Zhang Yuqi

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.
Zhang Yuqi
Zhang in 2008
Background information
Chinese name 張雨綺 (traditional)
Chinese name 张雨绮 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhāng Yǔqǐ (Mandarin)
Birth name Zhang Yuqi
Born (1986-08-08) 8 August 1986 (age 30)[1]
Dezhou, Shandong, China
Other name(s) Kitty Zhang
Occupation actress
Years active 2007 - present
Spouse(s) Wang Quan'an
(m. 2011–2015; divorced)

Zhang Yuqi (simplified Chinese: 张雨绮; traditional Chinese: 張雨綺; pinyin: Zhāng Yǔqǐ; 8 August 1986), also known as "Kitty Zhang Yuqi", is a Chinese actress. Her first major role was in 2008's CJ7, which brought her media attention and kickstarted her acting career.

Early life and career[edit]

Zhang was born in Dezhou, Shandong province.[2] She left Shandong at the age of 15 to attend acting school in Shanghai.[3]

Zhang appeared in a minor, uncredited role in the 2007 film The Longest Night in Shanghai.[4] Stephen Chow first noticed her in an advertisement for Kentucky Fried Chicken, and chose her to play the female lead in CJ7.[3][4] The role brought her her first major media attention, and because of Chow's tradition of starring alongside new actresses who later gain other major roles, Zhang has been called one of the "星女郎" (xīng nǚ láng, "star girls" or "Sing girls"—Sing Yeh is a common nickname of Chow's).[3][4]

After CJ7, Zhang appeared in the Japanese film Shaolin Girl (which was also produced by Chow) and had a major role in the Chinese film All About Women. Chow considered casting her in Dragonball Evolution,[5] but the role was ultimately given to another actress.[6] Zhang also acted in the Stephen Fung film Jump. In 2016, she had one of the lead roles in Chow's The Mermaid.

Zhang has appeared in Elle and other magazines.[4] In June 2009 she was a "guest of honor" at the Montblanc Arts Patronage Awards ceremony.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Zhang Yuqi and Wang Quan'an had a whirlwind romance in 2011, and they married on April 18 in that year. But Zhang has announced they were divorced on July 2, 2015.[8]


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2007 The Longest Night in Shanghai 《夜·上海》 guest
2008 CJ7 《长江七号》 Mrs. Yuen
Shaolin Girl 《少林少女》 Minmin Ryû
All About Women 《女人不坏》 Tang Lu
2009 Jump 《跳出去》 Phoenix
2010 Here Comes Fortune 《财神到》 Wu Shanshan
Curse of the Deserted 《荒村公寓》 Ouyang Xiaozhi
2011 The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman 《刀剑笑》 Madam Mei
2012 Hsue-shen Tsien 《钱学森》 Jiang Ying
General's Command 《将令》 Documentary film
White Deer Plain 《白鹿原》 Tian Xiao'e
2014 Dearest 《亲爱的》 Fan Yun
2015 The Honey Enemy 《情敌蜜月》 Xia Xiaoyu
2016 Lost in The Pacific 《蒸发太平洋》 Ruo Xin
The Mermaid 《美人鱼》 Ruo Lan
2017 Ice Fantasy Destiny 《幻城凡世》 Li Luo Web drama
Come Across Love 《不期而遇》 Li Xin
The Legend of the Cat Demon 《妖猫传》 Chun Qin



  1. ^ 張雨綺和《跳出去》一起成長 光環背後也有艱辛
  2. ^ Boon Cheng (6 February 2008). "Stephen Chow's Play: CJ7". Straits Times. 
  3. ^ a b c ""星女郎"张雨绮百变发型 ("Sing girl" Zhang Yuqi changes hairstyle 100 times)". 21CN (in Chinese). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d 邱致理 (Qiu Zhili) (10 December 2007). "张雨绮亲述一夜成名:30秒搞定周星驰 (Zhang Yuqi's overnight fame: 30 seconds to win over Stephen Chow)" (in Chinese). 南都周刊. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dragon Ball to become live-action film". China.org. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  6. ^ Mayberry, Carly (6 December 2007). "Chung goes live with 'Dragonball'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Zhao Yanchen (15 June 2009). "Mont Blanc Arts Patronage Award goes to Chinese antique dealer". China Central Television. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "CJ7 star Kitty Zhang announces split after husband's paid-sex arrest, Chinese Internet congratulates her". The Straits Times. July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ Zhang Yuqi at hkmdb.com
  10. ^ Zhang Yuqi at chinesemov.com

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