Li Bingbing

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Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing Cannes 2011.jpg
Li at the 2011 Cannes film festival
Background information
Chinese name 李冰冰
Pinyin Lǐ Bīngbīng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Bing1-bing1 (Cantonese)
Born (1973-02-27) February 27, 1973 (age 43)
Wuchang City, China
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present
Ancestry Jinzhong, Shanxi, China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Bingbing (born February 27, 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer.

Early life and career[edit]

Li was born in Wuchang City, China. She had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.[1]

Li rose to fame after starring in Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the Best Actress Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China. That year she was awarded the title of one of the "Top Ten Best TV actors/actresses in China".

Li was subsequently labelled as an "action actress"[2] as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.

In 2004, Li starred in director Dayyan Eng's romantic comedy Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Li's first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards. That same year, Li won the title of the Most Popular Actress at the 12th Beijing College Film Festival. She went on to star in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves, which earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2006 Hundred Flowers Awards.[3]

In 2005, Li was invited by director Yi Li to star in his film The Knot, which won her Best Actress awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards. The film was also China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. She then co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 blockbuster The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. In order to lend realism to her scenes, Li performed the action sequences scenes herself without a stunt double.

In 2009, Li starred in espionage spy thriller The Message, and won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her performance. This officially established her position as an A-list movie star in China.

Li then starred as Shangguan Jing'er in Tsui Hark's 2010 action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; her character in this movie is loosely based on Shangguan Wan'er, a poet, writer and politician of the Tang Dynasty. She established her studio in the same year, co-starring and co-producing the film 1911 with Jackie Chan, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.[4]

Li became the first global ambassador the international brand Gucci in 2013. Her personal charity brand, L.O.V.E, which was previously established in 2013, collaborated with Gucci to produce the “Gucci and Li Bingbing for Responsible Life" special watch. In the same year, Hollywood magazine Variety held a special ceremony at Los Angeles, honoring Li as the representative Asian star.

Li's first-time in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title. This marked her Hollywood debut. At the film's official premiere ceremony in New York City, Li was invited by director Paul W. S. Anderson to star his film Resident Evil: Retribution (2012). She plays the video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale. Li became the only Chinese celebrity to walk the red carpets of the 84th Academy Awards. She also became the first Mainland female celebrity to have her waxed figure placed in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

In 2014, Li appeared alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction, directed by Michael Bay.

In 2015, Li co-starred with Chen Kun in 3D fantasy action film Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. She was cast in Nest, a 3D science fiction thriller which co-stars Hollywood actor Kellan Lutz and Wu Chun.[5]

It was announced that Li would play China's first female superhero in upcoming film Realm of the Tigers. She would co-produce the movie alongside Gill Champion from Stan Lee Global Entertainment and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films.[6]

Li will star in Meg, a shark action thriller based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel. The role originally went to Fan Bingbing but due to scheduling conflicts, Fan was replaced by Li.

Li is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador,[7] WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador,[8] and Ambassador of Korean Culture in China.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Li did not appear at the premiere of Resident Evil: Retribution, raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."[10]

On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin,[11] a qigong practitioner who claims to be able to conjure up snakes from thin air, cure disease, and retrieve an incinerated banknote intact from an orange.[12] The Beijing News reported that Li Xue, Li's agent, responded that Li went to visit Wang Lin to ask him to cure her mother of her disease. As for the effectiveness of the cure, the agent refused to disclose any more information.[11]



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1994 Spirit of Cops 警魂 Shen Fang
Qiaoqian Zhixi 乔迁之喜 Juan Juan
1999 Lüse Rouqing 绿色柔情 Lin Qiaoqiao
Seventeen Years 过年回家 Chen Jie
2003 Love for All Seasons 百年好合 Li Mochou
Cat and Mouse 老鼠爱上猫 Ding Yuehua
Purple Butterfly 紫蝴蝶 Tang Yiling
2004 Silver Hawk 飞鹰 Jane
A World Without Thieves 天下无贼 Xiaoye
2005 Waiting Alone 独自等待 Liu Rong
Fight for Love 情陷擂台 Ma Lili
Wait 'Til You're Older 童梦奇缘 Kwong's mother guest star
Dragon Squad 猛龙 Yu Ching
2006 The Knot 云水谣 Wang Jindi
2008 Linger 蝴蝶飛 Fu Enjia
The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 Ni Chang / White haired witch
2009 The Message 风声 Li Ningyu
2010 Triple Tap 槍王之王 Zhao Anna
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 狄仁杰之通天帝国 Shangguan Jing'er
2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 雪花與秘扇 Nina/Lily
1911 辛亥革命 Xu Zonghan
2012 I Do 我愿意 Tang Weiwei
Resident Evil: Retribution 生化危机5 Ada Wong
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction[13] 变形金刚4 Su Yueming
2015 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal[14] 钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵 Xue'er
2017 Nest 3D 谜巢
Realm of the Tiger 虎影侠
2018 Meg 巨齿鲨 Suyin


Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1994 Yilu Denghou 一路等候 Du Yuling
1995 No Regrets 无悔追踪 Feng Kangmei
1996 Zhanguo Chuanqi 战国传奇 Hongnu
1997 Shang Yang Chuanqi 商鞅传奇 Du Wa
Fengsheng Shuiqi 风生水起 Gu Ting
1998 Qinmi Airen 亲密爱人 Bai Tong
Palace of Desire 大明宫词 Princess Anle
Da Fating 大法庭 Xia Liyan
The Female Official 女巡撫之闖天關 Sun Xiaohong guest star
2000 The Nation Under The Foot 一腳定江山 Fan Yue'e
Qingchun Chudong 青春出动 Guan Ping
Yiben Wuhui 義本無悔 Qin Xue
Smart Kid 機靈小不懂 Ying Ziyan
Young Justice Bao 少年包青天 Ling Chuchu
2001 Ye Yatou 野ㄚ頭 Ye Yatou
Zheshan Tanhua 折扇探花 Sixth Princess
Taiji Prodigy 少年張三丰 Qin Sirong
Sky Lovers 天空下的緣分 Tang Wei
2002 The Blue Lotus 花样的年华 Ye Zi
2003 Romancing Hong Kong 动感豪情 Gao Shuang
2004 City of Sky 天空之城 Xiao Ruoning / Yu Bohan
The Sea's Promise 海的誓言 Bai Ying
Changjian Xiangsi 長劍相思 Fengyi
Strange Tales of Liao Zhai 聊齋之小翠 Yu Xiaocui
2005 Eight Heroes 八大豪俠 Feng Laiyi
Huiniang Wanxin 徽娘宛心 Ye Wanxin
2006 Zaisheng Yuan 再生緣之孟麗君傳 Meng Lijun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Singapore International Film Festival Best Actress
Seventeen Years
2005 Beijing Student Film Festival Favorite Actress
Waiting Alone
Golden Rooster Awards Favorite Actress Nominated
2006 Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress
A World Without Thieves
2007 Golden Horse Awards Best Actress
The Knot
Golden Phoenix Awards Won
Huabiao Film Awards Won
Hundred Flowers Awards Won
Golden Rooster Awards Nominated
2010 Asian Film Awards
The Message
Beijing Student Film Festival Nominated
Chinese Film Media Awards Nominated
Golden Horse Awards Won
Iron Elephant Film Awards Nominated
2012 Hundred Flowers Awards
2013 Huading Award
I Do


  1. ^ Jackie Chan's Official Website. Interview with Li Bingbing. Retrieved 2010-09-24. Archived July 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Forbidden Kingdom Production Notes Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ The Internet Movie Database. Awards for Bingbing Li. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. ^ Asian Movie Pulse. Jackie Chan to Direct The 1911 Revolution. Retrieved 2010-09-24. Archived September 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
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  7. ^ UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – National Ambassador (China). Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  8. ^ UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – UNEP Ambassador in China. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  9. ^ CriEnglish. Li Bingbing: Ambassador of Korean Culture. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  10. ^ "". 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  11. ^ a b "Qigong 'Master' Wang Lin's Deeds with Famous Icons Disclosed". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Chinese Qigong master Wang Lin threatens reporter who says he does not have supernatural powers". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  13. ^ China's Li Bingbing Boards 'Transformers 4'
  14. ^ "3-D fantasy Zhong Kui starts China shoot". Retrieved 2014-02-15. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Prudence Liew
for True Women For Sale
Best Actress
for The Message
Succeeded by