popularity rose in China, where she gained a large number of fans for her role as Dongfang Bubai in the Chinese wuxia series Swordsman. Chen also entered the Forbes China Celebrity 100 List for the first time.[1] She established her status as an A-list-er with her roles in popular dramas and movies The Monkey King (2014), Cruel Romance (2015) and Destined to Love You (2015). As of 2015, she is listed by Forbes as the 61st most influential celebrity in mainland China.[2]


2001–2009: Career Beginnings and Rise to Fame[edit]

Joe Chen began working as a model and assistant in 2001. In 2002, she began her acting career by taking on a supporting role in the drama series Lavender. She also became a host for SET variety shows Zhong Guo Na Me Da and Zong Yi Qi Jian, alongside famous Taiwanese hosts Jacky Wu and NONO.

In 2004, Joe debuted with Taiwanese girl group 7 Flowers. The group released their first single, an OST for the drama series Top On The Forbidden City. She continued to appear frequently in Taiwanese idol dramas such as My MVP Valentine and 100% Senorita, and also hosted variety programs with her members as well as their label-mate seniors 5566. In 2005, the girl group went on hiatus after releasing their album Seven Flowers.

Joe's rise to fame arrived when she starred in the drama series The Prince Who Turns into a Frog in 2005. The drama became an instant hit; Joe and her co-star Ming Dao were dubbed as the 'dream combination, perfect lovers'. The series was aired in various parts of Asia, gaining her more recognition and popularity. She later made a cameo appearance in the Philippines drama Sugo as Richard Gutierrez's love interest.

From 2006 to 2007, Joe continued to host Taiwan variety programs and gained success. The game show Mao Xian Qi Bing, which she was part of, broke the 100% ratings mark. Thus, the production team specially introduced a new show for her called Xing Nan Da Zhu Chu. Joe's chemistry with her co-host Sam Tseng made the new program another success, and it became one of the few food-related variety programs to have an extend in broadcast length. Joe also acted in the idol dramas A Game About Love and Ying Ye 3 Jia 1; the latter reunited her with Ming Dao.

In 2008, Joe took on the drama Fated To Love You opposite Ethan Juan. The drama achieved a segment rating of 8.13, breaking the record previously set by The Prince Who Turns into a Frog with 7.05.[3] Broadcasting rights of the show were sold to 15 countries, and the drama was covered by America's Wall Street Journal.[4] Joe's performance in the drama garnered her a nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series at the 43rd Golden Bell Awards. Due to the success of the series as well as her previous TV dramas, Joe was given the title of "Queen of Idol Dramas".

In 2009, Joe made her foray into mainland China by starring in the Hunan TV drama The Girl in Blue, which was adapted from an online novel. The same year, her contract with her label ended, she decided to focus her acting career in China.

2010–2012: Forays in China[edit]

Joe was invited by director Fan Xiaotian to star in the comedy drama Chun Guang Can Lan Zhu Jiu Mei. She then joined the cast of Breaking the Waves, a movie tribute to the Olympics. However, the movie was not released till 4 years later. The same year, she was confirmed for the role of Princess Iron Fan in the 3D movie adaption of the Journey to the West. This would be Joe's first time participating in a 3D movie. A wax figure of Joe as the Princess Iron Fan was made and displayed at the Madame Tussaud Hong Kong museum.

In 2011, Joe made her feature film debut in the movie The Allure of Tears.

In 2012, she made her return to idol dramas after 3 years in the modern romance drama The Queen of SOP, which was popular with the audience and became the highest-rated drama for Hunan TV's 2012 prime-time slots. She also released an OST for the drama titled "Xi Huan Gu Du", which topped the Baidu music charts for two weeks.

Joe also made her debut in musical theatre; her first starring role was in the novel-adapted production The Woman on the Breadfruit Tree, based on Amy Cheung's novel of the same time. She played the main character Chen Yun, and portrayed her love story and growth from 22 years old to 28 years old. The play was screened in People Theater and Beijing Poly Theater, and achieved exemplary ticketing sales. Joe's performance won the Denny Awards for Best Actress.

2013–2016: Mainstream Popularity in Mainland China[edit]

Joe rose to mainstream popularity in China after starring in the Chinese wuxia drama Swordsman, adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. This was her first time acting in a wuxia drama. She portrayed the anti-heroine Dongfang Bubai, who was originally meant to be depicted by a male. Though there were initial doubts due to the new characterization, Joe later won the hearts of the audience through her complex and rich portrayal of her character, and gained a large number of fans. At the 2013 TV Drama Awards Made in China, Joe won the Most Popular Actress Award.

The same year, Joe starred in the palace drama Beauties of the Emperor, in which she played the Han Empress Lü Zhi. Though the character was often portrayed as an evil character, Joe's depiction of the Empress was a kind-hearted one.

In 2014, Joe starred in the road-trip comedy film The Continent, where she played a down-to-earth and hardworking girl. Next, The Monkey King starring Joe as one of the main characters Princess Iron Fan was released after 4 years. Both films were successful at the box office and grossed over US$100 million.

In 2015, Joe acted in the Chinese republican drama Cruel Romance opposite Huang Xiaoming. The drama became popular with the audience, achieving high ratings throughout its run and becoming a hot topic online.[5] At the 17th Huading Awards, Chen was awarded Best Modern Drama Actress.

She then starred in military romance drama Destined to Love You, written by Tong Hua, which is also set during the republican era. The drama was also successful in ratings, and placed #1 in the prime-time slots.

The same year, Joe participated in Annie Yi's directorial debut The Queens, starring alongside Korean actress Song Hye-kyo. She reunited with The Queen of SOP co-star Hans Zhang in youth romance film Youth Never Returns, and made an appearance in another youth movie, the highly popular Our Times, as the adult version of the female protagonist (Lin Truly). Joe then starred in Forever Love, a film detailing the development of Beijing city in the last fifty years.

In 2016, Joe paired up with Wang Kai for the modern romance drama Stay With Me. This was followed up with a starring role as the female protagonist Shirley Yang in Candle in the The Tomb, adapted from the novel Ghost Blows Up the Candle. Joe then starred in her first English production, the China-New Zealand 3D fantasy-adventure film The Wonder.



Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Allure of Tears (傾城之淚) Zhang Cai
2012 Happiness Me Too (幸福迷途) Song Qi
2014 The Monkey King (大鬧天宮) Princess Iron Fan
The Suspicious (最佳嫌疑人) Angel
Breaking the Waves (激浪青春) Ruan Xiaoyue
The Continent (後會無期) Zhou Mo
2015 The Queens (我是女王) Candy
Youth Never Returns (既然青春留不住) Zhou Hui
Our Times (我的少女时代) Lin Truly (adult)
Return of the Cuckoo (十月初五的月光) Qi Qi
Forever Love (北京時間) Xue Yalan
2016 The Wonder (奇迹:追逐彩虹) Lian


Year Title Role Network Notes
2001 Lavender (薰衣草) Xiao Wei SETTV
2002 My MVP Valentine (MVP 情人) Fang Yixue / Barbie SETTV
2003 100% Senorita (千金百分百) Liang Xiaofeng / Zhuang Feiyang SETTV
Lao Nen Da Si (老嫩大细) Liu Jinxing
2004 In Love with a Rich Girl (愛上千金美眉) Ai Bi (Albee) TTV
Red Woman is Flower (红色女人花) Luo Qiaoyun FTV, ONTV
2005 The Doctor (大熊医师家) Xu Xiaoen TTV, SETTV, CTS Cameo
Sugo Mei Li GMA Network Cameo
The Prince Who Turns into a Frog (王子變青蛙) Ye Tianyu TTV, SETTV
2006 A Game About Love (剪刀·石頭·布) Ye Duoli CTS
2007 Ying Ye 3 Jia 1 (櫻野3加1) Xia Tian TTV, SETTV
2008 Fated to Love You (命中注定我愛你) Chen Xinyi TTV, SETTV
Woody Sambo (无敌珊宝妹) Chen Xinyi TTV Cameo
2009 Easy Fortune Happy Life (福氣又安康) Xie Fuan TTV, SETTV
Let's Dance (守著陽光守著你) Ding Xiaohan TTV, SETTV
2010 Zhi Xuan Ye Guang Ming (知县叶光明) Piao Piao CCTV Cameo
The Girl in Blue (佳期如夢) You Jiaqi Hunan TV
2011 Chun Guang Can Lan Zhu Jiu Mei (春光燦爛豬九妹) Zhu Jiumei Anhui TV
2012 The Queen of SOP (勝女的代價) Lin Xiaojie Hunan TV
2013 Swordsman (笑傲江湖) Dongfang Bubai Hunan TV
Beauties of the Emperor (美人心计前传) Lu Yue / Empress Lu Zhi Zhejiang TV, Shenzhen TV, Shanxi TV
2015 Cruel Romance (錦繡緣華麗冒險) Rong Jinxiu Hunan TV
Destined to Love You (偏偏喜欢你) Qian Baobao Hunan TV
2016 Plastic Surgery Season (整容季) Wang Wenwen (Before) Youku, Tudou Cameo
Marry a Husband (嫁个老公过日子) Chen Jiayu JSTV
2017 Stay With Me (放弃我抓紧我) Li Weiwei Hunan TV also producer
The Legendary Tycoon (传奇大亨) Rose TBA Guest Role
Candle in the Tomb (鬼吹灯之精绝古城) Shirley Yang QQ
Love Actually (人间至味是清欢) An Qinghuan TBA
The Unique China Queen (独孤皇后) Dugu Qieluo TBA

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Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 2nd Tencent Star Award Ceremony Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won
2008 3rd Tencent Star Award Ceremony Best TV Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won
5th Taipei Film Festival Queen of Idol Dramas Won
2010 5th Tencent Star Award Ceremony Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won
14th Annual Global Chinese Music Channel (Asian Influence Ceremony) Best TV Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won
4th Huading Awards Best Actress (City) Fated to Love You Won
2012 2012 CETV Asia Teen Star Awards Top Ten Most Popular Asian Stars Won
1st Asian Idol Awards "00" Generation's Classic Character Award Won
3rd LeTV Awards Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) The Queen of SOP Won
2013 5th TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Swordsman Won
2013 Baidu Fudian Leaping Achievements Award Won
1st China UTC Broadcasting Award Idol of the Year Won
6th Chinese TV Audience Festival Top Ten Favorite Stars Swordsman Won
2nd Asian Idol Awards Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Won
2014 iQiyi All Star Carnival Best TV Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Swordsman Won
2015 7th TV Drama Awards Most Commercially Valuable Actress Won
2015 Netease Attitude Awards All-rounded Female Artist Award Won
Star Show Lannia Awards Most Popular Female Artiste Won
17th Huading Awards Best Actress (Modern) Cruel Romance Won
2016 1st annual China Television Drama Quality Ceremony Most Charismatic Actress Won

Personal life[edit]

Chen is Taiwanese Hakka from Hsinchu County. She has two brothers, one elder and one younger.

Chen has group of close celebrity friends collectively known as An Corporation. It includes 6 other Taiwanese stars Ady An, Shone An, Esther Liu, Bianca Bai, Linda Liao and Kimi Hsia. She is also known to be good friends with Qiao Renliang.


  1. ^ "2013 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List, Fan Bingbing is top earner". Jayne Stars. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  2. ^ "2015 Forbes China Celebrity List (Full List)". 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  3. ^ 阮經天新劇踩扁鄭元暢 [TV rating of Ethan Juan's new drama heading Joe Cheng's previous one]. 2008-05-27. 
  4. ^ 《命中注定》上華爾街日報 ["Fated to Love You" on Wall Street Journal]. Huaxia. 2008-07-22. 
  5. ^ ""Cruel Romance " achieves high ratings". Jayne Stars. 2015-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Joe Chen". Retrieved June 17, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Joe Chen". Retrieved June 17, 2010. 

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