Lin Yun

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Lin Yun
BornFei Xia (费霞)
(1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 22)
Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
EducationHuzhou No. 12 Middle School[1]
Alma materBeijing College, Shandong Heze Academy of Music and Art[1]
Years active2016–present
ParentsFei Jianhua (father)

Lin Yun (Chinese: 林允; pinyin: Lín Yǔn, born 16 April 1996), also known by her English name Jelly Lin, is a Chinese actress. She is known for her role as the female lead in the 2016 film The Mermaid.


Lin was born Fei Xia (费霞) in Huzhou, Zhejiang, on April 16, 1996. Her father, Fei Jianhua (费建华), is a porter, and her mother is a housewife.[1] She studied at the Huzhou No. 12 Middle School,[1] and then attended a performing arts school in Beijing. At the age of 18 and with little acting experience, she was cast as the female protagonist in the 2016 film The Mermaid, directed by Stephen Chow.[2][3] The Mermaid was the highest grossing film in China and launched Lin to fame.[4] The same year, Lin featured in the fantasy epic film L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, directed and written by Guo Jingming.[5]

Lin starred in another Stephen Chow film, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 (2017) where she played the White Bone Spirit.[6] She was also cast in the Disney-made romantic comedy The Dreaming Man,[7] as well as historical epic Genghis Khan.[8]

In 2018, Lin starred in her first television series Battle Through the Heavens, a fantasy wuxia drama based on the novel of the same name.[9] She is also set to star in Beautiful Reborn Flower, a romance melodrama based on the novel of the same name by Anni Baobei;[10] and music-themed romance drama Cantabile Youth, based on the Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile.[11]

Lin was cast as the female lead in the romance film It Started with a Kiss, a remake of the Taiwanese series of the same name; set to premiere in February 2019.[12] She also reprised her role in the second installment of the film, The Mermaid.[13]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2016 The Mermaid 美人鱼 Shan (the Mermaid)
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Tianshu Youhua
2017 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 西游伏妖篇 White Bone Spirit
The Dreaming Man 假如王子睡着了 Wang Xiaohe
2018 Genghis Khan 战神纪 Börte
2019 It Started with a Kiss 恶作剧之吻 Xiang Qin
TBA L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2 爵跡2:冷血狂宴 Tianshu Youhua [14]
The Mermaid 2 美人鱼2 Shan (the Mermaid)

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2018 Battle Through the Heavens 斗破苍穹 Xiao Xun'er
TBA Beautiful Reborn Flower 彼岸花 Nan Sheng
Cantabile Youth 让全世界都听见 Fang Xiaowo


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2018 "Granting You" 许你 Battle Through the Heavens OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 18th Huading Awards Best New Actress The Mermaid Won [15]
16th New York Asian Film Festival Rising Star Asia Award Won [16]
3rd China Australia International Film Festival Best Newcomer Won [17]
12th Chinese American Film Festival Best Newcomer Won [18]
2017 11th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
Rising Star of Asia Award Won [19]
36th Hong Kong Film Award Best New Performer Nominated
2018 23rd Huading Awards Best Supporting Actress Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 Nominated

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 星女郎林允曝初一入学嫩照 家境一般. Sina (in Chinese). January 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Newcomer Lin Yun is Stephen Chow's "Mermaid"". Yahoo News. December 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "'The Mermaid': Love tale after Chow's smash hit of monkey king". February 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Jelly Lin: The Mermaid star on her newfound fame". Sands Style. June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ 星女郎林允加盟郭敬明《爵迹》. Sina (in Chinese). May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Is Jelly Lin China's most reticent film star? An interview with director Stephen Chow's latest muse". South China Morning Post. March 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Disney Unveils Its First Chinese-Language Rom-Com". China Film insider. June 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Genghis Khan' portrays young conqueror". China Daily. June 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "《斗破苍穹》主演公布 吴磊林允95后领衔引期待". Tencent (in Chinese). January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "安妮宝贝《彼岸花》拍剧!官宣男女主林允宋威龙". Sina (in Chinese). June 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "曝《交响情人梦》将翻拍成国产版 张新成林允主演". Sina (in Chinese). September 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "林允王大陆将演影版《恶作剧之吻》". Mtime (in Chinese). July 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "周星驰新片《美人鱼2》终于开机!". Mtime (in Chinese). March 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "郭敬明《爵迹2》定档7.6曝预告". Mtime (in Chinese). May 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "林允斩获华鼎奖最佳新锐演员 诚挚感恩周星驰". NetEase (in Chinese). April 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Screen's Asian Rising Stars revealed by NYAFF". Screen Daily. May 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "中澳电影节闭幕 王龙华获新晋男演员奖". Sina (in Chinese). November 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "林允中美电影节再获最佳新人奖 感恩获奖期待交流". NetEase (in Chinese). November 4, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chinese Actress Jelly Lin Yun received Rising Star of Asia Award at the 11th Asian Film Awards". Eastern Kicks. March 23, 2017.