Li Yifeng

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Li Yifeng
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Background information
Chinese name李易峰 (simplified)
PinyinLǐ Yìfēng (Mandarin)
Born (1987-05-04) May 4, 1987 (age 31)
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Other namesEvan Li
EthnicityHan
Alma materSichuan Normal University
Occupation
Years active2007–present
Genre(s)Mandopop
Label(s)H&R Century Pictures Co.,Ltd

Li Yifeng (Chinese: 李易峰, born 4 May 1987), is a Chinese actor and singer, who rose to fame after participating in the 2007 My Hero contest. He debuted as a singer in the same year, with the album Four Leaf Clover. Since 2009, he gradually shifted his career focus to acting. He is best known for his roles in television dramas Swords of Legends (2014), The Lost Tomb (2015), Noble Aspirations (2016) and Sparrow (2016); and the film Mr. Six (2015) where he won the Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

Li’s booming popularity allowed him to rank 9th on Forbes China Celebrity list in 2015 and 11th in 2017.[1]

Early life[edit]

Li was born in Chengdu, Sichuan. From 2006 to 2010, Li majored in Broadcasting and Host at Sichuan Normal University.[2]

Career[edit]

2007–2013: Beginnings and rising popularity[edit]

Li achieved fame in 2007 after appearing in the talent show competition, My Hero, coming in at 8th place and winning the Most Popular Contestant award.[3] He released his first single "The One I Love Hurts Me The Most" on November 11, 2007, and his first EP Four Leaf Clover.

In 2009, Li made his acting debut in the drama The Prince of Tennis 2, adapted from the Japanese anime The Prince of Tennis. His role is the equivalent of Saeki Kojirou in the original anime.[4] Then he released his first full-length album Mr Child.[5]

Li gained recognition after starring in the Taiwanese drama Sunny Happiness, which achieved high ratings in both Taiwan and China.[6] He received the Best New Actor award at the 2011 China TV Drama Awards for his performance.[7] The same year, he made his feature film debut in Lovesick, starring alongside Ariel Lin and Chen Bolin.[8]

Li earned praise for his subsequent performance in the television series White Lies (2012)[9] and Daughter's Return (2013).[10] He received the Best Acting Idol award at the 2013 China TV Drama Awards, and the Most Popular Actor award at the 2013 LeTV Awards.[11]

2014–2015: Breakthrough[edit]

Li's achieved breakthrough with his performance in the 2014 drama Swords of Legends, where he portrayed the cold and quiet anti-hero.[12] The drama was a huge success and topped viewership ratings and online views in China.[13][14] Li experienced a surge in popularity, and he won the Most Commercially Valuable Actor and Favorite Actor awards at the China TV Drama Awards.[15] He also became the first actor to win the Newcomer award at the 2014 Elle Style Awards.[16] The same year, Li released his first autobiographical book entitled A Once in a Lifetime Moment.[17]

Li further solidified his popularity with two hit dramas in 2015; period drama Legend of Fragrance and web drama The Lost Tomb,[18] based on the popular tomb-raiding novel Daomu Biji.[19][20] Later that year, Li took on the role of a producer for the first time, taking part in the production of outdoor variety show Lets Go! Go! Go!, which premiered in November 2015.[21]

Li's next two films; coming-of-age tale Forever Young[22] and romance drama Fall in Love Like a Star[23] were panned by critics. He bounced back in December 2015 with a supporting role in Feng Xiaogang's crime blockbuster Mr. Six, where he plays a rebellious youth who runs away from home because of conflicts with his father and later gets into trouble with gangsters.[24] The film topped Chinese box office charts and won critical acclaim.[25][26] Li won the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards.[27]

Following his success, Li entered the 2015 Forbes Chinese Celebrity list for the first time, placing at 9th with an estimated revenue of 69 million yuan (10.5 million dollars; 9.6 million euros).[28] He was also named "Most Commercially Valuable Celebrity" by CBN Weekly.[29]

2016–present: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2016, Li was appointed the Chinese Spectator Ambassador for the blockbuster film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[30] The same month, Li the attended 2016 Style Icon Asia Awards as the only Chinese representative, and won the 2016 SIA Style Icon Award.[31]

Li starred as the male lead in both seasons of Noble Aspirations (2016), adapted from popular xianxia novel Zhu Xian.[32][33] The drama received positive reviews and surpassed 23 billion views, becoming one of the most watched Chinese dramas.[34][35] He then starred in Sparrow, an espionage series set in the 1940s.[36] The drama received critical acclaim for its performance and storyline, and became the highest rated war drama to date with a peak rating of 2.46.[37] Li won the Best Actor award at the China TV Golden Eagle Award for his performance.[38]

In 2017, Li starred in the suspense crime film Guilty of Mind, based on the novel Evil Minds by Lei Mi.[39]

In 2018, Li starred in the thriller film Animal World, based on the Japanese manga series Ultimate Survivor Kaiji.[40] The film won positive critical reviews and topped the box office on the week of its release.[41]

Li is set to return to the small screen with modern romance drama Wait in Beijing,[42] and spy drama Fearless Whispers.[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2011 Lovesick 恋爱恐慌症 Cui Ailun
2015 Forever Young 栀子花开 Xu Nuo
Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动 Su Xingyu
Mr. Six 老炮儿 Zhang Xiaobo
2017 Guilty of Mind 心理罪 Fang Mu
The Founding of an Army 建军大业 He Changgong Cameo[44]
2018 Animal World 动物世界 Zheng Kaisi

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Network Notes
2009 The Prince of Tennis 2 加油! 网球王子 II Zuo Bo Dragon TV
2010 Happy & Love Forever 幸福一定强 Lu Sen Anhui TV
2011 Sunny Happiness 幸福最晴天 Xiang Yunchao Anhui TV, CTV
2012 White Lies 真爱谎言 Jiang Xiyu Jiangxi TV, CTi
Happy Michelin Kitchen 幸福三颗星 Xiang Yunchao Anhui TV, CTV Cameo
Bounty Hunter 赏金猎人 Yu Tai Hunan TV
Love Actually 爱的蜜方 Chen Liyang [45]
2013 Daughter's Return 千金归来 Lin Hao Dragon TV
2014 Swords of Legends 古剑奇谭 Bali Tusu Hunan TV
Tiny Times 小时代之折纸时代 Jian Xi Youku [46]
The Joyfully Pretty Enemy 欢天喜地俏冤家 Chen Sanliu CCTV-8 [47]
2015 Legend of Fragrance 活色生香 Ning Zhiyuan Hunan TV
The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记 Wu Xie iQiyi Web series
2016 Noble Aspirations 青云志 Zhang Xiaofan Hunan TV
Sparrow 麻雀 Chen Shen
Noble Aspirations 2 青云志2 Zhang Xiaofan / Gui Li Beijing TV
TBA Wait in Beijing 我在北京等你 Xu Tian
Fearless Whispers 隐秘而伟大 Gu Yaodong

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Release date Label
2007 Four Leaf Clover 四叶草 November 19, 2007
2008 Ferris Wheel 摩天轮 July 20, 2008 EQ Record
2009 Mr. Child 小先生 May 17, 2010 EQ Record
2010 That Song 那首歌 October 29, 2010 EQ Record
2014 Yifeng's Love Letter 易峰情书 November 10, 2014 Sony Music Entertainment

Singles[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2007 "The One I Love Hurts Me The Most" 我爱的人伤我最深 Banquet (乐宴)
2008 "To Shine Brillantly" 大放异彩 N/A Olympic theme song
with Hu Haiquan
"Little Girl Don't Cry" 娃娃不哭 N/A Earthquake relieve charity song
Lyrics written by Li Yifeng
"Believe in Love" 相信爱 N/A Earthquake relieve charity song
2012 "Underworld" 江湖 Bounty Hunter OST
2014 "Sword Wound" 剑伤 Swords of Legends OST
"Sword of Heart" 剑心
"Warm Heart Stings" 心如玄铁 Legend of Fragrance OST
"What I Want, I Want It Now" 我要的现在就要 Choice OST
2015 "Goodbye Goodbye" 再见再见 Forever Young OST
"In a Rare You" 年少有你
"Please Contact Me" 请跟我联络 Fall in Love Like a Star OST
"The Price of Love" 爱的代价 Mr Six OST with Feng Xiaogang
2016 "Time Cracks" 时间裂缝 Noble Aspirations 2 OST
2017 "Love in the Spring Bud" 爱在春蕾 N/A Spring Bud Project theme song
with Hao Wei
2018 "Role" 角色 N/A Lyrics written by Li Yifeng
with Lexie Liu
"Tiny Yet Great" 渺小却伟大 N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Major awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 17th Huading Awards Best Actor (Ancient Drama) Swords of Legends Nominated
2016 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actor Mr. Six Won [27]
16th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
2017 22nd Huading Awards Best Actor Noble Aspirations Won [48]
Top 10 Audience's Favorite TV Star Won
27th Zhejiang TV Peony Awards Outstanding Actor Sparrow Won [49]
2018 29th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actor Won [38]
12th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival Most Popular Actor Won
Film and television awards
2011 3rd China TV Drama Awards Best New Actor Sunny Happiness Won [7]
2013 4th LeTV Awards Most Popular Actor N/A Won [11]
5th China TV Drama Awards Acting Idol Award N/A Won [11]
2014 4th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Most Popular Actor (Mainland China) N/A Won [50]
6th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actor (Mainland China) Swords of Legends Won [15]
Most Commercially Valuable Actor Won
2016 2nd Tencent Video Star Awards Most Popular TV Actor N/A Won [51]
VIP Star of the Year N/A Won
8th China TV Drama Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [52]
2018 Weibo Movie Night Breakthrough Performance for Actor N/A Won [53]
Music awards
2008 6th Southeast Music Chart Awards Best Newcomer (Mainland China) Ferris Wheel Won [54]
1st New Artist Awards of Top Chinese Music Chart Best Newcomer EP Won [55]
2009 Music Radio China Top Chart Awards Campus Popularity Award Won [56]
2010 CCTV-MTV Music Awards Most Promising Artist Mr. Child Won [57]
2016 10th MIGU Music Awards Top Ten Golden Songs "Please Contact Me" Won
Others
2014 11th Elle Style Awards Newcomer Award N/A Won [16]
11th Esquire Man At His Best Awards Newcomer Award N/A Won [58]
2015 GQ China Men of the Year Awards Trendy Artist of the Year N/A Won [59]
2016 Style Icon Asia Awards Style Icon Award N/A Won [31]

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